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Weekly Media Roundup

April 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Anzac Day shooting: Garry Duggan allegedly fought Constable Ben McLean after Invercargill shooting

Garry Duggan allegedly fought and disarmed his policeman friend after he and a woman were shot.  

Several sources have confirmed there was a struggle after Constable Ben McLean allegedly murdered his wife, Verity Ann McLean (nee Barber), 40, and fired at Duggan in Invercargill on Tuesday night. 

Duggan - a truck driver in his late 40s and described as "a great guy" - wrested the rifle from McLean, Stuff understands.  


Family of Invercargill shooting victim 'trying to cope'

The familes of those involved in Invercargill's Anzac Day double shooting, which left a woman dead, say they are "trying to cope with what has happened".

Constable Ben McLean, 47, has been charged with murdering his estranged wife, Verity McLean, and attempting to murder her new partner, Garry Duggan.


Vodafone offers family violence leave

Vodafone has joined other major companies in offering staff affected by family violence extra leave.

From today, the company's 3000 workers will be eligible for extra support, including 10 days extra paid leave a year.


New Zealand Homicide: New police report delves into violent deaths

Almost one in 10 homicide victims are killed by their parent or a parent's live-in partner, a new report that delves into the circumstances surrounding murder and manslaughter cases has found.

The Homicide Victims in New Zealand Police report analyses all cases over eight years according to gender, age, ethnicity, relationship of the victim to offender, where the crime took place and if a weapon was used.

Maori are far more likely to be homicide victims - 31 per cent of all cases, despite Maori accounting for 15 per cent of the national population.


Government announces new social investment agency to help vulnerable Kiwis

The Government is creating a new agency as part of efforts to provide more "rigorous and evidence-based" assistance to vulnerable Kiwis.

The Social Investment Agency, to be launched in July, will encourage greater use of data by social sector agencies when making decisions about what sort of support to provide.

Social Investment Minister Amy Adams said the work was about better understanding the needs of vulnerable Kiwis and how government initiatives affected someone across their whole life, not just in one specific area.


Rape victims say their complaints still aren't being taken seriously

It was a particularly nasty rape. Dana's ex-boyfriend had been harassing her since they split up, and then on the night of November 18, 2012, he turned up drunk at her Invercargill home.

She agreed to let him crash on a couch. They started kissing, but then things turned violent, according to Dana, whose real name can't be published for legal reasons.


Housing First Auckland gets $3.7m to tackle chronic homelessless

A south Auckland family found living in their car are among those helped as part of a project tackling chronic homelessness.

Housing First Auckland is a joint initiative between the Government, Auckland Council and five community social housing providers.

Its goal is to house 472 homeless Aucklanders in the belief it's easier for them to have issues, such as mental health or substance abuse, addressed once they have somewhere to live.


Netflix teen suicide series gets unique classification

The Censor's Office has created a new classification especially for a Netflix series, which means teenagers must watch it with a parent or guardian.

13 Reasons Why was released a month ago and contains graphic depictions of rape and suicide.

The series has divided opinion about whether it was appropriate for young people.


Te Papa, Auckland Art Gallery working with sex abuse victim over photos

Te Papa and Auckland Art Gallery are working with a child sex abuse victim captured in "totally unacceptable" images by her photographer mother.

Earlier this month the Herald revealed that an art gallery had removed a photograph from an upcoming auction following a complaint by the victim.

The photograph was taken when the victim was 12 years old and shows her completely naked, from the back.


Northland police officer faces criminal investigation into alleged sex abuse

Police have launched a criminal investigation into a senior Northland officer after a woman complained he harassed and sexually abused her for years.

The woman has since moved to Australia, and it is understood two detectives are travelling there to conduct an official interview.

They will also begin interviewing witnesses to the alleged crimes, which the woman said took place in another district more than 10 years ago when she was in her mid-20s.


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