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Weekly Media Roundup

July 27, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Court overturns decision to withhold protection order

A school teacher threatened by her abusive ex-husband spent two years without a protection order, when she should have had one, a court has ruled.

In a highly critical decision (PDF, 249KB), the Court of Appeal overruled the original decision denying the protection order.

It said the woman had clearly been the victim of prolonged domestic violence.


Waru: eight wāhine bear witness to child abuse

Māori women’s stories are woefully under-represented in New Zealand cinema, director Katie Wolfe says.

She is one of eight wāhine directors behind Waru, a cooperative feature film screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

The 80-minute film explores the complexity of child abuse in a series of single-take vignettes.


Attempted suicide police callouts increase by 6 per cent a year

Police are struggling to cope with a growing mental health-related workload - including a 6 per cent increase in attempted suicide callouts each year.

The statistic is included in an updated four-year plan that outlines the increase in demand in family violence, mental health, cyber-crime, child protection and other areas.


Top scientist urges govt action on youth suicide

The Prime Minister's chief science adviser has asked the government to do more to ensure kids can cope with stress in order to reduce the youth suicide rate.

Sir Peter Gluckman has published a discussion paper on youth suicide in New Zealand, in which he argues more emphasis needs to be placed on helping children develop coping skills at an early stage.

Sir Peter said young people faced a lot of stress while growing up and their brains weren't always mature enough to deal with it.


Grandparents' struggles to bring up their mokopuna

Grandparents bringing up babies for the second time around say that navigating their way through the welfare system is one of the toughest parts of the job.

"We do struggle with Work and Income. Maybe because we don't know what to ask for, or in a proper way with them," says 63-year-old grandmother Kathleen Samuels.

"They need to really listen to us, we're not there to use and abuse them," she told Three's The Hui."We're really genuine - we're going in there to get things for the children, it's not for us."


'She brings humanity to the court system'

She's been described as the woman who brings humanity to the court, when all humanity is gone.

Michelle Kidd's day starts at dawn, when she visits several spots in Auckland's CBD to check in on the city's homeless.

Then Whaea Michelle is off to court, where she holds a unique role in New Zealand.

The social worker doesn't get government funding, but is often the only friendly face that people see in an otherwise faceless and daunting justice system.


Jilted lover jailed for posting nude photos of ex-girlfriend

A jilted lover has been jailed for posting nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online along with her name, phone number and a suggestion she was available for sex.

In the Tauranga District Court yesterday, Judge Paul Mabey QC sentenced Tyla Brittin, 21, to one year in jail under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015.

Britten had earlier pleaded guilty to posting the photos on a public website with intent to cause harm.

Judge Mabey said the accused intended to belittle, hurt and embarrass the victim.


Why the attacks on National over poverty and inequality are unfounded – mostly

It is well-known that poverty and inequality have soared under National. Well-known – and unsupported by the evidence. What matters is at the extremities, writes Max Rashbrooke.


Former detective begins work as chief executive of Child Matters

A former lawyer and child abuse detective wants the public to know protecting vulnerable children is not a lost cause.

Jane Searle has been appointed Child Matters' new chief executive, in a role that ensures training and advice is given to people working with children.

After working as a barrister and solicitor, practicing criminal and family law, Searle joined the New Zealand Police where she worked on the child abuse team as a detective.


Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft encourages collaboration against family violence in Porirua

A 15-year-old boy who had played dodgems with motorway traffic prayed "I hope I get the help" in court before Judge Andrew Becroft.

The former principal youth court judge, and now the Children's Commissioner,  recalled the case from his last day on the job at a Porirua Family Violence Prevention Network meeting in Cannons Creek on July 26. 

The boy suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from growing up with an abusive father.


Nelson nurse with passion for child protection nominated for award

Nelson nurse Willow Duffy is on a crusade against child abuse.

Duffy is on a mission to educate people about how to spot signs of child abuse and what to do about it. 

This goal has gained her a nomination as a finalist in the national Women of Influence awards.


Why cannabis reform needs to be done with Māori, for Māori

Māori are the greatest victims of New Zealand’s war on drugs, but many Māori leaders are opposed to ideas of decriminalisation or legalisation. Professor Khylee Quince spoke to Simon Day about why tikanga Māori needs to be at the heart of drug reform.


Peter Malcolm: Inequality filters through every part of New Zealand life

Teachers see a lot. They don't need more reports from economic think tanks or the OECD or the UN to know there's a housing crisis, a wealth gap, and that we're letting more and more of our children fall into poverty.

They see it every day, and they see it long before it shows up in all those charts and graphs and reports.

But of course it's not just teachers who see what's going on, we all do, whether we're on the front line of the crisis or not. We all live in communities. We all have friends, family and neighbours.


Pamper party trial: Crown opens with details about Carly Stewart's last moments

A woman is accused of stabbing her friend in the head with a kitchen knife at a girls' pamper party in Auckland after an argument.  

Anna Eiao Browne, 36, is on trial in the High Court in Auckland for stabbing mother-of-two Carly Stewart, 36, to death in October last year. 

"They were not strangers, they were friends," Nick Webby for the Crown said in his opening address. 


Brighter Future? Beneath the breadline

The number of children living in poverty has remained stubbornly static in recent years, and organisations trying to turn that around say they're only getting busier.


New Zealand has worst level of homelessness in the world, Labour says

New research indicates New Zealand has some of the worst rates of homelessness in the developed world.

At the last census in 2013 there were roughly 41,705 Kiwis who were "severely housing deprived" - about 1 per cent of the population.

Using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Yale study has compared the statistics to those from other developed nations, which put New Zealand on top of the list on a per-capita basis - although the researchers note significant comparability issues thanks to the differing ways each country measures homelessness.


As Cities Grow Worldwide, So Do the Numbers of Homeless

Acknowledging that national definitions of homelessness vary and the limitations in available data and statistical measures, the highest levels of homelessness, typically double-digit rates, are in the least developed nations, failing states and countries in conflict or suffering from natural disasters. Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria, have large numbers of internally displaced persons, many living in makeshift temporary housing, shantytowns or government shelters.

Homelessness rates reported in most developed countries, including those in shelters and on the streets, are comparatively low. The proportions of homeless among OECD countries, for example, are below 1 percent. The highest rate, nearly 1 percent, is in New Zealand, where more than 40,000 people live on the streets or in emergency housing or substandard shelters.


Beatings, threats and 136 phone calls all part of man's violence against partner

A man has pleaded guilty to a string of violent offending, including spitting at his girlfriend, headbutting her and threatening to burn down her house.

Kelly Shane Harnish previously pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to injure, theft, threats to kill, offensive use of a telephone, male assaults female and wilful damage.

However at a court hearing on Monday, Harnish entered guilty pleas to the offending, which spanned a two week period earlier this year.


Toby Manhire: Our state-run child abuse shame

Disappointingly, when it was revealed this week that there will be an investigation into a historic case of transgression in New Zealand welfare, it was about the Metiria Turei shemozzle.

If all the huffing and puffing around the Green co-leader's admission she cheated the system back in the 90s could be harnessed, it would light up the national grid.

But better still, all that imperious energy would be much be applied to a much more grievous and attention-worthy case of welfare betrayal in New Zealand: the abuse of children in state care.


'I was never loved as a child' - report argues systemic abuse of intellectually disabled

Taken from their families as children, never hugged or loved, living in fear - a new report argues the conditions endured by intellectually disabled people in state care constitutes systemic abuse.

Outgoing Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson has released the research - collating stories from what it calls the "silent majority" who suffered in Government institutions - on his last day in the role.


Napier mum denies part in alleged rape of daughter, 15

A Napier woman has gone on trial charged with being a party to the alleged rape of her 15-year-old daughter 12 years ago.

The woman denied the charge yesterday at the start of the trial in Napier District Court, as did the man charged with the rape.


Call for children's ministry watchdog as complaints rise

The number of complaints against the Ministry for Vulnerable Children has doubled over four years, with a third being upheld.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show formal complaints jumped from 512 in the year ending June 2012 - when it was called Child, Youth and Family - to 971 in the year ending June 2016. The number stood at 699 for the nine months to the end of March 2017.


Victim clung to inside of car during scary highway ride

Fearing for her life, a Taranaki woman clung to the inside of the moving car her angry partner tried to push her out of.

Despite being injured after her foot hit the open highway during the terrifying ride, Robert Morehu Tait's girlfriend ran for her life when he stopped the car, finding refuge with a group of road workers.

Their call to the police not only resulted in Tait's arrest but also cracked his methamphetamine dealing operation too, after he was found with 14 grams of the class A drug.


Jason Headland jailed for horrific killing of kids in revenge act

A Perth father who wanted to punish his Kiwi wife for leaving him used their young children as "weapons" to "break her heart into 50 million little pieces" by callously killing them.

Police found the bodies of 5-year-old Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and 3-year-old Andreas Headland inside a Yanchep home on October 20 last year.


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