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Weekly Media Roundup

August 31, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Why did Moko die? Coroner to probe unanswered questions

Two years after Moko died at the hands of his caregivers, a Coroner will ask the hard questions about why he died - and what can be done to save other children

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Grandmother 'screamed and yelled' for Moko, inquest hears

The grandmother of Moko Rangitoheriri says she "screamed and yelled" for help for the three-year-old before his death but felt like she wasn't heard.

The testimony was given during an at-times emotional inquest in Rotorua which coroner Wallace Bain said made the country's previous worst child abuse case, that of Nia Glassie, look like "kindergarten" compared to the  "campaign of violence" inflicted on Moko.

"We thought then nothing could get as bad," Bain said.

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Moko inquest: Refuge worker was told 'Aunty Tania would punch Moko'

A worker at the Maori Women's Refuge was told "Aunty Tania would punch Moko" but did nothing about it, an inquest into the little boy's death was told.

However, the social worker says her original comments to police were either "inaccurately written or understood" and no violence against Moko Rangitoheriri was ever disclosed to her.

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Childhood diseases in the land of milk and poverty

More New Zealand children are killed by diseases linked to cold, damp, and overcrowded housing than in car crashes or drownings.

Disease casts a shadow over Parrs Park in West Auckland. It's there in the data: the children are getting sick. And when the women open their doors, they'll tell you.

"My granddaughter got bronchitis," says Talia*, on Selak Place. "She was just 5. We don't use the heater, it's broken. We use the oven to warm the house."

Aroha*, who lives in a state house next door, has four children. The two boys have asthma. The baby was also hospitalised with a respiratory disease.

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In the voting booth, remember 9 children, 23 adults killed every year through family violence

This election, Unicef NZ is focusing on issues that affect New Zealand children, encouraging voters to keep those issues in mind when they cast their vote, and pushing for policies that improve the lives of children.

In the lead up to polling day, Unicef NZ is looking at four key issues - family violence, education, health, and housing - and asking all New Zealanders to think of how their vote could be used to help our children. 

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'No point' in reporting sexual violence, students say

A report on sexual violence among students reveals many victims are not reporting their experiences to their tertiary institution.

The report, 'In Our Own Words', was based on an opt-in, online survey of 1400 students nationwide.

It will be used by ACC for a three-year $1.4 million action plan.

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$1.4m funding boost for campus sexual violence prevention

ACC will spend $1.4 million over the next four years to help prevent campus sexual violence, in a move that aims to help change the culture around sexual violence and consent in New Zealand. 

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Domestic violence drives surge in demand for social workers at Christchurch Hospital emergency department

Demand for after-hours social workers at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department (ED) has nearly doubled in the last year, a new report shows. 

The report, tabled in the Canterbury District Health Board's (CDHB) hospital advisory committee earlier this month, said population growth, more people coming to ED and domestic violence incidents were behind the increased workload. 

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A shared story of going to the brink and coming back

Shocked into action by the suspected suicide of their 12-year-old friend, a group of teens approached reporter David Burroughs to talk about why it can be so much harder just being a kid these days.

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National suicide numbers rise three years in a row

The number of people taking their own lives in New Zealand is continuing to rise, with men and Maori featuring well above the national average.

Figures released on Monday by Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall show men are dying by suicide at a ratio of three men to one woman. 

The provisional statistics found 606 Kiwis took their own life in the 2016-17 year, up from 579 the previous year and 564 the year before that. 

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The new evidence that proves, beyond a doubt, the NZ gender pay gap is real

Researchers at Motu Institute have found that women who bring exactly the same value to a private firm as the men who work there are paid on average 16% less. Jess Berentson-Shaw considers what that means – and how the stubborn pay gap can be fixed.

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Helping GPs deal with domestic violence

Media release from University of Melbourne

General practitioners (GPs) may not feel confident to detect domestic violence and sometimes feel challenged providing responses. The developers of a world-first assessment tool hope to change this by investigating GPs’ readiness or preparedness to deal with such situations. 

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Christian youth leader jailed for sexual violation

A former church youth leader who coerced two underage girls into providing him with sexual favours has been jailed for four years and five months.

Samuel Patrick Dockary, of Tauranga, was admonished by Judge Kim Saunders for the still-ongoing harm he inflicted on his young victims as he was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.

​Dockary, 23, was found guilty by a jury on nine of 26 sexual offending charges he was facing following a trial in July.

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Throttling girlfriend brings jail term

A man who throttled his pregnant partner and forced his knee into her stomach has been jailed for more than two years.

Shannon William Hawkins (27) pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to injure over the incident in March 5 last year.

And it got worse for his on-off girlfriend a year later, after she had given birth to their son.

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Charity gifting domestic violence victims essential help

The humble backpack has a history of helping and now an Auckland mother is using it to support domestic violence victims.

It took founder of I Got Your Backpack, Anita Hinton, two years to escape her abuser.

"After I left an unhealthy relationship I left with nothing but my child," she told Three's The Project.

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Paul Hutchison: Next PM should pick up child health plan agreed by all parties

If in New Zealand we truly want all our children to achieve their full potential, and to break cycles of disadvantage and minimise child poverty, there is need for exceptional leadership and a combined will to invest in policies we already know about. Election 2017 provides that opportunity.

Which political leaders are prepared to step up and make the commitment to fully implement a way forward for children that is already published and agreed on by the political parties including National, Labour and New Zealand First?

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Abuser 'terrorised' girlfriend for 12 months using threats and violence

A domestic violence victim has been left "broken" after her partner  terrorised her over the course of a year, , including punching, kicking and holding a knife to her face.

Leroy Awhina Dockery bullied, abused and assaulted his partner of two and half years between 2015-2016, when the couple lived together in New Plymouth, The New Plymouth District Court heard.

On Wednesday, the woman - who has name suppression - spoke out about how her life had been left in tatters because of what Dockery had done.

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Michelle Duff: Don't say sorry to me, Bill. Say sorry to the kids

OPINION: A slow clap for National this week, who are like that idiot in the meeting who listens to your idea, tells you it's terrible, waits a while, then pitches it again as their own.

One can only be impressed with the restraint of outgoing Labour MP Sue Moroney, the architect of the original bill to extend paid parental leave which was slapped down by English in June last year, who managed to keep it together when she told reporters: "After vetoing 26 weeks paid parental leave, which the majority of Parliament voted for, Bill English has no credibility promising more weeks now."

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Detained woman claims police left her exposed in cell in too-short 'suicide gown'

An Auckland woman has laid a complaint after police officers allegedly stripped her naked and left her in a station cell.

The police watchdog is investigating the incident, which the woman said happened at the Waitakere police station in June 2016.

The 34-year-old got her period while she was behind bars, but said officers put her in a too-short 'suicide gown' – a tear-resistant smock used on people deemed at risk of self-harm or suicide – and ignored her pleas for sanitary products until the next morning.

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Caregiver on trial for allegedly sexually abusing disabled

A male caregiver is facing a raft of charges that allege he sexually abused disabled children and youth while they were in his care.

The man, who cannot be named, is standing trial in the Napier District Court this week after allegedly abusing four complainants with significant impairments and disabilities over the course of several years.

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Fiona Richardson: Labor pays tribute to Victorian MP after her death from cancer

The long-serving Victorian MP Fiona Richardson has been remembered as a fearless advocate for family violence survivors after her death from cancer.

Richardson, Australia’s first minister for the prevention of family violence, died aged 50 on Wednesday night, just a day after revealing she had been diagnosed with multiple tumours. Her family said the mother-of-two was an unwavering advocate for family violence survivors.

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