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Weekly Media Roundup

October 13, 2017 at 8:41 AM

Holding young people in cells 'dangerous'

Putting a child in a cell and placing them in danger should not be acceptable, says the Children's Commissioner.

A 13-year-old boy was held in police cells overnight in Auckland on Thursday before being transferred to court where hours later his charge of endangering transport was withdrawn.

RNZ understands the boy was held in court cells with violent offenders until about midday Friday - even after the charge was withdrawn.

Judge Andrew Becroft said, generally, holding children in cells should end.


Ministry considers coroners comments about Wellington teen Alatauai Sasa before suicide

A government ministry says it will consider comments made by a coroner for future work following the death of a teen who took her own life.

Wellington teenager Alatauai Sasa, 15, took her own life on June 19, 2013, after having to help in the prosecution of her father for a domestic violence incident.


'I survived by stopping trying to cope'

Insight - Intimidating, judgmental and uncaring are some of the words solo mothers use to describe their experience of Work and Income New Zealand.

The former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei sparked vitriol in some quarters when she revealed how difficult it had been to get by as a solo mother when she was at university.


Auckland grandmother sentenced to life with minimum 14 years jail for murdering grandson

An Auckland grandmother has been sentenced to life behind bars for murdering her two-year-old grandson.

Kathleen Cooper, 65, was found guilty of murdering Jermain Ngawhau in 2015 after she threw him down a hallway in her Manurewa home.

The toddler suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to Starship Children's Hospital by emergency services on December 13, 2015. He died five days later.


Counselling wait lists worsen as sexual violence claims spike

Social services are  under strain as more people seek support for incidents of sexual violence.

Abuse and Rape Crisis Support Manawatu (ARCS) manager Ann Kent said the service was at capacity and had extended its hours in Palmerston North and Horowhenua, yet it still hadn't made a dent in its waiting list.

There was a two-to-three-month waiting list at ARCS for its counselling services.

The number of Manawatū people claiming ACC support for sexual violence cases had also spiked in the past year.


The women of Waru: ‘We get shit done’

Filmmaker Kath Akuhata-Brown looks at the unique challenges of making Waru, a film directed by eight Māori women.

Beneath the yelling and screaming of our recent general election, as child poverty was being turned into a political platform, a group of Māori filmmakers quietly went about the task of drawing attention to the issue in a real, meaningful way. The result was Waru, a portmanteau film comprised of eight stories about and by Māori women making a stand against child abuse in their own communities.


One third of secondary students self harm - study

Nearly a third of New Zealand secondary school students deliberately hurt themselves, research shows.

Victoria University's Marc Wilson led the study and said self harm commonly involved cutting the skin or sticking sharp objects into the body.


Sisters stage online protest against Family Court

A medical professional investigated for inappropriate contact with young female patients - including at least one teenager - both in New Zealand and Australia has been granted unsupervised access to his two daughters by the Family Court - despite the pair's protests. 

The man, identified as Mr A for the purpose of this story, lives in Australia and has two daughters - aged 10 and 12 - living with their mother and stepfather in New Zealand. The pair, distraught at being forced to undertake unsupervised visits with their father, are holding an online protest against the Family Court.

Videos from the girls highlight what they believe is "aged-based" discrimination by the court. 


Consent as a traffic light

To celebrate the wrap of season one of sex and sexuality podcast BANG!, creator Melody Thomas discusses the most important thing she learned.

In everyday life we say “no” all the time, without actually saying the word.


'Family violence is a pattern of harm that occurs over time'

An Auckland professor is calling on people to speak up more in an effort to curb domestic violence in our area.

Professor Denise Wilson from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) says communities collectively have an important role in the prevention of domestic violence.

Wilson is the director of the Taupua Wairoa Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT. She is also chair of the Family Violence Prevention Investment Advisory Board and deputy chair of the Family Violence Death Review Committee.


Call for Samoans to speak out about domestic violence

A Samoan woman, whose video of a domestic violence incident went viral, is hoping a national inquiry will change people's behaviour.

Zita Martel was driving in Samoa when she saw a man assaulting his wife in another car.

She said the man told her it was none of her business, as the woman was his wife, while another adult, who was accompanied by children, witnessed the assault and just laughed.

Ms Martel said she called the police and got the woman to safety but was so concerned she posted about what she saw on social media.


Police mental health threatened by under-resourcing

Police mental health is being hurt just as much from lack of staff, as the trauma of terrible road crashes and violence, says the Police Association.

Its 82nd annual conference in Wellington this week is focusing on mental health problems in the force.

Association president Chris Cahill said the daily grind of struggling to do the work without proper resources was creating as big of a strain as the traumas of the job.


We used to worship our mothers – where has all that love gone?

Victoria Crockford reflects on the way society has changed its view of our collective mothers and each other, and how that impacts all of society.


Police systems overhauled to stop mentally ill people being locked up

A radical overhaul of police systems could slash by 75 per cent the numbers of mentally ill people being locked up in police cells.

An $8 million trial of a new way to respond to 111 mental health crisis calls was announced by the National government in August.


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