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November 03, 2017 at 10:59 AM

2017 White Ribbon Campaign Launches Next Week

2017 White Ribbon Campaign

Announcing the Film Premiere of


A film that raises questions and inspires involvement

Raise Our Men features interviews with New Zealand men about their experience of growing up and conforming to male stereotypes (the metaphorical 'man' box).

It has been developed by White Ribbon NZ as part of this year’s campaign, because how we encourage and expect men to behave directly affects the high level of domestic violence and sexual harm in this country.


Minister for Children wanted to repeal anti-smacking legislation

The Minister for Children, New Zealand First's Tracey Martin, says her party's policy to hold a referendum on repealing the child smacking law did not make it through coalition talks.

The law was passed in 2007, removing the defence of reasonable force in cases of child abuse.

New Zealand First campaigned in 2014 on holding a referendum to repeal the law, saying it was passed in 2007 despite overwhelming public opposition.


Governing for good: The joy and pain of not-for-profit governance

Researcher Dr Jo Cribb writes about the difficulties faced by not-for-profit boards in an economy of start-ups and listed companies. 

For the thousands of New Zealand directors serving on the more than 100,000 not-for-profit (NFP) boards in New Zealand – that is an estimated one in 40 of us  – being on the board is a labour of love.

While being appointed to the board of a listed company may be seen as the pinnacle of a governance career, research released this week challenges this. NFPs contribute more than $6 billion each year to New Zealand’s GDPemploy over 130 000 paid staff, engage more 1.2 million volunteers and deliver many social services to vulnerable New Zealanders.


'Agitated' Robert Hohua told concerned neighbour dying Marie Harlick was sleeping

The partner of a woman beaten to death said she was sleeping to stop a concerned neighbour from checking on her, a court has heard.

Marie Rose Harlick died after a prolonged assault by Robert Roupere Hohua during which he was heard yelling "get up before I kill you".

Hohua, 36, admits killing Harlick in her Opotiki home in November last year, but has pleaded not guilty to murder.


Fatally wounded baby's injuries consistent shaking: doctor

An eye doctor who examined unresponsive 1-year old baby Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand after her babysitter alleged she fell from a couch, and later died, found her injuries resembled a shaken baby syndrome case.

Fijian-Indian Shayal Upashna Sami, 21, denies murdering baby Aaliyah on January 6, 2015 at her Worcester St flat.

The Crown says that Aaliyah died from severe head injuries, including two skull fractures, as well as bleeding on the brain and eyes. She also had extensive bruises on her face, forehead and ears, the court heard.


NZ’s criminal costs: should prisons be abolished?

Every year, New Zealand spends $1.2 billion on prisons, a bigger amount than that set aside for Early Childhood Education. 

This year, it will total $2.5 billion, with the building of a new Corrections facility at Waikeria Prison underway.

The facility, expected to house 1500 prisoners, is being built in anticipation of our burgeoning prison population - which surpassed 9900 last year.

University of Auckland sociologist professor Tracey McIntosh, whose area of interest is women in prison, believes New Zealand is funding a broken system.

In an interview with Newsroom, McIntosh outlines how redirecting spending from prisons to things like education, housing and economic development is the best way forward. 


Lower Hutt man's child abuse image offending largest Internal Affairs has prosecuted

His collection of child abuse and torture was so large he made his own disturbing advertising video to show online and offered to trade.

Salman Jabbar Alhisaynawi's collection of sexual abuse, torture, cruelty and bestiality featuring child victims was the largest the Internal Affairs department had ever prosecuted.


One in three Kiwi children suffer bullying at school

More than one in three Kiwi kids suffer bullying at school, as New Zealand continues to have one of the highest school bullying rates in the Western world. 

The latest statistic was revealed in a Unicef report, which found 35 per cent of New Zealand children aged 13-15 complained of being bullied every month.

The report, which surveyed children from around the globe, found only students from Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa reported more instances of bullying - South Africa topped the list with 47 per cent students bullied every month.


Former FBI agent and Criminal Minds writer speaking at Christchurch sexual abuse conference

A retired FBI agent who advises and writes for American TV programmes including Criminal Minds is to speak in Christchurch next month.

Jim Clemente, a globally recognised expert in sex crimes, child sexual victimisation and child abduction/homicide, is one of about 30 speakers from New Zealand and around the world who will talk at a conference organised by the Christchurch-based Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Aotearoa.


More mental health issues being seen at a young age, counsellor says

A Tauranga counsellor says she is seeing increasing levels of anxiety in children and would like counsellors to be brought into primary schools to address the issues earlier.

Evelyn Probert from the Bay of Plenty Therapy Foundation, which has been providing free counselling for 25 years this month, said she is seeing more boys aged between 7 and 10 with anxiety, and a lot of teenage girls with depression and anxiety.

"It seems to be getting worse," she said.


Five questions, 200 women

What really matters to you? What brings you happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What would you change in the world if you could? Which single word do you most identify with?

These are the five questions that 200 women from around the world were asked for a new book, 200 Women, published this month by Upstart Press. The book features both well-known and not-so-famous women from all corners of the globe, including a number of high profile New Zealand women. In this extract, Rotorua woman Louise Nicholas:


Family court stoush sees children go into the Crown's care

The mother of three young children caught in an emotional tug-of-war made videos of them being subjected to what a judge describes as "psychological abuse".

After a 19-month saga, the young children have been placed under the wardship of the court.

In the Family Court in Palmerston North this month, Judge Jill Moss described the action as a "last resort", but said it had to be done to ensure the children's safety.

The three pre-teen children and their parents cannot be identified for legal reasons, but the judge's 19-page decision speaks of an especially broken family dynamic.


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