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Weekly Media Roundup

March 29, 2018 at 12:27 PM

In the shadows: Chozyn Koroheke case highlights NZ domestic violence

Only about 25 per cent of domestic violence cases in New Zealand are reported. Sadly Chozyn Koroheke's abuse was not one of them and by the time police were finally called to her Auckland home it was too late - she'd been shot at point-blank range by her partner. The Herald looks at the violence in our homes and questions why the issue is falling back into the shadows?

A mother asks her daughter: "Are you afraid of him?"

She replies: "Isn't it obvious?"

Chozyn Koroheke's fear culminated when her partner, Turiarangi Tai, shot her in the gut with a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun.


Guilty verdict in Chozyn Koroheke murder trial

Turiarangi Tai, 23, has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Chozyn Koroheke.

Tai was on trial at the High Court in Auckland where he denied murdering 22-year-old Chozyn Koroheke, but admitted to illegally having the gun that killed her.

Ms Koroheke, a mother of two, was shot and killed in her Pakuranga home last April.


Police defend anti-domestic violence programme criticised by departing agency

A man chokes his partner in her home, while her children are in the house, and flees when she calls police.

Within 24 hours, a team from a half-dozen Government agencies is sat around a table determining the level of risk to her and her children.

Police would keep looking for the man until he was found, handing details over to officers as each shift ended so someone was always searching, district prevention manager Inspector Tony Hill said.

ISR director Leanne McSkimming says 76 per cent of referrals domestic violence referrals from police result in an intervention for the perpetrator.

"In the almost 28 years I've been in the police this is by far the most powerful model that I've seen," he said.

That model is the Integrated Safety Response (ISR), a programme to combat domestic violence. It is about 18 months into a three-year pilot in Christchurch and Waikato.


Man in court is father of bashed baby left with 16 fractures

The man charged with repeatedly harming a 4-month-old baby girl admitted to hospital with 16 fractures from her skull to her legs has appeared in court.

He is her father.

The 28-year-old Howick man appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon on a charge of wounding the infant with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A 30-year-old woman - the baby's mother - has also been charged.

She will appear in court tomorrow on one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.


New Zealand’s problem with Māori boys

The success or failure of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into state welfare abuse will depend on how much attention it gives to Māori boys – and a change in New Zealand’s attitude, writes Aaron Smale.


Churches push for inclusion in Royal Commission into abuse

The Anglican and Catholic churches are making their most concentrated push yet to get the Royal Commission into abuse expanded to fully include them, with both writing to the Prime Minister.

Draft terms of the inquiry exclude scrutiny of institutions where abuse in churches or other groups had no state involvement.

But a letter sent to the Prime Minister, chair of the commission and children's minister, which is signed by Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Sister Katrina Fabish, supports the inquiry and wants the terms to include church institutions.


New social worker team to tackle child abuse with police in Bay of Plenty

New team of social workers dedicated to child protection in joint approach to police among changes following death of Isaiah Neil.

An extra team of social workers to solely focus on child protection has been established to work alongside police in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

While staff from the Ministry for Children and detectives have worked together in the same building in Whakatane for several years, the new team is the first to be ring-fenced and specialise in child abuse.

This means police in the child protection team now work with the same social workers on a daily basis, rather than trying to liaise with different staff who might not be available on a particular day.


Troubled kids 'likely to end up in jail ... unless they get help'

A Whangārei school has set up a trust to raise funds for therapy for its most troubled pupils.

Hora Hora primary is opening a pre-school today with government funding for children who missed out on early learning and social skills.

Its principal Pat Newman said some children needed the sort of intensive help that was not funded, and the trust, Te Mana Aute hopes to raise $160,000 for two therapists, for a year.


Strong demand for new suicide prevention courses

A new group of courses helping people initiate discussions around suicide rather than waiting until someone has died before intervening are experiencing overwhelming demand.

More than 400 people have completed one such suicide prevention 'first aid' course, LifeKeepers, since it started in September and hundreds are on a waiting list at another provider.

LifeKeepers was developed by Le Va, a not for profit organisation which works to help families and communities reach their full potential.


Man with no violent history brutally beats partner with her little girl watching

A five-year-old girl watched as her mother took repeated strikes to the head before being taken to hospital with what could have been "catastrophic damage" to her brain.

Robert Paul Strickland, 48, had no violent convictions before pleading guilty to assault with intent to injure at the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Drew Morrison said on March 13 at about 8pm, Strickland was arguing with his partner over money when he "lashed out" and began punching her in the head.


Number of pokie machines in Māori communities 'hugely disproportionate'

Northland doctor and political aspirant Lance O'Sullivan says urgent action is needed to rid New Zealand of pokie machines.

Earlier this year Dr O'Sullivan called for a ban on the machines, after witnessing the devastating impacts they had on his Northland community of Kaitaia.

Dr O'Sullivan re-iterated that stance on Friday, and said he saw the harm of pokie machines reflected in poverty statistics, housing inequalities and mental health.


Pre-charge restorative justice initiative expanded

Police and iwi plan to make pre-charge iwi panels a permanent fixture in an effort to to reduce reoffending and encourage restorative justice.

Community Panels began as a pilot scheme in Christchurch in 2010, and were subsequently extended to become iwi-community panels in Hutt Valley, Gisborne and Manukau, in south Auckland.

During the past six months, they have been further extended and now operate in Gisborne, Hutt Valley, Manukau, Hamilton, Rotorua, Auckland city and Invercargill.


PNG police to create domestic violence directorate

Papua New Guinea's police commission plans to transform its Family & Sexual Violence Unit into a fully-fledged directorate within the Crimes Division of the constabulary.

This was revealed by Deputy Police Commissioner, Jim Andrews, at a workshop on family and sexual violence.


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