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Weekly Media Roundup

June 08, 2018 at 11:39 AM

ANZASW Dismayed at University Decision

Press Release: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is dismayed by the news that up to two dozen full-time teaching positions are set to be axed in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

News of the planned cuts has emerged at a time when demand for social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand is set to grow. It is extremely disappointing that one of the country’s foremost schools is diminishing its capacity to provide well-trained graduates to the sector even at such a moment.

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Children left 'in limbo' by Family Court system - barrister

An 8-year-old Auckland boy caught in the middle of a fight between his parents, will wait about two years before the Family Court reaches a decision on his case.

Auckland family law barrister, Catherine Townsend, says that's just one example of a child being left in a troubled home for years while their cases drag through the court system. 

Townsend says a shortage of psychologists is one of the main reasons for the chronic delays.

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'Vital' national helpline launched to support survivors of sexual harm

A "vital" new 24/7 helpline has been launched to support the thousands of New Zealanders who experience sexual harm each year. 

'Safe to Talk' (He pai ki te kōrero) is a confidential text, phone and email service available to anyone affected by sexual harm in any way - both survivors as well as perpetrators. 

In a New Zealand first, the service, launched by Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni in Auckland on Friday, aims to provide phone, text and webchat support around medical, emotional, and behavioural issues related to harmful experiences. 

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Far North police initiative aimed at reducing family harm

A new police/community initiative aimed at reducing family harm in the Far North has been formally presented to the Police Executive at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.

Whiria Te Muka, the first partnership generated by the Te Hiku Social Accord with Te Hiku iwi, weaves support around communities to better engage whanau and make a real difference in their lives.

Te Hiku iwi leader Haami Piripi (Te Rarawa) said the simple mission of Whiria te Muka was to save lives.

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Resort's push to help abuse victims trapped by visas

Queenstown family harm victims are returning to abusive exes due to a lack of financial support, a situation Jigsaw manager Fiona Young calls “heartbreaking”.

Young’s preparing to meet with Immigration NZ officials next month to push for more support for women in the country on partnership visas.

If you’re here on a partnership visa and your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply for assistance through Work and Income (WINZ) if you are a victim of family harm.

But if your ex is here on a different visa, such as a student or work visa, there’s no support available.

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Unfortunately elder abuse getting more common in our society

Elder abuse is sadly becoming too common in our society.

With Elder Abuse Awareness Week coming up on June 15 to 22 it is a timely reminder of the need to ensure older people are safe and secure, free from violence.

Elder abuse is more than that though. It also includes physical, psychological, financial and institutional abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect.

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Father who was fatally stabbed was a brutal bully - lawyer

The man who was stabbed by his son was a brutal and controlling bully, a High Court trial has heard.

The son, father and many of the witnesses in the case at the High Court in Auckland cannot be named, due to wide-ranging suppression orders.

The Crown says the son stabbed his father, knowing that his actions could cause death and he should be found guilty of murder.

The lawyers for the son say he was acting in self-defence.

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George Warren jailed for life for 'cold-blooded execution' of West Coast woman Hayley Williams

A West Coast man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for fatally shooting a woman in front of her children after she alleged he indecently assaulted her.

George Sean Warren, 45, will serve at least 17 years before he is eligible for parole after he admitted murdering 43-year-old Hayley Jane Williams at her Greymouth home on October 22. 



Terrified woman at refuge is willing to break the law for her kids

Maggie has to make a terrible decision. Run with her two children and break the law to escape a violent ex-husband, or stay and see if they are safe if he gets out of jail.

Two weeks ago, he was charged with allegedly assaulting the eldest child and breaching a protection order.  He was held in custody.

Worried he was going to get out on bail, Maggie last week, made the decision to go into hiding.  

"I may be forced to break the law to save our lives.  And we did nothing wrong," she says from a safe location.

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Queen's Birthday Honours: Jude Simpson says award overwhelming

When someone from the Prime Minister's office called Judy (Jude) Simpson a few weeks ago to tell her she was receiving a Queen's Birthday honour, she was stunned.

"I told them they had got the wrong person, and I needed quite a bit of convincing that it was me. To be frank, I had to do some reading to find out what the actual honour means."

The 58-year-old Papamoa mother and grandmother has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her tireless services to the prevention of domestic violence.

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Domestic violence 'under reported' among South Asian women, researcher says

 South Asian women who have experienced domestic violence are being "under reported" and "under represented," says an Auckland researcher.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate Anoosh Franklin says the "problem is more than meets the eye." She hopes to shed some light on the issue with her research.

Franklin, 26, is researching South Asian women's experiences with intimate partner violence perpetrated by South Asian males in New Zealand.

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High Court dismisses attempt by police to appeal discharge without conviction in domestic abuse case

An attempt by police to appeal a district court judge's decision not to convict a man who repeatedly struck his wife with an electrical cord has failed.

In March this year, Wilfred Lawrence DSouza was granted a discharge without conviction by New Plymouth District Court Judge Chris Sygrove. 

DSouza, an Indian national, had pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting his wife with a blunt instrument after an incident at their home in April 2017.

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Marton sex offender stops trial after hearing victims' evidence

A sex offender dramatically stopped a High Court trial by changing his plea to guilty after hearing the evidence of his victims.

And on Friday, Richard James Parkinson was sentenced to six years in prison for his offences against four children, two girls and two boys.



Man's home detention for indecent assaults on girl

A Waikato man has been sentenced for two indecent assaults on a girl aged between 12 and 16.

Richard Montroy Maipi, 70, was sentenced to six months of home detention when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.

The offending happened on two separate occasions in late 2017 against the teenager.



Family violence keeps Christchurch police busy

There may have been few incidents on the roads this weekend in Christchurch - but police were still kept busy a little closer to home.

Canterbury police say wet weather forced many people to stay indoors, which resulted in fewer crashes and alcohol-related call outs to Christchurch's CBD.

But Senior Sergeant Roy Appley says yesterday police were kept busy with a long list of family harm related incidents.

He says it was an obvious spike compared to any other day.

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