Weekly Media Roundup

July 06, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Children, young people excluded from sexual violence support

Press Release: TOAH-NNEST

Te Ohaakii a Hine-National network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) has written to Ministers Carmel Sepuloni (Ministry of Social Development MSD) and Tracey Martin (Oranga Tamariki OT), as it seems that an unintended consequence of the split between MSD and OT might be that children and young people are excluded from being seen under some of the MSD funded contracts to sexual violence support services.

This became apparent in contracts a year ago, but those contracts allowed a transition year. TOAH-NNEST has been working with MSD over the past 12 months to try to get specific funding in place to meet the needs of children and young people. However, this has not happened, and so from today, support to children and young people will not be funded under some MSD contracts for acute service provision following sexual harm.

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'Empowering' national violence prevention programme targeted at Pasifika youth launched

New Zealand's first national violence prevention programme for Pasifika young people has been launched. 

Atu-Mai, launched by Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio and ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway in Auckland on Wednesday, aims to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the right knowledge and tools to live free from violence and sexual harm. 

Despite Pasifika youth being three times more likely than others to be exposed to family violence, ACC research suggests three quarters of all violence experienced in Pasifika communities goes unreported. 

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First ever violence prevention programme for young Pasifika

Aotearoa's first national violence prevention programme specifically for young Pasifika people has been launched.

Atu-Mai, run by Pasifika organisation Le Va, aims to address the high rates of family violence and sexual harm experienced by young Pasifika people.

Le Va’s research has identified conditions and risk factors unique to the group, different from the risk factors for the general New Zealand population.

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Jarrod Gilbert: Crime is sophisticated, prevention needs to be too

I've made some pretty bold claims in my time but I've never once claimed to know the future. Not until today, that is. Move over Herald horoscopes, I've got this one.

The future begins every day around a table at 10.30am in a small office not far from Christchurch's Hagley Park. A team of people are going through a list of crimes and figuring out what to do. The day I'm there, they have 24 family harm incidents before them, ranging from the minor (an argument between a couple), to the serious (a physical assault with visible injuries, including strangulation).

This team isn't fighting unsolved crime, but rather crime that might be committed in the future.

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Man, 32, charged with murder following 2yo girl's death in Rangitaiki River

The two-year-old whose body was found in the Rangitaiki River in Bay of Plenty last night has been described as a well-loved, vibrant little girl.

A 32-year-old man charged with the murder of Arnica Savage appeared in Whakatāne District Court earlier today.

A relative of the girl said she and the tight-knight community of Te Mahoe were incredibly angry by what had happened.

The girl had lived in the small town with her grandmother, who alerted other locals to her disappearance.

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'Family violence doesn’t respect boundaries between home and the workplace'

It is estimated that there could be around 500,000 family violence victims in New Zealand, of which more than 40% are in paid employment.

Furthermore, domestic violence was estimated to cost businesses $368 million annually in 2014. This is the cost in lost productivity, cover for sick days, and recruitment/retraining when victims are unable to keep working.

Consequently, the workplace is a “powerful and effective place to intervene”, according to Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue.

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Russell McVeagh review: Women felt 'intimidated, confused and uncomfortable'

Law firm Russell McVeagh had a culture of excessive drinking when sexual misconduct allegations arose in 2015 and 2016, an independent review has found.

Dame Margaret Bazley, who led the review, is releasing her findings this morning.

The firm has apologised to the women involved and assured their actions will result in meaningful change.

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Unacceptable culture and conduct

Justice Minister Andrew Little and Under-Secretary Jan Logie have received the independent review into allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying at leading law firm Russell McVeagh.

“The culture and conduct described by Dame Margaret Bazley is totally unacceptable and even though this is not a Government report I will be looking closely at all the recommendations. This report highlights the need for improvements in the legal profession,” says Andrew Little.

Jan Logie, Under-Secretary for Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues, has also welcomed the review.

“The report shows the problems at Russell McVeagh were wide-ranging and they must take action to address them,” says Jan Logie.

“It is particularly crucial that New Zealanders can put their trust in the integrity of the legal profession if we are to fully address, and prevent, sexual violence and harassment.”

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‘A full apology from the highest level of government’

The new Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care could be life-changing, but will need to clear several hurdles if it is going to do more than pay lip service, says Victoria University of Wellington criminologist Dr Elizabeth Stanley.

Stanley has researched truth commissions in South Africa, Chile and Timor-Leste and is author of The Road to Hell: State Violence against Children in Postwar New Zealand, based on her interviews with more than 100 victims.

Speaking as part of Victoria University of Wellington’s Provost Lecture Series, she detailed the extent and many facets of the abuse, along with its legacies, before emphasising how important acknowledgement is.

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Survivor group alleges Govt breached human rights with state abuse Royal Commission

A child abuse survivor group has called for United Nations intervention over the Government's possible exclusion of churches from its state abuse inquiry.

Occulo​ New Zealand, a group set up with the goal of ending abuse by clergy, believes the New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care does not comply with the 1989 United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Concern forced adoption inquiry in 'too hard' basket

Women campaigning for an inquiry into forced adoption fear the matter is back in the "too hard" basket.

It has been seven weeks since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed she was considering options to examine New Zealand's forced adoption history, including a select committee inquiry.

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No shame in universalist agenda

The Families Package is the perfect demonstration of the Government's tendency towards universalism. Peter McKenzie explains why it shouldn't be afraid to say so.

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42 domestic violence, 25 sexual assault charges against police

Documents released to Newshub show there have been 42 charges of domestic violence laid against police since 1995.

There have also been 25 charges of sexual assault.

Of the 67 charges, 65 were for men and two for women - both for domestic violence.

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Winz is meant to help the vulnerable, not hound them through the courts

The High Court has slammed the MSD after it ‘misconceived’ the rules around beneficiaries borrowing money. It should now halt all High Court debt recovery, says Catriona MacLennan

In what parallel universe would the agency charged with assisting our most vulnerable citizens cut a mother’s benefit because she borrowed money from her family and her bank to stay afloat?

In 21st century Aotearoa, that is how the Ministry of Social Development thinks it should carry out its job.

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Jackie Clark: Domestic violence isn't only physical

OPINION: For the last 20 years, I've been figuring out what abusive relationships look like. As a teacher dealing with families, as someone connected to a refuge and getting to know the women therein, and as a friend, and often an ear for women who have left these relationships or are still in the midst thereof. I am constantly asked by people what they can do for someone they know in a relationship they think may be abusive.

Being an avid user of social media, meeting all sorts of people, and having these conversations around domestic violence day in and day out for the last almost six years, it occurs to me that very few people understand what an abusive relationship looks like. They all look very different but there are commonalities.

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Chozyn Koroheke left this world 'broken and battered'

Chozyn Koroheke was subjected to weeks of domestic violence by Turiarangi Tai before he murdered her. 

On Friday, Tai was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 17 years by Justice Matthew Muir at the High Court in Auckland after being found guilty of Koroheke's murder.

He was also sentenced to five months imprisonment for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

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'You don't start off life as a tiny baby being violent'

Violence in the home has become a "national emergency" that needs a nationwide response, a domestic abuse organisation says.

The comments come after convicted murderer Turiarangi Tai was sentenced yesterday to at least 17 years' jail for killing his girlfriend Chozyn Koroheke with a shotgun, after a month of vicious attacks on her.

At the Auckland High Court, Justice Muir called the murder a "sad indictment on New Zealand society and its shocking domestic violence record".

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Domestic abuse organisation calls violence in the home a 'national emergency'

Violence in the home has become a "national emergency" that needs a nationwide response, a domestic abuse organisation says.

The comments come after convicted murderer Turiarangi Tai was sentenced yesterday to at least 17 years' jail for killing his girlfriend Chozyn Koroheke with a shotgun, after a month of vicious attacks on her.

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Deputy police commissioner should apologise for rape comments - survivor agency

The new deputy commissioner of police needs to apologise for calling Louise Nicholas' rape accusations a "nonsense", says the head of a sexual abuse agency.

Kathryn McPhillips, the executive director of Help Auckland, said deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha's actions would have caused harm to Nicholas and to other victims, and put survivors off reporting to police.

"Those kind of comments have consequences," she said. "They hurt people. And being regretful is one thing but addressing the harm is also an important step."

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Vulnerable teenagers need good examples and support

This generation of teenagers can easily be called the most vulnerable to date, writes Marcelle Nader-Turner.

Adolescence is a time that many of us wouldn’t want to return to. Consider the fear of judgement, the insecurity and the relationships that threatened to consume us, whether they eventuated or stayed as a hopeful fantasy.

On the one hand, adolescence is a wonderful time of growth, carefree fun and experimentation, but it has never been easy and is certainly no easier today when we look at a generation overrun with technology and social media, where adolescent boys are turning to pornography as the most common means of sex education, and anxiety and depression are significant public health issues. This is a generation that can easily be called the most vulnerable to date.

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The Side Eye: ‘Tough on Crime’ is Dead

The politics of fear has seen successive NZ governments incarcerate people at increasing rates. In the latest Side Eye, Toby Morris explores the crisis of a mindless criminal justice system

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Exclusive: An estimated 1000 babies go unregistered a year in NZ

An estimated 1000 babies a year in New Zealand are not registered, rendering them legally invisible and unable to access basic support and services.

In 2015 the number of unregistered babies was 775, climbing to 933 and then 1192 in following years. This year 3792 babies are yet to register.

Presently it is a legal requirement for babies to be registered within two years.

Reasons behind unregistered babies are varied; some women who have experienced domestic violence want to protect the safety of their child so they don't register them.

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Judge condemns three-hour assault as 'very serious violence'

A man's "Jekyll and Hyde" violence towards women result in a three-hour assault that left his latest victim with 73 bruises and a broken rib.

Crown prosecutor Chris White told the Christchurch District Court Justin Matthew McAllister, who was sentenced on Wednesday to a four-year, seven-month jail term, had previously been prosecuted for similar violence four times between 1999 and 2014.

Judge Jane Farish said: "I don't think he's anywhere near being safe in a relationship."

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Jailed for prolonged violence

A man jailed for family violence denied parts of a summary of facts when it was read in Gisborne District Court and yelled abuse as he was led away to start his sentence.

Wi Derek Whiri-Mahara Huata, was jailed by Judge Warren Cathcart for two years and one month — outside the threshold for home detention.

Huata pleaded guilty on the morning of a scheduled trial earlier this year to charges of injuring with intent to injure and assaulting a female.

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Pregnant woman punched, kicked, strangled during unprovoked assault

After punching and kicking his pregnant partner, a violent offender kissed her on the lips and said goodbye, before he started to strangle her.

Zaarne Tipene Abraham's multiple domestic violence charges related to one day of unprovoked violence in which his partner of 18 months was the target, the New Plymouth District Court heard.

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Domestic abuser to victim: 'I know I am going back to jail. I'll make it worthwhile this time'

A prolonged and vicious assault by her partner left a young woman fearing she was going to die.

Kerry Nind, 23, and his partner had been in a relationship for about a year. They had five-week-old twin daughters, and were living in a Napier flat.

On the afternoon of January 2, 2018, the woman told Nind she wanted to go for a short walk as she felt she needed a break from the twins.

Nind prevented her from leaving. They argued and the woman attempted to slap Nind across the face.

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Man who de-gloved partner's face and rammed van in frenzied attack jailed

The man who rammed a van full of people which resulted in his partner's face being de-gloved, "must have just seen red", a judge says.

Raquada-Charles Edwards, 24, appeared in Napier District Court on Friday before Judge Bridget Mackintosh for sentencing.

Edwards faced charges, including threatening to kill, male assaults female, assault with a weapon, two charges of breaching a protection order and three of reckless driving causing injury.

The incident which led to his arrest, which happened on February 5 in Hastings, followed days of Edwards assaulting and stalking his partner.

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William Martin Wakefield named as defendant for murder charge of stepson

The man charged with murdering a five-month-old baby at Upper Hutt can now be named, along with the victim, his stepson.

William Martin Wakefield, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Lincoln Wakefield on June 11.

He also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of wounding the baby with intent to cause grievous bodily harm between May 7 and June 4.

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