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Weekly Media Roundup

July 13, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Widow says her former husband's paedophile rings goes to 'highest heights'

The widow who told the world her politician husband was a paedophile says he was involved in a ring of abusers which goes to "the highest heights you can imagine".

In an exclusive interview, Anihera Zhou Black told the Herald: "This goes deep and wide, in terms of the paedophile ring, to the highest heights you can imagine. These people aren't just labourers and workers at fast food restaurants. These people are suits and people in power."

Awanui Black died aged 48 in 2016.

He was a regional councillor, Maori Party political aspirant, a commissioner at the Maori Language Commission, lecturer at Te Wananga o Raukawa and Treaty of Waitangi negotiator for Ngati Pukenga.

He was also a paedophile, according to Zhou Black's gut-wrenching Facebook Live broadcast yesterday.

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‘I believe Ani Black’: Sexual abuse and the silence that poisons communities

On Saturday, the widow of the late Tauranga Moana leader Awanui Black posted a video to Facebook about child sexual abuse and her husband. Their whanaunga Graham Cameron says her brave stand is a chance to break the cycle of silence and shame.

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Death of a 17-year-old girl in Māngere 'very complex'

The death of a teenager whose body was found at an empty south Auckland home remains a mystery, say police.

The 17-year-old girl's body was found at a house in Buckland Rd, Māngere, on Sunday night. Police believe she died some time on Saturday.

"This is a very complex matter," said Tofilau Faa Vaaelua, Counties Manukau Field Crime Manager.

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A preventable death: Auckland woman's manslaughter subject of internal review by police

The last hours of 53-year-old Lee Hart's life were spent unconscious at Auckland City Hospital, surrounded by machines, doctors, and daughter Amber Roper. 

In its most recent report the Family Violence Death Review Committee recommended an integrated family violence system to address New Zealand's high rates of domestic violence. 

But it's clear to Roper that the system could still do with some work. 

Roper says a factor complicating her quest to pull Hart out of her violent home was Hart's alcoholism, and her steadfast refusal of help.  

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Nash says new iwi community justice panel not a soft option

The first iwi community justice panel in Waitematā has been launched today with the police minister backing it as an effective way to reduce the rate of reoffending in young Māori.

Police Minister Stuart Nash launched the new panel, Te Pae Oranga, today at Hoani Waititi Marae in west Auckland.

The panel was created in a partnership between Hoani Waititi trustees and police.

"The trustees of Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden have a long history of leading innovative restorative justice programmes," Nash said.

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New iwi community justice panel aims to cut reoffending in West Auckland

A new iwi community justice panel has been set up to try to reduce the causes of crime and reoffending in the Waitematā police district area.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said Te Pae Oranga would be the country's eleventh iwi panel, and now all three Auckland policing districts had access to the restorative justice initiative. 

"We can't keep building American-style mega prisons every few years as the main feature of our justice policy."

The panel was launched on July 12 at Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland.

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Cost of assault on Pacific people rising

The financial cost of assault on Pacific people is rising, prompting a violence prevention programme for its youth.

The average cost of ACC assault claims by Pacific people has risen by 36 percent in the past three years, from $2321 to $3161.

And domestic assault claims have increased by more than 60 percent, from $1315 to $2162, over the same period.

It suggested assaults were much more serious now and prompted ACC to partner with Pacific organisation Le Va to develop a programme to prevent violence, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said.

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National violence programme for Pasifika youth kicks off

Large numbers of Pasifika teens hide their agony, their ability to lead fulfilled lives stolen by violence.

“You know that sort of sexual harm it destroys families and when it destroys families it destroys communities,” said Dr Siale Foliaki.

Research has revealed they are three times more likely to be exposed to family violence than anyone else while ACC figures show higher rates of assault claims with worse injuries.

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Signs NZ Pasifika anti-violence program working

Since the recent launch of a national violence prevention programme in New Zealand, the number of Pasifika people reaching out for help has been on the rise.

Atu Mai is the first national programme of its kind aimed specifically at Pasifika people, and is a collaboration between New Zealand's Accident Compensation Corporation, Pacific organisation Le Va and consulting group Synergia.

Research by Atu Mai found that while young Pasifika people are more than three times as likely to experience family violence and twice as likely to experience sexual abuse as Pakeha children, they're less likely to report it.

Since its launch two weeks ago, Le Va's CEO, Monique Faleafa said they'd received a flood of calls from people wanting to share their stories and seek help.

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Are parents still smacking their kids?

As the UK debates whether anti-smacking laws will criminalise ‘good’ parents, Lucy Corry asks whether the 2009 New Zealand ban changed Kiwi families.

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Holding children in police cells a 'disaster waiting to happen'

A Nelson lawyer says it's only a matter of time before a child dies by suicide in a police cell.

In the 11 months to the end of March, there were 165 cases of young people being detained alone in a cell for more than 24 hours, and up to six nights in some cases.

While it was clear there had been a marked improvement since the year before, when the number was 284, some youth advocates said the numbers were still too high.

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A Plunket nurse reports from the coalface of home visitation

One of 380 Plunket nurses, Edwards is at the coalface, visiting newborn babies from four weeks old, and seeing them on and off until they are about two and a half years old. It’s a role she believes in strongly. She sips her drink and swallows her food quietly before she speaks. “I love the families and the communities I work with. You can make a real difference.

“Often we’re the only ones going into the homes. A social worker or Family Start worker may go in. But we get a real insight into these family’s lives.”

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Family Court not equipped to deal with parental alienation, Otago University study says

Research has shown that parental alienation has widespread and serious negative effects on children later in life.

A new University of Otago study by Nelson-based solicitor Lee James, published in the New Zealand Family Law Journal this week, says reforms of the Family Court are needed to deal with the issue.

James, who has practised family law for 20 years, said parental alienation was one of the most challenging problems she and her colleagues dealt with.

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'Is that normal these days?' Kiwi dad's concerning find on 13-year-old's laptop

A Kiwi father has reached out for help after he made a concerning find on his 13-year-old son's laptop.

The father had been looking at his son's internet history when he discovered a wide range of extensive porn on the laptop, discovering regular viewing habits which has raised alarm bells.

Child and Family psychologist David Stebbing, who is an expert of psychological problems affecting children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, believes the issue of pornography needs to be addressed, but warned about being alarmist.

Stebbing told the Herald that he has seen an increase in clients coming in with a range of issues regarding exposure to porn and sexuality.

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Brittle bones could make difference between abuse and neglect

A government agency tasked with protecting vulnerable children has been slammed for holding up attempts to prove an infant's skull fracture was caused by a brittle bone syndrome, rather than abusive parents.

Lawyers for the infant's teenage parents have asked Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, to let its geneticist discuss the infant with an expert in brittle bone syndromes.

But the ministry has refused, leaving the lawyers unable to confirm the expert's suspicions.

The infant's teenage parents are facing joint criminal charges of child neglect. They both have interim name suppression and the infant is now in care.

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'I did not rape her': Dunedin driver denies sexually assaulting girl

A teenager has described the moment a girl woke him up saying a man had just attempted to rape her.

The witness - a male relative of the defendant - told the Dunedin District Court yesterday the complainant came into the bedroom early on September 5, 2015, "sobbing".

"She was saying David just tried to, you know ... David tried to rape me" he said.

Dunedin truck driver David Alan Hill, 44, is on trial accused of the rape and indecent assault of the girl, who was 16 at the time.

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Napier and Hastings Women's Refuges set to merge under new name Family VIP

Continuing to put women and children at the forefront and ensuring more services can be offered to the community is the reasoning behind the Napier and Hastings Women's Refuges coming together as one.

Hastings Women's Refuge manager Julie Hart said while they had talked about merging for years, it was never the right time until 12 months ago.

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Waimate Rugby Club gets behind Stand Up campaign with family day

The Waimate Rugby Club's upcoming family fun day is a shining example to the rest of the community and other rugby clubs should be following suit, the South Canterbury Rugby Football Union's (SCRFU) chief executive says.

The rugby club will host a Family Respect and Responsibility Day on Saturday as part of the SCRFU's Stand Up campaign to end family harm and violence which was implemented in April.

The community support project was introduced by the union due to the influence of rugby in the community as an opportunity to help create safer environments throughout the district.

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Multiple teachers deregistered for hitting, force-feeding and dragging young children

Three teachers have been barred from the profession, and a fourth reprimanded, for using physical force against young children.

Pre-schoolers were smacked, force-fed, dragged by their arms, and had their hair pulled by three of the teachers. The other, a primary school teacher, grabbed a four-year-old child with Down Syndrome by the face, twisted her nose and scratched her neck when she did not follow instructions.

Dr Sarah Alexander, the chief executive of early childhood education organisation ChildForum, said the judgments, released by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal this week, highlighted the need for better recruitment and mentoring processes in early childhood centres.

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Violence intervention

New court part of collective determination to reduce family violence.

A local initiative aimed at reducing this region’s staggering family violence problem — the worst in the country — has progressed further with the first sitting this week of a new Intervention Court.

The court represents the ongoing determination of partner agencies to be more responsive to the crisis.

It maintains but has reorganised current court guidelines for a framework that enables a more effective response, says Senior Sergeant Greg Brown of the partner agency Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke (Gisborne’s joint iwi and police family harm unit, which began last year.)

The court works with iwi, government agencies, community groups and defence counsel to develop individualised plans for offenders aimed at achieving long-term behaviour and lifestyle changes.

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15 years jail for prolonged abuse

Tearful families spat insults at each other as a Dunedin builder was jailed for nearly 15 years for the prolonged sexual abuse of his stepdaughter.

The 47-year-old, who was found guilty of eight sex charges following a jury trial in May, was labelled a ''monster'' by one sobbing woman in the back of court as he was led to the cells at the Dunedin District Court yesterday.

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Man admits rape, which was recorded on phone by victim

A man has pleaded guilty to raping a teenager, who recorded on her phone the rapist ignoring her withdrawal of consent partway through sex.

Harris Henrick Barry Rangi Kaimanawa Robinson, 20, pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday to raping the woman in Levin in November 2017.

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Child abuse a 'passing interest' for man in his 70s

A computer repair customer caught with videos of child exploitation on his laptop was indulging a "passing interest" rather than feeding a habit, his lawyer says.

The 77-year-old, who has interim name suppression, had taken his laptop and external hard drive to a Blenheim computer repair shop to be fixed when staff found four videos in July last year.

The videos were from a notorious child abuse series involving an infant, "one of the worst" circulating on the internet and "highly sought after by child offenders internationally", a police summary said.

Police also found more than 100 videos and photographs of "dehumanising" sexual content, and photographs of pre-teen girls.

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