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Weekly Media Roundup

September 21, 2018 at 12:05 PM

What Women Want (and why it matters)

The Suffrage anniversary is a great moment to stop and think about how long this fight's being going on (and we need to remember that not every woman was equal in the Suffrage equation, either - non-white women were separated and disenfranchised still, in many ways. If you want to be really brutal about it, the Suffrage vote in 1893 was about the enfranchisement of some women).

Let's have the moment though, by all means. And then gather yourself for the fight. Again. Look to the future, and see all there is left to do.

That's what we've done in the making of What Women Want, the major video project you'll find here on Stuff.  For a start, we gathered more than 30 leaders, influencers, experts and trailblazers to talk to us about the big issues - and they're all women. I'm pretty sure that's unprecedented in New Zealand broadcasting, where panels talking about serious stuff are still mostly made up of white men (yes, yes, with a few exceptions). 

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Three brave male survivors of childhood sexual abuse speak about what they endured, and how they are healing

The Harvey Weinstein saga exposed an ugly side of our culture. TVNZ’s Sunday hears from some male victims.

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Men still struggling to speak out about childhood sexual abuse, advocate says - 'We don't like to talk about it'

Thousands of Kiwi men are living with a trauma history of childhood sexual abuse.

Last night, TVNZ's Sunday programme met three men who were abused as children but kept their silence for years before seeking help.

Male Survivors Aotearoa advocate and sexual abuse survivor Ken Clearwater spoke to TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning about the barriers men face getting help and speaking out.

Mr Clearwater says one of the barriers is New Zealand's lack of research into the issue.

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Alison Mau: The act of telling what happened puts the power back in your hands – it is incredibly liberating

OPINION: Neil Sorensen's story is a pretty tough read, but I say hang in there until you get to the end. It ends well.

I've had a bit to do with Neil of late, and I think he's a terrific bloke. He's honest and sensitive, and he seems to care a lot about people. Particularly, he wants to make sure others don't have to go through the things he did, which is more than can be said for some I've come across recently.

Plainly he was a hugely effective manager at a very high level in the administration of our national obsession (rugby, of course).

But earlier on in his adulthood, apparently, he was not as nice. There will be those reading his story today, who knew him back then, for whom the light will go on; they'll finally understand where that behaviour might have come from.

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Charity founder Jackie Clark is the Supreme Winner of the Women of Influence Awards

Here are three things domestic violence outreach worker Jackie Clark knows.

One, the worst thing isn't the hiding. "It's the waking up in the morning and not knowing who you're waking up to," she says. It's the constant walking on eggshells. "And you don't ever know when they're going to turn."

Two, he may never hit you. He'll play mind-games, cut you off from the people who love you, criticise and call you names, withhold money, stalk you, make it hard for you to keep a job, threaten you, break promises to the kids. Some of these things are illegal. Many aren't.

Three, you know somebody in an abusive relationship. You think you don't, but you do.

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Congratulations Jackie Clark, supreme Woman of Influence and supreme Aunty

Last night The Aunties founder Jackie Clark won not just the Community and Not for Profit category but also the supreme prize at the special suffrage anniversary edition of the Westpac women of influence awards. To mark that achievement, which recognises her work with women survivors of domestic violence, we republish here her conversation with Alex Casey, from March 2017, about New Zealand’s gender violence problem and what people can do to help.

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The reality of life on the minimum wage in NZ

Men pee in front of Victoria when she's cleaning the gents. Roszanne couldn't afford to go to her brother's tangi. Lavinia hardly sees her children. These are the predicaments of New Zealand women working for minimum wage. They have told filmmaker Kathleen Winter their stories for the short documentary project Minimum. Ahead of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, RNZ launches the series here.

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Minimum is an essential bridge between bleak statistics and human reality

61% of people working on the minimum wage in New Zealand are women. RNZ’s new documentary series Minimum gives a voice – and more importantly, a face – to these women. Sam Brooks reviews.

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Ex-partner charged with murder after woman stabbed outside her workplace

A 52-year-old man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his ex-partner outside her workplace in Christchurch.

Police were called to Ilam Rd at 7.50pm after a 28-year-old woman and her 31-year-old partner were allegedly stabbed by a man who then used the knife on himself.

Stuff understands the woman had just left her workplace and was with her partner when the couple were stabbed by her ex-partner.

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Pregnant women refusing prenatal care after children taken by social services

Health professionals say women whose children have been taken by social services are refusing to seek prenatal care when they fall pregnant for fear of having their newborns taken, too.

One Kaitaia couple, Mary and Warren, had their first child taken into care by social services because of domestic violence and mental health problems.

Mary believes social services' decision to remove their child from their care was fair at the time, but she claims they "also said that I'd be able to get him back and that I'd get a house in six months".

When Mary became pregnant for a second time, it was six months before she sought prenatal care.

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Young people waiting months for mental health appointments

Young people desperate for help to deal with mental health issues are waiting too long for even a first appointment with support services.

Nearly 1500 under-18s are waiting longer than two months, and it's not just teenagers, but thousands of younger children are crying out for help and not getting it fast enough.

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Samoa domestic violence inquiry seeks to lift 'veil of silence'

A damning inquiry into domestic violence in Samoa has attempted to pull back the "veil of silence" that shrouds the issue.

Last week, the Commission of Inquiry released its 300-page report into what it called a crisis in the country.

But the problems identified are well known to many in Samoa.

Now, people are asking, what next?

The inquiry's findings were damning: one in five women will be raped in their lifetime, while nine out of every 10 Samoans will have had some experience with violence in the home.

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Rape crisis efforts turning the tide

Dunedin has a persistent rape culture, a sexual assault support organisation says.

But Rape Crisis Dunedin fundraising and resource co-ordinator Zoe Hayes says its education workshops are slowly helping to turn the tide.

Rape culture manifests in Dunedin largely through attitudes and behaviours which trivialise rape and sexual assault, Ms Hayes said.

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Tribunal hearing to address Māori health inequity

An Alaskan model of healthcare that gives patients more say in their treatment could be an answer to poor Māori health, says a kaumatua who will present his case at a major Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Ngāruawāhia next month.

More than 170 groups are set to converge at Tūrangawaewae Marae for the three-week long hearing.

Mururaupatu Maipi, 27, travelled to Alaska last month to look at their native-lead health system to see how it could work here in New Zealand.

Claimants, including Huntly kaumātua Taitimu Maipi, contend that the Crown's failure to address Māori health inequity is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Maipi said there has been a shortfall in funding to address the needs of Māori, specifically primary healthcare, such as GPs.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sex abuser Peter Ashford likely to spend rest of his life behind bars

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of sexual offending and graphic language and may not be suitable for some readers. Please take care. If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone call the Safe to Talk confidential crisis helpline on 0800 227 233.

An 82-year-old South Auckland man has been jailed for likely the rest of his life for more than 50 years of "serious and sustained" sex offending against girls.

Peter Brian Ashford claimed the girls "wanted it" - and tried to blame his offending on his first victim, saying if she had reported him to the police he would have been stopped long ago.

Ashford was jailed for 12 years and eight months by Judge John Bergseng in the Manukau District on Friday.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to 27 charges relating to girls aged between 8 and 13 including rapes and attempted rapes, sexual violations and indecent assaults.

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Kiwi youth are spending more than 48 hours in police cells

Young people are spending longer in police cells, more than 48 hours on average in 2018, prompting Amnesty International to alert the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

The average time New Zealand youth spent in police cells increased to 2.6 days in 2018, up from 1.8 days in 2014, according to Oranga Tamariki.

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the legislation allowing youths to be remanded in custody had been "an enduring blight on our criminal justice system since 1989".

While youths were in police cells, they would "almost certainly" experience solitary confinement, were likely to experience poor hygiene facilities, inadequate food, round-the-clock lighting, and have limited access to appropriate support, Becroft said.

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Migrant woman reclaims her life after breaking free from abusive marriage

After standing by her abusive husband, a migrant woman has made a new life for herself and broken free from violence.

Married to her abuser for six years, Reshma DSouza decided to leave him in the weeks after he was granted a discharge without conviction for a violent physical attack.

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Dunedin man broke into ex-partner's house, punched her when she refused 'cuddles'

A Dunedin man who broke into his ex-partner's home in the middle of the night because he "wanted cuddles" punched her 15 times after she rejected his advances, a court has heard.

Caleb O'Connell (21) appeared in the Dunedin District Court last week having admitted charges of burglary, intentional damage and two of assault.

Early on January 20, while his former partner of two years was asleep in her home, the defendant got in through a lounge window, then slid under the covers beside her.

An incident at the house three weeks earlier meant the defendant was barred from returning and his bail conditions restricted him from contacting the woman.

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'I am not persuaded that you've shown any real remorse'

A multi-millionaire paid to have impoverished Filipino children treated like toys for his depraved sexual pleasure - while he sat in the comfort of his North Shore home.

Martin Henry Lawes, a former Takapuna Community Board chair and Justice of the Peace, was today sentenced to four and-a-half years in prison for three charges of dealing with children for sexual exploitation and importing and possessing pictures and videos of children being sexually abused.

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Man headbutts partner and blames her for walking away

A man who headbutted his partner hard enough to make her nose bleed during an argument over money was running out of options, a judge said.

Watene Davis, 29, grabbed his partner by her t-shirt with both hands and head butted her twice during an argument on May 19 at their Pātea home over money, Hāwera District Court heard.

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Young Auckland woman prostituted a child through smartphone app

A young woman used a smartphone app to prostitute a 14-year-old girl, arranging for her to participate in group sex and an oil massage, then collecting payment. 

Nineteen-year-old Monika Kelly, a single mother, appeared in the High Court at Auckland on Friday, where she pleaded guilty to one charge of the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old girl.

Between March 18, 2017 and April 26, 2017 Kelly entered into dealings of a person under 18 for the purposes of sexual exploitation, court documents showed.

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