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Weekly Media Roundup

February 01, 2019 at 10:57 AM

The Spinoff: ‘I’m still living it’: a Roast Busters survivor’s story

On Monday night, Joseph Parker, one of a group of young men investigated relating to alleged sexual offences, broke his silence, talking to Newshub five years after The Roast Busters scandal exploded. Many of his survivors were watching. Alex Casey sat down with one of them this week in her Auckland home. Appalled by Parker’s decision to return the traumatic episode to the public stage, she decided to tell her story for the first time.

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NZ Herald: Lizzie Marvelly: Roast Buster interview about ratings, not a matter of public interest

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NZ Herald: Kyle MacDonald: Roast Busters ringleader Joseph Parker and a lesson in saying sorry

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RNZ: Govt agencies sharing details on family violence will save lives - Jan Logie

There's wide support for government agencies and health groups to share information among them when dealing with family violence situations.

The Family Violence Act comes into effect from July, giving power to authorities to share sensitive details, so they can intervene quickly and help vulnerable people.

The Ministry of Justice has released a summary of feedback related to the new legislation.

Under-secretary to the Minister of Justice Jan Logie said most of the feedback supported information sharing.

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Noted: The Family Court is more broken than ever – what will it take to fix it?

As a review panel considers the future shape of the Family Court, Donna Chisholm asks what it will take to fix an institution that looks more broken than ever – despite law changes designed to improve the way it works. Experts and advocates, parents and mediators speak out. 

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Newsroom: Is the system failing victims in #MeToo historical cases?

In light of the ruling against sexual abuse victim Mariya Taylor, Dr Zoë Prebble questions how limitation periods work in such cases of historical sexual and gendered harm

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RNZ: Domestic violence against migrants: we need action

Although I did not know Xi Wang, I am familiar with stories like hers.

Her story has been haunting me since I came across it. She was a Chinese woman who was killed five days after Grace Millane in her home in Flat Bush on 10 December 2018. The man accused of her murder was in court this week.

Many Asian migrant women have their lives taken. Asian migrant women who experience domestic violence from Pākehā men often face additional struggles seeking help, protection and justice.

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Newshub: Reducing youths detained in custody 'challenging' - Ministry for Children

The youth justice system will be undergoing a major shake-up in July, but the Children's Ministry warns reducing the number teenagers being detained in custody is "challenging and uncertain".

From July, 17-year-olds will appear in the Youth Court instead of being treated as an adult, but documents released to Newshub show youth justice residences are operating "close to full capacity".

The documents also show Oranga Tamariki must build up new residential homes in order to meet the increased demand.

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The Spinoff: What does a rapist look like?

Someone Emily Writes knew, or thought she knew, raped a woman in a horrific attack. She asks why she didn’t see the monster within.

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Māori Television: Film addressing domestic violence, alcohol, drugs wins award

Rangatahi at a youth justice residence in Auckland have taken out the top prize at a film festival with their short film addressing domestic violence, gambling, drugs, stealing and mental health.

The short film from youth at Korowai Manaaki What You Don’t Know came out on top against 20 schools in the senior section of the Be Safe Feel Safe Film Festival.

The film features rangatahi from the residence, the issues that have affected them in their lives and how they ended up in custody.

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Stuff: Robert Roper victim Mariya Taylor begs police to drop investigation

The woman ordered to pay close to $30,000 in costs to the man who sexually harassed her says going through a criminal court case against him would "destroy" her.

Mariya Taylor was groped and locked in a cage by Robert Roper when he was her boss in the Air Force in the 1980s.

Police told a media outlet last week they would contact Taylor to discuss the case.

Taylor has confirmed to Stuff that she had emailed police and told them to drop the investigation. Police said they had encouraged Taylor to contact them if she changed her mind.

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Stuff: #UsToo - what's the fix for Parliament's harassment problem?

It seemed like a good idea at the time. In the age of #metoo, why not survey New Zealand's women MPs to find out just how prevalent sexism and harassment is within the walls of Parliament?

An idea borrowed from the European Union (which launched a similar survey in 2016), the plan was to ask them to tell their #metoo stories on a strictly anonymised basis. The raw data would never be released; the details of their secrets were safe.

In the end, it was something of an act of bravery for the 16 MPs willing to touch the thing at all. For others, not even the assurance of anonymity was enough; some refused point-blank to participate.

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NZ Herald: More Māori-based justice solutions being considered to reduce reoffending

Māori-based justice solutions are effective and could reduce reoffending rates if expanded to cover more offenders and more serious offending, the head of a justice reform group says.

Chester Borrows chairs the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group that will make recommendations to the Government to improve the criminal justice system later this year.

He told the Herald that Rangatahi Courts for Māori youth offenders and Iwi Community Panels for low-level Māori young adult offending were both working well, and they could be expanded to cover more offenders and more serious crimes.

How to deal with Māori offending is a key focus of the Government's attempt to lower the prison muster and the reoffending rate, though finding political support for any reforms could be challenging for the Labour Party.

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Stuff: One in 20 Kiwis affected by 'image-based sexual abuse', says Netsafe

About one in 20 Kiwis have had someone share intimate or sexual pictures or videos of them online without their permission, or have been threatened with that, according to research commissioned by cyber safety organisation Netsafe.

Of those, more than half said that had actually happened to them.

Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker believed the research findings were credible, despite the seemingly very high level of image-based online sexual abuse they suggested.

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NZ Herald: Listen: Is rural domestic violence even worse than we thought?

Women who live rurally are more likely to experience domestic violence, says Rural Women New Zealand, but the true number may be even higher.

RWNZ national president Fiona Gower told The Country's Jamie Mackay she believed not all cases were reported.

"Living rurally often you don't want to talk about these sort of things because you know all your neighbours and you don't want that getting out."

She said isolation, poor connectivity, the pressure of farming life and a reluctance to speak out had resulted in the worrying family violence statistics for rural women.

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NZ Herald: Massey University journalism lecturer Grant Hannis sentenced for indecent assault at rest home

A university academic who indecently assaulted an 82-year-old woman with dementia in a rest home had his sentence shortened because he was being publicly named.

Former Massey University journalism lecturer Grant Hannis, 55, fought to keep his name permanently suppressed arguing it would cause him and those connected to him extreme hardship.

He lost suppression when he appeared in the Wellington District Court yesterday to be sentenced for what Judge Stephen Harrop earlier described as "unbelievable offending".

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RNZ: Regional rugby boss leads campaign against family violence

Only last year, Craig Calder spoke publicly for the first time in 50 years about the abuse his own father inflicted on his family.

The South Canterbury Rugby CEO is leading his local clubs in taking a stand against domestic violence in their region and throughout the country.

Until last year, only a couple of Calder's friends who also had alcoholic fathers knew about his father's abuse – not even Calder's own wife and daughter, he tells Jesse Mulligan.

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NZ Herald: Hawke's Bay gang member who gouged out girlfriend's eye with knife declined parole

A gang member with an extensive criminal history including grievous bodily harm, assault with intent to injure, and kidnapping has had his parole declined.

Sio Muliipu , 30, currently serving a 13-year sentence, used a knife to gouge out his girlfriend's eye in 2012 and was one of the 12 prison inmates to break out of the Hawke's Bay Prison wing to stage a roof top protest in 2011.

His criminal history also includes 18 convictions for violence, driving and traffic offences, non-compliance, dishonesty, use of weapons and burglary.

Eleven of the 18 violence convictions involved intimate partner violence which have escalated in severity over time.

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NZ Herald: Pregnant woman jailed for running over ex's new partner in Tokoroa

A pregnant Tokoroa woman has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after running over, then reversing back over, her ex's new partner.

The woman was left with a punctured lung, a broken collar bone, eight broken ribs and a broken pelvis after Talisha Barlow's violent actions on February 16, last year.

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