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Weekly Media Roundup

February 22, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Stuff: David Bain's friend Paul Wilson took murderous revenge on the women who rejected him

Paul Russell Wilson was given numerous second chances by family, friends and the justice system. Two young women paid the price. SAM SHERWOOD AND MARTIN VAN BEYNEN investigate.

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NZ Herald: Inside the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court: Helping addicts help themselves

The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court supports users who want to break their habit. It's a successful system, so why might it be shut down, asks Paul Little.


NZ Doctor: Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax

Media release from Alcohol HealthWatch

Alcohol Healthwatch warns a business as usual approach to alcohol harm in our country represents a lost opportunity to significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson says “with the increasing affordability of alcohol in our country, we hoped the Tax Working Group would take the opportunity to call for urgent action to save lives and reduce harm.”

The Tax Working Group’s final report recommends that the Government review the rate structure of alcohol excise tax. Dr Jackson says that we cannot afford to wait whilst New Zealanders continue to pay the unacceptable social, economic and health costs associated with the most harmful drug in our country.

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NZ Herald: Government's wellbeing indicators to be released next month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms

The Government expects to release next month the 36 measures it will use to show how it's progressing towards its goals.

Speaking to Newstalk ZB this morning following the Herald's story on the Government delaying the release of its first scorecard, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the measures were expected to be released next month.

The Government has set 12 priority outcomes under the themes of economy, wellbeing and leadership, and will use about three indicators for each to monitor and assess progress.


Stuff: Victim-blaming Destiny Church facilitator stood down

A Destiny Church Man Up programme facilitator who told a domestic violence survivor it was her "fault" if she "provoked" her partner has been stood down. 

Junior Ponch took exception to the Facebook post of a woman who alleged her abusive partner told her he learned it was her fault he was violent through attending Man Up.



Newshub: More than 10,000 Kiwi households on public housing waiting list

In the biggest increase in state and community-provided housing in a decade, an extra 1658 public housing places have been made available in the past year.

But it comes as the public housing waiting list increases to more than 10,000 households - an increase of 73 percent or 4530 households over the same time a year earlier.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says while progress is being made on building more homes, demand for housing continues to increase.



Stuff: Why Jordan Peterson is a sign of our very scary times

OPINION: This week it seems that everyone has been called upon to have an opinion on Jordan Peterson. It's no mean feat given that I, and I'm sure many of you, are still trying to understand what this grumpy bearded old dude actually stands for, and why on earth he's so popular.

There's a reason guys especially find it appealing, though. We've come a long way in pulling down stubborn sexist societal tropes, but there's still a large gap in how we're teaching boys to be good men.

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Stuff: I went to see Jordan Peterson and it was equal parts boring and terrifying

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The Spinoff: The internet is the new public square. And it’s flowing with raw sewage

The NZ government must take a much bolder stance on the tech giants who dominate our lives online, writes Leroy Beckett from Action Station, who today release The People’s Report on Online Hate, Harassment and Abuse.

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Stuff: A baby has died in Kaitaia, sparking a homicide investigation

A baby girl has been found dead in Kaitaia.

Northland police acting detective inspector Lloyd Schmid said a homicide investigation had been launched.

The baby was discovered dead on Tuesday and a post-mortem revealed she had died of non-accidental injuries, Schmid said.



Stuff: Malcolm Rewa trial: Serial rapist has been found guilty of Susan Burdett's murder

The serial rapist Malcolm Rewa has been found guilty of the murder of Susan Burdett after a trial in the High Court at Auckland.

The jurors retired at 10.31am on Friday and returned with their verdicts at 2.30pm.

Rewa pleaded not guilty to murdering Burdett, who was found raped and bludgeoned to death in her Papatoetoe, south Auckland, unit in 1992.

It was the third time he had stood trial for her murder.



RNZ: Man admits killing baby, but denies murder

An Upper Hutt man has admitted killing his five-month-old stepson, but denies murdering the baby.

William Wakefield, 32, appeared in the High Court in Wellington today in relation to the death of Lincoln Wakefield last June.

The baby was rushed to hospital and had surgery for serious head injuries, but later died.

Mr Wakefield pleaded guilty to the boy's manslaughter, but denied murdering him or wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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NZ Herald: 'The worst is yet to come': Tara Brown's mum has not told granddaughter about murder

Four years on from the murder of Tara Brown, her mother Natalie says she still hasn't told her grandchild the truth about what happened.

New Zealand-born Tara Brown was brutally beaten to death by her partner, and her daughter's father, Lionel Patea, in Queensland in 2015.

Now 6 years old, her daughter Aria believes her mum died in a car accident.

In an interview with Kidspot in Australia, the 53-year-old grandmother says she still doesn't have words to describe it.

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Stuff: Auckland rugby coach Alosio Taimo imprisoned for 'unprecedented' sex crimes

An Auckland school rugby coach found guilty of sexually abusing 17 boys has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Alosio Taimo - a teacher's aid - was convicted in October 2018 of 95 out of 105 charges relating to sex crimes after a three-month trial.

The offending spanned almost 30 years, and involved Taimo, 56, abusing boys aged 9 to 15.

On Friday, he was sentenced at the High Court in Auckland by Justice Simon Moore, who said Taimo's offending was of an "unprecedented scale".

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RNZ: Fears sex offender taught music lessons held at Wellington primary school

A Wellington primary school has suspended music lessons that used tutors without police background checks.

There are concerns a convicted sex offender may have been hired by the Wellington Music Centre, which uses school premises on an informal basis.

Island Bay School principal Deborah Fenton said there was no suggestion of any incident between an adult and a child.

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