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Weekly Media Roundup

March 01, 2019 at 1:38 PM

NZ Herald: Hands off: police making five strangulation arrests a day, victim relives 'terrifying' ordeal

Police have charged almost five people a day with strangling or suffocating their partners since a new family violence law came into force criminalising such acts in December.

And a woman who survived a horror strangling incident, and years of other abuse at the hands of her partner, has spoken out about her ordeal to help people understand how serious the problem really is.

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Newstalk ZB: Andrew Dickens: Strangulation arrests show NZ is a nation of domestic violence

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Stuff: Average five people a day charged with strangulation, suffocation since law change

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NZ Herald: New family violence charge nets 19 alleged abusers each day - police say stats are 'shocking'

Police have released more figures on family violence after new legislation was introduced in December to curb the number of incidents in New Zealand - and they are shocking.

This morning the Herald revealed police had charged almost five people a day with strangling or suffocating their partners since a new family violence law came into force criminalising such acts on December 3.

Now it has emerged that in the same period, the number of people charged with the new offence of assaulting a family member has reached more than 1580.

The total was 1582 as of Monday - around 19 charges a day across New Zealand.

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RNZ: Kids report racism, bullying and violence prevalent themes in life

A new report has found that the majority of Kiwi kids are flourishing- but some still face significant challenges.

As part of "What Makes A Good Life?", more than 6000 young people described their experiences growing up in New Zealand.

More than 90 percent of respondents said they lived in a warm dry home and more than 70 percent said they felt respected and valued.

A further 70 percent said they felt safe online, while 63 percent said they could cope when life got hard.

But, others noted that racism, bullying, violence and drugs were prevalent themes in their lives.

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Stuff: Women's Refuge concern about 'dangerous' Man Up programme

Women's Refuge has branded a Destiny Church anti-violence programme as "dangerous".

Man Up, a 15-week rehabilitation-style programme with 300 groups across the country teaches men to "open up, not harden up" but has been plagued by complaints that its facilitators are teaching participants to blame their victims for their behaviour. 

"This stuff that's being taught is dangerous and it's got no place in 2019 New Zealand," Women's Refuge chief Ang Jury said this week. 

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Stuff: #metoonz one year on

On February 28, 2018, as part of the global Me Too movement, Stuff and Alison Mau asked people to come forward with their stories of workplace sexual harassment and assault. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of women - and some men - contacted us.

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RNZ: Porirua mother fears Oranga Tamariki could take her children away at any time

Oranga Tamariki says there have been sweeping changes at its Porirua office as the community speaks out over a rise in the number of children being put into state care.

In the last financial year, 68 Porirua children entered state care - up 70 percent on the year before.

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Newsie: On the road to Harm’s End

David White has a message for New Zealand and he’s delivering it in person.

Starting in Kaikoura on Monday, he is visiting every parliamentary constituency - 71 communities in 71 days – and giving 120 presentations to groups or public audiences, challenging communities to take ownership of family harm.

He also has a message for Police staff – stand with and guide your communities until they have the competence and confidence to find their own way.

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Newstalk ZB: Businesses urged to prepare for domestic violence leave

A national domestic abuse charity says small businesses need to get ready for domestic violence leave coming into effect in a couple of months.

From the 1st of April, employees will be entitled to two weeks domestic violence leave a year.

Shine, which is a domestic abuse charity, say they are complex issues and bosses need to get their heads around them.

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Newsroom: Revenge porn is sexual abuse

Revenge porn: It is prevalent, acutely gendered and in danger of becoming normalised and accepted, writes University of Auckland's Dr Claire Meehan. 

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Stuff: Woman charged with murder of Motueka baby

Police have charged a woman with murder after a baby was found dead at a Motueka property nearly three weeks ago. 

A 42-year-old woman would appear in the Christchurch District Court to face the murder charge on Thursday afternoon. 

Police were called to the Memorial Drive property on the evening of Sunday, February 10, where they found the 5-month-old baby dead and a woman with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. 

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Newshub: Police suspect key people withholding information in Northland baby death investigation

Police investigating the tragic death of a four-week-old in Northland say someone knows what happened - but so far they're struggling with people withholding information.

Just a month ago Maree Ngahere's family was proudly sharing photos of her online. On February 19, the newborn was found dead at a house in Kaitaia.

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RNZ: Police name infant who died in Kaitaia

A four-week-old girl who died of injuries in Kaitaia has been named, as Northland police continue a homicide investigation.

Maree Takuira Mita Ngahere was found dead at a house in Kaitaia on 19 February, police said.

Results from a post-mortem indicated she suffered a brain injury and bleeding to her brain. There was also severe bruising on one arm and thigh.

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NZ Herald: 12 Questions: Amanda Millar

Former TV journalist Amanda Millar has turned Celia Lashlie's final interview into a box-office hit film now in cinemas nationwide.

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Stuff: What I want teens to know about Married at First Sight Australia

OPINION: If you're not watching Married at First Sight Australia, good for you; but given that over a million people are it's best we unpack it.

As someone who is deeply dedicated to both Respectful Relationships education for teens (and, let's face it – adults) as well as a devotee of terrible television, my approach is to use shows like it as a teaching tool.

This is what I would tell teens about the show that has exposed some uncomfortable "truths".

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Stuff: 'Grim' Te Rakau drama school failed to keep troubled kids safe before closure

Troubled kids were put in danger at the Te Rakau drama school run by well-known actor Jim Moriarty, according to a previously unreleased report by Child, Youth and Family (CYF).

The 2011 CYF report, released under the Official Information Act, identified serious risks at the drama trust, which included allegations of abuse and violence between staff and the young people in their care.

Successor ministry Oranga Tamariki is already re-investigating a historic sex abuse complaint at the facility on Moriarty's Island Bay property, which was shut down in 2011.

Aucklander Jacob Mayhew and his twin brother claim another resident sexually abused them during their stay at Te Rakau for several months in 2008. Mayhew alleged Moriarty knew about the abuse, which the actor denies.

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NZ Herald: Look who's giving advice after NZ's appearance at UN Human Rights Council

New Zealand has received advice from a wide range of countries on how to improve its human rights, including from Venezuela, Russia, Syria and Myanmar.

The advice is included in the United Nations Human Rights Council draft report on New Zealand.

Justice Minister Andrew Little led a delegation of 14 to Geneva in January to report on advances in New Zealand human rights and discuss where improvements could be made.

Areas of concern included disparities for Maori in employment and life expectancy, imprisonment rates, discrimination on the basis of gender identity, the gender pay gap and family violence.

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RNZ: Pacific peoples fight family violence

Samoa's ombudsman says a national inquiry has brought home the reality that family violence is real and dangerous in Samoa.

Maiava Iulai Toma was among those who gathered for a fono in Auckland last week to try and come up with solutions.

A commission of inquiry on domestic violence in Samoa found that nine out of 10 women in Samoa have suffered physical or emotional violence at the hands of a family member.

These women also suffer in silence, enduring years of mental and physical torture and abuse.

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RNZ: Horrors of domestic violence shared at UN discussion

Horrific examples of violence inflicted on women have been shared at the United Nations' Spotlight Initiative in Samoa.

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Stuff: Rugby coach Alosio Taimo's offending prompts difficult conversations about child sex abuse in NZ sport

The ripple effects of the horrific case of a junior rugby coach convicted for large scale sexual abuse against young boys is being felt throughout the New Zealand sports community, prompting conversations about how we protect children in sport.

Alosio Taimo was on Friday sentenced to 22 years in prison, after being convicted of 95 charges of sexual abuse against young boys over a 30 year period. Justice Simon Moore, who presided over the trial at the Auckland High Court, described Taimo's offending as "unprecedented in scale".

Friday's sentencing included harrowing victim impact statements from several of Taimo's 17 victims, who now range in age from their early teens to their early 40s.

In his summing up, Justice Moore noted Taimo "adapted almost every environment you occupied to facilitate your offending". In the cases involving the youngest cohort of victims, sport was the facilitator.

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RNZ: How to prevent sexual violence through and in sport

Questions have been lobbed at sporting organisations of late about what they are doing to prevent sexual violence, but experts say it’s about the wider sporting community taking responsibility.

Research out of the United States by the Centre for Gender Equity and Health at the University of California suggests sport culture can end sexual violence in a generation by making sport both a platform and an avenue for change.

New Zealand Rugby’s Eleanor Butterworth says it’s about normalising the conversation around sexual violence and having those conversations at the grassroots level.

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Noted: The murder of Helen Meads: The insidious nature of domestic violence

The father of murder victim Helen Meads is currently on a tour around New Zealand to talk about stopping domestic violence. In this 2012 article, North & South talked to Helen's friends and family about what happened and the insidious nature of domestic violence.

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The Spinoff: How NZ advertisers got unwittingly linked to a child porn racket on YouTube

Two years after David Farrier helped to unearth the exploitation of children on YouTube, the sexualisation of children on the platform continues – and NZ companies are inadvertently appearing alongside it. Oskar Howell reports.

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