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Weekly Media Roundup

March 08, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Newsroom: Call for independent victims commission

The Government’s chief victims advisor is calling for a complete overhaul of the country’s “archaic” criminal justice system, including the appointment of an independent commission.

Kim McGregor called for the reformation of the criminal justice system, and how it treats victims, at a two-day victims hui held in Wellington.

“Victims of crime suffer not only harm, loss and trauma from the crimes against them. Many also suffer from a lack of justice and or revictimisation from within our inherited, Westminster, offender-centric, adversarial, criminal justice system,” she said on Monday.

“While not all victims are the same... from many victims’ perspectives, it seems there is very little about our current criminal justice system that is just, or is fair.”

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NZ Herald: Victims' hui hears that even ministers don't trust the system enough to report a rape

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1 News Now: More than half of serious crime victims in NZ lack faith in justice system - report

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RNZ: More than half of victims of crime rate justice system poorly - survey

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Stuff: Hundreds of victims feel unsafe, ignored and in the dark as advocates call for changes to justice system

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Newstalk ZB: Top lawyer's warning over calls for justice system changes

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RNZ: Women's Refuge NZ launches stalker survey

Women's Refuge New Zealand has had more than 600 people respond to a nationwide survey into women's experiences of stalking.

Women's Refuge NZ chief executive Ang Jury joins told Afternoons the survey had been live for only 10 days.

Dr Jury said the focus of the survey was on people in relationships and they hoped to highlight how stalking could equate to domestic violence.

"Stalking is often seen as something that is done by strangers. I think that's been demonstrated in the media, you've got these creepy, crazy people that are following you around [whereas] it's often a lot more commonplace than that," she said.

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NZ Herald: Conversations director Simone Kaho: Our documentary series on Māori and Pasifika women taught me leadership is about serving

To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, the Herald and online magazine E-Tangata are telling the video stories of six inspirational Māori and Pasifika women, made with the support of NZ On Air. Today: Director Simone Kaho describes her personal journey in making the series.

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Newsroom: Will the men in the room please stand up?

To celebrate International Women’s Day Sasha Borissenko says male entitlement as a result of an unequal distribution of power is the real issue undermining gender equality

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The Spinoff: Three ways we can make life better for women on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on how far women have come, and how far we still have to go. Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond looks to the future and what sexual and reproductive health barriers remain to be overcome.

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NZ Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern: NZ has lots to celebrate on International Women's Day, but there is still work to be done

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand has a lot to celebrate on International Women's Day, but there is still work to be done.

Speaking at an event in Parliament this morning, Ardern said the moment when she could say "we've done it", would be when gender does not feature in the minds of young women in New Zealand.

"As long as we have a country where women are over-represented in intimate partner violence; as long as we have women over-represented in low-paid work; as long as we have a gender pay gap, I think probably of all us will only celebrate to a certain degree, while we know there is work to be done."

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Stuff: Prominent Kiwi wāhine explain what International Women's Day means to them 

Friday marks International Women's Day (IWD), with this year's globally-recognised event calling for a gender-balanced world and accelerating gender parity.

The day has been recognised worldwide for more than a century, but has gained momentum following the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

Stuff asked several prominent Kiwi women what this day means to them – in their own words.

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ODT: Standing up for women

Today is International Women's Day, and if those words are enough to make you stop reading then this message is aimed squarely at you.

Don't switch off; read on. The challenge for men and women, as the 21st century keeps throwing up new technical, environmental, social and gender issues, is to pay attention, and care.

So don't pretend an issue does not exist, and don't dismiss it if it does not affect you. It may well affect your wife, daughter, mother, sister, workmate or friend.

Keep reading. Because the challenge of today - both on International Women's Day and in our general day and age - is to be the kind of man (or woman) who puts down their work or preconceptions and keeps - or starts - listening.

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Stuff: How to be a better boss for victims of domestic violence

OPINION: By now we all should know the stats by heart - one in three New Zealand women will be victims of domestic or sexual violence in their lifetimes. It's one of those "hard conversations" that we can no long avoid having.

But you don't really expect to be having it in a brightly-lit, overly-air conditioned meeting room in the office building where you and your colleagues turn up for work each day.

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NZ Herald: Revealed: Xi Wang brutally stabbed to death by ex as she held her 2yo son in her arms

Xi Wang was murdered while holding her 2-year-old son in her arms, court documents reveal.

Her ex-husband Ephraim Joseph Beazley, 33, this morning pleaded guilty to murdering Wang in her Flat Bush home in December.

The Herald has obtained the police summary of facts which reveals the brutal details of the murder.

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Stuff: Porn is shaping young people's ideas of consent and equality – expert

Teenagers are being taught lessons around sexual consent, aggression and gender equality from pornography as it becomes increasingly pervasive and accessible, an expert says.

International speaker Maree Crabbe says the international porn industry has become the "default" sex educator, which is dangerous because of the messages it conveys.  

Crabbe is on a tour of New Zealand, and stopped at Marlborough Girls' College, in Blenheim, on Thursday night.

Consent was often not something viewers saw worked out or negotiated during pornography, she said.

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Stuff: Acquitted police officer tried to get complainant's support person evicted from court

A police detective inspector acquitted of sexual assault tried to bar the complainant's support person from the trial.  

The application could have set a dangerous precedent, say victim advocates, who admonished the move as groups try to improve the court experience for sexual violence survivors. 

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Stuff: Child sexual abuse inquiry scope clarified

Priests who abused children in their own homes will be included in a Royal Commission into historical sexual abuse.

The move is being described as a change-in-scope by advocates but the Royal Commission says it is only a clarification of the exiting scope.

After the Government bowed to pressure and added abuse in faith-based institutions to the Royal Commission, victims and survivors were concerned the scope was too narrow, because it only looked at abuse in bricks-and-mortar institutions.

But advocate Liz Tonks said she got confirmation late on Monday that the scope had been widened meaning priests and the like who abused children in places like family homes, at functions, during weekends, or on holidays would also be looked at. 

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RNZ: Officers investigating Kaitaia baby's death feeling the impact

A homicide inquiry into the death of a young baby is taking an emotional toll on officers working on the case but it has made them all the more determined to find out who hurt her, Kaitaia police say.

Maree Takuira Ngahere was less than four weeks old when she died of a brain bleed at her family's Kaitaia home two weeks ago.

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E-Tangata: Russell Bishop: Who’s to blame for Māori failures at school?

Russell Bishop, in the course of a career of more than 40 years in education, has taken a special interest in how Māori fare in mainstream schools. He’s been a teacher, a university lecturer, a professor of Māori education, a researcher, and a writer. He’s challenged a number of practices that, too often, have led to Māori kids doing worse than their classmates. And he’s provided other approaches, notably with Te Kotahitanga, that have changed that. Here he’s talking with Dale about the work that has absorbed him through the years.

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NZ Herald: No sleep-in since 1982: Meet the hardest working foster parents in New Zealand

Malcolm and Brenda Yorston have barely slept in for 37 years.

That was when they took on their first foster child, who was aged 7.

"We've never stopped," Brenda said. "We've just carried on and on."

The Glenfield couple have taken in more than 100 children from state care over four decades, making them possibly the busiest foster parents in the country.

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Stuff: Why we need to be open about sexual abuse

Photographer and writer Megan Bowers-Vette spent 12 months interviewing 50 survivors of sexual abuse and assault from New Zealand and Australia, all of whom agreed to be identified and photographed. Here, two of them tell their stories.

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RNZ: X-rays cast doubt on Middlemore child abuse investigation

Middlemore Hospital is defending its handling of a case of suspected child abuse which meant a young mother was kept in hospital and watched closely for six days, despite new x-rays showing no evidence of an injury.

In January, an Auckland family was investigated by Oranga Tamariki and police, after doctors said they found a suspected broken arm on a one-month-old baby.

The latest x-rays have shown no evidence the baby's arm was ever broken.

For six days the mother feared her baby would be taken by Oranga Tamariki.

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NZ Herald: Grace Millane murder accused keeps name suppression, reasons and judgment also suppressed

The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane will keep his name suppressed, preventing New Zealand media from naming the alleged killer.

The now 27-year-old Auckland man appeared in the High Court at Auckland last month in a bid to convince Justice Simon Moore that revealing his identity would prejudice his fair trial rights.

Today the judge released his decision to the media.

However, the judgment and the reasons given by Justice Moore have been suppressed.

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NZ Herald: Couple sentenced for smoking synthetic cannabis in front of kids twice in a week

A couple who smoked synthetic cannabis in front of their young children to the point of passing out prompted one child to yell "wake up" as they slumped unconscious.

The couple consumed the drug in a car with their children twice within a week and drove under the influence with their two toddlers in the car.

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NZ Herald: Police investigated professor Grant Hannis over second rest home sex complaint, no charges laid

A university professor convicted for the indecent assault of an 82-year-old rest home resident was investigated over a second sexual assault complaint, also involving an elderly woman.

The Herald has learned police sought to charge former Massey University journalism lecturer Grant Hannis with a second crime but were unable to gather enough evidence to prosecute.

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Stuff: Convicted rapist found guilty of indecently assaulting girls at Queenstown pool

A convicted rapist accused of indecently assaulting girls at a Queenstown swimming pool has been found guilty on 10 charges.

Benjamin Barrie Bradbury, 43, was found guilty by a jury after a trial in the Invercargill District Court on 10 of the 13 indecent assault charges he faced.

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Stuff: Father sentenced to home detention for sharing violent porn with son

A father who sent violent pornographic images to his teenage son did so because he "wanted to be a cool dad".

The defendant, who has name suppression, appeared in Pukekohe District Court this week on charges of sending indecent images to a minor, contravening a supervision order and breaching a protection order.

He was sentenced to four months, and two weeks, home detention after previously pleading guilty to those charges and an unrelated charge of cannabis cultivation.

The 15-year-old boys' grandmother, who has full custody of the child, expressed her anger at finding the pornographic image and video as she read out her victim impact statement in court.

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