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Weekly Media Roundup

August 30, 2019 at 2:53 PM

Newsroom: New uplift figures paint disturbing ‘racialised’ picture

New figures show an alarming rise in the rate of Māori babies being removed from their families - an increase entirely accounted for by four regions. The University of Otago's Emily Keddell argues the risk of critique at Oranga Tamariki is being conflated with actual risk to the child.

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Stuff: 'Undervalued' social service workers make pay equity plea

Paid staff of not-for-profit organisations say they are "undervalued" and paid less because the majority of workers are women.

Two pay equity claims have been lodged with prominent social service providers Barnardos, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP, Christchurch Methodist Mission, Stand Children's Services and Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services via the Public Service Association (PSA).

But workers have told the PSA their employers can't pay staff at a rate which reflected their skills and responsibilities because of funding constraints.



Newshub: Putting Tamariki first: A report from Tūhoe country

It's been two months since a video of a newborn baby being taken from its mother in Hastings sparked national outrage.

Since then, four inquiries have been launched and the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, has promised to do better.

And despite seething anger from many in Māoridom, iwi are still willing to work with the department.

Mitch McCann travelled to Tūhoe country, where a landmark deal between that iwi and Oranga Tamariki has recently been signed. 

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Newshub: Porn crackdown: The Government's moves to stop kids accessing adult material

The Government is considering sweeping changes to rules governing pornography, saying everything is on the table. 

Advice to the Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin obtained by Newshub under the Official Information Act suggests the current laws around classification and broadcasting legislation are out-of-date.

"Current classification and broadcasting legislation was developed for a pre-internet era and classification of online content, including pornography has many challenges," it reads.

The documents say the archaic laws are putting people at risk.



Stuff: Programme that sees police working with whānau, rather than against them, 'unquestionably the future of policing'

Every cop has moments they never forget, that shape the way they do their job.

Greg Brown, who in August left the force after 28 years in police, had more than a few. Three of them involved the same man – as a distraught toddler, an angry teen and a violent, imprisoned young man.

Brown was a few years out of Police College when as a constable he was called to reports of a man assaulting his partner at a Hastings house.

"It involved a Mongrel Mob member assaulting his partner in front of their five kids, who were all under 5 and all very upset," he says.

Twelve years later he was confronted and threatened by an angry, abusive teen. It turned out the teen was the youngest of those children he'd come across all those years ago.

"About six weeks after that he attacked and nearly killed a tourist in Hastings. I could see him as that tearful toddler and couldn't stop thinking how unnecessary it was that he'd become what he had," Brown says.



Stuff: Universities moving 'far too slowly' in addressing sex attacks, student leader says

Universities are moving too slowly to address major concerns about sexual violence, a national students' body says.

Stuff this week reported a Massey University student said her professor advised her to quit her PhD after an alleged sexual attack, and in May found no clear sexual assault reporting system existed then in New Zealand universities.

The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations said it was fed up with a lack of progress from institutions, and sexual harm prevention advocates share concerns about slow progress and a disjointed approach to tackling the issue.



RNZ: Ariah Roberts murder trial: Toddler died of 'catastrophic' head injury

A neuropathologist has told a jury a Northland toddler died of a "catastrophic" head injury so severe the young girl could never have survived it.

More than a dozen emergency staff tended to Ariah Dawn Roberts in her Mangawhai home around 7pm on 22 August last year but the girl died shortly after.

The two-year-old had been left in the care of her mother's former boyfriend Aaron Archer, who is now on trial in the High Court at Auckland accused of murdering her.

This morning neuropathologist Professor Colin Smith, who gave evidence via AVL from Scotland, told the jury Ariah's cause of death was a blunt force head injury.

"In this case, you could have the best neurosurgeons standing by waiting to go but the outcome would have been the exact same. This is a devastating head injury."


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