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Weekly Media Roundup

October 04, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Stuff: Undoing neglect, violence and addiction, but paid $25k less

Social workers who help hundreds of Christchurch parents at risk of losing their children to state care are paid 43 per cent less than their Oranga Tamariki (OT) counterparts. 

The government department tasked with child protection paid Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) $550,000 per year to work with families the organisation identified as being at risk of having a child removed. Its workers earned $58,000 a year on average, while their peers at OT took home at average salary of $83,000.

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RNZ: The story behind the sex abuser at the sexual abuse inquiry

News that the inquiry into state abuse allowed a convicted child sex offender into meetings with survivors of sexual abuse was a blow to the country’s biggest ever Royal Commission.

But it wasn’t the first blow.

The government launched the preliminary stages of the $80 million inquiry in February last year. The terms of the inquiry were announced last November, when the scope was enlarged from covering abuse in state care to include abuse in faith based institutions.

But in less than a year, chair Sir Anand Satyanand has resigned, the commission has been criticised for appointing a gang member into a key role, and for using survivors for “trial” interviews.

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Stuff: Two dead at Christchurch house

An elderly couple are dead in a suspected murder-suicide at a suburban Christchurch home.

Police were called after an incident involving a firearm at a property Wairakei Rd, in Burnside, just after 4am on Monday.

Canterbury district commander Superintendent John Price said police, including members of the armed offenders squad and negotiation team, responded.

Upon arrival, officers found the bodies of a man and woman at the house, along with a firearm. 

Police had launched a homicide investigation, Price said. They were not looking for anyone else in relation to the "tragic event". 

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RNZ: Son pays tribute to parents found dead in home

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RNZ: Oranga Tamariki social workers face assaults, abuse and threats

There were 39 physical assaults on Oranga Tamariki social workers in the year to June, but the Ministry for Children suspects some assaults are going unreported.

The attacks have included punching, hitting and kicking, and since the controversy about the removal of babies from their whānau, social workers say they've been subjected to even more abuse.

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Stuff: Teen boys battle 'distressing' thoughts of hurting girls after watching violent pornography

Teenage boys are battling "distressing" thoughts about hurting girls and kids are acting out sex scenes after viewing aggressive porn, Kiwi experts warn.

The disturbing trends were highlighted at a forum, held by the Auckland Women's Centre on Tuesday, about the harm misogynistic and violent Internet pornography can cause to young people and women.

At the meeting Jo Robertson, a sex therapist who heads research and training at The Light Project charity, cited several studies which indicated young people needed more support and guidance.

A survey of 2000 teenagers published by the Office of Film and Literature Classification found two-thirds of them had viewed porn by age 17.

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RNZ: Sharing a tale of tough times to help other migrant mums

Mei's story

Mei-Chueh Chao is an expert at making lemonade. “I think if life gives you lemons, make it into lovely juicy lemonade.”

She has been through a marriage breakup with a Kiwi.  The Taiwanese-born solo mother has been fighting to stay in New Zealand with her two children.  Mei shows no signs of giving up, but it wasn’t always this way.

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Stuff: Inside the mind of a man who sends explicit pictures of himself to strangers

Unsolicited explicit text messages - dick pics - have become "incredibly common". After receiving one, National Correspondent Florence Kerr, asked the sender: Why?

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Stuff: University sex assault and bullying concerns prompt mandatory courses, funding for counsellor

The country's biggest university hopes new training will help tackle sexual harassment and bullying concerns, but several initiatives won't be rolled out until next year.

Campus safety nationwide has been under scrutiny after horrific cases such as that of a Massey PhD student who was allegedly sexually assaulted then advised to quit her PhD.

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RNZ: Whānau Ora funds distribution sparks 'crisis of confidence' in minister

Whānau Ora leaders are challenging their minister, Peeni Henare, over where an $80 million funding boost is going.

The Commissioning Agencies, who pay for Whānau Ora services, say too much of that money is going to government departments and not them.

The government announced the major funding increase for Whānau Ora over four years at the Budget in May.

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Newshub: White Ribbon Australia goes into voluntary liquidation

The anti-domestic violence charity White Ribbon Australia has shut down.

The not-for-profit has gone into voluntary liquidation, "following an analysis of the organisation's future sustainability", reports the Guardian. 

"It is with profound sadness that the board of White Ribbon Australia informs the community and supporters that it has taken the very difficult decision to close its doors," the organisation said in a statement.

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