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Weekly Media Roundup

October 18, 2019 at 10:43 AM

RNZ: Real men can raise children and standards of society

First Person - I'm privileged to be able cover the Rugby World Cup for RNZ, but it means I'll be away from my whanau for 50 days, the longest I've ever been separated from them.

I have three tamariki - two daughters, aged six and four, and a two-year-old son. I miss them so very much. Sometimes unbearably so.

It was reflecting on how hard it is for both journalists, players and management to be away from their families and that led me to write this piece.

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Stuff: Child-protection cases investigated by police continue to rise

The number of investigations opened by police relating to child safety has continued to rise in the last four years. 

The figures released under the Official Information Act show that last year alone, 12,437 cases were opened by police. 

On average, that is 34 cases opened per day relating to concerns of criminal behaviour against a child. 

In 2014, 10,554 cases were opened - with the number increasing annually since then. 

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Newshub: Calls for better protection for women being stalked by an ex-partner

Research undertaken by Women's Refuge has been able to paint a clearer picture of New Zealand's problem with intimate partner stalking and the charity believes our current laws need to change. 

The agency spoke to 700 victims of stalking, many of whom say they've been let down by the system. 

One of them was Emily who was relentlessly stalked for two-and-a-half years by her ex-partner. 

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NZ Herald: Need a big brother or sister? Auckland service which matches kids with adults says demand is huge

Once a week, 9-year-old Heath Lineham spends an hour or two with a couple who until recently were total strangers.

Will and Olya Prosor, from Auckland, take him to the movies, to the library or to the beach. They go fishing or play video games.

They're not family, but they get on very well. That's because they've been carefully matched after an assessment process which takes into account their personalities and needs.

They were matched by the Auckland branch of a global organisation called Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides mentors to kids who don't have a steady adult presence in their lives.

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RNZ: Royal Commission: Jehovah's Witness elders told to destroy documents

Jehovah's Witnesses church elders in New Zealand have been told to destroy documents, and child sex abuse survivors fear that will lead to the cover up of cases.

A survivor network has given the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care copies of the church's edicts, urging the commissioners to take action.

It has approached the church, which it said assured the commission such documents won't be destroyed.

However, the thrust of church instructions dating back to 2015, and emerging from its world headquarters in the US, and from its Australian regional centre, are counter to this.

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Whanganui Chronicle: Planning continues on march for Whanganui woman Feona McKay-Patea

Planning for a march to remember Feona McKay-Patea is continuing while some family members take time to mourn the loss of a "gentle soul".

The 23-year-old's body was found in a Lee St property in Castlecliff on Thursday last week, and police launched a homicide investigation the next day.

Her tangi was held at Kaiwhaiki Marae on Tuesday.

McKay-Patea's aunt, Kiritahi Firmin, said the whānau are still coming to terms with the death.

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The Spinoff: From police to politics, sexual abuse in public bodies is still shrouded in secrecy

Sexual harassment and assault are an issue in all walks of life, but addressing the problem is particularly difficult when the perpetrator holds public office. Today campaigner Carrie Buckmaster launches a parliamentary petition calling for more transparency on the issue.

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bFM: Domestic violence and education w/ Ang Jury

Women’s refuge is calling for primary school education on healthy relationships and deconstructing harmful gender roles to combat domestic violence. Sherry speaks to Chief Executive, Dr Ang Jury on the changes she’d like to see and why it’s so important to start these conversations young.

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1 News Now: Exclusive interview: Victim in infamous Stanford rape case shares her story with Breakfast

Chanel Miller has revealed herself as "Emily Doe" in the infamous case where a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by 20-year-old Stanford University student Brock Turner.

Ms Miller, who just released a book about the incident titled Know My Name, told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning it's because she wants to tell the story of what happened to her and what she suffered through in court.

In January 2015, she was unconscious, having passed out after drinking at a frat house party, she told the programme. She did not and could not consent, and a California jury found Turner guilty of three serious counts of sexual assault against her.

But, he was only sentenced to six months in a county jail and served just three of them.

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The Spinoff: Every gross sexist thing that happened on MAFS NZ this season

The final dinner party on Married at First Sight NZ brought an ugly misogyny to light. But it was far from the first time sexism reared its head this season, writes Alex Casey.

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Stuff: Married at First Sight NZ: The show is woefully toxic, but sadly it reflects the world we live in

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NZ Herald: Tiki Taane slams social media post that 'normalises rape culture'

Warning: Distressing content about sexual violence.

Kiwi singer Tiki Taane has slammed a post on social media that he believes normalises rape culture.

An Australian car fan page shared a photo of a woman sitting on a chair with her legs, hands and mouth strapped up along with the caption "It's Bathurst Day!!".

In the post, which has since been taken down, the woman is seen sitting in a lounge with the motorsport race playing on the television.

The post was shared by Muay Thai coach, personal trainer and public speaker Richie Hardcore on Instagram, who blasted it for generating "gross comments" including "some about rape".

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Stuff: The family of an elderly woman who died after suffering injuries at a rest home want answers

The family of a dementia patient who died after suffering serious injuries in a Hamilton rest home suspect she was assaulted by another resident. Tony Wall investigates.

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Stuff: Woman in court accused of horrifying child abuse over seven years

A girl was beaten, had food and blankets withheld, had her head pushed under water and her face shoved into faeces during years of abuse, police allege.

Police have laid 12 charges against a woman they accuse of ill-treating the girl over seven years, starting when she was about 5. 

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