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Weekly Media Roundup

December 20, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Stuff: Why Pua Magasiva's widow Lizz Sadler broke 'cycle of silence' to out his abuse

After suffering a terrible cycle of beatings and coercion by actor husband Pua Magasiva in silence, Lizz Sadler found her voice in a heart-rending letter to a court, pleading for a ban on naming him to be lifted.

The letter marked a dramatic and moving turnaround for Sadler, who before her husband's death from suspected suicide had agreed to fight alongside him to keep his conviction for domestic violence from becoming public knowledge.

Published as part of Judge Pippa Sinclair's decision to lift Magasiva's name suppression, which lapsed at 12.01am on 18 December, the letter paints a searingly honest picture of unchecked physical and emotional abuse.



Stuff: Name suppression only given to offenders with something to lose, expert says



Stuff: Pua Magasiva's death highlights need for family violence to be brought out into open, White Ribbon says



NZ Herald: Pua Magasiva's abuse: White Ribbon campaigner says 'we need to stop hiding the truth'



NZ Herald: Pua Magasiva's widow speaks out about domestic violence



Stuff: Silence a friend to violence



The Guardian: 'Everyone just wants to be loved': the New Zealand barber helping cut domestic violence

Christchurch man Matt Brown set up a barber shop after the 2011 earthquake, and realised just listening can lead to a lot of good

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1 News Now: Four strangulation charges laid each day a year after it was made an official offence

It's been a year since new family violence offences were brought in and it's been revealed more than four charges of strangulation are being laid a day.

The staggering number has shocked the Government but there's warnings it could get worse as victims feel more confident coming forward.

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Stuff: Hate crime: A fifth of offending in New Zealand is linked to discrimination

About 20 per cent of crimes committed in New Zealand could potentially be classed as hate crimes, new estimates show.

For sexual violence incidents, the proportion perceived to be motivated, at least partly, by the offender's attitude to the victim's race, gender, sexuality, age, religion or disability, was a staggering 75 per cent.

The statistics were highlighted in the Ministry of Justice's Highly Victimised People report based on the results of the New Zealand Crime and Victim's Survey of 8000 people.



The Spinoff: ‘Worst nightmare’: Labour staffer complainants respond to Dew report

Former Labour volunteers say they’re left feeling ‘shattered’ following the report, which substantially find the allegations, including sexual assault, are ‘not established’.

Content warning: This feature contains distressing descriptions of sexual assault, along with its mental health implications, which may be triggering to survivors.



The Spinoff: The early-intervention parenting project that’s worth its weight in gold

A landmark study has shown the true value of tikanga Māori-based early-intervention childcare using research from a parenting programme in West Auckland.

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Newsroom: Time to invest in a justice system that reflects our values

The final report of the Justice Advisory Group sets out a bold vision for breaking down the current punitive and complicated maze entrapping far too many people - but will the Government follow up with the money and commitment needed for true change, asks Tania Sawicki Mead

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Newshub: Māori and the poor suffer the most crime - report

Non-Māori and the elderly experience fewer crimes than Māori and the young, according to new figures released by the Ministry of Justice.

Just 4 percent of Kiwis experience 47 percent of all crime and 67 percent of interpersonal violence, according to data from the New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey, released on Friday. 

That highly victimised 4 percent each experienced four crimes or more in the preceding 12 months. Just over a quarter are Māori - despite making up only 16 percent of the population. Nearly half - 42 percent - are aged 15 to 29, with those aged over 65 experiencing little crime (only 18 percent, compared to the overall figure of 29 percent). Most - 80 percent - earn below $60,000. 



Stuff: One year on - daughter of slain mum growing happy and confident

One year ago Marie Harlick almost cried when her niece Vivienne asked for a trampoline for Christmas.

It was the first thing the three-year-old had asked for following the brutal death of her mother and Harlick's sister two years earlier.

In November last year Stuff shared her story and the community rallied. 

The family received an outpouring of support with Countdown providing the family with $500 worth of wish cards and Hamilton-based company JumpFlex installed a brand new trampoline for Vivienne eight days before Christmas.

In 2016, 19-month-old Vivienne watched as her mother, also called Marie Harlick, was beaten to death by her former-partner Robert Hohua.



RNZ: Alcohol and the teenage brain

The evidence is clear on the impact alcohol has on young brains, says researcher, educator and parenting expert Nathan Wallis – it’s very damaging.

He says the damage is done when young drinking starts before the age of 21.

We’ve got a whole body of research that shows the damaging effects of alcohol to the teenage brain, we still see those effects into people's mid-40s - with some participants, you still see the effects for the rest of their life.”

Wallis says if we could “wave a magic wand” and have no one in  our society drink alcohol until they were 21 “a 100 percent of our problems with alcohol will disappear”.



Stuff: One woman's fight to lift a court-ordered gag has helped dozens of others

A Wellington woman's story of her own harrowing court case has helped dozens of others, as Alison Mau reports.

Jessie Smith has come full circle.

The 24-year-old can barely believe a year has passed since she faced a Blenheim courtroom and described the sex abuse she suffered at a sleepover when she was 10. At the end of the trial, the man she accused - the father of a childhood friend - walked free.

It was the "humiliating" court process rather than the not-guilty verdict that left Jessie convinced reporting an historical sexual assault was the wrong move.

But a year on, her courageous decision to go public has had an unexpected upside. After her story appeared on Stuff, she began to hear from others walking the same path - and Smith says she's now been able to help dozens navigate the court system.



RNZ: South Auckland kids write book to challenge negative stereotypes about their community

After being fed up with stories about multiple shootings, street fights and crime in South Auckland, 11 local school kids decided they wanted to tell a different story about their community.

So they banded together, wrote and published a book called Where I Live and filled it with personal stories about their everyday experiences in South Auckland.

Pockets of the area have some of the highest crime rates in the country and are ranked in the highest deprivation bracket but the 11 students - now published authors - of St Mary MacKillop Catholic School say there's more to South Auckland than that.



Stuff: Nicho Frater jailed for killing 8-month-old Bella Richardson

The mother of a child who died in their home did not go to court to see the killer sent to jail, believing she would not be able to cope.

That killer, 26-year-old Nicho Caleb Fraser, had a long history of family violence before he fatally threw eight-month-old Bella Richardson.

He also tried to conceal his offending, which put suspicion on the baby's mother.

Frater was jailed for five years in the High Court in Whanganui on Monday for the manslaughter of Bella.



Stuff: Anti-domestic violence video featuring Josh Reynolds pulled by NRL following charge

The NRL has been forced to remove Josh Reynolds from an anti-domestic violence ad campaign, following the Wests Tigers player being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to an alleged domestic violence incident.

The former State of Origin star was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday, December 18, where he will vigorously defend the charge.



NZ Herald: Father convicted of assaulting his children over 12-year period

A Dunedin man physically abused his children for several years and persuaded one of them to lie to hospital staff about how he broke his arm, a court has heard.

The 41-year-old failed to persuade the Dunedin District Court this week that he deserved a discharge without conviction but he was granted permanent name suppression.


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