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Weekly Media Roundup

March 06, 2020 at 2:24 PM

RNZ: 'Every day I was beaten' - Māori women three times more likely to be killed by partner

Māori women are beaten and killed by their partners at the highest rates in New Zealand and they say they are at risk no matter what they do.

Research shows up to 80 percent of Māori women will experience family violence in their lifetime.

Māori women are three times more likely to be killed by a partner than non-Māori.

But as high profile cases of intimate partner death make the headlines in New Zealand and abroad, there is concern that women are being blamed for not ending the relationship.

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1 News: Organisations helping NZ's most vulnerable on the brink of closure as they struggle to recruit social workers

Organisations that are helping the country’s most vulnerable communities are on the brink of shutting their doors, as they struggle to recruit social workers.

The sector is desperate for help with vacancies after jobs are left advertised for months on end.

Anglican Trust for Women and Children (AWTC) is one of Auckland’s oldest charities but over the last year, 25 social workers have left – over a quarter of their social workers.

AWTC has told 1 NEWS it’s struggling to hire more as at times, applicants accept the job only to pull out weeks before starting.

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E-Tangata: Sandra Alofivae: Hearing the call

This week, Dale has been talking with Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, an Auckland lawyer who’s now one of four commissioners on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. That role is just one recognition of her work and standing in the Pasifika world and in the legal profession where she’s been practising for more than 20 years.

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Stuff: Grace Millane murder: UK Government considers outlawing 'rough sex' defence

The UK's government is considering what can be done to stop the use of the "rough sex" defence in courts - the same defence used during the trial of British backpacker Grace Millane's killer. 

Grace's murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars by Justice Simon Moore at the High Court at Auckland last month. 

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RNZ: Mongrel Mob member Harry Tam leaves role in Royal Commission into abuse in care

Harry Tam, the controversial Mongrel Mob member who was a senior official at the Royal Commission into historical abuse in care, has quietly left the inquiry.

Tam was stood down as the Royal Commission's head of policy and research in June last year, after RNZ revealed a female state abuse survivor contacted the inquiry with safety fears. Other female survivors had also expressed concerns because of gang involvement in the inquiry's process.

An independent inquiry was ordered into the allegations but its scope and subsequent findings have never been made public.

The Royal Commission has confirmed to RNZ that Tam no longer works for the inquiry but the circumstances surrounding the end of his employment remain a mystery.

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Stuff: A punitive nation: NZ contemplates radical overhaul of its justice system

New Zealand is a tough on crime nation. And so its prison population soars even as its crime rate drops. Can the Government now pass evidence-backed reform? JOHN McCRONE reports.

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Stuff: Nelson author opens book on 'national shame' of institutional child abuse and racism

A Nelson author hopes his new book will shine a light on the "national shame" of child abuse and institutional racism during the 1960s and 1970s.  

Dr Oliver Sutherland launched Justice & Race: Campaigns against Racism and Abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand in Nelson on Wednesday, which brought together more than 15 years of research detailing the plight of children incarcerated by the justice system. 

From 1970 to 1986 Sutherland was part of a group of activists in the Auckland Committee on Racism and Discrimination (ACORD) who exposed the poor treatment of children at the hands of the police, justice and social welfare systems. 

During the 1960s and 1970s as many as 4000 children per year were put into social welfare homes, while hundreds of others were held every year on remand in adult prisons around the country. 

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Stuff: Medical expert says baby's brain injury and broken bones consistent with abuse

A brain-damaged baby was most likely swung by her legs or slammed into a padded surface, a pediatrician says.

Dr Patrick Kelly is the head of Te Puaruruhau, the child protection unit at Auckland's Starship Hospital, and has been looking at child abuse cases for over 20 years.

In July, 2017, he examined a 6-month-old baby with brain damage, skull fractures, a broken femur and a broken tibia.

"This collation of injuries is typical with children I see with abusive head trauma," Kelly told the High Court in Auckland on Tuesday.

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RNZ: Neglect, abuse of Fijian children on rise - Govt

Cases of child abuse have sky-rocketed in Fiji, government figures show.

This week the government revealed that more than 1300 cases were reported last year - the highest recorded since 2016.

Director of Social Welfare Rupeni Fatiaki said his department found that negligence topped its list of child abuse cases.

He said other cases included violence against children, malnutrition cases and teenage pregnancy.

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