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Weekly Media Roundup

June 05, 2020 at 3:06 PM

NZ Herald: Covid 19 Coronavirus: After lockdown, three women were killed. Who were Angela, Tania, and Shirley?

Three women were killed in the fortnight following lockdown. Overseas, such deaths are called "Coronavirus murders". But here, that masks an ugly truth. By Kirsty Johnston.

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Stuff: New million-dollar fund for women announced

A veteran community worker has welcomed a newly-announced million-dollar fund for organisations supporting women.

The contestable fund was announced by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter on Sunday as part of the Government response to coronavirus.

Auckland Women's Centre manager Leonie Morris said she was grateful the Government recognised the lockdown had been tough for many women.

“Women faced particular difficulties due to the Covid crisis.''



Newshub: Government opens $1m fund to support post-COVID recovery of women's organisations



Scoop: New Zealand Urgently Needs To Do More To Protect The Lives Of Our Youngest Children

Press Release: Save The Children

Save the Children is deeply concerned by the recent spate of child deaths in New Zealand.Three very young children two years of age and under have died in less than two months, the most recent a two-year-old in Palmerston North in unexplained circumstances. Their deaths are being investigated by Police.

These very young children have had their lives cut short. Their deaths clearly show that we, as a nation, are not doing enough to protect our youngest children from harm.

The violent deaths of children are highly preventable, yet New Zealand has unacceptably high rates of children dying from non-accidental causes with 224 children dying from abuse, neglect, and assault between 1992 and 2017. One in eight victims of homicide is a child aged 0 - 15 years old.



1 News: High number of Māori in justice system have 'been failed by society' – Police Association President

Police Association president Chris Cahill admits there's an issue with over-representation of Māori in the justice system, but says it can't be compared to the problems in the United States.

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RNZ: Police treated protection request during lockdown as OIA

Police have been forced to apologise to a woman after mishandling an information request for an urgent protection order during the lockdown.

Trish* requested a family harm report to support an urgent protection order application against her ex-partner during the nationwide lockdown.

After a week-long delay, she went to the Wellington police station, where she was told her urgent request had been lodged as an Official Information Act request (OIA) that could take 20 days or longer to process.

Police have since admitted this was done in error and apologised.



RNZ: Asians reluctant to seek help for mental health reach out during pandemic

A charity providing mental health support to Asians says a government grant will help it meet the surging demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic but a long-term strategy is needed.

Asian Family Services offers free and confidential face-to-face or phone support nationwide in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai and Hindi.

It said the number of calls in April has increased by 25.6 percent compared with last year, and the duration of calls has risen by 146.5 percent.

Deputy director Ivan Yeo said it was concerning to see more diverse family distress, mental health and social needs of their clients and issues around race-related bullying and discrimination in schools and workplaces.

He said the organisation has been receiving a higher number of cases involving immigrant Asian women experiencing family violence.



Stuff: The price of letting pornography teach children about sex

It was somewhat predictable then that my early endeavours into sex were fumbling, ill-informed and unsatisfying. Are our kids better informed now in 2020 than in the previous century? Some will be but I fear many are still not, so I was not at all surprised to see the findings released by our chief censor, David Shanks, of his office’s latest research into young people and pornography. This important study showed that, while our young people want to be able to talk to adults about what they are seeing in order to help process it, most don’t talk with their parents, given the taboo around viewing porn. Guilt and shame drive their viewing underground, for girls to an even greater extent than boys, because of the double standard they still encounter. Their dilemma is ongoing: how to be sexy yet respected.

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RNZ: Court of Appeal ruling paves way for changes in child abduction cases

There are set to be minor tweaks to how international child abduction cases are judged in New Zealand, after a ruling by the Court of Appeal.

The court ruled in favour of a mother who argued that forcing her son's return to Australia would put him at grave risk.

She asked judges to force the father making the complaint to provide his criminal history and family court records.

The case sets a precedent whereby courts can demand background information from both parents.



Stuff: Where was female representation on pandemic committee?

OPINION: Have you seen that meme with pictures of the leaders of the countries faring well in the pandemic pointing out that they are all women?

It’s great to see female leaders from New Zealand, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland celebrated on the global stage like never before, but don’t get too excited.

Sadly, I don’t think the power these women hold will impact on the lives of women across the globe: a woman successfully leading the Covid-19 response does not necessarily an equitable pandemic make.

That’s because it’s a big ask for the handful of women in positions of power to shift centuries of patriarchal thinking and the institutions created as a result.



Te Ao: Far North Iwi team up with Police to fight family violence

Far North leaders are teaming up with Police to fight family violence.

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says this new approach was created because the old ways weren't working. 

It’s a new response to the issue of violence in the family.



RNZ: Rainbow youth sector says Covid-19 response lacks funding for its communities

A collective of rainbow organisations say the government's Rebuilding Together Budget lacks any specific funding for their communities at a time when they face more challenges than ever.

In mid-May, the government unveiled a $50 billion recovery package as part of this year's Budget.

Rainbow communities were not named as a priority group however, despite being disproportionately affected by issues addressed in the Budget, the Youth Sector Rainbow Collective said.

Rainbow communities now more than ever faced significant challenges in employment, housing, family violence and mental health and without being named as a priority group "there is no assurance that the needs of rainbow young people will be specifically considered," the group said.



Stuff: Homicide probe launched, one arrested after man dies on Auckland's North Shore

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man died following an assault on Auckland's North Shore.

The man died of critical injuries after police were called to a property on Northcote's Akoranga Dr about 5.30pm on Thursday.



NZ Herald: Dunedin sexual assault victim should not feel guilty after ordeal, judge says

Warning: Distressing content

A woman repeatedly groped by a student at a Dunedin street party says she feels guilty about her choice of clothing that day.

Patrick John Hessian (20) appeared in the Dunedin District Court where he made a bid to avoid conviction on a charge of committing an indecent act.

Judge Michael Crosbie declined the application and expressed significant concern that the victim felt any fault over the incident at the Hyde St Party on April 13 last year.

''I found it very sad, if not troubling ... that in 2020 a young woman feels she has to apologise for what she decided to wear that day and that she currently believes that this will possibly change what she wears,'' he said.

''She should feel free to dress how she pleases. She has done absolutely nothing wrong.''



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