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August 07, 2020 at 3:54 PM

NZ Herald: Rotorua area to trial whānau-centred family harm reduction programme

Rotorua has one of the highest rates of family harm - per capita and per police staff member - in the country.

But it's hoped a $2.7 million, three-year pilot kaupapa Māori programme establishing eight new fulltime police and community paeārahi roles will keep more whānau safe.

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RNZ: Oranga Tamariki report: 'Something is rotten in that organisation'

Māori leaders say they have no faith in Oranga Tamariki and the chief executive needs to go after the latest report into the organisation found it was routinely taking newborns without whānau consultation.

The Chief Ombudsman's report He Take Kōhukihuki, A Matter of Urgency, found that Oranga Tamariki was routinely taking newborns without whānau consultation, using emergency court orders.

It found that in most cases, Oranga Tamariki knew about the child before it was born, which was the best time to engage parents, whānau, and other parties.

Despite this, decisions were often made late, without expert advice or scrutiny and without whānau involvement.

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Newsroom: Some home truths about child protection

When it comes to child protection in New Zealand, it is time to lay the corporate warrior and troubled Pākehā conscience to rest, writes Dr Ian Hyslop 

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Stuff: NZ First Minister Tracey Martin: 'I didn't think I was good enough'

Minister and NZ First MP Tracey Martin talks to Andrea Vance about working in the shadow of Winston Peters and the future of the party.

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Newsroom: Court pilot aims to break cycle for young offenders

A new way of handling young adult offenders aims to better support people to help them graduate out of the justice system, rather than being trapped in it for life, Laura Walters reports

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Newshub: New Zealand abusers turn into activists to stop domestic violence

Matiu Brokenshire once threw an axe at his partner in anger. Today, the 45-year-old works with a service credited with stopping hundreds of domestic violence cases in New Zealand, helping other men like him.

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RNZ: Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill: How it will affect tenants and landlords

Tenants now have another layer of security with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.

The bill passed its final reading in Parliament last night.

It does away with 90 day no-cause terminations, removes rental bidding, and only allows landlords to increase rents every 12 months.

Other key changes brought in at the last minute include allowing landlords to terminate tenancies with 14 days' notice if a tenant assaults them, and allowing victims of family violence to end a tenancy with two days' notice.

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The Spinoff: ‘The risk isn’t gone’: Why Covid-19 is still impacting our mental health

Over lockdown, mental health hotlines saw a massive spike in calls and texts from distressed New Zealanders. Their numbers still haven’t returned to normal, and growing research suggests demand won’t be going away anytime soon. 

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Stuff: The Government is upgrading its system for blocking child abuse websites

The Government is upgrading its system for blocking websites that host child sexual abuse images from today.

The Department of Internal Affairs set up the system, known as the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, in March 2010. It’s voluntary for internet service providers, but the majority use it to help prevent their customers from accessing illegal websites.

The system prevents more than 10,000 attempts to access 600-odd banned sites from New Zealand every month.

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NZ Herald: NZ-developed AI can predict kids' hospital risk

A type of predictive tool that sparked controversy when it was explored in New Zealand has confirmed that US children it identified as at-risk are also in danger of being hospitalised.

The Allegheny Family Screening Tool (AFST), whose development has been led by New Zealand data expert Professor Rhema Vaithianathan, uses machine learning to predict the risk that a child will be removed from home for safety concerns within two years.

It's been used to support screening decisions around children referred for alleged abuse or neglect in Allegheny County, in Pennsylvania, for the past four years.

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NZ Herald: New health survey reveals New Zealand's hazardous drinking

New research has revealed one in five New Zealanders are drinking alcohol dangerously.

A paper published by the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) looked into New Zealand's hazardous drinking and how often they visited a doctor.

Hazardous drinking, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), involves drinking that increases the risk of someone suffering health problems or mental health issues.

"Each year about one in five adults in New Zealand (748,000) drink alcohol at hazardous levels. Often there's a long delay between the onset of hazardous drinking and treatment, indicating an unmet need for prevention and earlier intervention."

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RNZ: Middlemore Hospital’s $67.5m mental health unit nears completion

The final stage of Middlemore Hospital's new $67.5 million mental health unit is expected to be completed this month and according to a Counties Manukau District Health Board report it will set the benchmark for similar facilities in New Zealand.

A spokesperson for Counties Manukau Health said it had not yet finalised a date for the official opening, but was looking forward to the unveiling of the final stage of the Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit.

"Tiaho Mai will have the capacity to accommodate 76 patients at the completion of stage two with the new area including a large therapy courtyard with dedicated therapy rooms which will help people transition back into the community."

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NZ Herald: My Story: Surviving domestic violence - one woman's tale

The manager of a women's refuge shares her experiences of domestic violence in a story of triumph over appalling abuse. The New Zealand Herald has not named her for legal reasons.

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Stuff: Violence, long hours, and stress: The state of New Zealand's teaching workforce

Teachers are experiencing significant levels of stress, burnout and in-classroom violence, a new NZEI Te Riu Roa study has found.

Thirty per cent of teachers reported seeing violence in the classroom, and a higher proportion of teachers experienced negative health impacts than the wider population.

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NZ Herald: Domestic violence killing: Karen Anne Ruddelle sentenced to home detention

A South Auckland woman has been sentenced to home detention for the manslaughter of her partner - who she stabbed to death after years of domestic violence.

And the judge who heard her case said he was certain her experience with abuse and a simple urge to protect herself and her child were behind her offending.

Karen Anne Ruddelle was found guilty of killing Joseph Michael Ngapera.

Ngapera died in November 2018 after being stabbed twice in the chest.

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NZ Herald: Mum jailed for near-fatal attack on 'vulnerable' tot

A South Auckland woman has been jailed for a near-fatal assault on her 6-month baby daughter - who had already defied the odds after being born at just 24 weeks.

Shana Tooman, 29, assaulted the baby so severely she was left "lifeless" and was left with permanent brain damage.

A police source told the Herald it was a miracle the little girl survived and her injuries were among the most severe they had encountered in more than two decades investigating child abuse.

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NZ Herald: Nan's 10 years of rage against grandchildren placed in her care in Napier

A Napier woman who had three grandchildren placed in her care has admitted six charges of assault relating to multiple abuses over almost 10 years.

Guilty pleas were made in Napier District Court after the Crown laid the representative charges in place of 15 other charges linked to offences alleged to have been committed between 2007 and 2017.

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Stuff: Man called victim 12 times from prison telling her not to testify against him

A man has returned to jail after contacting his protected victim from prison and ordering her not to testify against him at trial and to change her police statement.

Cory Renata’s prison phone records showed he spoke to the woman, who has a protection order against the 37-year-old, 12 times over a one-month period in early 2019.

During the calls, Renata, who was in custody for breaching the order, instructed the woman to tell the court and his lawyer that she lied, it was heard in New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday.

He had her write down specific instructions which she could use in a new statement, Judge Tony Greig said.

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RNZ: Domestic violence on the rise in Tonga

Domestic violence has become one of the most common law infringements in Tonga over the past five years.

Acting Police Commissioner Tevita Vailea told a local Press Club event that between January and June this year there were 537 domestic violence cases reported, with 117 Police Safety Orders issued, although there were only 99 prosecutions.

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RNZ: New Kiribati study highlights prevalence of domestic violence

Fifty seven percent of men in the south of Kiribati's main island reported physically or sexually abusing their wife or female partner in the past year.

The figure was part of the first ever prevalence study conducted on gender based violence in Kiribati.

Conversely, the study showed women's experience of physical or sexual violence from an intimate male partner was only 38 percent.

The South Tarawa Healthy Living study showed the difference may reflect the normalisation of violence against women and the shame experienced which discourages disclosure.

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