Weekly Media Roundup

November 06, 2020 at 3:25 PM

RNZ: Greens accept Labour's offer for 'cooperation agreement'

Green Party delegates have voted to accept a deal with Labour which will give it two ministerial portfolios outside of cabinet.

Consensus was blocked, so the party required 75 percent of delegates to get the deal across the line this evening.

Labour offered the Green Party the two portfolios as part of a cooperation agreement.

James Shaw will continue as Climate Change Minister and be appointed Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity), while Marama Davidson will be the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness).

In a statement, Davidson said the Green Party was "thrilled" to enter into this governing arrangement with Labour.

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Newshub: Women's Refuge thrilled at Marama Davidson's new role as Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence

An anti-violence organisation says the Government's decision to appoint a Minister for Family and Sexual Violence is a huge step forward for the country.

Women's Refuge chief executive Ang Jury says Marama Davidson's new role as the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence is a turning point in history.

The Green Party co-leader will also become the Associate Minister of Housing with a focus on homelessness.

"I think it's amazing, to be honest. It's something that we've wanted for a long time," Dr Jury told Newshub. "I think it's a real demonstration of the Government's commitment to family violence and a minister nonetheless is a huge step forward for us."

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Newshub: Coronavirus: Family violence, mental distress surged during alert level 4 lockdown, study finds

Warning: This article discusses poor mental health, family violence and suicide.

New Zealand's alert level 4 coronavirus response took a "significant psychological toll" on Kiwis, new research has shown - with nearly a third experiencing mental distress during the lockdown.

It also coincided with a surge in family harm and a small increase in those having suicidal thoughts - though there were positive outcomes, too, with most Kiwis enjoying some "silver linings" while they isolated at home.

The Otago University research saw adult New Zealanders surveyed between April 15-18 - right in the middle of the 33-day lockdown - about their mental health and family relationships.

The results, published in international scientific journal PLOS ONE on Thursday morning, showed anxieties and stresses increased due to the lockdown - particularly among those who lost jobs, were vulnerable to COVID-19 or had previously been diagnosed with a mental illness.

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Newsroom: Crown’s top lawyer fronts abuse commission

This week marks a rare opportunity to hear from the country’s top lawyer about abuse in state care. David Williams reports

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NZ Herald: Abuse in Care: Solicitor-General acknowledges 'pain and frustration' of claimants, denies using 'tactics'

The Crown's top legal adviser has acknowledged shortcomings in what for many was a "brutal" approach to settling claims of abuse in state care, but denies any intentional "delay tactics".

Solicitor-General Una Jagose, who heads the Crown Law Office, gave evidence to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission in Auckland, which is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into abuse in state and faith-based care between 1950 and 1999.

"I acknowledge that the Crown, as litigator, hasn't always been survivor-focused," she said, as the final witness in the second phase of the Commission's state redress hearing.

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Newsroom: The case for shutting out Crown Law

“Hopelessly conflicted” government departments and Crown lawyers should be kept from abuse claims, a Royal Commission is told. David Williams reports

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Newsroom: A Crown bent out of shape by abuse

The Solicitor-General’s seemingly genuine outpouring of compassion and empathy doesn’t convince an abuse survivor. David Williams reports

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Newsroom: Govt ‘cowardice’ in stalled criminal justice reforms

The five new ministers responsible for New Zealand's criminal justice system are all Māori and Pasifika; their communities are now challenging them to completely overhaul a system that has put their young people in prison in record numbers.

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Stuff: Punishment exceeds support: The failure to address trauma and addiction in prisons

OPINION: Within the sphere of criminal justice the ongoing attempt at rehabilitation and reduced recidivism that exists alongside punitive practices is incompatible.

Throughout history retrospective approaches to criminal offending has been central in the effort of deterrence. Although recently rehabilitative programs have become more prevalent, criminal justice initiatives have largely identified factors that place individuals at greater or lesser ‘risk’ of engaging in criminal behaviours.

There is little to be said for successfully addressing the underlying causes for criminal offending within prison.

The prevalence of both substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders among prisoners is overwhelming.

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Newsroom: The pain of the patriarchy goes both ways

It is relatively easy to identify ways in which patriarchy harms and hinders women. What's harder, but equally necessary, is the need to demonstrate how it also harms and hinders men.

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Stuff: Child killer was on bail and should not have been near his victim

A violent man who killed his 3-month-old daughter was on bail at the time and should not have been near her.

Stuff has learned the man, who has permanent name suppression, was arrested following a family harm incident about two months before the child’s death at a Porirua home in November 2018.

The then 22-year-old was charged with threatening behaviour and released on bail, the conditions of which prevented him from associating with his partner and their two children.

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NZ Herald: Maketū father Aaron Izett found guilty of murdering his daughter Nevaeh

A jury has found Maketū father Aaron George Izett guilty of murdering his 2-year-old daughter Nevaeh Ager and two other assault charges.

Izett, 38, has been on trial in the High Court at Rotorua for murder after Nevaeh Jahkaya Whatukura Ager's body was found by police on the tidal flats at Little Waihi on March 21 last year.

The jury delivered their unanimous verdicts today after about 10 hours of deliberations.

The jury had to decide whether Izett intended to kill his daughter when he assaulted her and/or drowned her, or was not guilty by reason of insanity at the time.

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Stuff: 'You stole the most vital years of my life': Sisters confront sexually abusive 'Poppa' in court

Four “beautiful and courageous” young women abused as children by their step-grandfather confronted him in court before he was jailed for 12 years.

Now aged between 19 and 24, the women spoke directly to the man they knew as ‘Poppa’, Richard Ropiha.

They applied to have the usual automatic name-suppression granted to victims of sex offending lifted prior to making their statements before Judge Bridget Mackintosh in the Napier District Court on Friday.

Judge Mackintosh granted the request and praised the four “beautiful and courageous women” for “bravely baring their souls for what has happened to them”.

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