Weekly Media Roundup

December 04, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Stuff: Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: How we've made Māori the face of child abuse and minimised the abuse of Pākehā children

Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono is a Stuff project investigating the history of racism. Part one has focused on Stuff and its newspapers, and how we have portrayed Māori. National Correspondent Charlie Mitchell looks at how our organisation has portrayed child abuse.

WARNING: This article contains material that some readers may find upsetting.

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Stuff: Children's Commissioners: It's not just about what the media reports, but what they choose to leave out

OPINION: It would be hard to blame anyone who has read or watched the news over the past few decades for thinking Māori perpetuate most of the child abuse and neglect, and there was something inherently dangerous about whānau Māori.

As Stuff acknowledgedon Tuesday, the tragic “roll calls” of child killings published over the years by Stuff, its predecessors and other outlets, have almost exclusively featured the photos and stories of Māori children.

Ka tangi tonu te ngākau ki a rātau. Nā reira haere rātau ki te poho o Ranginui, ki te kāhui o ngā whetu. Rātau ki a rātau, kei wareware tātau.

As a nation, we grieve every single child killed at the hands of those they trusted to care for them. We should all know their names. Their deaths are utterly unacceptable and should spark deep reflections on how we, as a people, can come together to avoid such tragedies in the future.

But while some editors, over the years, may have thought that a skewed bias towards the deaths of Māori children had helped to facilitate that reflection, we think it has more likely prevented it.

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Newsroom: Carers: Oranga Tamariki adds to the trauma

Numerous foster carers have contacted Newsroom since our investigation last week highlighted a change in the children's ministry policy to take back tamariki from even 'forever care'

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Newsroom: ‘We can break the cycle’ - Marama Davidson

For decades, New Zealand has struggled to address the pervasive issue of family and sexual violence, despite law changes, education programmes, working groups and strategies. Aotearoa's first Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Minister tells Laura Walters why this time's different.

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Newsroom: Sexual violence strategy: ‘Fighting four decades of status quo’

After the last government was unable to agree, Minister Marama Davidson has vowed to get a national strategy on family and sexual violence before Cabinet by March, as an "absolute priority"

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Stuff: 'Somebody's lying': Anatomy of an Oranga Tamariki uplift

The boy has a wound on his face, bruises on his arms, and a story full of holes.

He says he was injured during a school game; his parents say it was a bully who hurt him; a social worker says someone’s lying.

Earlier this year Oranga Tamariki gave writer Virginia Fallon unfettered access to their work as they tried to find out who was telling the truthMinor details of the victim, including his name, have been changed to protect his identity.

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1 News: 'Born to make a difference' - Law student raised in state care rises up to heal generations of hurt

An inspiring young law student is rising against the odds and dedicating her life to healing generations of hurt.

Journey Porata is being recognised with the Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Award for her ambitions.

She was first taken into state care aged eight. Growing up, she was shuffled through seven homes.

Porata describes her earlier years as "very traumatic".

"Drugs, alcohol, violence, were the forefront of my life. As a result of that was sexual abuse, neglect, all of that stuff you hear," she told TVNZ1's Breakfast.

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Newshub: Kiwi boy 'humbled' after Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson responds to anti-domestic violence message

A Kiwi boy and his family are 'humbled' after Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson praised their anti-domestic violence message. 

Angelau Brown from Christchurch sent a letter to the Hollywood actor last week asking him to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Brown and his father are part of the 'She is not your rehab' group - which helps men stop domestic violence.

The five-year-old sent him a T-shirt featuring the group's slogan: 'She is not your rehab,' encouraging The Rock to promote the message.

When The Rock responded to his letter, Angelau and his family were blown away.

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1 News: Samoan woman the first faith-based care abuse survivor to give evidence to Royal Commission

A Samoan woman is the first faith-based care abuse survivor to give evidence at the Royal Commission of Inquiry in the hope of encouraging other Pasifika to come forward.

Frances Tagaloa and her husband rugby great Timo Tagaloa have gone public determined to help change a church that failed families like them.

Tagaloa says it’s been extremely difficult but she has had the full support of her family.

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RNZ: Pasifika victims of abuse to seek Royal Commission of Inquiry

An abuse survivor is calling for Pacific people in New Zealand who have been abused in care to go to the Royal Commission of Inquiry for guidance and support.

Frances Tagaloa spoke at a hearing in Auckland this week about the sexual and emotional abuse she experienced in the Catholic church in the 1970s.

The abuser was part of the Marist Brothers and to this day Mrs Tagaloa hasn't received a formal apology from the institution.

She's adamant from her experience of addressing her case, that the best way is through an independent body such as the Royal Commission.

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RNZ: Catholic Church made rape trauma even worse, abuse survivor says

A woman who was sexually abused and raped by a Catholic priest says the response from the church to her complaint was insulting and laughable.

The priest, Peter Hercock, was a counsellor at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt.

Ann-Marie Shelley was at the school in the late 1960s and early 70s.

She told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care today that for the two years she was seeing Hercock for counselling, an insidious process of grooming was going on.

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NZ Herald: Mystery donor's generous one-day offer to help domestic violence support service reach goal

A shelter that will care for pets so victims of family violence can flee without worrying about their animals being harmed will open next year. The Herald supports Pet Refuge's Christmas Appeal to raise money for the shelter's running costs. To donate visit www.petrefuge.org.nz or call 09 975 0850.

A mystery corporate donor has offered to match the public's donations to a family violence support charity dollar-for-dollar.

The generous donor, a business that wants to remain anonymous, is willing to match donations made today to the new charity Pet Refuge to the tune of $25,000.

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Stuff: Marked Absent: The attendance freefall in New Zealand's schools

Schools have experienced unprecedented interruptions in 2020. But school attendance was already plummeting well before the pandemic - and it’s a crisis educators are only just facing up to.

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Stuff: Case of 'forced marriage' reported in Wellington hampered by jurisdiction issue

An alleged case of forced marriage has been reported to police in Wellington.

However, police have been unable to take action in relation to the complaint because the wedding took place in Fiji, meaning they do not have jurisdiction.

The incident, which occurred in April 2019, is believed to be the first of its kind recorded in New Zealand since a law change in 2018 made coercion into a marriage a specific offence.

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Stuff: Rape survivor Amy Coronakes: 'I'm in a better place than he'll ever be'

The woman who reported a historical rape by former Floating Foundation charity boss Craig Koning says she was standing up for all women by getting the court to lift her name suppression.

Koning, 36, was found guilty in Auckland District Court on Tuesday of the 2004 rape of Amy Coronakes.

In an extraordinary move, Coronakes waived her automatic right to name suppression.

“I didn’t do anything wrong. If I’m not ashamed to be named, that’s showing other women and other survivors there is nothing to be ashamed of,” Coronakes said.

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NZ Herald: NZ chief censor backs new call for child abuse crackdown

New Zealand's chief censor is backing new recommendations urging major tech companies to go further in keeping child abuse material off their platforms.

A major report released overnight by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection found hard-to-locate menus and a lack of options were hindering people trying to get child sex abuse material taken down - including abuse survivors finding imagery of themselves online.

The damning evaluation comes just months after New Zealand - with Five Eyes partners Canada, Australia the US and UK - put out a set of voluntary priniciples to help online platforms better deal with the problem.

It found the benchmarks set out in those principles largely weren't being met.

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Stuff: Man jailed after meth-fulled series of assaults against ex-partner

Corey Anthony McDonald​ and violence are familiar companions.

He has convictions for a range of offences, including assaulting partners and setting a dog on to someone at a park.

McDonald and methamphetamine are also familiar companions, and a big reason why he was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Tuesday to four years and six months’ jail.

He earlier pleaded guilty to causing his ex-partner grievous bodily harm with intent during an hours-long ordeal on April 29.

McDonald had been awake for a week thanks to the meth he was consuming when he asked the woman to take him from Woodville to Palmerston North on April 28.

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