Weekly Media Roundup

December 18, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Newsroom: Oranga Tamariki ‘review’ did not contact foster parents

Children's Minister Kelvin Davis has ordered Oranga Tamariki to stop its 'reverse uplifts' of children from foster care, after a limited internal review raised systemic issues

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RNZ: Number of children living in poverty likely to rise because of Covid-19

The number of children living in poverty is expected to increase because of Covid-19.

The just-released briefing to Child Poverty Reduction Minister Jacinda Ardern says prior to the pandemic, the government was broadly on track to meet the three-year and 10-year child poverty reduction targets.

But the economic downturn is likely to plunge more families into hardship, across the various measures of child poverty, despite the actions taken by the government in response to Covid-19.

Material hardship rates are expected to "rise strongly", as this measure is particularly sensitive to economic changes, the briefing said.

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RNZ: Royal Commission into Abuse in Care releases interim report

It will never be possible to determine the precise number of people abused because of large gaps and deficiencies in data collected at the time, the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care says.

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins, who released the interim report Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā today, said it was a difficult read, and showed the enormity of abuse and trauma that had occurred.

The report is based on accounts of people abused in state care, provided up to the conclusion of the state redress hearing in early November at private and public hearings. It has no specific recommendations but what the Royal Commission has learned will ultimately inform its recommendations to government in a final report.

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RNZ: As many as 400,000 abused in state, faith care - survivors' group

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Stuff: Abuse survivors retraumatised, 'frequently disbelieved' by Government focused on protecting public funds

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Stuff: 'A lot of abuse took place there': State care institutions vanished from records

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Stuff: State care abuse: 'New Zealand at its absolute worst'

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NZ Herald: Hamilton homicide: 'Blood curdling' screams heard before woman died

WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT

A Hamilton woman was outside smoking a cigarette when a series of "blood curdling" screams pierced the night.

It would be the beginning of a horror night for those involved and the neighbours who rushed to help as a child repeated the heartbreaking words: "My mummy's dead."

Just after 11pm yesterday, in the Hamilton suburb of Nawton, neighbours reported hearing screams, bangs and thumping coming from a property near the top of the street.

The woman, a neighbour, said she heard another woman screaming, and then a new set of screams - the voice of a young child.

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Newshub: Police urge vigilance as dating app-related sexual assault cases rise to one a week in Auckland

Warning: This story discusses sexual assault.

Police are warning New Zealanders to be careful meeting new people in person or online this summer, as cases of sexual offending linked to dating apps usually rising at this time of year.

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Stuff: Hector Matthews: 'Our country's greatest scourge is deprivation'

MAKING ENDS MEET: As the sting of Covid-19 hits home, reporter VICKI ANDERSON and visual journalist CHRIS SKELTON, offer a voice to those living and working on the frontlines of poverty.

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NZ Herald: Judge's decision: 'Limited evidence' of domestic abuse in Laken Rose's relationship

A 31-year-old Cambridge woman found guilty of 45 charges relating to sexual offending against children gave cohesive but mantra-like evidence, the judge deciding her fate found.

Justice Matthew Muir this morning released his 300-page reserved decision in relation to whether Laken Maree Rose was guilty of any of the 50 charges she denied.

Rose had earlier admitted 10 charges, but denied the rest and was put on trial over a two week period in the High Court at Hamilton last month.

Her former partner and co-offender, Andrew Alan Williams, had prior to trial admitted all the charges laid against him and was convicted and remanded in custody.

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Stuff: Offender jailed for physical and sexual abuse of young boy

A Taranaki Kaumātua has been sentenced to imprisonment for historical physical and sexual abuse of a young boy in his care.

Gilbert Noble appeared before Judge Charles Blackie in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday for sentencing on two charges of assault with a blunt instrument and one of indecency with a boy aged under 12.

Noble had been found guilty of the offending following a jury trial in September.

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