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Weekly Media Roundup

February 05, 2021 at 12:23 PM

Stuff: He'll Be Right: A man is no silo; he needs whakapapa, connections

OPINION: I don’t consider myself a great guru when it comes to how to be a successful modern man.

So when John Daniell got in touch, to talk about a podcast he wanted to make tackling modern masculinity in Aotearoa, I was hesitant. For one, I fervently ignore the advice of anyone claiming to be a life coach.

I thought if there was such a book called The Guide to Being a Modern Man, it would be light on evidence and thoroughly vague. Look to social media; there are plenty of chiselled men offering doleful advice about healthy living and a ‘positive mindset’. None of it makes you feel better.

‘Body positivity’ is a term wielded by the genetically gifted. The ideal of male breadwinners is upheld by one-percenters who have trust funds to thank. I say, forget it.

So instead of laying out a road map you’ll never be able to follow, we’ve interviewed Kiwi men about their own experiences. What’s clear is there’s no one right way to be a man, but there are clearly bad ways to be a man.

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Voxy: Pandemic response creates perfect storm for self-harm, domestic violence - Otago study

Lockdowns and social distancing may be key to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but they are having other, deadly, effects too, a University of Otago study highlights.

Dr Katerina Standish, of Otago’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, says the public health reaction to the pandemic negatively increases rates of domestic violence and suicidality.

"The focus on tackling the pandemic means, globally, the first objective is to control its ability to replicate and mutate. We know this is necessary, but the lockdowns and social distancing have other effects that are only beginning to reveal themselves and they are deadly too," she says.

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Stuff: Behind the Government's unexpectedly entertaining approach to sexual education

First, there were the porn stars on the doorstep. Next in a Government-funded online safety campaign is a gigantic eggplant sculpture on a school lawn. National Correspondent Katie Kenny explains.

It was a tough brief; to educate young people and their parents about online harms including bullying, pornography, grooming, and sending and receiving nudes.

But it had to be done. Cyberbullying was costing the country $444 million every year, according to a report commissioned by non-profit online safety organisation, Netsafe. The average age for seeing porn for the first time was 13 years old, which was skewing a generation’s perceptions of sex. Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwi kids (aged between nine and 17) said they had spoken with strangers online. Principals were complaining about the peer pressure on students to share explicit images.

And then the coronavirus pandemic struck. The combination of heightened stress and more time spent online saw calls to Netsafe increase by 60 per cent during the country’s seven-week lockdown period. Around the world, Unicef warned millions of children were at risk as their lives moved online.

“As we went into lockdown, use of the internet surged and all the front line agencies suddenly had huge demands on their services,” says Martin Cocker, Netsafe’s chief executive.

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Stuff: 'I feel empowered' Musicians look back at industry's week of reckoning

ANALYSIS: Aotearoa's music industry has been rocked this week by stories of harassment and harmful behaviour. Now at a crossroads, will it choose to reform completely for the safety of its most vulnerable?

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Stuff: Music’s #MeToo moment a wake-up call for educators

OPINION: Recent accusations of harassment and coercion by leading figures in Aotearoa New Zealand’s music industry were shocking, but not surprising.

Last year, we released the Amplify Aotearoa report that revealed serious issues with gender diversity in the local music industry. Two main findings emerged:

  • More than 70 per cent of women reported experiencing gender discrimination, disadvantage and bias.
  • Nearly half of women reported they had felt unsafe in places where music is made and/or performed.

While there are excellent initiatives encouraging inclusive and diverse cultures in music, women face a range of systemic barriers in the industry, including under-representationearning less, receiving less airplaywinning fewer awards, and widespread harassment. These issues are experienced disproportionately by women of colour and gender-diverse people.

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NZ Herald: James Tuwhangai domestic violence case shows deep flaws of justice system, say advocates

Justice advocates say the result of an Otago domestic-violence case, overturned on appeal, is symptomatic of a broken system.

James Tuwhangai, 19, was originally jailed for two years after admitting a prolonged attack on his ex-girlfriend, but after three months behind bars — just before Christmas — he was released.

The teenager is now serving a nine-month period of home detention instead, after Justice Rachel Dunningham granted an appeal in the High Court at Dunedin.

She noted Tuwhangai turned up to a meeting with Probation in Mongrel Mob colours with swastika tattoos on his hands and was concerned time in prison would see him recruited by the gang.

"In my view, Mr Tuwhangai is particularly vulnerable to embarking on a career of offending, and this would only be exacerbated by a minimum of a year in prison," the judge said.

"There is a clear fork in the road for Mr Tuwhangai. His family are reaching out to him and urging him to take one path, but I suspect the gangs and prison life will be urging him to take another."

JustSpeak projects co-ordinator Kirsten Van Newtown said the case was an acknowledgement of the inherent problems with imprisoning people.

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Stuff: Bars join forces to trespass troublemaking patrons

Troublesome patrons may be trespassed from all inner-city bars for six months as part of a new scheme launched in Dunedin.

Recent problems involving unruly customers causing issues from one bar to another prompted the change, alcohol harm prevention officer Sergeant Ian Paulin said.

That led to 14 bars from around Moray Pl and the Octagon signing up, meaning “if you barred from one you are barred from them all”.

The ability to trespass from a licenced premise is up to a bar and not police, and Paulin said it was pleasing to see all the bars recognising the benefit of the scheme, which began a fortnight ago.

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Stuff: Bullying at AUT rife, processes to resolve sexual harassment inadequate, review finds

Hundreds of staff at Auckland’s AUT have told a university-wide review that bullying is rife, and many said their complaints were ignored.

In her report released on Thursday, Kate Davenport QC said she had heard a “raft of complaints” about the culture at the university, from the 403 staff and students she spoke to.

More than 270 people told Davenport they had been bullied or witnessed bullying, making it the single most complained-about issue, Davenport’s summary states.

The report is strongly critical of the university’s complaints processes.

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Newshub: Homicide investigation after family harm incident in Hamilton

A homicide investigation is underway after a man died in Hamilton on Friday.

The man was seriously injured during a family harm incident at a Mardon Road address on Wednesday.

Police were called to the incident late that evening and the man was taken to hospital.

"He sadly died of his injuries yesterday," Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Andrea McBeth said.

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Stuff: Oranga Tamariki 'had an opportunity to intervene' before baby's murder

A government agency tasked with protecting children had an opportunity to intervene before a 10-month-old baby was beaten to death by his father.

CJ White died on July 9, 2019 after sustaining complex fractures to his skull, bleeding on the brain and behind both eyes. Thirty bruises were found on his body.

A jury in the High Court at Greymouth found David Grant Sinclair, 31, guilty of CJ's murder in November. He will be sentenced next month.

Stuff earlier revealed Oranga Tamariki (OT) – the Ministry of Children – visited the baby’s home less than three weeks before his death due to concerns about his welfare.

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NZ Herald: Night stalker: Christchurch man sentenced for 'creeping', tracking, following estranged wife for two years

This story may be confronting or triggering for some people. Information about where to get help for family harm is listed below.

A man who stalked his estranged wife after she left him - breaching a protection order six times and "creeping" onto her property at night to install GPS trackers onto her car so he could monitor her movements - has been sentenced to community detention.

Jason Knowles appeared before Judge Quentin Hix in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to six charges relating to breaching a protection order granted to his former wife who says she left him because of his "abuse" and treatment of their children.

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Stuff: Court hears father forced son to sign letter agreeing to beating

A father who gave his son what he called a “good old-fashioned belt on the a...” over bad language had forced him to sign a letter saying he accepted what would happen to him, a Wellington jury has heard.

The Wellington man, who can not be named because it would identify his son, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his child.

He is also acting for himself in court at a jury trial in Wellington District Court on Tuesday.

He has pleaded not guilty to one charge of assaulting a child in May 2018.

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NZ Herald: Baby injured in alleged family harm incident in Rotorua

Police are investigating a family harm incident that resulted in injuries to a baby in Rotorua.

A police spokeswoman said the incident was reported yesterday.

A baby was taken to Starship Hospital and initial inquiries suggested the baby's injuries were an indirect result of the initial incident, the spokeswoman said.

A man has been arrested for breach of protection order and threatens to cause grievous bodily harm.

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Stuff: What is the TikTok Silhouette Challenge and why should you be worried about it?

Netsafe has issued a warning to Kiwi TikTok users after videos appeared online claiming to show viewers how to remove filters from the popular Silhouette Challenge and reveal naked bodies beneath.

“We don’t want to be the fun police, but as they become more popular [viral challenges] become targets for all sorts of things,” said Netsafe director of education and engagement Sean Lyons.

”This is a really good reminder to people out there to think very carefully about what it is they post before they post it... Sometimes things you think are hidden or private are not so on the internet.”

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