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Weekly Media Roundup

March 19, 2021 at 2:26 PM

RNZ: Deaths, injuries after 'serious incident' in Epsom - police

Police are speaking to media after confirming two deaths and a person with serious injuries after reports of a stabbing in Epsom.

Police earlier said they were called to an address at The Drive, Epsom after reports of a stabbing about 11.30am and found two people with critical injuries. The pair died despite efforts to help them.

A third person found at the home was taken to hospital with critical injuries.



Stuff: Pukekohe deaths: Suspected murder suicide followed family violence, bail breach

The man who died after a suspected murder suicide in Pukekohe was on electronic bail following a violent rampage where he shoved a child from a moving car before allegedly assaulting a witness.

Viliami Latu, who police believe murdered his estranged partner and mother of his children Toakase Finau, also breached bail several weeks before the killing at his brother’s house, Stuff understands.

Despite the breach, where he travelled to his ex-partner’s home, he was allowed to remain in the community subject to electronic monitoring.

On Wednesday morning, while at his court approved bail address, detectives believe he killed mother-of-four Finau before attempting to take his own life.



Stuff: You'll never walk alone: The danger of being a woman at night

OPINION: Once upon a time, I banned candy canes from our house.

My small daughter had an uncanny knack of fashioning weapons out of almost anything, and peppermint-flavoured lollies were no exception. She’d suck the end of the canes into a deadly sharp point which she’d stick her brothers with, and then eat the evidence.

I also banned poi, rulers, skipping ropes and anything else she could arm herself with until the phase passed. Then a few years later, I showed her how to make a weapon again.

If you’ve never formed key knuckles, chances are you’re a bloke.



The Spinoff: How the murders of two women reshaped the conversation on male violence

The death of UK woman Sarah Everard earlier this month has led to an outpouring of grief and rage, in the same way Grace Millane’s death did in New Zealand. Laura Walters looks at the similarities between the two cases, and how they’re changing the narrative on male violence.

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Stuff: Safety measure requiring judges to hear family violence bail applications quashed as "unlawful"

A safety measure that meant only a judge or another judicial officer could assess the risk of bail applications involving family violence has been quashed by the High Court because it is unlawful.

The ruling means that court registrars will have the power to hear some family violence bail applications – a power that was removed by an initiative authorised by the Chief District Court Judge six years ago.



NZ Herald: Abuse in Care: Salvation Army apologises for children and vulnerable people abused in its care - 'Source of great shame'

The Salvation Army says that children and vulnerable people were abused in its care is a "source of great shame" and the Christian organisation has pledged not to "duck and weave" in accepting responsibility.

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission is holding a two-week public hearing, starting today in Auckland, into the faith-based redress processes.

It is the second part and follows on from late 2020, when survivors shared their experiences of abuse and seeking recognition and redress.



RNZ: Redress, tangible compensation critical for those abused in state, faith-based care

By David Cohen*

Analysis - Public hearings provide a valuable window to see the work of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. But what's happening behind closed doors will almost certainly have the more enduring effect on the ultimate political outcome of the costly exercise.

This week the commission resumes its historical examination of faith-based institutions managed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, and, in particular over the coming few days, the Salvation Army.



RNZ: Jackie Clark and Moeroa Marsters: Surviving domestic abuse

Her Say is a collection of stories told by New Zealand women who have lived in - and escaped - abusive relationships.

Its publication is a long-held dream of Jackie Clark who, in 2013, launched The Aunties, a grassroots charity helping women to rebuild their lives after a period of trauma.

She quit her job, turning her back on her comfortable life, to focus on The Aunties full-time, becoming Aunty in Charge and assisting hundreds of women with material needs and emotional support.



Stuff: So, I was sexually assaulted but that wasn't the worst part: My friend didn't believe me

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As the world mourns British woman Sarah Everard’s death, Kiwi woman Katie* recounts her own recent experience – and why a few throwaway words from a friend hurt so much more than than the actual assault.

“It’s not all men,” they always say.

I know that. I know wonderful men, men who would never lay a hand on a woman, who would repulsed and angry and embarrassed for their fellow males if they knew what went on.



RNZ: Police launch investigation into 'unconscious bias' against Māori

Police are investigating whether they have unconscious bias against Māori, but won't say it is an inquiry into racism.

Police have launched a long-term research project with Te Puna Haumaru NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato, looking at how to ensure everyone is getting fair treatment.

Titled "Understanding Policing Delivery", the study will focus on examining where bias may exist within police policies, processes, and practices, according to a media statement.



Stuff: Christchurch filmmaker wins $42,000 with short film about abused teddy bears

A Christchurch filmmaker has won more than $40,000 in an international competition for his short film about abused soft toys.

Christchurch director Nick McLean won second prize in the drama category of the My RØDE Reel competition for his poignant short film Bear Hugs.

The prize also included about $6000 worth of microphones as well as the cash prize of about $42,000.

McLean's short film, which was chosen from more than 5000 entries, was made as a passion project in his spare time.



RNZ: Thousands rally at Australian Parliament demanding justice for sexual assault victims

Thousands of women gathered in major cities across Australia on Monday to take part in rallies calling for gender equality and justice for victims of sexual assault.

The March 4 Justice rallies have been spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, discrimination and misconduct in some of Australia's highest political offices.

Organisers expect about 85,000 women to join the marches, including one in the capital of Canberra where two petitions demanding action will be delivered to Parliament.



Stuff: Suzy Cato's 12 tips for raising resilient, empowered girls

This story was published on Woman.

"When I was just a little girl

I asked my mother, what will I be?

Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?

Here’s what she said to me...”

All together now! But instead of "Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be", we’re gonna sing “kia kaha e taku kōtiro, whatever you want to be”. This translates as “Be strong my girl, whatever you want to be!”

Leading by example can set our tamariki up for a wonderful, fulfilling and rewarding life.

Unfortunately, the generations before us didn’t always get to be whatever they wanted to be.



NZ Herald: Morrinsville homicide: Man, 42, charged after death

A man has died after a family harm incident near Morrinsville.

Police said a 42-year-old has since been arrested and taken into custody after they were called to the property at Gordonton, on the outskirts of Hamilton, last night.

The victim was seriously injured and died of his injuries in hospital this morning.

Police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the man's death.

The accused appeared in the Hamilton District Court this afternoon on a charge of assaulting a woman he was in a family relationship with.

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Stuff: Mother found guilty of giving son serious burns by pouring boiling water on him

A woman lied about how her son suffered burns to 25 per cent of his body to try to hide the fact she caused them, a judge says.

That woman was found guilty by Judge Stephanie Edwards​ in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

She has interim name suppression to protect the identity of her victim – her pre-teen son – who was taken to hospital in May 2019 with serious burns.

He and his mother told police – they were questioned in different rooms by different officers – the burns were caused by the boy spilling hot pasta water on himself five days before he went to hospital.



Stuff: Home detention for pair who abused children in Oranga Tamariki custody

Sushma Luxton’s own lawyer described his client and her husband caring for vulnerable children as a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Sushma and Paul Luxton were sentenced to home detention on Tuesday for beating four vulnerable children in the custody of Oranga Tamariki over nearly three years.

The pair had earlier admitted four charges of assaulting children and one of common assault at the Manukau District Court. The charges are representative, which means the assaults were not a one-off.

They received public money to care for the vulnerable children, aged between 5 and 11 years-old, but instead subjected them to kicking, punching, slapping, and on one occasion choking.


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