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Weekly Media Roundup

July 01, 2022 at 3:34 PM

Stuff: New tangata whenua group to hold Government accountable for family and sexual violence prevention 

The Government has appointed a tangata whenua ministerial advisory group to give advice and hold it accountable as it seeks to wipe out family and sexual violence in a generation. 

Marama Davidson, Green Party co-leader and the minister in charge of sexual and family violence prevention, announced the new 11-member group on Thursday. It will advise on the national strategy for eliminating family and sexual violence within 25 years, Te Aorerekura. 

The strategy, launched in December, is a whole-of-government plan which called for widespread societal change to reduce family and sexual violence. Its guiding principles are deeply rooted in Te Ao Māori principles. 


Scoop: New toolkit to minimise money conflict 

Press Release: Good Shepherd

A new toolkit that helps couples talk about money aims to curtail the risk of financial hardship and economic harm. 

Good Shepherd NZ and AUT have worked together to launch the Healthy Financial Relationships Toolkit. 

Bespoke to New Zealand, the toolkit has been developed based on the findings from its joint research project that took place last year. 
A focus group participant reported the toolkit changed the way she approached her money conversations. 


Stuff: Kirsty Johnston: Police wrongly downgrade 33,000 family violence crimes a year 

Police were wrongly downgrading 33,000 family violence offences every year, a fact the organisation tried to keep secret by refusing to release a damning investigation document, and removing key findings from public reports. 

The “lost” crimes – revealed in a 2019 audit but released to Stuff only after the government’s information watchdog intervened this month – represented an “organisation-wide failure”, the report said, in which legal obligations to victims were not upheld, and chances to hold offenders to account were missed. 

The report, an investigation into three months of family harm files, found police were incorrectly coding offences more than half the time. Instead of being identified as crimes, offences like “intent to cause injury” were wrongly chalked up as “incidents”. 

“Those numbers represent thousands of women who were told to reach out for help when they were at risk, and were let down,” said Natalie Thorburn, from Women’s Refuge. “It inevitably deters women from reporting abuse, because if it doesn’t get taken seriously, they think ‘why risk it?’” 


Stuff: 'Work is needed': Sexual assault reporting stuck at below 10%, survey finds 

An annual survey examining crime trends in New Zealand has again found the number of sexual assaults reported remains at just 8 per cent. 

The 2020 New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey also had a similar result, revealing 7-8% were reported – making sexual assault likely one of the most under-reported crimes. 

Tabby Besley, managing director of rainbow support charity InsideOUT, said the low reporting rates revealed on Wednesday showed police and the justice system needed to earn the trust of survivors of sexual assault. 

“It’s very similar to the data from previous years, which shows the justice system hasn’t improved in this area and work is needed.” 


Stuff: Just 2% of adult Kiwis experience 39% of all crime, survey finds 

  • The number of burglaries increased on the last survey, but they hit fewer houses more often. 

  • Experts unsure why family violence by close partners significantly reduced when lockdowns would have meant they were at home more. 

  • Most metrics measured in the survey remained stable on the previous year. 


RNZ: ‘We have let down the communities’ - Oranga Tamariki 

Poor financial management of sexual violence services has forced Oranga Tamariki to take the "additional measure" of reviewing what it did with all the funding it got in Budget 2019-20. 

In a briefing released under the OIA, the ministry said it was doing the review of "financial management and controls to minimise the risk of the issues described in this report occurring again", referring to a damning report into its sexual violence services project. 

It said it would give the review to the government by the end of this month. 


Stuff: Malachi, the boy who will be forever 5, and how his life was snatched away 

At the end of a small green paddock there is a house. And at the back of that house there is a cabin. And in that cabin, a small boy was tortured until he died. 

On Wednesday, a quiet rain falls. On Thursday, the adult who was supposed to be caring for the boy was sentenced to prison for 17 years for murder. 

But the day before, a small squat house sits low underneath a cloudy sky, the road stretching away into the fog. 

What was the last thing Malachi Subecz saw before he lost consciousness? It wasn’t his mum, who he’d lost to jail four months earlier. It wasn’t his beloved cousins, wanting to play tag, or any of the aunties and uncles who loved him and were trying to get him back, though he wouldn’t have known that, isolated hundreds of kilometres away. Maybe the sky was blue that day, and the 5-year-old could pick a sliver and focus on that, imagining a rainbow. 


Stuff: How did 4-year-old Malachi leave court with his killer? 


Stuff: Law change calls grow in wake of Malachi Subecz's 'completely avoidable' murder 


Stuff: Malachi murder case - The abuse pics no-one saw and adults who didn't act 


Bay of Plenty Times: Beaten, burnt and killed: Woman imprisoned after prolonged abuse, killing of 5yo Malachi Subecz 


Bay of Plenty Times: Malachi Subecz murder: Judge implores people who work with children to report suspected abuse 


Stuff: Family members met after baby's tangi to discuss who would 'take fall', court hears 

Family members of a baby who died after suffering catastrophic injuries met shortly after his tangi to discuss who would “take the fall” for his death, a court has heard. 

In the recording played to the court, the mother and father of Poseidyn Pickering are told by another family member they need to change their police statements to “clear this all up”. 

Poseidyn died in hospital in September 2020 after being rushed there from the family home in Manurewa, south Auckland. The 10-month-old had “catastrophic” head injuries. 


Stuff: Auckland baby's injuries 'catastrophic and non-survivable', murder trial hears 


Stuff: Dad repeatedly denies getting angry at baby and causing fatal injuries 


Stuff: ‘Urgent action’ needed to prevent violence against disabled people 

*Susan was trapped in an abusive relationship for seven years because the local women’s refuge didn’t have a space for disabled people to receive personal cares. 

She said the violence was verbal and mental when it started, before turning physical. 

The experience left wheelchair user Susan feeling alone and isolated. 

Susan said she remained in the relationship as there was no place at the women’s refuge for people with disabilities who needed personal cares. 

She also didn’t have any friends or family with wheelchair access in their homes. 


Newsroom: Tortured and now stuck in slow motion 

A UN committee excoriates the Government’s foot-dragging over tortured children. David Williams reports 


RNZ: More than 130 children and teens wrongly given electric shocks at Lake Alice 

Police have identified more than 130 former patients of the Lake Alice psychiatric hospital's child and adolescent unit who received electric shocks to their genitals or as punishment, rather than treatment. 

In their third investigation into allegations of abuse at the unit in the 1970s, police found 136 former patients who had received such shocks. 

Of those, 63 were interviewed, while 37 declined. Thirty-one were dead and five couldn't be found. 


1 News: How did NZ's richest school become centre of sexual abuse cases? 

How did New Zealand's richest school become the centre of one of the country’s biggest sexual abuse cases? At the boys-only boarding school Dilworth, hundreds of students suffered serious abuse over 30 years. What's more, they say the school went out of its way to cover it up. 


Stuff: Independent inquiry into sex abuse at Dilworth School begins, website launched 

An independent inquiry has been launched into historical sex abuse at Auckland’s Dilworth School, with survivors being encouraged to provide information via a website. 

The inquiry is led by Dame Silvia Cartwright and Frances Joychild QC and seeks to investigate sexual abuse and its cover-up that happened at the Auckland school from the 1950s onwards. 

Twelve men have been arrested and charged over alleged sexual offending at the school and more than 130 survivors have joined a Human Rights Commission class action. 


RNZ: Majority of New Zealanders concerned about harmful online content - report 

New Zealanders lack confidence in social media companies to keep them safe and are highly concerned about youth being exposed to harmful or inappropriate content. 

A Classification Office report about what New Zealanders see on screen and online shows people support regulation of harmful online content. 

"More and more people are online and, in particular, young people are living more of their lives online," acting chief censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson said. 


The Spinoff: Exposure to content urging violence: high. Faith in platforms to deal with it: low 

One in three New Zealanders has seen content directly promoting violence towards others in the last year, according to new research from the Classification Office.  


Stuff: New mark set for highest number of Māori recruits in police college wing 

Earlier this month, following another graduation, police revealed for the first time, a quarter of its workforce were now women. 

“It took us 50 years to reach 10% constabulary women, then another 25 years to reach 20%. It has taken us just four years to go up from there to 25%,” Commissioner Andrew Coster said. 

The increase in diversity was a “long-running kaupapa” but it had accelerated considerably in recent years, he said. 

“There are a range of historical reasons why policing hasn't tended to attract women.” 

He pointed to family violence – a significant part of the frontline workload – as an area where having more wāhine officers may be able to have a big impact. 


Stuff: Sister of murder victim reaches millions with 'open' social media posts 

A Southland woman whose sister was brutally murdered has reached millions of people through social media posts highlighting the reality of domestic violence. 

In a premeditated and violent attack, Crystal Wilton’s sister Azalia Wilson was killed by her partner Samuel Samson in an Invercargill motel room in November 2019. The couple shared a baby daughter. 

After getting through the worst of her grief, Wilton decided to use TikTok to share her older sister’s story and to highlight domestic violence. 


Stuff: Woman left distraught after stalker edited her face into porn video, put it online 

The creating and posting of deepfake pornography is on the rise, but Kiwi laws offer little protection, experts warn. 

Emma* is among a number of victims of deepfakes. She said an online stalker would relentlessly comment on her Instagram photos – “I’m watching you”, “You can’t get rid of me”. 

She blocked him, but he created new accounts. Then she made her Instagram private, but the messaging continued. 

In 2021, the man messaged her a link to a pornographic video, where he had edited Emma’s face onto the body of an adult entertainer. The photo had been taken from her private social media account. 


1 News: Alcohol rules to be considered after Swarbrick's bill is pulled 

The time has come to further regulate alcohol, one of the country's most harmful drugs, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick says. 

It comes as Swarbrick's Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Amendment Bill was pulled from the members' bill ballot on Thursday. That means it will be introduced in Parliament for debate. 

The proposed legislation would see a ban on alcohol sponsorship and advertising in live or broadcast sports and sports venues. It would also remove the special appeals process for local alcohol policies. 


Stuff: Support for alcohol law review shows it's 'long overdue', says Māori health advocate 

“For too long now, our Māori and PI (Pacific Island) communities bear the burden of problematic drinking and the subsequent harms.” 

That’s the message from Hāpai Te Hauora chief executive officer Selah Hart after Waipā District Council’s ringing endorsement of a review of New Zealand’s alcohol laws. 

“It sends a very strong message that alcohol law is long overdue for review, and communities need to have the right to veto liquor licences in their local neighbourhoods,” Hart said. 

She said the decision also indicates that the government needs to support a commitment to review the SSAA (Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act). 


Stuff: Mother did nothing to stop husband's abuse of daughter, court told 

A young woman raped and sexually abused by her father for over four years is ready to start a new life, having confronted her mother who did nothing to prevent it. 

Giving her victim impact statement during the mother’s sentencing in the Napier District Court on Thursday, the young woman said her father was “sick” but her mother had no excuse. 

“Why didn’t you stop it? You should have stopped it,” she asked of the woman seated in the dock. “Do you see the pain I feel? You don’t carry the consequences. I do.” 


Stuff: Oranga Tamariki caregiver denies engaging in 'threesome' with 13-year-old boy 

An Oranga Tamariki caregiver accused of engaging in a “threesome” with a 13-year-old boy who used to be in his care and another adult, has denied the incident ever happened. 

Malcolm Wayne Campbell is on trial before Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court on charges of sexual connection with a young person and supplying cannabis. 


NZ Herald: Krishan Ranui Dick-Karetai jailed for shooting ex-girlfriend's partner between the eyes 

The Seacliff man who shot his ex-partner's new boyfriend in the head has been sent to prison for six years and 11 months for attempted murder. 

Krishan Ranui Dick-Karetai, 24, was sentenced today for shooting the partner of his ex-girlfriend between the eyes at a Karitane property on October 15 last year. 


NZ Herald: Brutal sexual assault lands unrepentant gangster 12 years in prison 

An unrepentant "scary mobster" has been sent to prison for 12 years for a two-hour Dunedin sex attack. 

Pierre Rewi Anglem, 42, appeared in the Dunedin District Court this afternoon for sentencing after being found guilty by a jury in April. 

The defendant did not accept the verdict and was not remorseful for his crime that left the victim "significantly" impacted, the court heard. 


Stuff: Child sex offender jailed for 12 years for repeated abuse of girl 

A recidivist child sex offender has been jailed for 12 years after he repeatedly raped a young girl over a four-year period. 

The extent of Ryan Anthony Shaw’s offending came to light last year, after his victim disclosed the abuse and was encouraged to report it to police. 

Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said the girl, who has automatic name suppression, had suffered terribly as a result of the abuse. 

Reading from her victim impact statement, Marinovich said the victim felt counselling would not help her, and that she suffered bouts of depression and of feeling worthless. 

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