Categories


Tags

EthnicFamilyYouthDisabilityEducationSexual ViolenceLegalChildrenElderWomenCrisisCounsellingParentingCoordinationMenMaori


Archive

Weekly Media Roundup

July 14, 2022 at 11:00 PM

RNZ: Oranga Tamariki changes risk weakening children's rights and protections - what should be done? 

Analysis - A new law designed to improve oversight of the agencies charged with protecting children and young people is making its way through Parliament. As it stands, there are serious concerns about how effective it will be once enacted. 

The Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill 2021 is described as providing for independent monitoring and complaints oversight for Oranga Tamariki, and greater advocacy for children's and young people's issues generally. 

These are laudable goals, but of the 403 submissions to the select committee hearing submissions on the bill, 311 oppose the proposed law changes. Only eight are in favour, with the rest neutral. 

 

Stuff: Kelvin Davis on the hunt for government departments failing vulnerable children 

Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has put all agencies on notice, with a top-down instruction to every department that they need to take responsibility for caring for vulnerable children. 

Oranga Tamariki social workers have too often been left to find housing, hire teacher aides and organise healthcare for children – effectively doing the work other agencies should already be doing, Davis said. 

Davis is now pushing for agencies to take greater responsibility for the care of vulnerable children in their patches. He has gone to Cabinet for a formal mandate, telling chief executives across Government to “work with each other”. 

 

Stuff: Youth made to use cardboard 'cowboy hat' toilets in mental health facility 

Rangatahi at a mental health facility in Wellington are regularly going to the toilet in cardboard potties or ‘cowboy hats’ in seclusion, according to a new report from the Children’s Commissioner. 

A visit to the 12-bed Regional Rangatahi Adolescent Inpatient Service based in Porirua in January found unsafe staffing levels, high rates of seclusion and a unit unfit for purpose, Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers wrote in her report. 

The service is for young people aged from 12 to 17 who have acute mental health problems. 

 

Newshub: Great Night In: Spend the evening at home with the Women's Refuge to help those who can't 

There's nothing quite like hunkering down at home on a chilly winter's evening; rugging up in front of a cosy fire, tucking into some takeaways and watching a movie with the whānau. 

But for roughly 200 women and children every night across Aotearoa, that's not an experience they're able to enjoy, because the threat of domestic violence has left them too afraid to remain in their own homes. 

In these moments the Women's Refuge is often the only saving grace - stepping in to provide a safe place for them to rest their head, a warming meal, security and advice. 

But providing this service comes at a cost. 

That's why the Women's Refuge is this weekend encouraging Kiwis to participate in its Great Night In - to "stay home for those that can't" and raise funds to protect families in need. 

 

RNZ: Abuse in Care inquiry begins hearing for disabled, deaf and people who suffered mental distress 

The Inquiry into Abuse in Care says abuse in state care of disabled, deaf and people who suffered mental distress was overt and systemic. 

The Royal Commission opens a public hearing on Monday in Auckland focusing on state institutions which provided care for these people between 1950 and 1999. 

Twenty-three survivor witnesses will give evidence about their time in the Kimberley Centre in Levin, Templeton Centre, near Christchurch, Porirua Hospital, Tokanui Hospital, near Te Awamutu, Kelston Deaf Education Centre/van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Auckland, Homai School, and Carrington, Kingseat and Māngere Hospitals in Auckland. 

The hearing will examine the use of control and restraint in disability and mental health care. 

 

RNZ: State ward forced to watch disabled child abuse 

A man has described the distress he felt as a young teenager being forced to witness the rape of girls as young as 10 while in state care. 

Warning: This story contains details of child abuse. 

He told commissioners at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care public hearing in Auckland on Monday that nurses at Kimberley Centre in Levin were paid by local men to offer the young disabled girls. 

 

RNZ: Kimberley Centre care institution a 'hellhole' for disabled girl Irene Priest 

Warning: This story contains details of abuse that some readers may find disturbing 

The sister of a disabled woman has described the state care institution her younger sibling lived in for decades as a "hellhole" and her devastation on learning of the physical abuse and neglect her sister suffered. 

Irene Priest suffered brain damage at birth and at the age of six was placed at the Kimberley Centre in Levin where she lived until she was 48, when the centre closed in 2004. 

There, she was made a ward of the state. 

 

RNZ: Intellectually disabled boy in state care beaten, given enough medication to tranquillise horse 

The brother of an intellectually disabled man has described the 30 plus years of neglect and abuse his kin suffered at the hands of the state. 

Warning: This story contains details of abuse. 

David Newman told commissioners at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care public hearing in Auckland that his brother was regularly beaten and given enough medication to tranquillise a horse. 

He is the most recent case of a number of disabled New Zealanders who suffered horrific abuse at the hands of the state between 1950 and 1999. 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: The moment a woman discovered the Tokanui unmarked graves while horse riding 

People with disabilities experience higher rates of violence than nondisabled people. Disabled people, their whānau and advocates are sharing stories of historical abuse at the Abuse in Care – Royal Commission of Inquiry Disability, Deaf and Mental Health institutional care. The hearing runs from July 11 to July 20. 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: Survivor shares story of sexual abuse through sculpture to find freedom 

People with disabilities experience higher rates of violence than nondisabled people. For the first time, a statement is being given through art at the Abuse in Care – Royal Commission of Inquiry Disability, Deaf and Mental Health institutional care. The hearing runs from July 11 to July 20. 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: Treatments intended to shock disabled patients out of 'bad behaviour' 

Children and adults at the Māngere Hospital were subjected to traumatising treatment intended to shock them out of so-called bad behaviour, an inquiry has heard. 

Patients were given electric shocks, capsules of ammonia, put in seclusion, doused with fire hoses or cold showers, or ignored as part of “behavioural modification” therapies deployed by staff there in the 1980s. 

Psychologist Sheree Briggs worked at Māngere Hospital at the time (now Spectrum Care), and this week gave evidence on what she saw there to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care. 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: Men raped disabled children, paid staff for access 

People with disabilities experience higher rates of violence than nondisabled people. Disabled people and their whanau are sharing stories of historical abuse at the Abuse in Care – Royal Commission of Inquiry Disability, Deaf and Mental Health institutional care. The hearing runs from July 11 to July 20. 

Content warning: This story contains accounts of sexual abuse which some readers may find distressing. 

 

NZ Herald: Abuse in care: Woman with no mental illness committed to psychiatric hospitals for 40 years 

Warning: Includes descriptions of abuse 

Alison Pascoe spent 40 years in psychiatric hospitals in Auckland. But she should not have been admitted in the first place. 

"I have never had a mental illness," Pascoe said. 

While committed at Kingseat Hospital in Karaka and Carrington Hospital in Pt Chevalier, she suffered relentless abuse. She was beaten, raped, and psychologically and emotionally abused at both institutions. 

 

NZ Herald: Smacked for using sign language: Royal Commission turns attention to institutions for disabled, deaf and mentally ill 

An Auckland school will come under scrutiny this week over its past record of disabled students being abused by a teacher. 

Kelston School for the Deaf is one of the institutions in the spotlight as a Royal Commission of Inquiry turns its attention to abuse of people in institutions caring for the disabled, deaf and mentally ill. 

Three former students will speak at hearings over the next fortnight about how they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused at the school between the 1960s and 1980s. 

 

Stuff: The 'shuffle' of paedophile priests without punishment 

The Marist Brothers and Fathers have educated prime ministers, judges, cardinals and All Blacks at their prestigious Catholic high schools. But their record of sexual abuse is horrific. Worse still was their handling of the abuse when it was exposed. In this series, The Secret History, Steve Kilgallon investigates the power, abuse and cover-ups at the heart of two highly-influential and wealthy religious groups. 

This is Part 3. The remaining chapters will be published in the coming weeks. 

Warning: This story may be upsetting to some. 

 

Stuff: Their own policeman - how the Marists investigate and adjudicate on their own offenders 

The Marist Brothers and Fathers have educated prime ministers, judges, cardinals and All Blacks at their prestigious Catholic high schools. But their record of sexual abuse is horrific. Worse still was their handling of the abuse when it was exposed. In this series, The Secret History, Steve Kilgallon investigates the power, abuse and cover-ups at the heart of two highly-influential and wealthy religious groups. 

This is Part 4. The remaining chapters will be published in the coming weeks. 

Warning: This story may be upsetting to some. 

 

Stuff: The whitewash: how the Marists cleaned the reputations of dead paedophiles 

The Marist Brothers and Fathers have educated prime ministers, judges, cardinals and All Blacks at their prestigious Catholic high schools. But their record of sexual abuse is horrific. Worse still was their handling of the abuse when it was exposed. In this series, The Secret History, Steve Kilgallon investigates the power, abuse and cover-ups at the heart of two highly-influential and wealthy religious groups. 

This is Part 5. More chapters will be published in the coming weeks. 

Warning: This story may be upsetting to some. 

 

Newsroom: Digital harm soaring year on year 

Online safety watchdog Netsafe has organised a week of events targeting the heightened vulnerability of groups such as Māori, disabled people and the elderly to the dangers of the internet 

 

Re: There is not enough support for Asian mental health in NZ 

Nearly 45% of Asians are at risk of depression, according to a 2021 survey done by Asian Family Services, a mental health service for Asians in Aotearoa. 

To understand the stigma around mental health in New Zealand’s Asian communities, Re: journalist Katalina Chung explores this issue. 

 

Stuff: Government plans to expand search warrants in crackdown on gang violence 

Police Minister Chris Hipkins wants to expand search warrant powers, allowing police to execute gang-wide searches, as he responds to ongoing gun crime. 

Hipkins said the Government was acting to stop the “brazen” criminality of gangs, such as tit-for-tat shootings across Auckland that have left innocent residents being shot at. 

 

Stratford Pres: Taranaki rangatahi tackles tough subjects on stage 

A Hāwera High School graduate is taking to the stage to address difficult subjects such as family violence and suicide as part of a Māori theatre production this July. 

Jewel Te Wiki, 18, will perform in Te Rākau Theatre's presentation of The Swing in Wellington at the end of the month. 

The Swing weaves the ancestral pūrakau of Hinetītama and Tānemahuta into the contemporary portrayal of a whānau struggling to recover from the shadow of ngau whiore (sexual abuse) and whakamomori (suicide). 

While the play deals with some heavier subject matters, Jewel says the themes are relevant to rangatahi in New Zealand. 

 

Stuff: Man charged with murder after woman fatally shot in West Auckland 

A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Henderson overnight, police have confirmed. 

The young woman was critically injured after being shot in Henderson’s Newington Rd about 9pm on Tuesday. 

A neighbour rushed to give her first aid but she died at the scene. 

 

Stuff: Auckland teacher facing 192 sex charges, including making intimate videos of children 

An Auckland teacher is facing more than 190 serious sexual charges, including indecently assaulting a number of girls, making intimate visual recordings and possessing objectionable publications. 

The 71-year-old Massey man appeared at Auckland District Court on Wednesday and Judge Kathryn Maxwell gave him interim name suppression. 

She also suppressed the name of the school where he worked. 

The judge said there was a possibility that naming the teacher could identify the girls. 

 

Stuff: Marlborough man pretends to be run over before assaulting partner 

A Marlborough man has assaulted his partner after pretending she had run him over. 

When his partner went to check if he was OK, the man threw her to the ground and ripped out a clump of her hair, before dragging her along the driveway. 

This all happened in front of her 11-year-old daughter. 

 

NZ Herald: Home detention for new arrival who 'turned a blind eye' to age of consent 

He was in his mid-20s and she was 14 when it happened; each of them Colombian who arrived in New Zealand in search of better lives. 

He was ex-military, Ecuador-born and Colombian-raised while she was the young daughter of a Colombian family finding their way in small-town provincial New Zealand. 

They met and mingled in the comfort of their socio-cultural group in their new home of Nelson. 

He was already in a relationship when the messaging started, and soon the opportunity presented itself – a get-together with friends at the teenager's mother's house which led to a sexual encounter, and the fallout that followed. 

Alejandro Benitez Correa is now serving a nine-month sentence of home detention after finally admitting a charge of unlawful sexual connection with a young person. 

 

NZ Herald: Manurewa baby death: Anthony Pickering acquitted of murdering infant son 

An Auckland father has tonight been acquitted of murdering his infant son. 

A jury tasked with determining whether Anthony Simon Pickering, 32, murdered his baby has tonight returned a not guilty verdict. 

The jury had retired about 6.30pm and deliberated for about two hours before coming to a decision. 

 

Stratford Press: Woman found guilty of assault with weapon during arson attack on Taranaki home 

After accusing her partner of cheating on her, Tania Cresswell bludgeoned the man with a piece of rimu timber and burned down his house. 

A chaotic call to emergency services captured the moment the South Taranaki woman set fire to the home of Tony Oxenham, her on and off partner of eight years, beginning with his lounge and then moving on to his bedroom. 

 

Stuff: Paedophile gets 13 years' jail as judge sees need to 'protect children from harm' 

A child sex offender who spent a decade sexually abusing children, and also downloaded and shared graphic sexual abuse material, has no remorse for his crimes. 

Judge Bruce Northwood said there appeared to be little that could reduce Clinton Barry Baylis’ risk of harming children. 

Baylis, 46, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Monday to five years and six months’ jail for sexual offending against two pre-teen girls. 

He was found guilty of 13 charges after a jury trial. 

 

Stuff: Man jailed for taking images of indecent act against girl, showing them to toddler 

A man who indecently assaulted and took sexualised photos of a young girl was only caught after a toddler he showed the images to found the bravery to speak up. 

Judge Lance Rowe says that man owes that toddler, as her speaking up means he got caught before he went on to more serious offending. 

The man, 26, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Tuesday to three years and three months’ jail for a range of offences against two girls. 

 

Stuff: Man, 61, pleads guilty to sending teen sexually explicit messages 

A Taranaki truck driver sent a series of sexually graphic messages to a teen girl, but told police he never intended to follow through on them. 

John David Durning appeared in the Hāwera District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to exposing a young person to indecent material. 

The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail. 

The police summary of facts said the long-haul truck driver sent the first message to the victim via Facebook Messenger on May 12, 2021. 

 

Stuff: More jail time for former caregiver Frank Walmsley after he raped 14-year-old girl 

A woman who was raped when she was 14 years old by her caregiver says he is a “predator” and “an animal” who took her youth and her life. 

Frank Russell Walmsey, 63, a former child and youth caregiver, appeared in the High Court in Christchurch on Thursday where he was sentenced for raping and indecently assaulting a girl who had been in his care almost 30 years ago. 

 

Stuff: Former teacher who 'thought sexually about pupils' has jail term reduced 

A former teacher caught knowingly bringing child sexual abuse material into the country has had his sentence reduced. 

Former Nelson teacher Graham Duncan Snell, 42, was sentenced earlier this year to two years and five months behind bars, but will now only serve two years and two months after he appealed to the High Court. 

 

NZ Herald: 'Stealthing' case: Convicted rapist loses appeal against jail term after removing condom during sex 

Warning: Distressing content 

A man convicted of rape after removing a condom during sex has lost an appeal against his prison sentence. 

The conviction of Jessie Campos, 50, for the rape of a sex worker is considered legally significant because it was the first "stealthing" rape prosecution in New Zealand. 

"Stealthing" is the sneaky removal of a condom during sex, after consent to intercourse has been given as long as a condom is worn. 

 

NZ Herald: Man sentenced to community detention after taking photos up minor's skirt 

A man who took photos up a teen's skirt at an Auckland shopping mall admits he planned it. 

Brendon Rushton appeared in Auckland District Court today where he apologised to the girl and her family, who were in the public gallery, for the harm he had caused. 

 

Stuff: Caregiver who engaged in sexual acts with boy had relationship with teen who used to be in his care 

Graphic warning: The content of this article on a court case may cause upset or distress. 

An Oranga Tamariki caregiver found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy, had previously been in a sexual relationship with a young man he met while working at a home for vulnerable youth. 

On Friday, Malcolm Wayne Campbell, 50, was found guilty in the Christchurch District Court of two counts of sexual connection with a 13-year-old. Campbell was acquitted of a third charge of doing an indecent act on a young person. 



Category: News Media