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July 29, 2022 at 3:47 PM

RNZ: Te Aorerekura aiming for high-trust funding model 

The government ultimately wants to introduce high-trust funding similar to the Covid-19 response for dealing with family and sexual violence, the minister says. 

Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Minister Marama Davidson was speaking to sector leaders at the first annual Te Aorerekura hui this morning, held online this year. 

Te Aorerekura is the government's 25-year family and sexual violence prevention strategy, and Davidson - who is also the Green Party co-leader - said it was on track to meet all 40 targets the framework laid out. 

 

Stuff: Teen in Oranga Tamariki care warns Parliament its bill could put abused kids at risk 

Ihorangi Reweti-Peters , a 16-year-old in the care of Oranga Tamariki, travelled to Parliament to urge Government MPs to reconsider their support of a bill which he says will put at risk the wellbeing of children in its care. 

Oranga Tamariki first “uplifted” Reweti-Peters when he was 7 months old, and again from his grandparents when he was 10. He had been on 21 placements across the country, he told those gathered at Parliament on Wednesday. 

“In about six of those, there was physical and emotional abuse happening by caregivers who were charged to protect me from harm and abuse,” he said. 

He spoke ahead of the second reading of the Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill, warning MPs the bill would make it harder for children being abused or neglected to get help. 

 

Stuff: Suicide attempt data for children in state care is not collated by Oranga Tamariki 

Oranga Tamariki doesn’t know how many children and young people in state care have attempted suicide in the past five years because it doesn’t collate that data. 

Instead, the agency holds the information on individual files which one care-experienced rangatahi says isn’t good enough and is demanding the Government collate the data, so the public know how big the problem really is. 

The ministry also doesn’t know how many young people in state care have been diagnosed with a mental illness for the same reason. 

 

Stuff: Victims at risk as justice stalled due to 'exorbitant' court delays 

Victims are at risk of backing out of cases, or not even reporting crime at all, due to delays in dealing with court cases around the country, an advocate has warned. 

The clogged criminal justice system is impacting on sentencing and trial dates and Victim Support spokesperson Dr Petrina Hargrave said such delays, only intensified by Covid-19, came at a “huge personal toll” to people hurt by crime. 

Hargrave said a lasting fix was needed. In some cases, victims had considered backing out of cases and Hargrave feared it might put people off reporting crime in the first place, especially in cases of sexual or family violence. 

 

Stuff: Gun violence is on the rise, but it's not as bad as you might think 

Gun violence appears to be spiralling, with Auckland’s latest incident seeing a man shot through the chest at his Panmure home. Experts say the figures aren’t as bad as people might think – but are urging the Government to speed up the firearms registry. Torika Tokalau reports. 

 

Stuff: Murder accused granted name suppression after two die in West Auckland shooting 

The man accused of murdering a father and daughter who were fatally shot in West Auckland has appeared in court. 

The 27-year-old man appeared at Waitākere District Court on Saturday where his lawyer asked for interim name suppression and for him to be remanded in custody without a plea. 

The names of the two dead people and any identifying details are also suppressed. 

It is also understood the family dog was shot during the incident. 

 

NZ Herald: Glendene double homicide: Funeral for father and daughter shot dead 

 

Stuff: Zane Wallace admits murdering partner Jasmine Wilson 

A man who repeatedly beat his partner in the months leading up to her death has admitted he is a murderer, three years after her death. 

Zane Paora Wallace , 31, pleaded guilty in the High Court at Whanganui on Monday to murdering Jasmine Wilson , 30. 

The Whanganui mother of two died on August 2, 2019, in Wellington Hospital after being taken to Whanganui Hospital on July 31, 2019. 

The Crown said her death was the culmination of months of threats and violence. 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: 'You can't walk away from this' – survivors' testimonies must not be ignored, says counsel 

The Abuse in Care Royal Commision of Inquiry Disability, Deaf and Mental Health gave a platform for survivors to share details of the inhumane abuse they suffered at the hands of the state. Over eight days the court heard how state employees went unchecked as they physically, mentally and sexually abused our most vulnerable. The last witness took the stand on Wednesday and reporter Olivia Shivas asks what happens now? 

 

Stuff: Abuse in Care: Disability discrimination and neglect is still normalised today 

Olivia Shivas is a Pou Tiaki reporter at Stuff and uses a wheelchair. 

OPINION: It was a random conversation with a stranger in a supermarket that made my mum react with: "I couldn't believe it, I thought, no way!" 

An elderly woman had suggested to her that I be homed in an institution for disabled children. I was only a toddler when this happened (I’m now 28 years old). 

My mum told me this story only last week on the first day of the Abuse in Care – Disability, Deaf, and Mental Health institutional care hearing I was covering for Stuff. 

I shudder to think how different my life would be if I were born 60 years ago. 

 

Stuff: 'Keep the door open': how known abuser Alan Woodcock was allowed to keep teaching 

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 8. The final part will be published in the next few days. 

Warning: This story may be upsetting to some. 

 

Stuff: Government services must include the digitally disadvantaged 

Dr Andrew Hubbard is deputy chief executive of Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand, Ngā Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa 

OPINION: At Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) we have a vision where government services are easily accessible to everyone, in ways that work for them. This means services that put people at the centre, treat everyone with dignity, and respect the way that you want to contact them, whether that’s over the phone, in person, or online. Unfortunately, it appears that the Government does not share this vision for Aotearoa. 

Every single day our volunteers (we have more than 2500 operating out of 81 CABs) are seeing people who are struggling to access government services because of the shift to providing them primarily, or sometimes only, online. 

The shift to services that are digital-only or digital by default is leaving people frustrated, isolated, and unable to access basic rights and entitlements. We need, and are entitled to, government services that serve the public and their diverse needs. 

 

Newshub: Generation COVID: Elderly Kiwis reveal harsh, isolating reality of pandemic lockdown 

Warning: This article discusses suicide. 

COVID-19 has hit our oldest Kiwis the hardest. 

They're most at risk from the virus and our efforts to protect them have left many feeling isolated and lonely - a danger in itself. 

The pandemic is the biggest global event since World War II - and those who lived through that may have been better prepared for COVID-19 than the rest of us. 

Studies have shown older people suffering from loneliness and isolation are more at risk of developing dementia, having a fall or not getting the medication they require.  

"Loneliness and isolation can lead to a reduction of average lifespan by anything up to 15 percent," said Age Concern Auckland chief executive Kevin Lamb. "You're seeing a real severe increase in mental health issues, in physical and emotional health. 

 

Stuff: Finance company agrees to halve debt of victim of economic abuse 

An Auckland finance company’s decision not to pursue a woman for the whole of a loan she was left with after an abusive relationship is a precedent other lenders should take note of, says charity, Good Shepherd. 

Nicola Eccleton, social inclusion manager at Good Shepherd, said the woman had incurred the debt after being coerced into guaranteeing a car loan during an abusive relationship. 

When she ended the relationship last year, and her former partner stopped making repayments on his loan, Aotea Finance pursued the woman for the whole loan. 

But after months of negotiations with Good Shepherd, Aotea Finance agreed to split the loan and only seek repayment of half from her, Eccleton said. 

 

Stuff: Workplace sexual harassment bill 'doesn't go far enough,' critics say 

Changes to workplace law that would give sexual violence survivors a year to report an offence instead of three months don’t go far enough, critics say. 

The Education and Workforce select committee on Wednesday heard submissions on the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill. The law would extend time frames for claims with the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and in the Employment Court. 

It is the first piece of workplace legislation resulting from the local #metoo movement, introduced by Labour MP Deborah Russell four years after the high profile case of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 

Barrister and advocate Zoe Lawton said the current 90-day time frame was “incredibly unfair” and sent the message that abusers were entitled to a clean slate. 

 

NZ Herald: Rising cost of living leading one-in-five Kiwis to skip meals, survey finds 

Half of Kiwis are now driving less often to save on fuel costs, while 44 per cent are socialising less and one-in-five are even skipping meals as the rising cost of living starts to bite. 

Rural residents are those most likely to be concerned by rising fuel costs, while families with children under-18 are more likely to be skipping meals. 

That's according to a new survey of 1200 New Zealanders by pollster Curia Market Research. 

Leading family, housing and elderly support groups say that although rising costs are hitting all Kiwis, those renting and on lower incomes are suffering most. 

 

Stuff: Social media giants agree to 'first of its kind' code of conduct in Aotearoa 

Social media giants including TikTok and Meta will soon become more accountable for the content on their platforms in New Zealand, voluntarily signing up to a code of conduct led by Netsafe, which targets issues such as hate speech and misinformation. 

The Aotearoa Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms obligates the firms – Meta (Facebook and Instagram), Google (YouTube), TikTok, Amazon (Twitch) and Twitter – to actively reduce harmful content on their digital platforms and services in the country. 

If the public believes a company has breached the new code, they will be able to make complaints, which could result in sanctions, including being asked to leave the agreement. 

 

Newsroom: Tech giants sign pact to tackle digital harm 

A first of its kind agreement between big tech, Netsafe and NZTech will see companies like Meta and Google forced to report on how they intend to get a grip on digital harm 

 

Otago Daily Times: Role ‘assisting males around family harm’ 

An innovative, "common sense" approach to addressing family harm is paying dividends in a couple of southern districts. 

Gore & Clutha Women’s Refuge took on former Gore probation officer Craig Marshall as a "male advocate" last year, under a two-year Ministry of Social Development funding arrangement. 

Mr Marshall described his role as "assisting males around family harm", irrespective of whether they were the perpetrator or victim. 

 

Stuff: Son bashes sleeping dad to death with claw hammer in revenge killing 

A Waikato teenager who smashed in the back of his sleeping father’s head with a claw hammer has been jailed for life, with a minimum non-parole period of 11 years and six months. 

Jack Kaea, who is now 20, was sentenced in the High Court in Hamilton on Tuesday morning, after earlier admitting a single charge of murdering 48-year-old Raymond Kaea of Kihikihi, on December 15 last year. 

Police were called to a home in Hazelmere Cres about 6.15am that morning, following reports of an altercation. Raymond Kaea was pronounced dead at the scene. 

As the court was told, the killing was done in revenge. Events which led to Jack Kaea making the decision to kill his father have been permanently suppressed by Justice Timothy Brewer. 

 

Stuff: William Sio fails in bid to overturn jail term for murder of his five-year-old son 

William James Sio has failed in an attempt to overturn the minimum 17-year prison sentence he received for the murder of his five-year-old son Ferro-James Sio. 

Sio made the Court of Appeal bid in June this year, with his lawyer Fraser Wood citing “personal mitigating factors and the guilty plea” as key issues for the appeal. 

 

NZ Herald: Teen giving evidence in sex abuse case: 'If you tell anyone I will beat you until you die' 

A teenager who was allegedly sexually abused as an 8-year-old has told the court how the man involved would threaten her to make sure she didn't tell anyone. 

"If you tell anyone about what I do to you, I will beat you until you die," the now 19-year-old said while giving evidence in the Manukau District Court today. 

She's one of two young women who were allegedly abused as children over a period of four years by 45-year-old Tulisi Leiataua. 

 

Stuff: Man arrested after allegedly breaking into Auckland home and sexually assaulting woman 

The man who is alleged to have broken into a central Auckland home and sexually assaulted a woman has been arrested. 

Police were looking for the man on Wednesday, but now say he has been located, arrested and charged after an incident on Sunday night. 

 

Otago Daily Times: Woman subjected to control, violence 

An Invercargill man subjected his partner to an onslaught of violence and controlling behaviour for 18 months, a judge says. 

Timothy Robinson (31) was sentenced to four years and two months’ imprisonment when he appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday. 

 

NZ Herald: Paedophile teacher: How victim's sting operation helped catch his sexually abusive teacher decades later 

WARNING: This story discusses allegations of sexual abuse and may be upsetting. 

"How have you been?" 

"Not the best to be honest Jim." 

"Oh that's unfortunate ... what's going on?" 

"Jim, I'll be honest with you, my life hasn't been the best. I'm suffering from depression, anxiety. I've abused drugs and alcohol … things aren't the best." 

"Oh ... that's no good." 

"Jim, why did you do those things to me? That's the question I need to ask you." 

"What do you mean?" 

"You know exactly what I mean. Why did you sexually abuse me?" 

"I don't know … I don't know … it felt right." 



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