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September 08, 2022 at 10:41 PM

The Spinoff: The Quarter Million – Part One 

It’s believed as many as a quarter of a million children and young people were abused and neglected by state and faith-based institutions between 1950 and 1999. Why, asks Reweti Kohere, did we wait until now to find out what happened? 

  

NZ Herald: Auckland youth crime wave: New Govt package launched in response 

The Government is set to unveil a package of measures aimed at dampening a youth crime spike in Auckland. 

The move comes as ram raids have increased more than 500 per cent, with 357 having occurred across the country this year. 

The new package follows the Government's changes to the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act to make it easier for police to seize criminals' illicit assets being hidden by associates. 

The package, called Better Pathways, will be detailed by Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Police Minister Chris Hipkins in Auckland today. 

The Herald understands it will include more than $600,000 of funding for a cross-agency South Auckland initiative discouraging youth offending to expand into West Auckland. 

 

NZ Herald: Will the Government's new $53m youth crime package actually work? 

The Government is lauding its new $53 million plan to tackle the current youth crime spike that is prompting calls for harsher consequences for persistent offenders. 

But with the complex task of unpicking entrenched social issues to address the root of offending, will it affect real change? 

 

Newsroom: State of denial: How police child abuse inquiries ran aground 

In part two of a series on Crown Law withholding evidence from police Aaron Smale asks: how did the government and its lawyers behave when they knew the state was guilty of serious crimes against children? 

 

Stuff: Child advocacy group warns of 'no consequences' Children's Act gaps 

The chief executive of child protection charity Safeguarding Children has called for urgent changes to the Children’s Act, which she claims leaves “unsafe people working with children”. 

Willow Duffy has spoken out to demand changes to the Children’s Act as part of their “How Safe?” Child Safeguarding Week. 

She said they have also launched a petition calling for changes to the Act to strengthen its legislative powers to safeguard and protect children. 

“The Children’s Act 2014 falls very short when it comes to providing a robust legislative framework for child safety,” she said. 

 

RNZ: Minister of Health awaits advice on report on reducing meth harm 

The cannabis referendum result has shown that a move towards complete decriminalisation of drugs is not supported by public opinion, according to Minister of Health Andrew Little. 

Little will receive official advice on a bunch of new recommendations for reducing methamphetamine harm before deciding whether to adopt any of them. 

report released by the Helen Clark and Drug Foundation advocates for a health-based approach including: 

  • Fully decriminalising possession of small quantities of any drug - including meth 

  • A pilot where addicts are given a substitute stimulant or methamphetamine in tightly controlled circumstances if two attempts at rehab haven't worked 

  • Providing incentives for clear drug tests 

The report concludes its approach may surprise some; but that the alternative has failed to address meth harm. 

 

NZ Herald: Kurtis Innes named after Swanson baby assault charge 

The man charged after an 11-month-old baby was rushed to hospital with critical injuries on Sunday can now be named. 

Kurtis David Innes, 35, was remanded in custody after he appeared in the Waitākere District Court on Monday. 

Innes was charged with assaulting an 11-month-old child when he appeared via video link in front of a Community Magistrate. 

On Sunday the baby boy was in hospital fighting for his life after police found him with critical injuries in the West Auckland suburb of Swanson at 8am. 

 

NZ Herald: Young mum panicked, injuring her prem-baby as she tried to save his life 

A young mum who inadvertently injured her baby in her panic to save his life when he stopped breathing, was hauled to court, charged with a criminal offence, and put under intense scrutiny by child protection services. 

After a two-year ordeal, a High Court judge has now cleared her name. 

The mother-of-two, whose identity is protected, walked out of the High Court at Auckland this morning in tears, free to parent her children unsupervised after she was discharged without conviction. 

"You had to see [your baby] in pain and come to terms with the fact that you caused his injuries," Justice Grant Powell said as he delivered her sentence. "I'm sure this is punishment on its own." 

NZ Herald: Disturbing industry of non-consensual images emerging online 

Sexually explicit images and footage of women are being shared by men on the social media platform Reddit without their consent. 

Panorama: Inside the Secret World of Trading Nudes, which screened on the BBC, uncovered online groups known as subreddits where thousands of men share, trade and sell intimate photos of women. 

These groups were found to still be operating despite the site stating it has banned users from posting or threatening to post intimate or sexually explicit of people without their permission. 

 

RNZ: Sexual harassment of Gloriavale workers a 'normal' occurrence, court hears 

Workplace sexual harassment was normal at Gloriavale, where leaders would grab girls' bottoms, unzip their dresses or ping their bra straps in the kitchen, a former member says. 

Rosanna Overcomer told an Employment Court hearing the behaviour made her feel sick but was laughed off as nothing to worry about by older women and other girls at the Christian commune. 

Overcomer was born into the community when it was based at Springbank north of Christchurch, but left Gloriavale with her husband and children in 2013. 

She said most of the abuse happened in the kitchen, where she started working regularly from the age of 13, by men including Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian. 

"When I lived in Gloriavale, sexual harassment in the workplace was just normal," she said. 

 

Stuff: The 'terrible' comment about a Gloriavale member's dead daughter that caused him to leave 

Warning: This story discusses details of alleged sexual abuse. 

A Gloriavale member of over 40 years says a “terrible” comment about his dead daughter from a community leader caused him to leave. 

Clem Ready’s daughter Prayer Ready was the focus of a Stuff Circuit investigation in 2016, she died after choking on a piece of meat while in an isolation room where door handles had been disabled. 

“The incident with my down syndrome daughter hurt me the most. Prayer Ready died in 2015...After we buried her, Hopeful (Christian) came up to me and said I could take comfort in the fact she would not be sexually molested by anyone in the community.” 

 

Stuff: The power of podcasts - what The Teacher's Pet tells us about abusive relationships 

Research by US academic Amanda Vicary shows women are true crime podcasts' most avid fans for a reason; “It seems the things women are attracted to about true crime is that there are things that could lead to them not being victims of violent crime themselves, such as preventing being kidnapped or learning what to do if they were to be kidnapped,” according to Vicary. 

That might sound overly simplistic, but it hints at where Hedley Thomas' work on The Teacher's Pet has potential to really shine as more than simple entertainment. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, he built a picture of an abusive relationship - possibly physically, and certainly emotionally. 

Lyn Dawson was a victim of coercive control - a set of behaviours by perpetrators of abuse that include repeatedly putting them down, telling them they are worthless, humiliating, degrading or dehumanising them. A decade of research from criminologists in the UK found these behaviours present in almost all killers in the weeks and months before they killed their partners or ex-partners. That research led to law change in 2015, establishing coercive control as a crime. 

 

NZ Herald: Teenager Jayden Meyer sentenced to nine months' home detention after raping four 15-year-old girls 

WARNING: This story details sexual violence. 

A teenager convicted of raping four girls under the age of 16 has been sentenced to nine months' home detention - despite a judge acknowledging the consequence would ordinarily be a prison sentence of "many years". 

Jayden Desmond Meyer, now 18, was charged after multiple police complaints by young women in the Bay of Plenty who alleged sexual violence across 2020 and 2021. 

An investigation followed, resulting in 10 charges including four of rape, four of sexual violation, and two of doing an indecent act. There were five young female victims, four of whom were raped and one who was sexually violated. 

 

NZ Herald: 'Victim-blaming', interrogating counsellor censured over rape comments 

A "victim-blaming" counsellor has been censured after saying a woman in a three-way relationship was lying and trying to "disguise her guilt" about her infidelity when she told him about a rape. 

The woman complained to the Health and Disability Commission, saying the counsellor's sexually explicit questioning about the rape incident went "beyond interrogation, victim blaming (and) victim shaming". 

She said the counsellor asked a lot of personal questions "over and above what a police officer would ask in a similar situation". 

She said that she found the experience very distressing and traumatic, and that she was upset, shaking and crying when she left the clinic. 

 

NZ Herald: 'Degradation and prolonged assaults': Daniel Kelly jailed for almost four years for extreme violence 

A Dunedin man who beat a woman repeatedly over the course of the year, sometimes laughing as he dished out the punishment, has been jailed for nearly four years. 

Daniel James Kelly, 24, inflicted one of the beatings after returning home from a Stopping Violence course, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday. 

 

NZ Herald: Teenager says alleged rapist threatened to hurt her if she told anybody 

WARNING: This story details sexual violence. 

A teenager who alleges she was raped by a gang member described the pain to a social worker a month after the attack, saying it hurt and was like having her period. 

The 13-year-old girl told the Oranga Tamariki case worker about what happened in a recorded interview, which was played in the Whanganui District Court today during the start of a rape trial. 

 

NZ Herald: Mother jailed for injuring baby has appeal against conviction dismissed 

A mother sent to jail for fracturing her baby's ribs and causing her brain to bleed has had her appeal against conviction dismissed. 

Ritika, who goes by one name only, was sentenced in June last year for inflicting injuries on her 8-week-old daughter in November 2018, after sending a series of angry text messages to her husband. 

She was jailed last year for just over two and a half years after being found guilty by a District Court jury of three charges, including injuring with intent to injure or with reckless disregard, wounding with intent to injure or with reckless disregard and ill-treatment or neglect of a child. 

 

NZ Herald: Man's decades of sexual offending against young relatives ends in 17 years jail 

A man who sexually offended against six young relatives has been jailed for 17 years and won't be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of it. 

As a teenager, he was forgiven by some of his relatives for sexual offending against them and not held to account. But that reprieve did not stop the man preying on other young girls in his family. 

His sexual offending continued for thirty years, finally ending in 2011 when the earlier complainants found out and went to the police. 

The Spinoff: The Quarter Million – Part One 

It’s believed as many as a quarter of a million children and young people were abused and neglected by state and faith-based institutions between 1950 and 1999. Why, asks Reweti Kohere, did we wait until now to find out what happened? 

 

NZ Herald: Auckland youth crime wave: New Govt package launched in response 

The Government is set to unveil a package of measures aimed at dampening a youth crime spike in Auckland. 

The move comes as ram raids have increased more than 500 per cent, with 357 having occurred across the country this year. 

The new package follows the Government's changes to the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act to make it easier for police to seize criminals' illicit assets being hidden by associates. 

The package, called Better Pathways, will be detailed by Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Police Minister Chris Hipkins in Auckland today. 

The Herald understands it will include more than $600,000 of funding for a cross-agency South Auckland initiative discouraging youth offending to expand into West Auckland. 

 

NZ Herald: Will the Government's new $53m youth crime package actually work? 

The Government is lauding its new $53 million plan to tackle the current youth crime spike that is prompting calls for harsher consequences for persistent offenders. 

But with the complex task of unpicking entrenched social issues to address the root of offending, will it affect real change? 

 

Newsroom: State of denial: How police child abuse inquiries ran aground 

In part two of a series on Crown Law withholding evidence from police Aaron Smale asks: how did the government and its lawyers behave when they knew the state was guilty of serious crimes against children? 

 

Stuff: Child advocacy group warns of 'no consequences' Children's Act gaps 

The chief executive of child protection charity Safeguarding Children has called for urgent changes to the Children’s Act, which she claims leaves “unsafe people working with children”. 

Willow Duffy has spoken out to demand changes to the Children’s Act as part of their “How Safe?” Child Safeguarding Week. 

She said they have also launched a petition calling for changes to the Act to strengthen its legislative powers to safeguard and protect children. 

“The Children’s Act 2014 falls very short when it comes to providing a robust legislative framework for child safety,” she said. 

 

RNZ: Minister of Health awaits advice on report on reducing meth harm 

The cannabis referendum result has shown that a move towards complete decriminalisation of drugs is not supported by public opinion, according to Minister of Health Andrew Little. 

Little will receive official advice on a bunch of new recommendations for reducing methamphetamine harm before deciding whether to adopt any of them. 

report released by the Helen Clark and Drug Foundation advocates for a health-based approach including: 

  • Fully decriminalising possession of small quantities of any drug - including meth 

  • A pilot where addicts are given a substitute stimulant or methamphetamine in tightly controlled circumstances if two attempts at rehab haven't worked 

  • Providing incentives for clear drug tests 

The report concludes its approach may surprise some; but that the alternative has failed to address meth harm. 

 

NZ Herald: Kurtis Innes named after Swanson baby assault charge 

The man charged after an 11-month-old baby was rushed to hospital with critical injuries on Sunday can now be named. 

Kurtis David Innes, 35, was remanded in custody after he appeared in the Waitākere District Court on Monday. 

Innes was charged with assaulting an 11-month-old child when he appeared via video link in front of a Community Magistrate. 

On Sunday the baby boy was in hospital fighting for his life after police found him with critical injuries in the West Auckland suburb of Swanson at 8am. 

 

NZ Herald: Young mum panicked, injuring her prem-baby as she tried to save his life 

A young mum who inadvertently injured her baby in her panic to save his life when he stopped breathing, was hauled to court, charged with a criminal offence, and put under intense scrutiny by child protection services. 

After a two-year ordeal, a High Court judge has now cleared her name. 

The mother-of-two, whose identity is protected, walked out of the High Court at Auckland this morning in tears, free to parent her children unsupervised after she was discharged without conviction. 

"You had to see [your baby] in pain and come to terms with the fact that you caused his injuries," Justice Grant Powell said as he delivered her sentence. "I'm sure this is punishment on its own." 

NZ Herald: Disturbing industry of non-consensual images emerging online 

Sexually explicit images and footage of women are being shared by men on the social media platform Reddit without their consent. 

Panorama: Inside the Secret World of Trading Nudes, which screened on the BBC, uncovered online groups known as subreddits where thousands of men share, trade and sell intimate photos of women. 

These groups were found to still be operating despite the site stating it has banned users from posting or threatening to post intimate or sexually explicit of people without their permission. 

 

RNZ: Sexual harassment of Gloriavale workers a 'normal' occurrence, court hears 

Workplace sexual harassment was normal at Gloriavale, where leaders would grab girls' bottoms, unzip their dresses or ping their bra straps in the kitchen, a former member says. 

Rosanna Overcomer told an Employment Court hearing the behaviour made her feel sick but was laughed off as nothing to worry about by older women and other girls at the Christian commune. 

Overcomer was born into the community when it was based at Springbank north of Christchurch, but left Gloriavale with her husband and children in 2013. 

She said most of the abuse happened in the kitchen, where she started working regularly from the age of 13, by men including Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian. 

"When I lived in Gloriavale, sexual harassment in the workplace was just normal," she said. 

 

Stuff: The 'terrible' comment about a Gloriavale member's dead daughter that caused him to leave 

Warning: This story discusses details of alleged sexual abuse. 

A Gloriavale member of over 40 years says a “terrible” comment about his dead daughter from a community leader caused him to leave. 

Clem Ready’s daughter Prayer Ready was the focus of a Stuff Circuit investigation in 2016, she died after choking on a piece of meat while in an isolation room where door handles had been disabled. 

“The incident with my down syndrome daughter hurt me the most. Prayer Ready died in 2015...After we buried her, Hopeful (Christian) came up to me and said I could take comfort in the fact she would not be sexually molested by anyone in the community.” 

 

Stuff: The power of podcasts - what The Teacher's Pet tells us about abusive relationships 

Research by US academic Amanda Vicary shows women are true crime podcasts' most avid fans for a reason; “It seems the things women are attracted to about true crime is that there are things that could lead to them not being victims of violent crime themselves, such as preventing being kidnapped or learning what to do if they were to be kidnapped,” according to Vicary. 

That might sound overly simplistic, but it hints at where Hedley Thomas' work on The Teacher's Pet has potential to really shine as more than simple entertainment. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, he built a picture of an abusive relationship - possibly physically, and certainly emotionally. 

Lyn Dawson was a victim of coercive control - a set of behaviours by perpetrators of abuse that include repeatedly putting them down, telling them they are worthless, humiliating, degrading or dehumanising them. A decade of research from criminologists in the UK found these behaviours present in almost all killers in the weeks and months before they killed their partners or ex-partners. That research led to law change in 2015, establishing coercive control as a crime. 

 

NZ Herald: Teenager Jayden Meyer sentenced to nine months' home detention after raping four 15-year-old girls 

WARNING: This story details sexual violence. 

A teenager convicted of raping four girls under the age of 16 has been sentenced to nine months' home detention - despite a judge acknowledging the consequence would ordinarily be a prison sentence of "many years". 

Jayden Desmond Meyer, now 18, was charged after multiple police complaints by young women in the Bay of Plenty who alleged sexual violence across 2020 and 2021. 

An investigation followed, resulting in 10 charges including four of rape, four of sexual violation, and two of doing an indecent act. There were five young female victims, four of whom were raped and one who was sexually violated. 

 

NZ Herald: 'Victim-blaming', interrogating counsellor censured over rape comments 

A "victim-blaming" counsellor has been censured after saying a woman in a three-way relationship was lying and trying to "disguise her guilt" about her infidelity when she told him about a rape. 

The woman complained to the Health and Disability Commission, saying the counsellor's sexually explicit questioning about the rape incident went "beyond interrogation, victim blaming (and) victim shaming". 

She said the counsellor asked a lot of personal questions "over and above what a police officer would ask in a similar situation". 

She said that she found the experience very distressing and traumatic, and that she was upset, shaking and crying when she left the clinic. 

 

NZ Herald: 'Degradation and prolonged assaults': Daniel Kelly jailed for almost four years for extreme violence 

A Dunedin man who beat a woman repeatedly over the course of the year, sometimes laughing as he dished out the punishment, has been jailed for nearly four years. 

Daniel James Kelly, 24, inflicted one of the beatings after returning home from a Stopping Violence course, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday. 

 

NZ Herald: Teenager says alleged rapist threatened to hurt her if she told anybody 

WARNING: This story details sexual violence. 

A teenager who alleges she was raped by a gang member described the pain to a social worker a month after the attack, saying it hurt and was like having her period. 

The 13-year-old girl told the Oranga Tamariki case worker about what happened in a recorded interview, which was played in the Whanganui District Court today during the start of a rape trial. 

 

NZ Herald: Mother jailed for injuring baby has appeal against conviction dismissed 

A mother sent to jail for fracturing her baby's ribs and causing her brain to bleed has had her appeal against conviction dismissed. 

Ritika, who goes by one name only, was sentenced in June last year for inflicting injuries on her 8-week-old daughter in November 2018, after sending a series of angry text messages to her husband. 

She was jailed last year for just over two and a half years after being found guilty by a District Court jury of three charges, including injuring with intent to injure or with reckless disregard, wounding with intent to injure or with reckless disregard and ill-treatment or neglect of a child. 

 

NZ Herald: Man's decades of sexual offending against young relatives ends in 17 years jail 

A man who sexually offended against six young relatives has been jailed for 17 years and won't be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of it. 

As a teenager, he was forgiven by some of his relatives for sexual offending against them and not held to account. But that reprieve did not stop the man preying on other young girls in his family. 

His sexual offending continued for thirty years, finally ending in 2011 when the earlier complainants found out and went to the police. 



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