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Weekly Media Roundup

June 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Revolutionary changes in store for social services:

Social Developent Minister Anne Tolley talks to Corin Dann on Q+A about her plans for a social services system shake up. 

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Mother of dead children can't accept findings:

The mother of two children murdered by their father refuses to accept the chief coroner's view they may have died even if the agencies involved had followed best practice.

Coroner Deborah Marshall yesterday released her findings into the deaths of nine-year-old Bradley Livingstone and his six-year-old sister, Ellen Livingstone.


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Editorial: Removing Silo Mentality


Lack of follow-up for at risk children:

Thousands of at-risk children in West Auckland are failing to get help they need and that could sow the seeds of another tragedy, a community agency says. The trial of two boys who were accused of a fatal dairy robbery in Henderson revealed the pair had childhoods riddled with drugs and domestic violence.


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'Make child safety investigation mandatory' in domestic violence cases

Minister affirms need for CYF overhaul


Kumar trial: Family disgusted at manslaughter verdict:

The family of a slain Auckland shopkeeper say they relived the worst day of their lives countless times for nothing, after a teenager was cleared of murder.

After a day's deliberation in the High Court at Auckland, a jury yesterday found the 14-year-old boy guilty of the manslaughter of dairy owner Arun Kumar but not guilty of the more serious charge.

His 13-year-old co-accused was acquitted of manslaughter and embraced tearful family members in the public gallery while telling his friend "good luck, my bro".



Controversial 'cyber-bullying' law one step closer:

A controversial bill aimed at cracking down on cyberbullying is one step closer to becoming law after passing the committee stage yesterday.

However Labour still has serious concerns over some of the bill's provisions, while Act leader David Seymour is refusing to back what he sees as the "potential criminalisation of young people".

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill was debated in Parliament last night after Communications Minister Amy Adams submitted several amendments to the original bill.


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MPs read mean tweets... Stuff


Magazine feature draws attention to family violence in high socio-economic households:

The It's Not OK campaign and HOME magazine have launched a campaign to increase awareness of family violence within high socio-economic households.



Cook Islands launch campaign to end domestic violence:

The Cook Islands National Council of Women have launched a national campaign to eliminate violence against women.

Funded by the Australian and New Zealand Gender Equality Project and managed by the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Cook Islands National Women and Partners Advocacy to Action Campaign seeks to spread the message to eliminate domestic violence.



Police make presence felt in community:

A family-violence role-play exercise in Rotorua's Central Mall proved enough of an eye opener for some to ask for help.

Students from Mokoia Intermediate School teamed up with Rotorua police yesterday to act out various scenarios and highlight family violence themes.



Beneficiaries fear profiling stigma:

Beneficiaries fear they could be unfairly singled out if the government decides to start profiling to find out how likely parents are to abuse their children.

Ministry of Social Development commissioned research shows it can now take information held by it and other agencies to make fairly accurate predications.



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