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October 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Pacific anti-violence agency closed down over fraud concerns:

A highly regarded Pacific anti-violence agency has been closed down amidst concerns about using taxpayers' money to fund an ambition to "go global".

The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed it has stopped funding the Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project (PISPP) in West Auckland and that the agency is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

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Release of New Zealand’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security:

NZ Police have welcomed the release of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

The New Zealand Government, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police and Ministry for Women, has developed a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015 to 2019. 

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Child Assaulted in Hastings Dies:

A 2-year-old boy who was assaulted in his Hastings home earlier this week has died. The boy died on Wednesday night in the intensive care unit at Hawke's Bay Hospital, police said.

Police were called to a Columbus Cres home in Flaxmere about midday on Monday after the boy was taken to hospital by ambulance. He had received critical head injuries and was in the hospital's intensive care unit until he died.

Police believed the boy's injuries were non-accidental.

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Synthetic Canabis still a problem in Taupo:

Despite being banned in early 2014 synthetic cannabis continues to plague Taupo.

Taupo police senior sergeant Fane Troy said police are becoming increasingly concerned by the increase in adverse reactions being seen.

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Infant dies suddenly in Southland:

Forensics police are examining a Southland house after the sudden death of a 17-month-old infant on Tuesday.

About six forensics officers could be seen entering a house in Dunlop St, Wallacetown, late on Tuesday afternoon.

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Call for violence prevention resources:

SERVICES working at the frontline of family violence are struggling to also tackle the role of prevention, Australia's first royal commission into family violence has heard.

THE large demand family violence response services means they sometimes struggle to also work in the area of prevention, Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence heard on Monday.

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NZ to aid Victorian family violence inquiry:

New Zealand policy makers will discuss their experience in tackling domestic violence before Australia's first royal commission into the issue in Melbourne on Monday.

Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will resume a limited number of public hearings after several weeks of evidence from senior public servants, social workers, clinicians, and victims, between July and August.

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Staff issues hamper new Children's Team model:

A new model to help vulnerable children has been hampered by staffing problems as agencies resisted freeing up staff without extra funding in return, documents show.

The issues have meant some children's teams accepted as few as one referral a month.

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Annemarie Quill: Lyrics don't convey respect for women:

Women's Refuge New Zealand must be silently thanking Chris Brown for his unpaid celebrity endorsement to raise awareness of domestic violence in this country.

In the past few weeks, the hoohah over whether the US hip hop star should be allowed into the country to perform, given his previous domestic conviction against former girlfriend Rihanna, has given more column inches to the issue than many past publicity campaigns.

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