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Weekly Media Roundup

June 04, 2021 at 2:33 PM

Stuff: Inside a court targeting the cause, not just the crime

Chief District Court Judge Heemi Taumaunu wants to do court differently. His Te Ao Mārama model will draw on the country’s therapeutic courts, which aim to treat the causes of crime, rather than simply punish the offenders. Nikki Macdonald goes inside one of those – Wellington’s Special Circumstances Court.

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Stuff: 'Degrading, harmful, inappropriate': Human Rights Commission criticises continued use of 'secure care' for children

Survivors of abuse in state care have given harrowing accounts to the Royal Commission of being sexually and physically abused in secure units inside children's homes. Decades later there have been some changes, but Oranga Tamariki still locks children in what it describes as “secure care” – a practice described by a Human Rights Commission report as “degrading, harmful and... inappropriate”. Edward Gay reports.

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Newsroom: Inside the hell of Family Court

Confessions of a family court judge

Parenting is tough. So too are relationships. Add to that financial strain, sickness and myriad things that can go wrong, and relationships founder on the rocks of good intentions.

And so they end up in court, arguing over everything from ‘he gives them too much fast food’ to ‘she lets them stay up late’. The Family Court sees it all. At the heart of most disputes is an inability to work together as adults when the love has gone.

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RNZ: Online abuse laws: Former National candidate Jake Bezzant allegations expose possible gap

The prime minister says the government should take a look at a possible gap in laws protecting people from sexualised online abuse.

It comes as a response to allegations former National Party candidate Jake Bezzant impersonated his ex-girlfriend online using naked pictures she had sent him during their relationship.

In a written statement, he told RNZ there were two sides to every story and it should be seen in the context of a relationship break-up.

The woman said on her podcast that Bezzant impersonated her online; making Snapchats and dating profiles to engage in online sex and to send nude images and videos of her.

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RNZ: Harmful Digital Communications Act changes needed - lawyer

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RNZ: Charities split $200,000 profit after successful launch of foundation

A new charity in Christchurch is building homes with a purpose - it is aiming to donate the profit from sales to local charities supporting disadvantaged youth.

The initiative is the brainchild of Cole Askew who is a director of family-led house building company, Freedom Built.

Wanting to raise funds to give back to the community and support children in poverty within the region, Askew and his mother, Karen, created the Launch Foundation.

Its purpose is to "help underprivileged youth in the Canterbury region. We thought it would be cool to set something up at a grassroots level. Helping to fund where government weren't looking at or helping with," Cole Askew said.

Thanks to 50 companies providing heavily discounted building materials, they built and sold a house in Christchurch earlier this year and all up about 100 people contributed to building and kitting out the home in the Selwyn district.

The three bedroom, one bathroom and an ensuite, new build was sold to first home buyers and the sale generated a profit of more than $200,000.

The money will be equally divided between their four chosen charities.

One of the charities benefiting is Aviva, a family violence and sexual assault support agency.

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Stuff: Sue Kedgley: 'It's time to feminise our world'

Sue Kedgley​ looks out her living room window at the wind battering Oriental Parade and blames men for the mess we find ourselves in. Concerned about our out-of-balance world on the brink of ecological collapse, she points the finger at 6000 years of patriarchy, and says it’s time to “feminise our world’’.

Kiwis probably know the 73-year-old best for her work as a Green MP, local body politician and food activist. Today, she’s on the local district health and Consumer New Zealand boards​. She’s less well known as a pioneering feminist, but Kedgley was a prominent leader of the 1970s women’s liberation movement, who pushed for many of the changes which women take for granted today. She’s written about her life as a feminist in her new book, her seventh, Fifty Years a Feminist, which traverses five decades of feminism and activism seen through her eyes.

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Stuff: Life sentence for Invercargill man who murdered young mum

The words on the T-shirts say it all: “Justice for Azalia”.

And that was all Azalia Wilson’s family wanted for the young mum who was murdered in a brutal domestic violence attack in Invercargill in November 2019.

An Invercargill courtroom was packed on Thursday with friends and family gathered wearing T-shirts with Wilson's picture on it to ensure she will be remembered.

Wilson’s​ mother, Trinette Wilton,​ hopes another woman will never be harmed by Samuel Moses Samson, who was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum period of imprisonment of 17 years.

Samson, 32, was found guilty of the murder of Wilson, 22, when the jury returned its unanimous verdict in the High Court at Invercargill in March.

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Stuff: How a 'super dad' took on more than he could handle and ended up homeless

Having a shower without permission, and owning an oven.

These are among the highlights Kohe Wharerau, a formerly homeless Rotorua woman who, thanks to the Housing First Rotorua scheme, now has a roof over her head.

How she and others ended up homeless, how the programme helped them, and what still needs to be done has been spelt out in a Ministry of Housing and Urban Development report into Housing First Rotorua, and a second report into a scheme in Ōtautahi Christchurch.



Stuff: Man and woman arrested more than a year after Flaxmere 4-year-old was severely beaten

A man and a woman have been arrested more than a year after a 4-year-old Flaxmere boy was severely beaten.

On January 29, 2020, police found the boy on Ramsey Cres with injuries covering his entire body. He also suffered a head injury that caused significant brain damage.

A 32-year-old woman has on Wednesday been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, neglect and nine counts of assaulting a child.

A 27-year-old man is also charged with neglect, and with injuring with intent.



Stuff: Teenage girl's abuser given community detention after more than 30 years

It has taken decades for Tamzin Ford to see any sort of justice for the abuse she suffered as a teenager.

She had asked a court to lift the automatic suppression for a victim so she can fully tell her story.

And to this day she showers with the lights off at night as she did to avoid the notice of Maurice Dagger when she was 13 and living in his Porirua family home.

Ford says the former school teacher and Anglican priest had spent his whole life portraying himself as a Christian man when he was really a perverted creep.



NZ Herald: Paedophile convicted and sentenced, but police worried there may be more victims

Warning: This content may be distressing for readers

Waikato police are wanting to speak to anyone who may have been victim of a man sentenced to indecently assaulting children in the Hamilton District Court this week.

Jared Lammas was sentenced to four years and five months in prison after pleading guilty to six charges of indecent assault with a child under 12, five of sexual connection with a young person, and one of meeting a young person following sexual grooming.

Unfortunately, police believe there may be more victims, varying across Waikato, Whakatāne and Tauranga.



Stuff: Man accused of raping four women well known in football circles

A man charged with raping four women in three years is a well-known name in football circles having played for clubs in both Auckland and Christchurch.

John Hope Muchirahondo, 35, is facing five counts of sexual violation, one count of unlawful sexual connection, and one count of failing to assist police with a lawful search.


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