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May 14, 2021 at 2:23 PM

RNZ: Shocking rate of violence against wāhine Maori - report

Half of wāhine Maori have experienced sexual or physical violence according to data provided within a 2020 government report briefing.

Now a new government initiative launched this week in Mangere at Wharewātea Marae aims to hear survivors' voices - and craft ways to deal with the statistics.

The government's bringing together 10 departments under the programme, Te Hau Tangata, to tackle the issue.

The initiative seeks to help address the distressing sexual harm and family violence in Aotearoa.



RNZ: New figures show one in five children in households where food can run out

One in five children are living in households where food can run out, and one in three are living in unaffordable housing, according to the latest child poverty indicators report.

The report, for the year to June 2020, shows downward trends across some of the key indicators, but no significant shifts.

Across the measures, Māori, Pasifika and disabled children are more likely to experience the worst outcomes.

The proportion of Māori and Pasifika households where food runs out sometimes or often was 30 and 46 percent respectively.

While about 65 percent of students are attending school regularly, for Māori and Pasifika children this figure is about 50 percent.

The report suggests there is a downward trend in the percentage of children living in poor quality housing.



RNZ: ACC acknowledges commitment to Māori health outcomes with proposed new strategy

ACC is laying down a commitment to transform and improve Māori health outcomes through their proposed new strategy, Whāia Te Tika.

The strategy seeks to engage with Māori to provide culturally and clinically suitable services with a "by Māori for Māori" approach.

According to statistics from ACC - the Accident Compensation Corporation - Māori contributed to 26 percent of active sensitive claims and 24 percent of the active serious injury claims.

On top of that - and despite making up 16.6 percent of the overall New Zealand population - Māori were under-represented when it came to laying claims.

ACC acknowledged that its research had shown Māori were increasingly vulnerable when it came to accident and injury compensation.

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NZ Herald: Violent men increasingly using 'revenge porn' as form of control in abusive relationships

A young woman who had a sexual video of her posted on a porn website by an abusive ex-partner was told by police he did not mean harm because it wasn't on a "high-volume site" like PornHub.

The story of "Jess" is just one of many about abusive men increasingly using "revenge porn" to force women to stay with them or cause them harm, say advocates of a new law proposed to outlaw the practice.

An amendment to the Harmful Digital Communications Act seeks to explicitly make posting of intimate images and recordings without consent - sometimes referred to as revenge porn - illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

The law change, which has the support of all parties, would also allow courts to issue take-down orders for revenge-porn recordings.



RNZ: 'We felt like a piece of dirt' - man who was abused in state care

Warning: Graphic content in this story might be distressing to some readers.

A terminally ill man who spent time in state care and was abused says it is important that he tell his story to help stop the abuse of children continuing.

Desmond Hurring, 60, is of Pākeha, Māori (Ngāi Tahu) and Aboriginal descent.

He experienced sexual, physical and psychological abuse while at the Lookout Point Boys' Home and the Kohitere Training Centre in the 1970s.

His problems started when he was sexually abused by a family friend. From that moment on his schooling suffered and he became very withdrawn.



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Stuff: My children continue to pay for their father's violence

OPINION: She still flinches at sudden movements. Movement towards her to hug her. Lifting a hand to reach something above her. Getting surprised when someone appears and catches her off guard. At 16, she is still trying to protect herself from a monster and his family that made her fear for her life every second she was with them.

When she flinches, it is not just a jerk of the head or shoulders. It is two arms up over her head to protect herself, head back, terror in her eyes.

When I appear in the hallway and it surprises her, I fight to hold back the tears of hurt and anger towards the monster that caused this. My beautiful daughter. Always on guard, always finding ways to try to protect herself. Researching how to buy pepper spray. Going to the gym to build strength to protect herself. Learning survival skills from YouTube.

It is an endless quest for my naturally cheerful and happy girl. Inside, the darkness is still there - trying to hold her back, to still feel ashamed, worthless and always unsafe. He is still in her head, even after not seeing him for four years.



1 News: Natural disasters can increase triggers for violence against women, girls — study

Natural disasters sparked by climate change and other natural hazards can increase the triggers for violence against women and girls, including after the Christchurch earthquakes, according to a new study out of the UK.

 A review of the evidence, published in online journal BMJ Global Health, carried out a systematic analysis of 37 relevant studies — 20 quantitative, 16 qualitative and one with a mixed-methods design — looking at the association between disasters from natural hazards and violence against women and girls.

The violence was primarily physical, psychological and sexual. Some studies also looked at murder, controlling or aggressive behaviour, forced early marriage and financial violence, the BMJ said yesterday in a press release.

Researchers say three main possible triggers emerged: an increase in stressors that spark violence, such as trauma, mental health issues, financial insecurity; an increase in enabling environments, such as absence of policing, health and support services, breakdown of family structures and social isolation; and a worsening of existing drivers, such as gender and social inequalities, lack of female representation and inclusion.



Newshub: Mother's Day: More than $50,000 worth of flowers delivered to mums in Women's Refuge safe houses

Flowers are a simple fix for Mother's Day, especially when you've forgotten.

They may mean even more to mums seeking a sanctuary in Women's Refuge safe houses.

Around the country, more than $50,000 worth of flowers have been snipped, tied and wrapped into Mother's Day bouquets - all part of a new initiative.

Flowers will be delivered as part of the Feel Good with Flowers' charitable initiative, honouring mothers sheltering with their children in Women's Refuge.

Women's Refuge communications manager Susan Barker couldn't believe there were enough flowers. 

"At first I was like 'do you know how many safe houses we have?' because we have like 40 throughout New Zealand and they were like 'we can do it'."

Nearly 50,000 women and children have used Women's Refuge this year, an increase of 35 percent following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Newshub: Oranga Tamariki strip searches to be 'phased out' - Minister for Children Kelvin Davis

Minister for Children Kelvin Davis says he doesn't want kids being strip-searched in Oranga Tamariki facilities, but it can't just be stopped without a replacement. 

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Newshub: Father of Emily Longley reflects on domestic violence awareness 10 years on from her murder

Ten years ago, the murder of Kiwi 17-year-old Emily Longley made headlines around the world. 

Tonight, as Emily's family holds a candlelight vigil in her memory, they're reflecting on the impact her story has had on the awareness of domestic violence. 

The confronting reality is the statistics haven't changed - and Emily's father, Mark Longley, says it's time to change the message.

A decade on, Emily's murder is still at the forefront of international headlines about shocking stories of violence. 



The Spinoff: ‘Relive your trauma or run the risk of dying’: Why the end of smear screening can’t come too soon for survivors

A video circulating on social media last week had a message that hit home for many: some survivors of sexual harm would rather take their chances than endure retraumatisation through a cervical screening test. For this reason, the announcement of funding for a self-administered HPV test could mean the difference between life and death.

Contains discussion of sexual harm, healthcare trauma, racism, fatphobia and ableism.



NZ Herald: Missing babies: Scramble to track down children lost from health system

Authorities are urgently trying to track down babies missing from the nation's health system - sparking fears about the wellbeing of potentially hundreds of at-risk Kiwi children.

While health officials don't know the extent to which babies are missing from the health database, an Auckland District Health Board report reveals 102 babies previously lost were found in the three months to December 2020.

There are fears that unaccounted children could be missing vital health appointments and vaccination deadlines, putting them at serious risk.

Health Minister Andrew Little is alarmed at the revelations.



The Spinoff: The poor treatment of sexual violence victims in court runs deep in our history

A proposed new law has highlighted the often distressing experiences of women in New Zealand courtrooms. Change is well overdue, as Elizabeth Bowyer explains. 

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RNZ: Man admits indecently assaulting teenage boys at Gloriavale

A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexual offending at the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast.

The man entered the guilty pleas to three representative charges of indecent assault against teenage boys following an appearance in the Greymouth District Court this afternoon.

The offending occurred at Gloriavale between 2015 and 2018 when the offender was himself a teenager.



Stuff: 'I will not let what you did define me': Survivor faces down serial abuser in court

While Olivia* had to testify against the man who had beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted her over the course of their six-month relationship, she asked for the screens that blocked him from her view to be removed.

If she was going to put this ordeal behind her, she needed to look him in the eye and show him she would no longer be silenced by fear.

On Wednesday, two years after the now 26-year-old woman first reported the abuse to police, she faced Jamie Aldridge again when he was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.



Stuff: Man accused of unlawful sexual acts with shoes was a high school student teacher

A trauma crisis team has been called to a Palmerston North school where a man accused of performing sexual acts with other people’s shoes for fetish websites was on placement as a student teacher.

Malachai Scott Roger Wylie has allegedly performed lewd acts while working at the city’s Number One Shoes store.

He’s also believed to have messaged women using fake profiles on social media asking for pictures of their shoes.

The pictures were then posted online, along with pictures of the women, without their knowledge. There are potentially dozens of victims.



Stuff: Man who repeatedly raped three women sentenced to preventive detention

Warning: Story contains graphic content

A man who brutally beat and raped three young women over a 20-year period – including imprisoning one victim in a cell made of hay bales – has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Nathaniel Ejay Pikitea Webster, 43, was sentenced in the High Court in Tauranga on Friday by Justice Christian Whata.

He had earlier been found guilty by a jury of 28 charges of sexual and physical violence, many of which were representative, meaning they covered multiple offences. He also pleaded guilty to two representative charges of male assaults female.

Many of the details of Webster’s offending, including the locations where it happened, cannot be reported without revealing the identity of his three victims, who were severely traumatised by his actions.

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NZ Herald: Matamata Christmas murder: Man pleads guilty to murdering partner, injuring their baby

A man has admitted the brutal murder of his partner and seriously injuring their baby after an incident in Matamata more than two years ago.

Paraki Edwards today admitted the murder of Michelle Kayla Hurinui and causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard to their then 1-year-old baby boy on Christmas Eve, 2018.

Edwards was due to stand trial in July last year but the matter had been delayed.

He reappeared in the High Court at Hamilton this morning where he pleaded guilty to the charges.


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