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Weekly Media Roundup

June 11, 2021 at 2:36 PM

RNZ: 'Massive strides' in addressing domestic violence venture shortcomings - Marama Davidson

The government has already made "massive strides" in addressing concerns raised by the Auditor-General on a joint venture to reduce family and sexual violence, according to the minister in charge.

In 2018, a joint venture was set up to bring government and community agencies together to tackle high rates of domestic violence.

But a report from the Auditor-General this week stated significant improvements were needed for the venture to work, and it had been limited in changing the way agencies worked together and with Māori.

Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson told Morning Report she welcomed the report, which made five recommendations.

"It gives us a continuing mandate for the transformation that absolutely needs to happen."



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NZ Herald: 'Out of that place, monsters came': Search for justice over New Zealand's 'Alcatraz'

As the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care approaches its second year of hearings, reporter Matt Nippert revisits his investigation into a Lord of the Flies-esque bootcamp on Great Barrier Island and finds horror, trauma, hope and dead ends.

Warning: The story contains distressing details about young people, violence and sexual assault.



Stuff: Forget the morality of sexting - we just need to change the law

OPINION: Over the weekend, Tarryn Flintoft​ told Newshub’s The Nation that she went public with the behaviour of her ex, disgraced National Party candidate Jake Bezzant, out of desperation.

I, and every other young woman watching, shared a collective moment of electrifying catharsis. It was one of those hot, instant rushes of clarity and understanding you get when someone finally articulates the feeling you’ve been struggling with for years.

Someone was finally saying, with poise and unashamed power, what we’ve all been silently feeling. The current laws around image-based abuse are failing young women.



Stuff: 'Irresponsible': Rape survivors' advocates Louise Nicholas and HELP slam TVNZ's Craig McLachlan interview

Leading advocates for victims of sexual harm have slammed TVNZ’s decision to air a 90-minute special about Australian actor Craig McLachlan​, calling it disappointing and irresponsible.

McLachlan, known for roles in Neighbours, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, made headlines in 2018 when multiple actresses with whom he had appeared in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show accused him of sexual harassment.

McLachlan was charged with one count of common assault, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault. Among the accusations were that McLachlan had touched the women’s genitals, groped their breasts, and exposed himself to them.



RNZ: Elderly woman fights to keep home after daughter's deceit

An elderly Auckland woman is facing a desperate fight for her home after her daughter allegedly tricked her into signing away her ownership of the property.

The woman's case is one of thousands that social workers and Age Concern staff say they are seeing, where older people are taken advantage of by those they love and trust.

They want more people to be on the lookout for elder abuse, and say the law needs strengthening to protect people who are vulnerable targets.



Stuff: Epsom double stabbing: Man pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

The man accused of murder following a double stabbing in Auckland has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

However, he has been found fit to stand trial.

The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, faces two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder in relation to the deaths of married couple Elizabeth and Herman Bangera on March 19.



RNZ: Rikki-Lee Simeon sentenced to 14 years jail for murdering partner

A judge has found it manifestly unjust to give an Auckland mother life imprisonment after she was found guilty of murdering her 21-year-old boyfriend Brendon Hamilton.

Instead Rikki-Lee Simeon has been sentenced to 14 years in jail, with a minimum non-parole period of seven years.

Simeon was found guilty of murder by a jury in February and stood sobbing before Hamilton's family in the High Court at Auckland this morning.



RNZ: Court hears from mother of Bridget Simmonds in murder trial

Warning: This story discusses graphic details of domestic violence

Northland woman Bridget Simmonds warned she may soon die before she went missing, her mother has told the High Court.The 42-year-old mother of two disappeared in March 2019, aged 42.

Simmonds was the partner of Samuel Hemuera Pou, who is on trial in Whangārei, accused of her murder.

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Stuff: Alfriston homicide: Abusive boyfriend stabbed woman to death, lit body on fire

A man stabbed his girlfriend in the chest, then put her body inside a car and burnt it beyond recognition.

Palmer Edward Marsters, 32, appeared at the High Court at Auckland on Friday where he admitted killing Chontel Wiki-O’Brien in November 2020.

Wiki-O’Brien, 23, was found dead in a burnt-out car in Alfriston, south Auckland.

Marsters pleaded guilty to charges of murder, assault with intent to injure, and male assaults female in front of Justice Geoffrey Venning.



NZ Herald: Auckland mother who injured 8-week-old baby jailed for two years, seven months

A mother will spend two years and seven months behind bars for fracturing her infant's ribs and causing her brain to bleed, but relatives yelled out their support for her as she was taken into custody.

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

The injuries have been described by one police officer involved as the worst they have evern seen inflicted on a young child.



Stuff: Man loses appeal over jail sentence for raping friend

A man filmed himself sexually violating his friend as she lay unconscious in her bedroom.

Brendon Scott van der Merwe was convicted in the Christchurch District Court of rape, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, making an objectionable publication, possession of an objectionable publication and indecent communication with a young person.

He was sentenced in February to two years and 10 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay emotional harm reparation of $3000.


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