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July 23, 2021 at 3:34 PM

The Spinoff: A fair chance for all: The story of disadvantage in New Zealand

The Productivity Commission is investigating how people end up leading persistently disadvantaged lives, and what can be done to break the cycle. And it wants you to help shape its inquiry. Words by Max Rashbrooke; illustrations by Adele Jackson.

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Stuff: Disabled people report higher rates of sexual, physical violence, new research shows

Disabled women in New Zealand are nearly twice as likely to experience family violence than those without a disability, new research has found.

A new study from the University of Auckland found rates of violence were much higher for those with disabilities than among the rest of the population.

The research, published in two papers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Thursday, found 40 per cent of disabled women were subjected to physical violence by a partner, compared with 25 per cent of non-disabled women.

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RNZ: Forty percent of disabled women experience family violence, research shows

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Stuff: First ever Pacific hearing of Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry gets underway

The Pacific hearing of the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has started, with survivors expected to discuss the impacts of the Dawn Raids.

Tulou: Our Pacific Voices; Tatala e Pulonga is the first of its kind for New Zealand and will be held over two weeks at the Fale o Samoa in Māngere.

The public hearing considers the impacts of the Dawn Raids on individuals and the wider Pacific community – part of a bigger investigation into abuse and neglect in care from 1950 and 1999.

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Stuff: Abuse in care: Family releases '50-year-old secret' of unlawful arrest during dawn raids

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RNZ: Samoan man calls for immediate closure of all residential homes

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Stuff: Survivor tells of ordeal in system that 'couldn't cater for us Pacific kids'

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RNZ: State care abuse even resulted in hatred of his culture, Samoan tells inquiry

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RNZ: Abuse in care: Former Wesley College student describes beatings, abuse

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Stuff: Speaking out brings healing for 'little monster' created by state abuse

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Stuff: Abuse in care: Boys' home watchman quit over beatings witnessed

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The Spinoff: She is Not Your Rehab: A book that’s a roadmap for the hard work of healing

Anissa Ljanta reviews the new book about abuse, masculinity and change by Christchurch barber Mataio (Matt) Brown and his wife Sarah Brown. 

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Stuff: Private security firm gets $40k funding from Whānau Ora to help victims

A private security business using the White Ribbon logo without permission has received $40,000 from Whānau Ora to help domestic violence victims.

TRT Security, run by Shannon Mudge from a Housing Corp unit in Aranui, claims to be a company (it is not) and has failed to get the endorsement of police.

Mudge was previously associated with free night patrols in Lyttelton in 2019. He and his current colleague Moana Schenkel wear a black outfit and a stab-proof vests, similar to the uniform of the police armed offenders squad.

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Stuff: Reports of harmful digital communication have increased 24 per cent in a year – Netsafe

More and more people are reporting bad online experiences, but not all of them are covered by current legislation.

Netsafe has seen a 24 percent increase in harmful digital communication reports, according to data released in the leadup to the organisation's online safety week.

But when they concern hate speech or bullying and harassment that occurs both offline and digitally, they often don't fit under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, chief executive Martin Cocker said.

Netsafe is the first port of call for people looking at court action, such as getting a takedown order, to see if a solution can be found.

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Newshub: Number of child sexual abuse websites blocked this year already more than 2020's total

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Stuff: Let's stop relying on our poor, and an addictive activity, for community funding

OPINION: Rugby clubs, theatre groups, and emergency services across the country are funded by transferring cash from our poorest communities to middle-class activities.

The mechanism for this is New Zealand’s pokies system. Here’s how it works: 34 trusts and societies hold licences for pokie machines registered under Class 4 of the Gambling Act.

In 2019, almost $1 billion was lost in pokies in pubs, clubs and TABs after winnings were paid out. By law, a significant portion of these losses must be returned to communities through local grants, distributed by a trust or society, such as The Lion Foundation or the NZ Community Trust.

In 2019, for example, $241 million was distributed to the surf-lifesaving clubs, rescue helicopter services, and churches of Aotearoa.

But here’s the thing: half of all pokie machines are in the most deprived communities. Using the Ministry of Health’s measurement of deprivation, 50 per cent of pokies are located in the worst 30 per cent of areas experiencing economic hardship.

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The Spinoff: Tear it down and start again? Fixing our antiquated education system

Society is changing fast, but schools aren’t keeping up. Enough with the tinkering, says Thalia Kehoe Rowden – it’s time for real reform.

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Newsroom: Marae standoff over baby

The midwife at the centre of the landmark Hastings uplift two years ago is fighting another potential baby removal by authorities. Bonnie Sumner reports.

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Stuff: 'A complete breakdown in the system' midwife and whānau take stand against uplift order of 9-month-old baby

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Stuff: 13-year-old suffers panic attacks after sexual assault by family friend

A 13-year-old who was sexually assaulted by a trusted family friend has been left fearful and suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.

The man who assaulted her, David Robert Delaney, 35, was sentenced on six charges of indecently assaulting a female between 12 and 16 when he appeared at the Nelson District Court on Monday.

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Stuff: Taranaki man threatened former partner with blow torch during assault

A Taranaki man with a raft of family violence convictions has been imprisoned after strangling his former partner and igniting a blow torch in her face during a fight over money.

Darryll Warwick Jeffries, 48, appeared before Judge Gregory Hikaka in the New Plymouth District Court on Monday, charged with strangulation, assault, breaching a protection order and breaching conditions of an intensive supervision sentence.

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Stuff: 'You can no longer silence me': Woman confronts man who raped her as a child

Anthony David Jones was 25 when he raped 10-year-old Anna*. He tried to tell the little girl it was her fault – that she was “teasing” him and leading him on.

Anna felt “ashamed, dirty and disgusted” and couldn’t fathom telling anyone what Jones had done to her. It took her more than 30 years to finally report the abuse to police.

By that time, Jones had sexually abused three other children.

Anna was in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday when Jones, now 60, was sentenced for the abuse that happened in Christchurch in 1986.

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Stuff: Mother, children fear violent man who attacked days after walking free from murder accessory charge

A man who beat his former partner and threatened in front of their children to shoot her has been told to solve his anger problems to give his family a better life.

Chea Paratene Charles Brattle-Hemara Haeana​, who uses the surname Hemara, was sentenced in the Levin District Court on Wednesday to 13 months’ prison.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to charges including assault, wilful damage and breaching a protection order.

The offending started on May 22, 2020, just five days after he had a charge of being an accessory to the murder of Palmiro Macdonald dismissed.

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Stuff: Police and health staff weren't able to predict man would murder Kāpiti woman, coroner rules

A coroner has determined there was nothing to suggest to police and mental health services that a man who murdered his former girlfriend posed anything more than a low risk.

Brian McConachie, of Levin, is currently serving a life sentence for murdering Irina Scantee, formerly known as Irina Czibesz, on the Kāpiti Coast, north of Wellington, on August 17, 2019.

McConachie strangled Scantee in his vehicle and then, after she fled, used a box-cutter knife to kill her on Paraparaumu’s Marine Parade in front of a group of bystanders attempting to help her.

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NZ Herald: Auckland child sex abuse ring survivor confronts member of 'sick and totally vile group of scum'

A survivor of heinous child sex offending confronted one of his abusers in court today, calling paedophile Wayne Moonie a "cockroach" before saying he forgave him.

From a 1980s child abuse ring to more recent offending on the dark web's internet underworld, Moonie offended against multiple boys, some as young as 10.

Forty-one years after he was a young teenager drawn into a drug-peddling circle of paedophiles, Roger Allison outlined the destructive spiral the abuse sent him down.

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