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July 30, 2021 at 12:24 PM

The Spinoff: New Zealand’s history of violence against Pacific peoples laid bare

Over the past week the royal commission of inquiry into abuse in care has been holding a series of public hearings focused on the experiences of Pacific peoples. Justin Latif reports from the Māngere hearing. 

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RNZ: Abuse inquiry: Lake Alice survivor remains angry decades after ill-treatment

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RNZ: Samoan survivor sheds light on abuse in psychiatric care

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Stuff: Abuse in care: Woman felt like a drugs guinea pig in psychiatric unit

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RNZ: Abuse in care: 'I still have lots of nightmares about it'

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RNZ: Abuse in care: 'In our culture, we do not talk about abuse'

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RNZ: Abuse in care inquiry: Survivor's true ethnicity remained unknown for 30 years

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RNZ: Abuse in care costs: Govt considered asking churches for money

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RNZ: Demand for child and teen counselling service jumps 30 percent

A free mental health helpline for children and teenagers is campaigning to reach even more youth, after a 31 percent increase in demand over the last year.

The charity Barnardos said the number of 5 to 19 year olds calling 0800 What's Up, or chatting with its counsellors online has gone up as wait times for other mental health services increase.

Spokesperson Jo Harrison said the statistics showed more youth needed help - but also that more were asking for help.

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Stuff: ‘They give us hidings 'cause there’s no cameras’: Claims staff at Oranga Tamariki facility supplied drugs, bullied and assaulted young people

A damning report has revealed allegations Oranga Tamariki staff assaulted and humiliated young people, gave them “hidings”, supplied cannabis, and stopped them from making complaints about their treatment.

Police were called in to investigate after young people interviewed made multiple allegations to staff from the Office of Children’s Commissioner (OCC) during a visit to Te Au rere a te Tonga​ youth justice facility in Palmerston North last year. It is the closest Oranga Tamariki (OT) youth justice facility to the Wellington region.

The allegations were included in a March, 2021 report into the facility following an OCC visit. It comes amid mounting pressure for OT after video was leaked showing a worker in a Christchurch care and protection OT unit tackling a young resident and the recent release into the Epuni home in Lower Hutt, where self-harm was common.

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Scoop: Family Violence And Sexual Violence Literature Review

Press Release: Office of the Auditor-General

As part of our work programme on public organisations' performance in achieving reductions in family violence, we asked Carswell Consultancy to carry out a literature review of research and evaluation reports on family violence and sexual violence in New Zealand. We commissioned this review to help us understand the work that has already been done looking at people's experience of the family violence system.

The review included 136 research and evaluation reports produced between 2010 and early 2020. It highlighted the significant amount of research published by communities, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations.

We’ve published the literature review and our summary on our website.

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Newshub: Poverty burden for children increases in first year of COVID-19 due to Government neglect - Child Poverty Action Group

Poverty, inequity, homelessness, and food insecurity have increased for New Zealand children throughout the first year of COVID-19, partially due to Government neglect, the latest Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) report says.

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Newshub: Former gang associate Billy Tanu's message to sexual and domestic abuse survivors after years of drugs and crime

Warning: This story discusses sexual abuse, domestic abuse and self-harm.

A former gang associate who turned to drugs and crime after being abused at multiple state-run boys' homes is urging troubled young people to seek help and not lose hope. 

Billy Tanu's body bears marks from self-harming. He did it to cope with his painful past. 

It started after the violence at home; beatings from his older brothers and his dad. 

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RNZ: Police union urges action on recruitment as officers leave force

The Police Association is urging the government to unlock money set aside for more police recruits as dozens of officers leave the force.

Nearly 170 sworn police officers left their jobs between March and July this year, the equivalent of all police staff deployed to MIQ facilities.

The association says the government has dropped the ball on funding new recruits and those on the frontline are now paying the price.

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NZ Herald: 'Most brutal' betrayal: Serial Dunedin sex offender took photos of attack on sleeping woman

A Dunedin man who groped a sleeping woman provided the most damning evidence at his own trial — photos of the sex attack.

Dion Shane Kyle, 39, was found guilty by a jury before the Dunedin District Court of indecent assault, and pleaded guilty on the final day of the trial to making an intimate visual recording.

Judge Michael Turner said the victim, who had taken sleeping pills and other medication before the 2018 incident, could not have given consent as she was unconscious at the time.

The six images were discovered only when police seized Kyle's phone over a different matter.

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Stuff: Trio support each other while confronting man who indecently assaulted them

As a woman indecently assaulted by a man she trusted struggled to speak, a fellow victim offered encouragement.

“It’s OK... go,” one victim said to the other while wrapping their arms around her, their head nestled against her back.

Three people spoke in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday about the nightmares, self-harm and guilt Lander Sanisitou’s​ actions had created.

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NZ Herald: Otago man who gagged, sexually assaulted woman jailed for three and a half years

A 52-year-old North Otago man who gagged a woman with his underwear before sexually assaulting her was jailed for three and a half years when he appeared in the Oamaru District Court on Wednesday.

Pierre Coster, of Totara, had been convicted in the Timaru District Court on June 2 on charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, assault on a female and breach of a protection order.

The police summary stated that on October 8 last year, Coster sexually violated a woman after an argument.

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Stuff: Man sentenced for sexually assaulting young neighbour 20 years on

The sexual crimes of a teenage boy against his young neighbour in Taranaki have caught up with him 20 years later.

Between 2000 and 2003, the offender lived with his father next-door to the girl and her family in New Plymouth.

The man, who cannot be named, was aged 14 to 16 over the course of the sexual assaults, while the girl was aged from seven to nine.

The man, now 34, had become friends with the victim and her family and would often take his computer games to their house for them to play.

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Stuff: Timaru man used vaccum cleaner pole in assault on woman

A Timaru man who strangled his ex-partner and used a vacuum cleaner pole during a second assault on her has received a sentence of intensive supervision and community detention.

Dale Jason Shillito, 38, appeared for sentencing before Judge Joanna Maze at the Timaru District Court on Tuesday having earlier pleaded guilty to impedes breathing/blood circulation by strangulation and suffocation, injuring with intent to injure, wilful damage and assaulting a person with a blunt instrument.

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