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May 19, 2023 at 3:56 PM

The Spinoff: Aotearoa’s ‘hidden heroes’ are being stretched to their limits

They play an essential role in our communities, but for too long social services kaimahi have been an underpaid, under-recognised and undervalued workforce.

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The Northern Advocate: Ruakākā double homicide: Community speaks out after preschoolers found dead

A family friend of the Ruakākā whānau rocked by the deaths of two preschoolers yesterday has described seeing the “lovely kids” the day before they died.

The local man, who goes by the name of Bluey, was still in shock after learning the 1-year-old and 4-year-old had been found dead in the Peter Snell Dr home on Monday.

Police were called to the property at around 6.25am where officers discovered the children’s bodies.

25-year-old female is facing two counts of murder and will appear in the Whangārei District Court today.



The Northern Advocate: Three deaths of young Northlanders within a week traumatic, says psychologist

A woman has been charged after two pre-school children were killed in the quiet coastal settlement of Ruakākā yesterday.

Detective Inspector Bridget Doell, of Northland CIB, said the situation was “extremely distressing” for the family involved, as well as first responders who attended the scene.

Police were unable to comment further on specifics around the case as the matter is before the courts.

The children are the second and third youngsters in the region to die within the last week.

A leading psychology lecturer has urged those affected to help themselves and others through the trauma.



NZ Herald: Marama Davidson: Māori approaches to safety and wellbeing important in progress to eliminate violence

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to Government plans to eliminate family and sexual violence, says Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson, who announced Budget 2023′s inclusion of a strong focus on community initiatives on Saturday.

Davidson said kaupapa Māori approaches would provide improved access to support for Māori.

“Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to our plan to eliminate family violence and sexual violence. These initiatives apply mātauranga Māori and whānau-centred approaches to safety and wellbeing and will ensure more Māori affected by sexual violence can access the support they need to heal.”

This year’s Budget builds on progress made to deliver Te Aorerekura, Aotearoa’s first plan to eliminate family violence and sexual violence ever, Davidson said.



NZ Herald: Budget 2023: Funding to tackle family, sexual violence “brilliant” but system needs to change

A leading Northland family therapist says extra government cash to combat violence is “brilliant” but the current competitive funding system needs to change.

Just under $75 million has been earmarked in Budget 2023 for schemes the Government hopes will reduce family and sexual violence.

The funding focuses on community initiatives aimed at preventing violence in the first place, as well as better support for people who have suffered violence. That includes a new scheme to protect disabled people at risk of violence, a specialist kaupapa Māori sexual violence service, and funding to support children staying in Women’s Refuge centres.



The Spinoff: Budget 2023: The great Spinoff hot-take roundtable

Finance minister Grant Robertson describes his budget as ‘sensible and responsible’. But what do the experts think?

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RNZ: Budget 2023: Targeted support welcomed but projects need securing 'for long-term' – agencies

Social support agencies welcomed practical and targeted funding in the Budget they believe will help some children and families, but they say short-term funding to projects leaves initiatives facing instability.

Save the Children advocacy director Jacqui Southey said she appreciated the effort to provide "targeted investment in children and their families", particularly in ECE funding, public housing, public transport and free prescriptions.



RNZ: Member's Bill: a rough diamond waiting to be shaped

A member’s bill freshly picked from the biscuit tin is like a rough diamond waiting to be shaped. That’s how the MP behind the latest member’s bill picked from the ballot describes it.

For many MPs, it’s a godsend when their member’s bill gets picked from the ballot, to have its chance to become law. Most proposed member’s bills don’t get picked, and stay languishing among the crumbs of the biscuit tin.

But getting picked is just the start of the nitty gritty involved in honing a member’s bill into law. So to find out what’s involved, I spoke with Labour MP Angie Warren-Clark whose Family Proceedings (Dissolution for Family Violence) Amendment Bill was plucked from the tin last week.



Newshub: Latest child health report reveals 'dire' situation for New Zealand's children - Cure Kids

Warning: This story discusses mental health, self-harm, and suicide.

The latest State of Child Health report makes for uncomfortable reading, with a lot more work needed to be done for our most vulnerable children to grow and thrive.

The just-released report from Cure Kids shines a spotlight on unacceptably high numbers of children and adolescents who live with health issues, many of them preventable.

The State of Child Health report released on Tuesday revealed the rate of people aged under 19 admitted to hospital due to mental health has doubled in the past 15 years. But adolescent girls are nearly five times more likely to be admitted than boys.

In the five years to the end of 2021, more than 3200 children and adolescents were hospitalised for self-harm every year - that's five times the average number between 2000 and 2004.



Stuff: Play to bust myths around restorative justice

A play exploring the restorative justice process will help shine a light on an often misunderstood part of our justice system, producer and actor Miranda Warner says.

All of Us follows the journey of a family after a family member is sentenced to prison. Written by British playwright Rebecca Abrams and partly funded by the Ministry of Justice, the production’s opening night in Murchison earlier this month was its world premiere.

As a facilitator with Restorative Justice Nelson, Warner has plenty of experience to draw on for her role.

Restorative justice is a process that helps give victims a voice, and helps offenders understand the impact of their actions. The process brings the two parties together, in a way that can have a powerful impact, Warner said.



NZ Herald: Man arrested after armed police surround house in Ranui, West Auckland

Police surrounded a West Auckland home to negotiate with a person after a family harm incident last night.

The address was cordoned and appeals were made for a man to come out of the house, on Eric Gifford Drive, in Ranui.


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