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June 02, 2023 at 11:28 AM

Stuff: Lifting the anonymity that protects men who rape

Jan Jordan is emerita professor of criminology at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She published two books last year exploring the impacts of our patriarchal legacy for women and sexual violence.

This article contains a video of a police interview with convicted rapist Roberto Jaz, which some may find disturbing.

OPINION: Finally, the faces of the two main abusers from the multiple rapes and sexual assaults perpetrated in connection with Christchurch bar Mama Hooch have been made visible.

The men, two brothers, lost their impassioned battle for name suppression. Their offending caused pain and trauma to more than 30 known victims, with more likely to exist.



Stuff: 'I was not in a position to consent': The Mama Hooch acquittal causing concern

Two men had sex with a patron of the Mama Hooch bar in Christchurch on the same night. One was convicted of rape, the other was acquitted, leading to questions about what constitutes consent. Nadine Roberts, Blair Ensor and Jake Kenny report.

(Warning: This story may upset some readers)



Stuff: Ruakākā community still struggling to cope after death of two Children

The Ruakākā community are still grieving after the death of two children a fortnight ago but local leaders hope greater community connections will help.

Police launched a homicide investigation after the two children, described as “good kids”, were found dead in a home on Peter Snell Rd on May 15.

A woman has been charged with two counts of murder, due to reappear in court on June 2.

The woman has name suppression and details about the incident are also suppressed.



RNZ: Teen tells of lack of mental health support despite abuse in state care

Content warning: This story discusses abuse and suicide.

A teenager who has spent his entire life in the care of the state says the government is failing to address the mental health of young vulnerable people.

A report from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission found that one in four young people in need of mental health care were being admitted to adult services due to a lack of age-appropriate units around the country.



RNZ: Psychologist group warns not enough youth and child specialists to meet growing demand

The huge demand for youth services is causing long waits for patients, with some practices even being forced to turn new clients away, says the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists.

The organisation (NZCCP) said not enough new psychologists were being trained to meet the growing need, so things could get worse before they got better.



Newshub: Opinion: The women who came forward in the Mama Hooch trial should feel proud they brought Roberto and Danny Jaz to justice

Warning this opinion piece contains details about rape and sexual assault which some people may find disturbing. 

OPINION: The Mama Hooch trial took place in courtroom 19, tucked in the corner on the third floor of the Justice Precinct in central Christchurch. 



Stuff: Man admits murder of 'friendly' Northland woman Gaelene Bright

A Northland man has admitted murdering his partner Gaelene Bright​ and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

The disappearance of 69-year-old Bright on May 1, 2022 sparked an extensive police search.

Raymond Charles Phillimore​, 66, was arrested in Napier on May 17, 2022 after her body was found in Waipoua Forest, near Tāne Mahuta.

The fitter and turner initially denied the charges of murdering Bright and unlawfully possessing a .22.

However, at the High Court in Whangārei on Friday, he admitted both charges.



Stuff: Youths who beat 78-year-old in home and left him for dead avoid jail - here's why

Two youths who violently assaulted a 78-year-old man in his home and left him for dead avoided being sent to jail this week.

On the face of it, that seems astonishing. It’s certainly not what the Crown was asking – it wanted the matter transferred from the Youth Court to the District Court, so they could be sentenced as adults and jailed.

But by Judge Bridget Mackintosh’s reasoning it was the right decision: “I do not see a future for us as a community that I like to look on if both these young men are sent to the district court and sentenced to imprisonment.”

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