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Weekly Media Roundup

April 05, 2024 at 4:19 PM

NZ Herald: Browns Bay stabbing: Construction workers describe efforts to save sushi shop attack victim

A construction worker who was first to respond to a horrific sushi shop stabbing at Browns Bay says he saw the victim crawling from the shop covered in blood moments after she was brutally attacked by her estranged husband.

As he tried to stem blood loss from the woman’s severe knife injuries, his colleagues barricaded the assailant inside until armed police arrived and entered the store.



Stuff: ‘The silent epidemic’: Lifting the taboo on child sexual abuse

At an age where they should be playing with Barbie dolls and teddy bears, children are being sexually abused. Katie Ham reports on why it’s time to lift the taboo on child sexual abuse in Aotearoa. This is part two of a two-part series.

Warning: This story contains details of child sexual abuse

“For the first 16 years of my life, I was sexually abused and trafficked by my father, to gangs and other groups of men here in New Zealand,” Gloria Masters recalls.

Now in her 50s, Masters is a child sexual abuse advocate on a mission to keep kids safe.



Stuff: Breaking Silence: Paralympian abuse survivor shares powerful story

Fiona Southorn is a Paralympic medalist and survivor of abuse.

She shares her story to help people with disabilities and those living with violence and abuse.

Breaking Silence is an eight part documentary series exploring the many faces of domestic abuse.



Stuff: ‘Even my family didn’t believe me’: Lifting the taboo on child sexual abuse

At an age where they should be playing with Barbie dolls and teddy bears, children are being sexually abused. Katie Ham reports on why it’s time to lift the taboo on child sexual abuse in Aotearoa. This is part one of a two-part series.

Warning: This story contains details of child sexual abuse and mentions self-harm, suicide and alcoholism



Stuff: Survivor says she took on appeal for all women ordered to pay their abuser’s court costs

A survivor who has been ordered to pay over $13,000 of her abusive ex-partner’s legal fees says her case could have a chilling effect on others turning to the courts for help.

Laura* was subjected to psychological abuse by her ex-partner during their two year relationship.

She says the abuse continued during the break-up, with him stalking her and harassing her family.



NZ Herald: Domestic abuse costs millions in lost productivity - study

Workers who are harassed, stalked and subjected to violence by abusive partners bring that trauma to work with them, costing industry hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity, a new study has found.

Over half of the more than 1600 Public Service Association union members surveyed reported some experience with domestic violence, and 26 per cent had direct experience of family violence.

Of that 26 per cent, more than half needed to take time off work and 38 per cent said violence made it difficult for them to get into work.

The research was completed by Auckland University Public Health masters student Margaret Thomas.



NZ Herald: Kiwi mum who fled New Zealand to escape family violence forced to return children to ‘abusive’ father

A Kiwi mother fled New Zealand with her three young children while her husband was at work, to get away from a marriage punctuated by abuse. But she has now been ordered to return her tamariki to their father - despite an Australian judge conceding he had exposed them to family violence.

The order was made under the Hague Convention - an international agreement that helps children return to the country they usually live in if they’re taken or kept overseas, so that parenting arrangements can be made. Senior journalist Anna Leask reports.



RNZ: Oranga Tamariki IT overhaul leaves social workers without access to some Information

A multimillion-dollar IT platform vital to safeguarding children at risk of abuse has lurched into the danger zone and had to be reset.

Oranga Tamariki is trying to overhaul technology so old its frontline social workers and analysts cannot get the information they need.

But that caught it between an unfinished new platform that went off-course and 20-year-old tech hampering its frontline.



NZ Herald: Three Strikes law set for controversial comeback: Critics warn of ineffectiveness and bias - The Front Page

Since its inception, it’s safe to say the Three Strikes law has faced its fair share of criticism.

Academics have condemned it for promoting penal populism and disproportionately targeting Māori and Pasifika communities.

It’s also faced scrutiny over its role in disproportionately harsh sentences that do not match the seriousness of the crimes committed.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has set out to restore Three Strikes in his Government’s next action plan. The aim is to have it back in action by June 30 this year “to hold serious, repeat offenders to account”.

While the law was always intended to deter repeat offenders with the threat of progressively longer mandatory prison terms, it’s forever been marred by concerns that there was little evidence it had reduced serious offending.



RNZ: Prime Minister lays out his priority list for next three months

Fresh off completing the Coalition's 100-day plan, Christopher Luxon has laid out a new priority list for the next three months and it includes the delivery of long-promised tax relief.

Luxon told Morning Report the Government had a clear action plan to get the country "back on track". "Every one of these 36 actions ladders up to that".

While some of the priorities were discreet and easy to complete, other bigger goals had been broken down into steps, Luxon said.



Scoop: Family Violence And Sexual Violence Response Training For The Court Workforce

Press Release: Shine RESPOND

A leading family violence education and training provider Shine RESPOND will deliver family violence and sexual violence response training to thousands of people working in the courts over the next three years.

Shine RESPOND is part of the training arm of specialist family violence charity Shine and provides community professional training to improve responses to family violence.

People working in the courts, from staff at the front door through to registry staff and the legal profession, will participate in trainings to increase understanding of family violence and sexual violence including the latest theory and research, challenging myths in society, and how to respond in different roles in the courts.



1 News: From chatting to violence, bad school behaviour is on the rise

National action is need to rein in critical levels of violent and disruptive behaviour in schools, says the Education Review Office.

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RNZ: Frequent and extended device use linked to risk of harm to youth Health

Compared with other countries, New Zealand classrooms have some of the highest rates of device use in the world.

OECD data in 2018 showed that youth in Aotearoa used digital devices 42 hours per week on average, compared to 35 hours globally, and studies have shown that children's screen use has increased since then, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) says.

While technology does have benefits for learning, a study published this week in the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy highlights the risk of harm for youth.

Auckland University of Technology student and paediatric physiotherapist Julie Cullen told RNZ's Afternoons the narrative review of studies looked at eight different areas of health - including vision, hearing, physical impacts, sleep, mental health, obesity and social impacts.

"While digital technologies can certainly offer opportunities for learning, and other benefits as well, frequent and extended device use is associated with a risk of harm to child and adolescent health and also in numerous areas of health," Cullen said.


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