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Weekly Media Roundup

December 02, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Chris Brown cancels NZ-Australia tour after visa outcry:

Chris Brown's has cancelled his tour of New Zealand and Australia, his promoter has confirmed.

Jevan Goulter, public relations executive with Mash Media, said the promoters "remain positive" that a tour will take place soon.

"Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future."



Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson in shocking domestic violence advertisements:

Images of Kendall Jenner, Emma Watson, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus have been edited for an alarming domestic violence campaign. 

Artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo made the images for the No Woman is Immune from Domestic Violence project, the Daily Mail reported



Police trialling iPhone video statements at domestic abuse callouts:

Police in Palmerston North are trialling using their iPhones to record victim video statements at the scene of certain family violence callouts. 

The four-month trial will inform whether or not to roll it out further. 

"The intent of this pilot is to provide a better service to victims of family violence and this aligns with initiatives the Government already has underway to improve the way we address family violence, better support victims and hold offenders to account," Justice Minister Amy Adams said.



Bryce Edwards: NZ POLITICS DAILY: The rise of gender politics and feminism:

A variety of different gender issues have been part of the political conversation in New Zealand this year. Some have been focused at the elite level – such as how to get more women into the ranks of the political or financial establishment. Other debates have been about attitudes, ideas and behaviours – especially “casual sexism” – but also about domestic violence. And another focus has been on the women at the bottom of the heap – those struggling on low pay. 

The variety of gender politics stories show how feminist politics has now moved from the margins into the mainstream. Now it seems almost everyone wants to call themselves a feminist - from Judith Collins through to Police Commissioner Mike Bush. 



Family Violence: New Zealand's dirty little secret:

Will the ‘Modernising Child, Youth and Family’ report calling for an urgent overhaul of the government department be enough to overturn this country’s plague of abuse? Or do we need to adopt and properly fund the more robust, evidence-based, Wraparound system developed in the US? asks Dr Ruth Gammon.

New Zealand presents itself to the world as pristine and beautiful - 100 per cent pure, images of snow-covered mountains, crystal clear rivers, dolphins playing joyfully in our oceans. But behind the billboards is another reality: our people suffer one of the highest rates of family violence in the world.



Rachael Taylor: I survived domestic violence and I am not ashamed:

It's early – 7.45am on a miserably wet morning – but Rachael Taylor is sitting in the lobby of Sydney's Shangri-La Hotel looking bright-eyed, beautifully groomed and thoroughly prepared.

She jumps up as I approach her. "I'm a hugger," she declares, moving in for a quick embrace before gesturing that I join her on the couch. Hearing my accent, she volunteers that her parents are English – her father, Nigel, moved from Dorset to Australia in his 30s while her Lancashire-born mother, Christine, arrived with her family at the age of 13.



Sallies brace for needy Christmas:

Salvation Army volunteers are bracing themselves for a bumper Christmas - of assistance to families facing a struggle to keep afloat through the season of goodwill.

The church reports an average of 309 new families are reaching out for basic food parcels each week, and it expects to help 17,000 households get through this Yuletide, subject to the generosity of the public via its annual Christmas appeal.



Millionaire philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn says he was 'vilified' for domestic violence inquiry:

Sir Owen Glenn has accused the government on being "all talk and no action" when it comes to dealing with the underlying issues that cause family violence.

A year on from the final release of the Glenn Inquiry – a $2 million project funded by Sir Owen carried out over two years – the philanthropist said not one MP has contacted him to discuss the findings.



The perpetrators: 'They are us' | Behind Closed Doors:

The Government spends less than two per cent of its annual domestic violence budget on rehabilitating perpetrators and 36 per cent on holding them to account. Agencies say the system is failing them. JONATHAN CARSON reports.



Solomons Women's shelter struggles with demand:

A safe haven for victims of domestic violence in Solomon Islands is struggling to cope with the number of victims turning up at their doorstep.

The director of the Christian Care Centre, Ruth Hope, says more than 500 women, girls and children are under their care, the highest ever recorded at the centre.



Maori reclaiming values to address child abuse:

The value of community- or marae-based services is obvious as soon you knock on a family's front door.

According to Papakura Marae CEO Tony Kake, a government department employee knocking on the door will more than likely find no one's home.

At least, that's what the kids have been instructed to yell from behind the threshold.



Jacinda Adern: It's not a good place to be a child:

"It's appalling. We have this great mantra that New Zealand is a great place to bring up kids but those statistics tell us it is not a good place to be a child for a lot of children," Ardern said.

However, with extra investment in the right areas and a greater focus on fighting poverty, domestic violence and inequality, the trend could be turned around, she said.



Actor Kali Kopae brings truth to the issue of domestic violence:

It's possible that Not in our Neighbourhood – a play about domestic violence  – has saved lives.

After it was staged in Hauraki, back in 2013, the play's Facebook page received a barrage of posts from women who had seen themselves in the characters and left their partners.

People forget that domestic violence is not just about physical abuse, says Wellington actor Kali Kopae, who plays multiple characters in the one-hander coming to the New Zealand Festival next year.



Why Australian politician refused to stand during ovation for domestic violence speech:

A politician who refused to join a standing ovation for Australian of the Year Rosie Batty after she addressed parliament on family violence said he did so because the issue has "incredible sensitivity" for him.

Victorian Liberal MP Graham Watt did not join the other 127 state MPs who gave Ms Batty a standing ovation after she addressed a historic joint sitting of the state parliament.



Global focus on child abuse shifting from response to prevention"

An international expert in violence against children is encouraging governments to prevent rather than just respond to child abuse. Katie Kenny spoke with Meg Gardinier as part of the Faces of Innocents series.

Meg Gardinier, secretary general of international organisation ChildFund Alliance, was visiting from her post in New York to meet the New Zealand team on Thursday. 



White Ribbon Day: Nation marches against family violence:

From the rowdy reverberation of motorcyles to the sombre silence of a wordless march, crowds gathered around the country yesterday to call for an end to domestic violence.

White Ribbon Day events were as varied as they were widespread.



Guilty verdict in Mei Fan murder trial:

A jury has found Mei Fan's former husband Michael Preston guilty of her murder two years ago in Wellington.

The verdict was reached after about four hours of deliberations in the High Court in Wellington, where Preston, 60, has been on trial for the past month.

Ms Fan was found stabbed to death in her Miramar home in November 2013.

Preston had pleaded not guilty to her murder.











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