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Weekly Media Roundup

September 08, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Human Rights Commission pens open letter to NZ Rugby after Chiefs scandal

Some of the country's most prominent women have told New Zealand Rugby (NZR) to tidy up its act in the aftermath of the Chiefs stripper scandal.

The Human Rights Commission has sent a scathing open letter to the organisation, co-signed by 25 high-profile women including Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.


Grandparents under strain raising 'P babies'

Grandparents caring for the children of drug-addict parents are struggling to make ends meet, research shows.

The research commissioned for support group Grandparents raising Grandchildren surveyed more than 1100 grandparents, great grandparents, and other non-parent caregivers between March and May this year.

It showed nearly half the 1300 children were removed from their parents because of drug addiction.

Other reasons included domestic violence, neglect, family breakdowns, and alcohol abuse.



Samoa's Ombudsman to launch national enquiry into violence

Samoa's Ombudsman plans to launch a national enquiry into violence next year.

Maiava Iulai Toma told delegates at a Commonwealth meeting in Apia there is much work to be done in combating Samoa's particularly high rates of domestic violence.



Rawiri Taonui: Inaccuracies fail Maori commitment

Child abuse rates are disproportionately higher among colonised indigenous in settler societies and among other peoples who suffered loss of land, culture, language and identity, transportation of populations for work either by slavery or urbanisation, concomitant breakdowns in extended family networks, isolation such as indigenous reservations or government housing projects and on-going racism from dominant groups.



Broken systems have created homeless crisis - UNICEF

A solo mother has told an inquiry into homelessness she and her five children ended up sleeping in a car after she left her abusive husband.

The inquiry has been told that stories of people living in their cars are not isolated incidents. 

Today is the final day of hearings for the cross-party homeless inquiry, which has been held by Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party around the country.

The inquiry aims to collect testimonies, complaints and recommendations on the issue.



Data project expected to throw up big ideas on tackling homelessness

Tenants could be given more legal protection if the houses they lived in were sold, as an upshot of a government research project into homelessness.

Landlords could also be provided with assurances that struggling tenants would be able to pay their rent, Dame Diane Robertson has speculated.

Dame Diane headed Auckland City Mission before taking a new role last year as chairwoman of the Government's Data Futures Partnership, which was established with $1 million of annual funding to encourage the public and private sectors to make better use of data.


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