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Weekly Media Roundup

February 17, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Parliament may back proposal to give domestic abuse victims more annual leave

National says it will not support a Green Party proposal to give domestic violence victims up to 10 days' paid leave from work, but the bill could still have the numbers to progress.

Labour and Act say they will back Green MP Jan Logie's private member's bill at its first hurdle.

The Maori Party is also likely to support it, though its MPs have some concerns about whether victims' privacy could be breached if they applied for leave because they had been abused.


Govt urged to support domestic violence bill

The government is being urged to support a bill that would give domestic violence victims paid leave to help them deal with their situation.

In an open letter published today, The National Council of Women is calling on the Minister for Workplace Relations, Michael Woodhouse, to support the bill at its first reading so it can go to Select Committee.

The letter is backed by anti-violence campaigners, unions and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission Jackie Blue.


Women's lives depend on it: MP urges Parliament to support domestic violence leave

A bill seeking to legislate support for domestic violence victims in the workplace will save lives and must go to select committee, says Green MP Jan Logie.


CYF sent toddler to 'unsafe' house days before death

A toddler died in a Southland house just five days after social workers sent him back there from hospital, despite knowing it was unsafe, records show.

The mother's partner, who pleaded not guilty to murdering the 17-month-old boy, was found dead in custody five weeks later.

The man, who was known to be violent and had a long history of convictions including for kidnapping, was only in the house because Child Youth and Family (CYF) had approved it.


Family demand answers over toddler's death

The family of a Southland toddler who died want to know why his mother was put in charge of protecting him when she was suspected of injuring him.

Her partner, who had criminal convictions and a history of violence, was charged with murdering the boy in October 2015, but was then found dead in prison weeks later.

The boy's family said they would be hiring a lawyer for the upcoming inquest to make sure CYF was asked tough questions about the 17-month-old's death.


How to get at-risk families out of “ministerial boxes”

Is a “wraparound” model the answer for New Zealand’s at-risk families? A Massey University psychologist and family violence expert says the holistic, collaborative approach to delivering social services is effective in bringing about long-term change, and has organised a conference to build awareness.


Editorial: Inquiry into state care would do no harm

When the Chief Human Rights Commissioner and fellow commissioners for disability rights, indigenous rights, race relations and equal employment opportunities, plus several previous commissioners and many others, put their names to a call for an independent inquiry into the abuse of children and others in state care, they deserve to be heard.


'Never again' - HRC calls for state abuse inquiry

The Human Rights Commission is calling for the government to hold an inquiry and apologise for abuse and neglect in state institutions.

The Commission has published an open letter saying an inquiry is necessary to determine the full extent and nature of the abuse that occurred in state institutions, and find out how those institutions treated people in their care so badly.


Lock ’em up and throw away the solutions that might actually work

The billions being poured into police and prisons would be better spent on demonstrably effective social policies, but the evidence suggests early interventions towards the most vulnerable children may not be in their best interests, writes criminologist Elizabeth Stanley.


Auckland woman jailed for abandoning children

A Chinese overstayer who abandoned her two infant children nine years apart has been jailed for two and a half years. 

Yuiuo Qin, 34, appeared for sentencing at the Auckland District Court on Monday.


Court hears of bite marks found on dead toddler Matiu Wereta

A teenager looking after his partner's toddler killed the two-year-old boy and then claimed he had an accident in a shower, a court has heard.

Crown lawyer Steve Manning opened the trial of Tamehana Huata, 19, by telling the jury that Matiu Wereta 'MJ' was found to be covered in bruises and cuts after an ambulance was called to his Flaxmere house in October, 2015.

​Huata is on trial in the High Court at Napier for manslaughter and injuring with intent to injure.


New data must take child welfare into consideration

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that attention to the well-being of children from families recently off benefits must be at the fore of new data analysis if the undertaking is to be meaningful.

Minister for Children Anne Tolley expressed an intention to analyse more recent data, after the Superu report released last week. However the Superu report data pre-dates welfare reforms that included changes to Working for Families (WFF) as well as sanctions for non-compliant beneficiaries. The Superu report, using data from July 2010 to June 2011, investigates what happened to 140,000 people after leaving the benefit, and whether the transition to work or study was long-term.


Wellington women create campaign to teach young women the importance of self-love

Young women across the country will have eagerly awaited a red rose, chocolate treats, or a romantic dinner date yesterday.

However, Wellington women Irene Wakefield and Olivia Leach are advocating a different kind of romance – one that starts from within.

The pair co-founded Prepair NZ, an educational prevention strategy for domestic abuse. It runs workshops to teach young women aged between 13 and 24  about healthy relationships.


Rates of sexual assault and harassment in the New Zealand Defence Force

Forty-one sexual assault and harassment complaints were lodged in the NZ Defence Force, including one for sexual violation or rape last year.

This was up 15 on the previous year and the highest figure in 10 years of data released to the Herald under the Official Information Act.


Nia Glassie's mother paroled for second time

The mother of the murdered Rotorua toddler, Nia Glassie, will be released from prison for a second time next month.

The 3-year-old girl died in 2007 after a prolonged period of abuse, which included being spun in a tumble drier.


Still fighting for equal pay

Despite years of campaigning, New Zealand women are paid, on average, $7 an hour less than men.

Prue Hyman is a feminist economist who has spent decades researching gender inequality and advocating solutions

Wallace Chapman asks why this is the case 45 years after the Equal Pay Act.


Substance abuse affects 90% of prison inmates. Why are they being fobbed off with unqualified addiction counsellors?

Addressing addiction issues in prison is one of the best ways we have to drastically cut reoffending rates. If only Corrections took the problem as seriously as it deserves, writes Wellington addiction counsellor Roger Brooking.


Russian newspaper tells women to be proud of their bruises

A Russian newspaper has claimed victims of domestic abuse should be "proud of their bruises".

A column in Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the country's most popular papers, has said that women should "find solace: in the fact that women who suffer domestic violence are more likely to give birth to boys, Daily Mail reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Tuesday which decriminalises domestic violence, sparking allegations his government is "trivialising" the problem.


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