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Specialist court for sexual
violence cases mooted
The Law Commission has pushed for
big changes in the way cases of sexual
violence are handled.
Following a review of victims’
experience of the justice system, the
commission found there was significant
under-reporting of sexual crimes. Many
victims declined to speak up because of
the way such cases are handled in the
criminal justice system.
Its primary recommendation was the
establishment of a specialist court to
deal with sexual violence, which would
first be implemented as a pilot in one or
more District Courts.
“ We recommend that its core aims
should be to bring specialist judges
and counsel together in a venue that
enables robust fact-finding without
and to facilitate a co-ordinated and
integrated approach among the various
organisations and people who deal with
complainants,” it said.
Every District Court and High Court
judge who sat on a sexual violence case
should be required to have a special
designation to do so, the commission
Prosecutors and administrative staff
in the court should also receive training
and accreditation before working with
victims of sexual violence.
The commission also recommended a
time limit on how long it took such cases
to reach trial, as it was often difficult and
traumatic for victims to recount details
after a long delay.
Its report also suggested alternatives
to trial, such as a scheme where
complainants could “access an accredited
programme provider to discuss the range
of options available to meet a victim’s
The commission also called on the
Government to increase funding to the
sexual violence support sector.
There was also a call to establ ish a
sexual violence commission and research
unit; core staff would have expertise in
Its report also recommended separate
facilities for victims and offenders at court
and the option for complainants to give
evidence through pre-recorded sessions.
Labour Party associate justice spokes-
woman Poto Williams said the report
was a “ brave and exciting piece of work”.
“It recommends far-reaching changes,
including options for victims to provide
evidence, alternatives to the current jury
trial process, training and accreditation
for judges hearing cases and staff taking
complaints,” she said.
“Implementing these measures would
go a long way to restoring victims’ trust
in the court system and improve how the
court system upholds justice for them.”
The Human Rights Commission also
backed the findings of the report.
“This is a milestone and an important
step towards sustainable, efficient sexual
violence social ser vices that will be
available to all New Zealanders,” one of
the commissioners, Dr Jackie Blue, said.
“I would like to acknowledge the
leadership shown by this cross-party
committee for a whole-government
approach to eliminating sexual violence.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Shooters may lose licences
over killing takahe
The Department of Con-
ser vation has asked the police to
consider suspending the firearms
licences of two Auckland men
believed to be responsible for
shooting four endangered takahe
earlier this year.
In August, the four takahe
were on Motutapu Island in the
Hauraki Gulf during a pukeko
Pukeko, considered a pest,
are similar in colouring to the
“critically endangered” takahe, of
which there are only 300 left.
DOC said yesterday it
suggested to police the firearms
licences of two Auckland men,
believed to be responsible for the
shootings, be suspended.
It has also defended its ability
to protect endangered species.
The four birds were shot during
a pukeko culling operation
on the island in August
involving members of the local
DOC’s deputy director-general
operations, Mike Slater, said all
the cullers involved were fully
briefed on how to identify their
targets and directed only to shoot
birds on the wing.
Mr Slater said a detailed
forensic investigation, including
analysis of pellets found in the
birds, confirmed the shots came
from the guns of two members of
the culling party.
He said the men involved
were experienced game bird
and shotgun hunters. They had
been specifically briefed on the
differences between pukeko and
takahe and clearly instructed to
only shoot birds on the wing.
“By failing to identify their target,
they have breached a fundamental
principle of the firearms code. As
a result, we are referring the issue
to the police to assess whether
these men should continue to hold
Mr Slater said controlling
pukeko was an ongoing issue for
DOC and other conser vation
groups. — NZ ME
Business boss Victoria
Crone has announced
she is standing for the
Auckland mayoralty next
The managing director
of accounting software
firm Xero announced the
expected bid at the Mind
Lab in Newmarket.
She has ranked the city’s
biggest challenges as rates
rises, traffic and housing.
innovation are other
areas she would like to
see the super city pay
more attention to, and
wants the city to examine
driverless buses and car
Ms Crone spent nearly
two decades at Telecom
and Chorus before
joining Xero last year.
Ms Crone is expected to
be the main centre-right
contender to Labour MP
Phil Goff, who launched
his bid for the mayoralty
last month under the
banner For a Better
include Orakei Local
Board member Mark
Stephen Berry and
activist Penny Bright.
Social housing organisa-
tions which help to get
their tenants off welfare
or keep their children in
school could be rewarded
with greater funding for
Social Housing Minister
Paula Bennett says.
The Government has
a long-term plan of
which improved the social
outcomes of their tenants.
Ms Bennett said her
immediate priority was increasing the
supply of social housing.
She yesterday attended a dedication
ceremony for 50 pensioner flats in Royal
Oak, which are among 508 Government-
subsidised social units being built in
Auckland. The Government was now
tendering for 1000 more social housing
Ms Bennett said the next step would
be looking at rewards for social housing
“ We will be looking at certain outcomes
for people and that ’s where they might
see milestone payments,” she said.
“ We haven’t started those negotiations
yet, we have been more concentrated on
She said the milestones could include
keeping a child in school, eliminating
violence in a household, or keeping
a person from a welfare-dependent
household off the benefit.
“ We would be looking at community
housing providers who are able to turn
people’s lives around over a
long period of time because
we can see what ’s good for
them but also what ’s good
for the government ’s books.”
This approach was already
used in youth ser vices,
were rewarded if a child
remained in school for six
“I do see us being able
to do that sort of thing via
housing in the future,” Ms
received the payments
would be able to reinvest
that money in housing.
Community House Aotearoa director
Scott Figenshow said he was sceptical
about the proposed policy.
He said the costs of improving tenants’
social outcomes should be recognised
“ up front ” in contracts with providers,
not as an incentive payment.
“On one hand while you would want
to see providers with an incentive to do
things that . . . are legitimately good for
tenants and families, you don’t want to
create some per verse outcomes.
“One of the worries is that providers
have been telling Government what they
think their true cost is. Government
is still saying in some cases that ’s
too expensive. It doesn’t work when
Government holds all the cards.” He
said simply keeping a vulnerable or
difficult tenant in stable accommodation
was often a strong outcome in itself, but
it would not attract any incentives under
the scheme proposed by Ms Bennett.
Auckland murder case remand
A 51-year-old man charged with the
murder of Lance John Murphy appeared
in the Manukau District Court yesterday
The accused was granted interim name
He appeared in the dock wearing
a grey woollen jumper and made eye
contact with a man in the gallery.
He yelled out to him, “ This is what
happens when you try to kill me.” He
also swore at a group of media.
The accused man has been remanded in
custody to reappear in the High Court at
Auckland on January 27
Mr Murphy was last seen at the
BP ser vice station in Warkworth on
Five days later police found his car at a
property just 2km away.
Mr Murphy’s blood was found in the
car and his body was found in a field at
a rural property near Wellsford over the
A large group of Mr Murphy’s family
were in the courtroom, and were visibly
distraught. — N Z ME
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