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  • 'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    Men's rights campaigners claim they've been silenced by a government select committee reviewing controversial planned changes to the Family Court. Wellington psychologist Craig Jackson said he was told to cut part of his submission or he wouldn't be heard; another campaigner, Adam Cowie, appears to have been excluded entirely. Jackson and Cowie are among 350 submitters on the bill, but Justice and Electoral Reform committee chairman Scott Simpson says he hasn't gagged anyone, but has t...
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  • Papers reveal costly chaos of Family Courts

    Papers reveal costly chaos of Family Courts


    Ministry of Justice staff insisted everything was fine and morale was high within the Family Court in Auckland, even as judges and lawyers described a system in chaos, official papers show. The Sunday Star-Times revealed in August how a new centralised processing system for the courts in Auckland had led to serious delays and huge backlogs within the Family Court, with the Law Society warning it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously hurst, or worse. Cases involving domes...
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  • Child-abuse funds 'blown on hype'

    Child-abuse funds 'blown on hype'

    Paula Bennett's action plan to rescue vulnerable children has been dismissed as "an exercise in window dressing" with almost $400,000 spent on consultants. Documents reveal the majority of the cash went on advertising, marketing and "community engagement" consultants. Almost $200,000 was paid to two recruitment consultancies and $9000 to advertisers Saatchi & Saatchi. A communications adviser got $9500 and a copywriter $16,905 for two months' work. Another $50,000 was given to two consultant...
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  • Alarm bells sound over Family Court reform process

    Alarm bells sound over Family Court reform process

    Judith Collins' announcement today that the legislation restricting access to the Family Court has raised concerns that it has been timed to avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny, Labour’s Charles Chauvel says. "I have had many messages of concern today from family lawyers, providers of counselling services, and others with expertise in the way the Family Court works. They are worried that the legislation being introduced today will be read a first time and then referred to a select committee on one ...
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  • Family Court reforms miss opportunity to curb parent rivalalry

    Family Court reforms miss opportunity to curb parent rivalalry

    The Government's Family Court reforms have missed a golden opportunity to fix New Zealand's broken family law. The reforms make only narrow administrative changes, leaving us stuck with an outdated model that encourages separating parents to fight, and increases costs for everyone. Australia and Britain have recently modernised their family law, moving to preferential shared parenting to reflect the realities of modern life. This new model treats divorcing mothers and fathers as nominally equa...
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  • CYF's pays out millions for sex abuse

    CYF's pays out millions for sex abuse

    Child Youth and Family - the New Zealand Government department charged with the care and protection of children - has revealed it paid out $4.084 million to 198 children abused while in its care. As at June 30 this year, there is a total of 1097 complaints alleging historic abuse of children or young people while in CYF care. CYF revealed the extent of caregiver abuse to the Taranaki Daily News after a man and woman revealed two months ago that they were put in the care of convicted sex off...
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  • Court cases stress need for elderly to be vigilant with money

    Court cases stress need for elderly to be vigilant with money

    Financial abuse of the elderly in Nelson is widespread, with family members the most common perpetrators, Age Concern says. Jess Breeze, of Age Concern, said the organisation saw four or five new cases of elder abuse each week, and about half of them were incidents involving financial abuse. More often than not it is sons and daughters ripping off their parents and the misuse of their position of power of attorney." Mrs Breeze, Age Concern's elder abuse and neglect prevention adviser, said eld...
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  • Law Society broadside at Family Court chaos

    Law Society broadside at Family Court chaos

    -Law Society President Johnathon Temn
    The Law Society has attacked a "shambolic" new system for processing Family Court cases in Auckland, saying it is only a matter of time before someone dies. The society has been meeting with the ministry to sort out the new centralised system, which it says has caused backlogs and huge delays in cases involving at-risk children and domestic violence. It believes the ministry wants to roll it out nationwide. "It is only a matter of time before so...
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  • Nine hundred new reasons for delays in getting family justice

    Nine hundred new reasons for delays in getting family justice

    A new fee of $897 to access the Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDR) – the entry step to most matters to be dealt with by the Family Court under reforms announced by National today – will be a huge barrier in obtaining justice for many families caught up in unhappy domestic situations, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Charles Chauvel says. “Judith Collins has privatised family dispute resolution services today, and priced them out of the reach of many Kiwi families.”Under the changes, FDR will...
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  • 'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby
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    Men's rights campaigners claim they've been silenced by a government select committee reviewing controversial planned changes to the Family Court. Wellington psychologist Craig Jackson said he was told to cut part of his submission or he wouldn't be heard; another campaigner, Adam Cowie, appears to have been excluded entirely. Jackson and Cowie are among 350 submitters on the bill, but Justice and Electoral Reform committee chairman Scott Simpson says he hasn't gagged anyone, but has t...
    11-03-2013, 09:42 AM
  • Papers reveal costly chaos of Family Courts
    by admin

    Ministry of Justice staff insisted everything was fine and morale was high within the Family Court in Auckland, even as judges and lawyers described a system in chaos, official papers show. The Sunday Star-Times revealed in August how a new centralised processing system for the courts in Auckland had led to serious delays and huge backlogs within the Family Court, with the Law Society warning it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously hurst, or worse. Cases involving domes...
    02-12-2012, 08:25 PM
  • Child-abuse funds 'blown on hype'
    by admin
    Paula Bennett's action plan to rescue vulnerable children has been dismissed as "an exercise in window dressing" with almost $400,000 spent on consultants. Documents reveal the majority of the cash went on advertising, marketing and "community engagement" consultants. Almost $200,000 was paid to two recruitment consultancies and $9000 to advertisers Saatchi & Saatchi. A communications adviser got $9500 and a copywriter $16,905 for two months' work. Another $50,000 was given to two consultant...
    01-12-2012, 08:14 AM
  • Alarm bells sound over Family Court reform process
    by admin
    Judith Collins' announcement today that the legislation restricting access to the Family Court has raised concerns that it has been timed to avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny, Labour’s Charles Chauvel says. "I have had many messages of concern today from family lawyers, providers of counselling services, and others with expertise in the way the Family Court works. They are worried that the legislation being introduced today will be read a first time and then referred to a select committee on one ...
    27-11-2012, 05:16 PM
  • Family Court reforms miss opportunity to curb parent rivalalry
    by admin
    The Government's Family Court reforms have missed a golden opportunity to fix New Zealand's broken family law. The reforms make only narrow administrative changes, leaving us stuck with an outdated model that encourages separating parents to fight, and increases costs for everyone. Australia and Britain have recently modernised their family law, moving to preferential shared parenting to reflect the realities of modern life. This new model treats divorcing mothers and fathers as nominally equa...
    21-09-2012, 04:38 PM
  • CYF's pays out millions for sex abuse
    by admin
    Child Youth and Family - the New Zealand Government department charged with the care and protection of children - has revealed it paid out $4.084 million to 198 children abused while in its care. As at June 30 this year, there is a total of 1097 complaints alleging historic abuse of children or young people while in CYF care. CYF revealed the extent of caregiver abuse to the Taranaki Daily News after a man and woman revealed two months ago that they were put in the care of convicted sex off...
    29-08-2012, 11:50 AM
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