New Zealand violence #notproud

### ODT Online Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Editorial: Prevention and protection
OPINION For all our supposedly progressive actions and attitudes, modern New Zealand retains many of the hallmarks of a frontier society. This is perhaps most apparent when it comes to violence, which is prolific, despite decades of initiatives to combat this stain on our national character. Violence against (predominantly) women and children in the home is an everyday occurrence for far too many, random violence features far too frequently in male nights out. News headlines attest to the scale of the problem, significant police and legal resources are dedicated to its prevention and aftermath, and the repercussions for victims can be lifelong. Our macho mentality and heavy drinking culture contribute, as do inequity, injustice and alienation. Our easy-going Kiwi brand has an angry, aggressive, uncivilised underbelly. Desperation and despair make it hard to care about others. Violence becomes intergenerational and entrenched, a part of the nation’s psyche.
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Overseas, randomly….

Video: Shane and Maggie | Sara Lewkowicz 4 years ago
A preliminary cut of a piece I am working on about domestic violence in one home. View at

Video still –Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Drawing by child who stayed in the Hubbard House shelter.

In 1976 Hubbard House opened its doors as the first shelter for victims and their children in Florida. In the past 34 years, Hubbard House has evolved into a nationally recognised full-service, certified domestic violence centre providing programmes and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. Hubbard House objectives are (1) safety for the victims and their children, (2) empowerment for victims, and (3) social change through education and advocacy. Hubbard House, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, pregnancy, genetic information, disability or any other legally defined characteristic protected by law.

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.

Child’s drawing of Hubbard House.


Filed under Democracy, Dunedin, Economics, Education, Finance

4 responses to “New Zealand violence #notproud

  1. nick

    Meanwhile, those who know better (but pretend otherwise) have continued to ignore the recommendations from the 2009 Law Commission’s report, “Alcohol in our Lives’ which drew from so many knowledgeable sectors and agencies in society that have to deal with the harm that alcohol continues to cause on a daily basis.

    Our present crop of politicians are at the beckon call of the alcohol industry, ever since Dame Jenny Shipley as Patron Saint of Breweries decided to lower the drinking age.

    We have since seen decisions on alcohol advertising, sales and licensing of premises shift from central government to local councils who are often unable to defend the legal challenges to their rulings. Supermarkets run rough-shod over communities’ wishes to restrict alcohol sales hours. They stack their entrances or checkout exit aisles with corridor shelving of alcohol, a gauntlet to all shoppers. Advertising of alcohol and sponsorship by breweries is widespread throughout our national sporting teams, and top events. We continue to allow confusion of drinking limits and vehicle driving when the rule should be zero alcohol intake before driving. We encourage the promotion and consumption of alcohol at every occasion possible. No wonder our children grow up thinking it is a vital part of our daily lives!!

    We have a massive problem with alcohol in NZ, and it is not one that the ‘market’ wants to even recognise, let alone fix.

    No problem with alcohol, no housing affordability issues, no big deal around crime stats which are heavily fudged, no worries about the agricultural swing to industrial dairying which is ruining our rivers and poisoning our aquifers, no worries about failing city roading and wastewater infrastructure that is swamped by unprecedented numbers of new migrants . . .

    Gareth Morgan has some fairly radical policies which will impact on those who can best afford it, but at least he has identified the critical issues that we must confront. Regulation is overdue because ‘markets’ have failed to respond.
    Nothing from the present administration suggests that it will be anything other than more of the same.
    Great for the shrinking minority who have already done well, and dreadful for everyone else, especially our younger generation of NZers who increasingly have little more than a low-paid job, a second hand car, a smart phone and the prospect of paying rent for the rest of their lives.

    Thank goodness for MMP, and the chance for a new party to gain some effective and overdue sway in the political process.

  2. Calvin Oaten

    Never mind Nick, if we get a metre of sea rise most problems will be fixed. That is as long as Dave Cull is still Mayor.

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