New Zealander’s have been making their feelings known about the alleged kidnapping of 4 year old Emma Maddison, born in New Zealand to a Kiwi father and a Danish mother.
When Emma was a toddler the family returned to Denmark so that she could have medical treatment that wasn’t available in New Zealand.
After a period of time the girl’s father returned to New Zealand but the couple’s relationship broke up and the mother decided to stay in Denmark with her daughter. The case highlights the enormous difficulties parents have with custody of their children after a relationship breaks up and the parents want to live in different countries.
Is is heartening on this International Woman’s Day to see an overwhelming degree of support for the mother from people in New Zealand.
There is a strong desire to find out more than is being told by the father and people are also talking about shameless manipulation of the media.
There are some of the comments that were left on the Trade Me.co.nz forum, A New Zealand community site.
It started with this invitation:
“Read the whole article please before saying what your thoughts are,,,,,
- “What a witch the mother is. Poor guy, and girl.”
- “I could never do such a thing to my children’s father knowing how much he loves them. I feel bad for the dad but I wish the mother would comment as I’d just love to know what her way of thinking is for keeping them apart. Lawfully she is wrong for sure!”
- “A very difficult situation for him to be in, but I dont see how you can call the mother a witch when you have no idea of her side of the story…”
- “Exactly. We have no idea of how they lived, what he was like or what she was like, or what happened between them.”
- “I think there’s a lot more to it than we’re being told. A 15 month old with an eating disorder? What the hell was going on? I am not going to castigate either parent as I don’t know all the facts.”
- “It’s *his* story, all about what *he* wants. For all we know, the reality of the situation may be entirely different. Either way, I feel sorry for the poor little girl stuck in the middle of her parents’ fighting – what a way to spend your childhood “
- “This was on 60 mins a wee while ago .. he traveled to Denmark and stayed with his mother in law who was opposed to her daughter taking Emma. I think he only got to see his daughter for a few hours and the mother refused to let him see Emma even thought the whole reason for the visit was so he could spend time with her. It is such a sad state of affairs no way could I do that to my children let alone their father. I am not sure why he can’t go over there to live – at least until he can sort out custody?? Anyone know what the immigration rules are for Denmark?? “
- “Sure sure lol. If a father abducted his children, you’d all be baying for blood without hearing his side first. I know how this messageboard works lol. Just my opinion.”
- “I agree, he obviously loves his child, he also came back thinking the mother and his child would be back soon….I so feel for him”
- “But – how can we know what he thinks or feels? He could be a master manipulator for all we know. Or she could just be a cow who used him as a sperm donor. Or somewhere in the middle…”
This particular answer was particularly insightful.
“From what I gather they took their seriously ill child oversea’s to Mum’s home country to get specialist treatment they couldn’t get here and Mum decided she didn’t want to come back. When parents choose to live in different countries then one of them needs to compromise if they’re both to be in the child’s life.
I don’t see how Mum abducted the child, she just didn’t come back to NZ as expected. Maybe not the right thing to do but using the word abducted is very inflammatory. It can’t be in the child’s best interests to have her taken from the only home she knows now and handed over to a virtual stranger and taken to the other side of the world.
I think Dad needs to find a way to move to Denmark, at least for the time being. It doesn’t seem either parent is willing to compromise and that can’t be good for the child”
And finally, another acknowledgement about the father’s motives and manipulation of the media.
- “Too bad she didnt want to give her side of the story eh”
- “I thought it was refreshing to see some class displayed…”
- “Where you see class, i see not a valid explanation as to why she took her kid from their father. Yeah, he could’ve been a mean ass, who knows, but we have procedures and channels in NZ that parents can go through if they do feel like their child is in danger from their parent. We all cant go swanning off to Denmark with our kids now eh lol“
- “She didn’t. They both took the child to her country… and she didn’t come back. And there are channels he can go through to get his daughter back. Shameless manipulation of the media isn’t going to help his cause any, there is no reason to do it other than to attack the mother. The very fact he did it makes me wonder about him and his motives.”
Anyone forced to remain in New Zealand because their Kiwi partner won’t let their child leave the country may find Fairfax’s news report of some interest.
People thinking about having children with a Kiwi partner, or returning to New Zealand with a Kiwi partner and their children are also advised to read this report.
The words used in this bitter custody battle leave a lot to be desired. This is very much being told from the New Zealand perspective, very much about the father’s loss. We’d love to hear this story from the mother’s side.
Here’s what the news report tells us (you can also watch a 3News video report from mid-February in NZ here, Simon’s Facebook page is here and there are photographs of him and his daughter appearing to be enjoying her 4th birthday together in Denmark published on 1 March 2012)
Update 13/3/2012: Peter Ølholm, the lawyer representing the lawyer says he thought the Dutch documentary about the case “was factually incorrect in many respects, the documentary was far from a complete picture of the case” and that the film gives the impression she is not sick.
It also appears from the evidence from the court in Frederiksberg, she is below below its weight curve in relation to age and size” emphasizes Peter Ølholm. He also maintains that Emma receives much needed support in kindergarten, has to be assisted with her eating and that her mother Vicki’s has been given financial help to make up for wages lost due to time spent caring for her daughter
He says that Emma is mentally fragile. Otherwise, the municipality would not allocate the extra funding and that was not made clear by the television program. He also believes that his client has gone to great lengths to help manage Emma’s condition… read more
Emma, who was born in New Zealand, was taken to Denmark with her mum and dad when she was fifteen months old because she needed treatment at a specialist clinic for an eating disorder. Treatment that was unavailable in New Zealand.
After a period of time the father, Simon, decided to return to New Zealand whilst mum, Vicki, remained in Denmark with Emma. As time progressed Vicki decided to stay in Denmark with her daughter rather than re-join her husband in Invercargill, a remote town in the South Island of New Zealand.
Invercargill has the ignominious distinction of being called ‘the arsehole of the world’ by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and was compared to ‘Chernobyl … or Bhopal or wherever really’ by BBC commentator Brian Moore.
It is unlikely to have the resources to provide the on-going care Emma requires. But people in the region have won a fight to keep a neurosurgery unit in the south and are helping to fund-raise for a Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Otago.
So far at least $1,000,000 out of the required $3,000,000 has been raised. The SBS Bank in Invercargill recently donated three iPad 2s to the unit.
Emma is presently being treated at the “Odense University Hospital (OUH) the largest and most specialized hospital in Southern Denmark. In terms of beds it is also the largest hospital unit in the whole country. It had an operating budget of just under 3.5 billion DKK in 2006 (NZ$0.75 billion) and employs 7,700 staff.
Invercargill is served by the Southland hospital which has 181 beds, by comparison OUH has 1,200 fixed beds.
Emotive words such as “kidnap” are being used, but in truth Emma’s mother has retained the child in her home country, it was the father who left them and returned to New Zealand. There is no “kidnap.”
We presume that the child, who is now 4 years old and whose 4th birthday was very special because it falls on a leap day, has both Danish and New Zealand citizenship and has a right to live in either country. She arrived lawfully in Denmark with both parents.
Note how, as told from the NZ perspective, this is all about the father’s rights under the Hague Convention. If the child is returned to New Zealand without her mother it could have a serious impact on her mental health and well being.
One the face of it we think the Danish courts are correct in putting the child’s interests first and we hope she’ll continue to have a happy childhood in Denmark with her mum. We also hope her Dad will be able to enjoy spending time with her there, as he did on her birthday a few days ago.
In Denmark this has turned into a custody issue which is taking precedence over the Hague Convention. If Simon Maddison misses his daughter so much why not put her interests above his own and leave Invercargill to move to Denmark? Emma has now spent most of her young life in Denmark, a country that is now her home.
We’re also questioning whether the mother may be able to use the Hague Convention to require the child to remain in Denmark, and not be removed to New Zealand with her father. None of the press reports give us that side of the argument. As our own cases studies have shown, there are many overseas born children currently made to stay in New Zealand due to the Hague Convention, surely the same rule applies in Denmark.
This is from a Southland Times report on Stuff.co.nz
“A New Zealand man is in Denmark trying to gain access to his daughter, who he says was kidnapped three years ago.
A custody hearing will go ahead this week in Denmark, brought to the courts by Simon Maddison’s estranged Danish wife, Vicki.
But Mr Maddison says the custody hearing should be put on hold until he waits for a decision from the Supreme Court for an appeal to have the hearing held in New Zealand where his daughter was born.
“Why is New Zealand letting Denmark go ahead with the custody case now and not putting pressure on the Hague Convention? The custody case should be stopped. They’re harbouring a criminal.
“Where are my human rights? It’s not my choice for Emma not to have her father in her life.”
It doesn’t take a psychologist to tell you that a child will suffer emotional harm if she’s removed from her mother at the age of 4, and handed over to a father whom she’s not seen much of since she was a baby.
There’s also the question whether he has the skills, and support, to raise a child that he’s hardly ever seen?
“Mr Maddison lost the case because a report by a senior child psychologist deemed it a grave risk to return Emma to New Zealand because of her psychological wellbeing if she was removed from her mother.
Mr Maddison made a formal complaint regarding the report and an application for a right of appeal to the Supreme Court was filed in May 2010 but in August 2010 it was declined.
But in September 2010, he received notice that his complaint to the psychology board had been upheld and they agreed the report was lacking in proper rationale, methodology and sound conclusions.
While New Zealand may have upheld their responsibilities, Denmark had not, he said…”
There’s more to the report but it does end with an overwhelming sense of entitlement from the father, who seems to put his rights and feelings above those of his child.
“Two years later the case is still ongoing and Mr Maddison says he would do everything he could for his “wee girl”.
“I deserve my daughter and it has taken over my life. My daughter is a victim in this and so am I.”
The Southland Times contacted Emma’s mother, Vicki, last night. She declined to comment.”
This story was made into a documentary in Denmark by television producer Morten Mauritson and presenter James McGarvey, and watched by over a million people.
If anyone knows this story from the Danish mother’s perspective, or can tell us how this international custody battle is regarded in Denmark, please let us know.
Algerian Abduction and Parochialism
Meanwhile, there’s another “child abduction” story in the NZ news that you may be interested in.
In this case the father, former professional boxer Mohamed Azzaoui, 36 “kidnapped” his children from New Zealand to Algeria and it is the NZ based mum who is fighting to have them returned.
Notice how in this case, from the NZ perspective, the mother is deemed to be in the right because its in the children’s best interests to be with their mother.
Algeria (not bound by the Hague Convention) is referred to in New Zealand as a problem because it has a “parochial” system.
“A Northland mum fighting to bring her three kids home from Algeria after claiming her husband is holding them hostage may have trouble convincing judges it is in the children’s best interests for her to have custody, a lawyer who has worked on similar cases says.”…
…”The problem there, though, is that the Algerian Court system may favour the children being with their father in Algeria [rather than being returned to New Zealand with their mother].”
He said Algeria was a parochial system, which may well favour a father’s rights over a mother’s.” read more
But there’s still that perception in New Zealand that the rights of the parents should take priority over the rights of the child.
In both these sad cases it’s only when the provisions of the Hague convention are removed that we start to hear talk about the wishes of the child. That’s when an international “kidnapping” (or retention in Emma’s case) turns into a custody dispute where the welfare and emotional wellbeing of the child is given priority.
Surely that wasn’t the intention of the treaty…?
Still thinking about raising children in New Zealand with your partner? You’d better be 100% sure that both of you want to live there until they’re 16, even if your children were born overseas.
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Both of these blogs attracted a lot of interest from our readers, read the comments sections of both posts.
Trapped In NZ – Father Won’t Let Child Leave (4 Oct 2011)
“Today we’re re-visiting one of our Migrants Tales with the intention of drawing attention to the plight of the many immigrant single parents and their children who are trapped in New Zealand because their ex-partner refuses to allow their child to leave the country.
Very often the wishes of the child are not taken into account, the court tends to favour it being brought up in New Zealand, regardless of its country of origin and the suitability of the parent that wishes to stay… “read more
…The problem isn’t unique to New Zealand but the country’s isolation, and the many problems working & living in NZ presents, make a sad situation even more heart-breaking for the children and the families involved.
Many parents are caught between a rock and a hard place and find that they have no option other than to remain in the country if they still want access to their children, even if the child was born outside of NZ:
“I am in a heart breaking situation and i wondered if anyone else had been in a similar one. If so they I would love to hear from you, or any other thoughts.
I am British and my daughter was born in England in 2007, her father is a kiwi and he was on a working holiday over in London. The relationship was never really ideal, but we decided it was a great idea to move to New Zealand to give our daughter a great childhood etc, so that’s wehat we did when she was 7 months old.
Unfortunately New Zealand and I never really gelled, and I really have tried hard. I was disappointed with my job prospects over here mainly having enjoyed a great and lucrative career over in the UK, and missed the family support that I had at home in England. Unfortunately my relationship with my ex-partner dissolved for various reasons. When did finally separate we had been living in New Zealand for 2 years. We never married or anything.
I had been thinking for quite some time about returning home to England, but my ex-partner refused to allow our daughter to come back with me. I then appplied to the NZ courts to allow myself and our daughter to return to England. This was back in January and I have been on an emotional and isolating journey ever since….” read more
The New Zealand Human Right Commission has just released of their 2010 Census of Women’s Participation, a biennial survey, published today.
It follows the progress, or the lack of it, for women across the corporate and private sectors at governance and management levels in New Zealand.
You may like to read the following blog in conjunction with an earlier blog we posted in March 2010 for International Women’s Day titled - Women’s Rights Slipping Away in New Zealand.
The 2010 Census of Women’s Participation opens with:
“The bad news is that in a number of significant areas, women’s participation has stalled and is sliding backwards. Significantly, this is occurring in the state sector which has traditionally been a leader for women’s advancement in public life.
New Zealand made a promise internationally of 50% gender parity in government-appointed bodies by 2010, which has not been met and has now slipped to an 8.5% gap.” read the full census report here
A NZPA press report said “The National Government is failing women” according to Labour MP Sue Moroney.
“It says women comprise 32 percent of MPs, 30 percent of Cabinet, 72 percent of teachers and 47 percent of school principals.
There are only three female editors out of the 26 daily newspapers, while 26 percent of the country’s judges are women, as are 29 percent of the New Zealand Police force.
Although 59 percent of the workers in public service are women, only six out of 34 public service departments have a woman chief executive.
The report identifies a 15.4 percent gender pay gap in the public service, which is greater than the total labour force gender pay gap of 13 per cent.
Equal Opportunities Commissioner Judy McGregor said in some areas women’s participation had stalled and was sliding backwards. read the full report here
Here are some press releases that have already been issued today by interested parties:
The findings from the Biennial Census of Women’s Participation show that gender pay issues are moving in the wrong direction in the public sector, said Pay and Employment Equity Coalition Spokesperson Angela McLeod today. “The Human Rights Commission is doing a good job monitoring the gap but is working in a vacuum caused by government inaction,” she said.
There is clear evidence of serious slippage in the state sector with 24 public service departments having gender pay gaps greater than the total labour force and the highest reported one being 39 per cent. “This is appalling,” said McLeod. “The state sector is vitally important for leading the way in improving gender equity. And so it should be given more than half its workforce are women.”
“The Government’s dismantling of the Pay and Employment Unit has derailed progress and is likely to have contributed to these results. We were seeing some good progress being made in the state sector. The effects of government abandoning this issue are now coming home to roost.”
“Minister Pansy Wong may claim she is taking action on gender equity but the limited amounts of tinkering she is overseeing are not effective in improving the gender equity for the three-quarters of a million women now in the New Zealand workforce. They have no real plan for ensuring that women get the same rewards and workplace conditions as men,” said McLeod.
“This census report is very comprehensive and provides valuable and specific information but it has to be a spur to action,” said McLeod. “The Minister needs to meet with pay equity experts, trade union leaders and public and private sector employers to develop a plan of meaningful action to improve gender equity and reduce the gender pay gap.”
“We are ready and willing – is she?”
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), as a professional organisation and trade union with a 95 percent women membership, is appalled at the deterioration in female participation in governance, professional and public life, as revealed in a Human Rights Commission report released today.
The 2010 Census of Women’s Participation shows that gains made in past decades are being eroded and it shows that women in the public service earn 15.4 percent less than men for doing the same or a similar job.
“The census shows that unless the government takes a very active role in gender equity issues, women’s position in the workforce deteriorates. This Government disbanded the Labour Department’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit and the results in this report indicate that decision has had a negative impact on working women’s rights,” NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff said.
“Nurses working in district health boards (DHBs) have had to fight to boost their pay rates to those of comparable professions and they have to remain vigilant to maintain that equity. Many nurses and health workers in other areas of the health system still do not have these pay rates. Nurses know that unless there is a real commitment at government level to ensure equity for working women, it doesn’t happen,” Tunnicliff said.
These equity issues are even more acute for Māori women workers, Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said. “We have been campaigning for years for nurses and health workers in Māori and iwi health providers to get the same pay as nurses and health workers in DHBs. We still haven’t achieved that.”
Tunnicliff and Nuku believe that if this Government is genuinely committed to pay and employment equity for all women, it will develop a comprehensive plan dedicated to achieving that goal.
A new report showing women losing ground in terms of pay and employment equity should shame the government into action, says the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa.
The Census of Women’s Participation by the Human Rights Commission shows that women’s participation in governance, professional and public life has slipped. It also shows that women in the public sector are paid 15% less than men for doing the same of similar work.
NZEI says the figures are particularly disheartening as the Government has clear evidence of pay inequity for thousands of education workers, yet refuses to do anything about it.
A pay investigation involving around 800 Ministry of Education support workers who work with special needs children, found they are significantly underpaid when compared to male workers in other sectors who have similar skills levels and responsibilities.
A separate report of the Pay Equity Review of the Compulsory Schooling Sector found that across all occupational groups in schools, there were areas where women were not being treated fairly or were being discriminated against in terms of pay, career advancement and value of their work.
NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter says “it is astonishing that in 2010 New Zealand finds itself in a position where equality for women in the workplace is actually slipping rather than improving and the responsibility lies squarely with the Government.”
The National-led government has undone a lot of the progress made by scrapping the pay and employment equity unit and halting all further pay and employment investigations in the public sector.
The Human Rights Commission Report says New Zealand is unlikely to meet its international obligations to have pay parity in the public sector by the end of the year.
“Failing to address pay and employment equity marginalises women and shuts them out of the economic recovery. The government should be ashamed,” says Mr Goulter.
Julia Gillard took over today as the first female Australian Prime Minister, in a move that has been likened to the rise to power of the first female Kiwi Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley.
Shipley ousted Jim Bolger in December 2007, gathering support for her nomination whilst he was away at a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Despite good economic growth her government became unstable and she lost the support of NZ First after Winston Peters was sacked from cabinet.
The NZ press was today speculating whether Gillard will be taking Kevin Rudd’s place on an official visit to New Zealand next week, when he was due to speak in Parliament.
Gillard, who was born in Barry, Wales, is the daughter of a coal miner and suffered from broncopneumonia when a child. Her family moved to Australia in 1966 for the warmer climate, settling in Adelaide.
Australia currently has two female state premiers – Anna Bligh, who was born in Queensland and Kristina Keneally, who was born and educated in the USA and only became a naturalised Australian in 2000.
New Zealand has had two female Prime Ministers, both born and bred Kiwis. The last of which was Helen Clark, who won three consecutive terms in office. On loosing the election in 2008 she promptly left the country and became the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on April 17, 2009.
A description of Ms Clark was given in a biography written by Denis Welch
“Ms Clark, who had no children, also fought the construct that her unconventional lifestyle was not ordinary enough for New Zealanders.
In a 1995 interview she once baulked: “I saw a line in a Christchurch Press editorial that New Zealanders like their leaders to be ordinary like them.”
“For God’s sake, I am not prepared to make myself ordinary.”
It’s great to see a British woman do so well as an immigrant in a far land, we think it will be a long time before a female immigrant is able to do the same in New Zealand.
We wish Ms Gillard the very best for the future.
See also: Women’s rights slipping in New Zealand – written on International Women’s Day
(scroll down for update)
On International Women’s Day we thought we’d do a round up of just three issues that impact on women in present day New Zealand and look to see what progress, if any, is being made with them. What we found is that women’s affairs are going backwards:
New Zealand has had a gender pay gap between men and women of about 12 per cent median hourly rates for the past decade (source) The Human Rights Commission’s annual scrutiny of how Crown Entities are reporting on their good employer obligations shows a lack of visibility given to pay equity despite a significant gender pay gap in the health sector.
“The 21 DHBs, who employ around 80 per cent women, undertook pay and employment equity reviews and developed response plans with staff from January 2007 to April 2008. One DHB reported a pay gap of 31 percent on full time equivalent earnings” (source)
“Five undertook full reviews and 16 were involved in a verification process. However, the Commission has found no DHB reported ongoing work in relation to response plans in their last annual reports. Only half made reference to having an equitable transparent and gender neutral remuneration system.
“It is disappointing to see a slowdown in commitment to closing the gender pay gap in the health sector. We hope staff and managers will find the monitoring tool useful to pick up the pace”.
The Commission has urged the Government to set a minimum target of halving the gender pay gap by 2012 and eliminating it by 2020.” (source as above)
“The government’s Pay and Equity Unit was closed down because it had completed its work when Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson said the unit still had 20 pay equity investigations to complete when she axed it.” (source)
Meanwhile the pay gap between New Zealand and Australia continues to widen.
“Phil Goff said a recent survey showed that 78 per cent of Australian companies are planning to lift salary levels this year compared to New Zealand companies where just 55 per cent are planning to do the same. In Australia 55 per cent of firms intend to increase staff levels, double the percentage in New Zealand.
“The only area where New Zealand has caught up with Australia is unemployment. Unfortunately our unemployment rate is well ahead of our trans-Tasman neighbours,” Phil Goff said.
“At 7.3 per cent our unemployment is running nearly 2 per cent higher than Australia’s. 168,000 Kiwis are now unemployed (many of them women, see below) and nothing the Prime Minister said in his opening address to Parliament is going to change that.” (source)
In a three month period more than 15,000 New Zealand women lost their jobs. In the quarter to September 2009 almost two thirds of the people who became jobless were women (source)
Sexual Assault and Abuse
The ACC Sensitive claims ‘clinical pathway’ policy whereby women will be required to disclose an assault and then wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to process their claim before they can proceed with counseling, has been condemned as clinically unsound,contrary to ACC’s statutory requirement to provide treatment that conforms “to best clinical practice” and discriminates against women directly and indirectly
Under the changes ACC want to make it harder to get funding by making a diagnosis of mental illness a requirement. Furthermore they propose limiting funding to only sixteen sessions of treatment (source)
The National Council of Women of New Zealand has said it is opposed to the change because:
* Counsellors, Therapists, Social Workers, and currently, Psychotherapists are no longer qualified to provide ACC assessments for subsidised treatment for victims of sexual abuse and/or sex crimes.
* There are insufficient Psychologists and Psychiatrists in New Zealand to provide the necessary assessments, so the period of waiting before ACC subsidised treatment can be approved could be as long as nine months.
* The Psychologists and Psychiatrists who are qualified to undertake assessments do not necessarily have a history or relevant work experience in the field of sexual abuse.
* If you undergo a DSM IV assessment by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist, it will be determined that you have experienced mental illness as a result of trauma. This will have implications in the future when seeking assistance in terms of his/her mortgage, access to insurances, and opportunities for employment.
* There are no regulations within the law that require those seeking subsidised counselling to be classified as having an illness.
* Those working in the sexual violence field are deeply concerned that ACC is encouraging professionals to breach the Code of Ethics.
* The clinical pathway is discouraging women from seeking recovery via the ACC subsidised counselling system.
* The maximum number of sessions that ACC will approve at any one time is 16; this replaces the previously set figure of 30 sessions.
* The ACC sensitive claims clinical pathway discriminates against women directly and indirectly.” (source)
For more statistics on issues that impact on women and children please see our NZ Facts of Life pages which includes data on teen pregnancy rates, youth suicide and the shocking statistic that in NZ only 9% of sexual offences get reported to police, and of those only 13% of rapes resulted in convictions. The median age of victims is 23 and Europeans account for 61% of the victims – See ‘Conviction rate in sex cases‘
There is also an estimate that the social cost of sexual violence in NZ is $1.2 billion per year. It is NZ’s most costly crime
Update 4 May 2010
“Support agencies for the sexually abused are within months of collapse after ACC rejected up to 90 per cent of claims in the last six months, says national rape crisis advocate, Dr Kim McGregor.
“It’s a critical situation. Because of the impact [of the new clinical pathways] put in place in October, it has almost destroyed our sector,” Dr McGregor said…
…Dr McGregor heads Rape Prevention Education, in Auckland, and is a member of the Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence.
She and New Plymouth advocate Bob Stevens are battling to get justice for those they believe have been abandoned by ACC. ACC’s figures released last week show that since October last year 90 per cent of people making ACC claims for sexual abuse counselling have either been refused cover or have been left waiting for a decision.”
Update 8 November 2010
“The New Zealand Human Right Commission has just released their 2010 Census of Women’s Participation, a biennial survey, published today.
It follows the progress, or the lack of it, for women across the corporate and private sectors at governance and management levels in New Zealand….”
A copy of the census may be found here