Women and children continue to be the victims of violence in New Zealand a country that, despite its marketing image as a safe place to live, is a place with a dark reputation for its culture of brutality.
What immigration sites won’t dare tell you is that New Zealand tops the OECD domestic violence league table, has a high prevalence of child abuse and youth suicide, and its children suffer some of the highest rates of preventable deaths in the developed world. Add to that poor quality housing and low wages and you’ll soon realise that pretty much the only thing New Zealand has going for it is its scenery.
Recent crime stories that managed to make their way into the news media this week include
- The 4 hour long, brutal, sexual assault of an 11 year old boy who was abducted off a street in Ranui, West Auckland. The boy was walking home from the train station when he was abducted by a man in a grey van. The attack follows the similar abduction of a 5 year old girl in Palmerston North in February.
- A woman who was beaten, gagged, dragged and tied up by two men who stormed into her Manurewa home. The men held a knife to her throat while demanding she gave them her jewellery. The woman’s nationality is being withheld by authorities but it is suspected she is from an Asian country – a diverse group of people perceived to be wealthy by many New Zealanders. The woman, who was deeply traumatised by her ordeal, is recovering from her injuries in hospital.
- A young woman bashed brutally by thugs at Auckland’s Ranui train station last Sunday. An Auckland Transport security officer witnessed the assault but didn’t intervene because it “wasn’t his job to get involved.” A video of the assault was posted to Facebook.
- A woman was assaulted at the Bason Botanical Gardens in Whanganui, leading to the closure of the park while police investigated. The offender is still at large.
- A woman was killed in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty overnight. A 35 year old man is to be charged with her murder.
- Parole was denied at a Hamilton court for a man who murdered his girlfriend in a fit of rage.
- A woman was repeated sexually assaulted in Nelson twice by the same men on Monday night. Police are still searching for the offenders
- A Taranaki man who kicked his 10 year old daughter in the buttocks is ‘sentenced’ to parenting courses and supervision.
- An Australian tourist suffered burns to her eyes and face after a hot liquid was thrown at her in a racist attack in Queenstown.
Meanwhile, we learn that just over one in three offenders in New Zealand is taking the drug Ice, or crystal meth. The good news is that the use of cannabis and alcohol is falling.
‘Lack of support’ for offenders returned from Australia
In other news, Kiwis thrown out of Australia for criminal offences continue to pour back in to New Zealand. The offenders are supposed to be subject to a parole-like monitoring scheme when they arrive in New Zealand. But there have been criticisms of a lack of support for the ex crims.
Almost 370 offenders have been repatriated to New Zealand from Australia in the 11 months to October, 79 of them have gone on to re-offend in New Zealand and are now facing criminal charges. It is not known how many others have been let off with cautions.
The NZ Herald reported little is expected to change, there are yet more prisoners in the pipeline for repatriation:
The flow of deportees is set to continue, with the latest data from Australia Border Force showing there were 177 New Zealanders held in Detention Centres.
PARS, the prisoners aid and rehabilitation organisation, is helping deportees resettle in New Zealand. Jeremy Baker – a Christchurch doctor who worked with PARS – said he was unsurprised by the offending rate, because the deportees were finding it difficult to get support.
“I know, from the people I am seeing, that they are still living in tents, without adequate access to either work or community support, and a number of them have said to me ‘I don’t know what else to do’. They’re not specifically telling me they are going to re-offend, but a 20 percent rate is an unfortunate spin-off of that lack of support.”
This is just an average week in New Zealand, a country that is obviously not as safe as it’s marketing makes it out to be.
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