Violence

Killing the cat was the worst of his crimes?

The NZ Herald ran a story about a cat killer…like that was the worst of his crimes.

A 17-year-old Otorohanga man is accused of strangling a kitten to death.

Tere Teropiha Poi appeared in the Hamilton District Court this morning charged with wilfully ill-treating the kitten by tying a belt around its neck, tightening it and causing it to die at Kawhia on June 19.

The charge has a maximum penalty of three years’ jail or a $50,000 fine.

Poi also faces charges of assaulting a female, possession of a cannabis plant and possession of two water bongs for smoking cannabis on June 20.

He was bailed and remanded to reappear in the Te Awamutu District Court on July 4.

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Where was the sperm donor?

A very good question has been asked in the Herald today…where was Moko’s Dad when he was being beaten to death.

The court has reached its verdict. The marchers have gone home. The politicians and media have done their usual hypocritical hand-wringing. But the question remains – where was Moko’s dad?

A father is supposed to be there to protect his children. A father is supposed to be there to help their mother look after the family. A father is supposed to provide for and love his family.

So where was Moko’s dad? We have no idea. We have no idea because the question was never asked. It never is. In all the national breast-beating that happens whenever such a tragedy occurs, the real issue is never addressed. Why are so many children left without the care of a natural father? Why have we allowed a relationship culture to become embedded which accepts as normal the regular dropping in and out of relationships and frequent changing of partners? How is this supposed to build strong and loving families?

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Anne Salmond: Violent Maori fathers only a recent phenomenon

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I agree with Alan Duff when he says, “Real men don’t beat up kids, or wives, or anyone else. Real men love.” I know that, as a child, he experienced domestic violence. I respect him as a writer and for his fantastic work with Books for Homes. I admire the passion with which he tackles the burning issue of child abuse among Maori and violence against women.

At the same time, when he suggests this hateful violence is a legacy of a “simple” pre-European Maori culture, with its “screaming, eye-popping haka”, he is wrong. In saying that, I realise I run the risk of being flagellated as a bleeding-heart liberal, or worse, by some of the Herald’s readers.

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Rather than appealing to scholarly authority, then, let’s turn to the accounts written by European men who visited New Zealand in the very early days and saw with their own eyes how Maori family life was conducted.

We can begin with the traveller John Savage, who wrote in 1807, “The children here appear to be treated with a great degree of parental affection. They are robust, lively, and possess, in general, pleasing countenances.”

Samuel Marsden, the leading missionary who visited New Zealand for the first time in 1814 (and could never be accused of possessing a bleeding heart), noted: “I saw no quarrelling while I was there. They are kind to their women and children. I never observed either with a mark of violence upon them, nor did I ever see a child struck.” Read more »

Garner on Moko and how to prevent others from the same fate

As you will know 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri was brutally beaten and tortured and left to die in the hallway of his caregivers’ home in Taupo last year.

Moko’s mother Nicola was in Auckland caring for a seriously sick child at Starship children’s hospital, who required several operations during a two-month stay.

Her young son was in and out of intensive care – she slept in his room on the ward.

The violence towards Moko took place over two weeks, it may have been longer.

Imagine how frightening it would have been. He had no voice and no way to escape. His incredibly brave sister risked her own safety trying to help her little brother. But a child is no match for adult monsters.

Moko was denied any medical care. It would have been like a real life horror movie – except it was real.

He was dying over a period of days and no adult in the house bothered to get him care. They went out of their way to make sure he didn’t actually.

They barely got him a glass of water. He couldn’t be saved.

I’ve been overwhelmed with public feedback after my interview with Moko’s mum this week. People are rightly horrified that this could happen in our country.

Business owners, mums and dads and some well-known New Zealanders have approached me and asked what they can do to stop this.

I didn’t know what to say except spread the message that this must stop and that violence and abuse towards children, or indeed anyone, is unacceptable.

But we must demand that something happens. And it starts with parenting.

Because only parents can truly and honestly love a child in my view. The state or government can’t see through walls into people’s homes.

But there will always be bad parents. So we must intervene in these families early.

We need someone to teach love. Short of stopping these people breeding, we need to teach them what the generations before have failed to do.

If the cycle is not broken it will continue.

This means getting in early and living with them. Like a surrogate third parent. It’s expensive and time consuming and hard – but it will save lives.

And they also need just one leader within these families to stop the violence. Much like the sober driver system, we need families to nominate the leader within.

I have faith in Moko’s mum, Nicola. I have got to know her over the past 10 days. She needs her other two children back from Child, Youth and Family care now. Read more »

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Maori whingers cry racism and ignore facts of child abuse

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After Maori Television ran a balanced article about our cartoon (above) some fools have rushed off to the Human Rights Commission having a whinge that it was racist. The Human Rights Commission has issued a press statement but not bothered to inform me as the publisher of their investigation. Looks like another kangaroo court style approach.

The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act.

“We are constrained in what we can say about the cartoon as we have received complaints and are considering our response in accordance with processes defined by the Human Rights Act,” said Human Rights Commission Chief Mediator, Pele Walker.

On top of that the Maori Party’s Marama Davidson Fox is also having a whinge.

Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says: “the recent publication by right wing blogger Cameron Slater of a severely racist cartoon is another strong example of why we need these important roles”.

“Using the issue of child abuse to convey racist commentary is both repulsive and hateful. Child abuse is a whole of population issue that affects people of all backgrounds,” she says.

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Loony left now hurling death threats at Bennett

The loony left are feral and out of control. They are now hurling death threats at Paula Bennett.

Paula Bennett says she will not be put off making public appearances despite an online threat which said someone should “shoot the b**** dead” at her next public outing.

The Social Housing Minister said this morning that she referred all violent threats to the police.

In a Facebook post two weeks ago, a user wrote: “People own guns out there I dare any[one] to shoot the b**** dead at [her] next public appearance.

The person added: “Gosh I hope keys is standing beside her, 2 birds 1 bullet.”

Speaking to reporters at Parliament this morning, Mrs Bennett said violent threats affected her family more than her.

“When you’ve got your own kids pointing out on social media that someone should shoot me at my next public event it’s pretty distressing…”

She did not think she was being targeted, despite a series of incidents in the last few weeks.

At a visit to Whanganui last week protesters had been “aggressive” and police had been called in as a result.

“They had sex toys with my name on them and that sort of thing. So the whole thing was a bit unsavoury, to be fair.”

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is the star of a well-known fable. Last week the fable became part of a political video that has gone viral. In some versions of the fable it is a scorpion not a snake but the message remains the same. It is a simplistic message but a powerful one.

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Supreme Court rejects scumbag’s appeal

A MAN who bashed a dementia patient, who allegedly made homosexual advances towards him, has failed to convince the Supreme Court to overturn a conviction for wounding with intent.

Jamie Gurran was convicted on the wounding with intent charge following a district court trial in which the Crown alleged he had over-reacted to what he perceived to be a homosexual advance by the victim, a 75-year-old man who at the time happened to be a friend of the accused.

He unsuccessfully appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal and then recently filed an appeal against that ruling with the Supreme Court.

The victim told police he had been kicked in the shins, stomach, ribs and around the head by Gurran, who also slapped him in the face. He denied making a homosexual advance.

The victim was unable to give evidence at the trial and died shortly afterwards, apparently from natural causes.

Gurran claimed the victim’s injuries had occurred when he ‘fell in the toilet’, not because he had beaten and kicked him.

However, after the trial Gurran wrote to the sentencing judge ‘in terms which the Court of Appeal (subsequently) said could only… be read as an admission to the offending where he expressed regret for what had happened and apologised.’ Read more »

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Why do we teach our children not to fight back?

My father’s generation was taught to fight back. My generation was taught to try and talk one’s way out of a bad situation and only if that failed to fight back. My children’s generation was taught to firstly use their words and if that failed to try and ignore the bad situations. Finally if that failed, they were taught to literally walk away rather than fight back.

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Brainwashing is a big part of Islam says Danish Psychologist

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The Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels has studied the ideology of Islam and how it affects Muslims. He has concluded it creates monsters/psychopaths. As a psychologist in a Danish youth prison, he had an opportunity study the mentality of Muslims as 70 percent of youth offenders in Denmark have a Muslim background. He was able to compare them with non-Muslim clients from the same age group with a similar social background. He came to the conclusion that Islam and Muslim culture have certain psychological mechanisms that harm people’s development and increase criminal behaviour.

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