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Maori Child Abuse

May 15, 2016 2 comments

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Maori children are four times more likely to suffer from abuse and neglect than white children in New Zealand, but mentioning this inconvenient statistic in the media will get you branded as a racist.

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Drunk driver kills his two cousins.

January 5, 2012 2 comments

Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana

20-year-old Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana has been charged with two counts of manslaughter after the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle.

Reihana was reported to have been racing another vehicle at the time. His cousins Merepeka Morehu-Clark, 14, and Brooklyn Morehu-Clark, 13, who were in the back seat of his car both died as a result of their injuries.

Reihana’s 2-year-old daughter was also present in the car (unrestrained) and fortunately sustained only minor injuries.

The girl’s mother Phillippa Morehu, 36, and 17-year-old Haki Davey have also been charged with their manslaughter.

While the reasons for the charges against Phillippa Morehu and Haki Davey have not been given, it is not difficult to conclude that they were the occupants of the vehicle that Reihana was racing.

Christmas Day manslaughter accused bailed.

A 20-year-old Auckland man charged with the manslaughter of his two cousins has been bailed after appearing in the Tauranga District Court this morning.

Brooklyn Morehu-Clark

Name suppression was lifted for Metaraka Hikurangi Reihana when he appeared briefly in the court on two counts of manslaughter over the Christmas Day deaths Tauranga teenagers Merepeka Morehu-Clark, 14, and Brooklyn Morehu-Clark, 13.

The sisters were killed in a crash in Welcome Bay on Christmas Day. Reihana has been jointly charged with a 17-year-old male and a 36-year-old female.

It is understood he was the driver of the car the sisters were passengers in and was overtaking another car at the time of the collision.

The teenagers, who were on their way to visit their grandmother’s grave when the accident happened, were not wearing seatbelts. He was remanded on bail to a court date at the end of the month.

Neglected 5-year-old sent to school smelly, hungry and riddled with head lice and scabies.

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Sian Corbett-Pitman

Contender for mother-of-the-year Sian Corbett-Pitman has been convicted of neglecting her 5-year-old daughter.

A couple of pearls of wisdom from her Bookface page: “life is to short, so live it up, drink it down, party hard, smoke alot, break the rules, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh loudly, have fun, make memories, and never forget or regret anything that once made you smile :)”

and

“I Like to Take Long Romantic Walks to the Liquor Store”.

Mother admits neglecting daughter, 5

A mum who sent her 5-year-old daughter to school smelly, hungry and riddled with head lice and scabies has been convicted of neglect. Sian Corbett-Pitman, 23, from Tauranga, was sentenced last week to 12 months’ intensive supervision and 100 hours’ community work. She had pleaded guilty.

Her lawyer, Tony Rickard-Simms, said in court his client was “naive, inexperienced and had difficulty caring for herself, let alone a child” and she recognised she needed help. After the girl’s condition deteriorated between February and June this year, Child, Youth and Family was told and the girl and her mother were taken to Tauranga Hospital.

The girl’s appearance was described as unkempt, her clothes were often dirty and as well as being heavily infested with head lice, she had not bathed. She often told her teacher she had not had breakfast and did not have any lunch.

The child was placed in her grandmother’s care and she is now attending another school. Corbett-Pitman told police she had noticed her daughter’s health had deteriorated and believed it was because of overcrowding at her home.

Judge Harding told Corbett-Pitman that, while the offending may have occurred at a time when her home was grossly overcrowded, she had let the situation go on for too long.

“Your standard of care to your daughter fell well below the standard expected by anyone. If you can’t do better than that, then no doubt Child, Youth and Family will remove the child from your care, which overall would probably be a bad thing because a child needs its mother.

Judge Harding added: “But if you can’t look after her appropriately, then someone else will.”

 

Children abandoned in appalling conditions.

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

From the New Zealand Herald:

Hamilton police are looking for the parents of two young children found abandoned in appalling conditions early today. Police were called to a Dinsdale suburb house about 3.30am and arrived to find a two-and-a-half-year-old girl crying outside the front door, shift manager Senior Sergeant Kevin Anderson said.

“Officers entered the home and came across an 11-month-old boy crying in a portable cot. He had superficial facial injuries and in his cot were two RTD cans, some chips, a bottle of milk formula and a straw, and a sealed condom packet.”

Police searched the house looking for a parent or caregiver and at first thought they had found someone in a bed. “On inspection, police found the bed had been padded to look like someone was there but under the quilt were blankets and pillows.”

Mr Anderson said the children were taken into the care of Child Youth and Family. The parents of the children had still not been found after four hours, Mr Anderson said.

Their mother was located at the address at around 9am this morning, having returned around 6am. The woman noticed her children were missing but had incorrectly assumed their grandmother had collected them. She is currently being interviewed by police.

Nia Glassie murderers appeal sentences.

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment
Wiremu Curtis

Wiremu Curtis

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision over an appeal by Wiremu Curtis, one of two brothers found guilty of murdering Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie. Curtis and his former partner, Nia’s mother Lisa Kuka, have appealed their convictions, saying the jury should have been offered a second option of neglect rather than manslaughter.

Curtis was sentenced in the High Court at Rotorua in February to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 17-1/2 years, for the August 2007 murder of the three-year-old. During the trial the court heard how Nia suffered months of misery. She was dropped on her head, put in a clothes dryer which was turned on, had wrestling moves performed on her and was flung off a clothesline before her short life ended at Starship Hospital in August 2007.

Nia Glassie

Nia Glassie

Prosecutors said the fatal blow was a kick delivered by one of the Curtis brothers. However, insufficient emphasis had been placed on the limited mental capacity of Wiremu Curtis, and whether he had “conscious appreciation” that his actions could lead to death, his lawyer Craig Horsley told the Court of Appeal in Wellington today.

Grandmother setting a great example.

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

A Southland judge has condemned a grandmother who drove through Gore as her teenage passengers, including her two daughters, and the occupants of another vehicle hurled bottles at each other. Joanne Lee Genge, 40, justified her action by saying that she was the sober driver, Gore District Court was told. She was sentenced to 120 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for six months after admitting related motoring offences, The Southland Times reported.

Another appalling role model for children today. Read the full story here.

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