Shakti Wellington need more help due to increase in migrant and refugee population

After the murders of two migrant women in Wellington due to domestic violence ( Sarwan Lata Singh and Mei Fan)?Shakti Wellington opened a refuge in 2014. Last year it it helped over 350 women, with over 200 of their referrals coming from the police. Shakti advocates say they need government funding because of the growing migrant population and because their safe house is at full capacity.

Shakti Community Council is a non-profit organisation serving migrant and refugee women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Shakti; meaning strength; works to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women of colour. It supports women to overcome the barriers that come with migration and inter-generational bonds of cultural oppression. Led by ethnic women for ethnic women, Shakti is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights of both women and children and advocating social change.

The government?do not fund the safe house despite the government being responsible for the increase in the migrant and refugee population. By increasing the migrant and refugee population they are also increasing the amount of domestic violence.

As the women at Shakti point out in the radio interview, “one size does not fit all” as these women come from a different culture and have a ” different?worldview” and have traditional and cultural barriers that they face so mainstream safe houses are not suitable for them. What they will not spell out but what is pretty obvious to me is that they are talking about Muslim migrant women and Muslim refugee women.

It is worth considering that although domestic violence occurs in families from many different ethnicities in New Zealand none of them requires their own special refuge to deal with their ” different worldview.” Ethnicity is clearly not the problem. The problem is the religion or culture of these migrant and refugee women.

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The pushback against political violence in America has begun

I read every day now about violence inside America from various groups,?Black Lives Matter, Muslim activists, so-called Anti-fascist groups like Anitfa?and others. An indication of the anger inside America in reaction to all this violence can be seen in this e-mail sent to me by Jack Daly.

Dear Patriot Friend,

By now you?ve heard about the young thugs who?viciously attacked and brutalized my teenaged son because he expressed support for Donald Trump.

These dreadlock-wearing punks shrieked ?F*** Donald Trump? in this gentle boy?s face over and over again as they cornered him, and cast repeated insults about white Americans.

Barack Obama has many blacks, Muslims, and illegal aliens feeling they have the right to attack Trump supporters, cops, businesses, white kids ? anything and anybody ? without going to jail or getting deported.

?Black Lives Matter? mobs chant,??What do we want?? Dead cops!? When do we want them?? Now!?

So in New York, Muslim radicals bashed cops in the head with hatchets and meat cleavers.? Hordes of thugs, vandals, and looters trashed Baltimore, Charlotte, and Milwaukee.? Black Nationalist snipers stalked and murdered five cops in Dallas and shot six in Baton Rouge.? It?s anarchy.

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Terrorism from Turkish Santa no surprise

A manhunt is on in Turkey for an assailant?in a Santa hat who unleashed a salvo of bullets in a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations Sunday, killing at least 39 people.

A tit for tat erupted on Sunday as the government denied the attacker was in costume, despite video evidence.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Sunday: “There is no truth to this. He is an armed terrorist as we know it.


It should be no surprise to anyone that the Islamic terrorist in Turkey chose a Western symbol associated with a Christian religious holiday for his murderous spree. In Turkey, many ordinary Muslims are intolerant of?western religious holidays and traditions and some are violently hostile towards them.

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Key moves to mitigate Winston’s inroads into law and order

Law and Order issues are normally the purview of National. But last week Winston Peters made a big play towards addressing those issues in his speech to the Police Association.

Winston Peters promised tougher sentencing for violent offences and 1800 more Police.

John Key has seen the risk and has moved quickly to attempt to mitigate.

Prime Minister John Key says he understands concerns about law and order – saying as a parent he worries about his daughter getting hassled or even raped.

This morning, he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that there was “no question” that more frontline officers helped, but that was only one factor and the overall structure of policing needed to be considered.

“You really need is to take a bit more of a sophisticated approach and say, ok, let’s just accept there are more resources…let’s talk about how do we deliver what New Zealanders really want, which is not just a number…that a politician barks out at you.? Read more »

I predicted this would happen

A couple of years back I attended a conference in Singapore on Tobacco Control and learned some interesting things.

One was that there is a point at which taxation levels on tobacco reaches a level where there is a significant upside for criminals to enter the market and start selling illicit tobacco.

I gave evidence to a select committee, where one tobacco control activist sat behind me as I gave evidence and called me a fat bastard and a racist and every other name under the sun, and it was the same select committee where Hone Harawira invited me to step outside so he could smack my head in.

The evidence that I was giving was about the levels of taxation and funding to anti-tobacco groups and how it was ineffective and reaching the point that criminals would find selling tobacco more lucrative than selling cannabis. At one point I offered to have a 40-foot container delivered to the select committee,?full of illicit tobacco products?if only they would guarantee the payment for the goods. It is that easy to get hold if.

With the most recent tax increased implemented by this dopey government what I predicted has come to pass. Criminals are now distributing illicit tobacco and other criminals are raiding stores to get their hands on the product.

A lucrative black market for cigarettes is fuelling an increase in armed robberies, with criminals targeting dairies and stealing tobacco products to order. ? Read more »


Photo of the Day

The Chavez home. A small address plaque can still be seen on the corner of Vicente?s house. It says: ?5824 Rosita Road. God Bless Our Home.? // Manuel Saenz // El Diar

The Chavez home. A small address plaque can still be seen on the corner of Vicente?s house. It says: ?5824 Rosita Road. God Bless Our Home.? // Manuel Saenz // El Diar

Life and Death in Ju?rez

The Story of Vicente

Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, His Sister

What?s one more crime in the murder capital of the world?

A warning: the excerpt below contains graphic violence.

What can possibly drive a human being to such an unstable state of mind to want to terminate another person?s life? Even worse, your parents? life?

16-year-old student, Vicente?was intelligent, rebellious, and indifferent to any sort of authoritative figure. He had an insatiable desire for three members of his immediate family to disappear: his mother, father, and sister. With the assistance of his two friends, the assassination of the Le?n Ch?vez clan is carried out close to perfection prior to dawn on May 21, 2004. Only little C.E.?his three-year-old brother whom is only described as ?the only person in the world for whom he felt true affection??is pardoned from his murderous thoughts.

In ?2004, the discovery of a burnt-out truck in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, just south of the U.S. border with Mexico, was found, it contained three corpses. High school student Vicente Leon Chavez, angry with his parents for their preferential treatment of his younger sister and their adverse attitude toward him, convinced two friends to help him to murder his family. Vicente’s inept efforts to conceal the killings, including an obviously false story about a ransom demand for his missing family members, quickly led to his arrest. Vicente’s crimes were motivated in part by his belief that there would be no genuine investigation by corrupt police forces who were themselves responsible for multiple murders.

Vicente had joined Artistas Asesinos, a gang that became the armed wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel in its war with the Juarez cartel and its allies, La Linea and Los Aztecas.

By 2004, there were an estimated 300 gangs crawling city streets, the majority located in south east Ju?rez where the band known as Los Artistas Asesinos only grew in numbers?young individuals who were silently coerced into a life of crime.

Killing in Ju?rez is?a way of life. And in its footsteps follow a pack of ill-nurtured teenagers who are subjected to a violent upbringing, as the lack of educational funds, recreational areas, job opportunities, and appropriate citizen input during their formative years raise them to be the future pawns of a war on M?xico?s own people.

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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


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.

** cough **

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 »