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Domestic violence is a work issue

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 1st, 2014 - 88 comments
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We can now put a dollar figure – a conservative, probably-underestimated figure – on the cost of domestic violence to New Zealand business.

That’s due to a report commissed by the Public Service Association, released yesterday in conjunction with a Member’s Bill from Green MP Jan Logie which will change our law to protect victims of domestic violence at work, and support their employers to help them out.

And incidentally, it could save businesses $368 million per year.

It’s often hard to explain to people why they should care about ‘other people’s problems’. Even on the left, issues like domestic violence or marriage equality can get filed away under ‘women’s issues’ or ‘gay issues’. In a political discussion dominated by right-wing ideas about individuals and ‘bad choices’, it’s even easier for horrific issues like domestic violence to get swept aside.

Even though one in three women will experience domestic violence, we treat it as a private personal issue. It’s about the woman – or man – who’s being victimized. Their circumstances, their ‘choices’, their individual struggle to get out of a terrible situation.

So as clinical as it may seem, it’s important to have this kind of hard evidence to show people. If for no other reason, you should care about addressing intimate partner violence because it does affect you. It affects our communities and our workplaces. It has a provable, financial cost to business – and at the same time, the workplace can be one of the best supports a person has to get out of an abusive situation.

We know this kind of intervention and support works. We can see it working in Australia, where although they don’t have legislation, the union movement have fought hard to get domestic violence clauses into collective agreements covering over 700,000 workers.

The great thing is that Jan Logie’s bill is a win for everyone. It’s a win for victims of domestic violence who get support and security in a tough time. It’s a win for businesses who get healthier, happier, more productive workers (and the warm fuzzy feelings of having done something good and noble in the world). And it’s a win for all of us. Because we get to say we live in a country which does the right thing for people in awful situations. And we get to remember that no person is an island. We all stand together, and we’re so much better for it than if we stand apart.

88 comments on “Domestic violence is a work issue”

  1. Tracey 1

    Stephanie

    I can recall in the late 80’s and 90’s when I was working on gender equity pay issues, the best way to get “buy in” from businesses and others was to state it in economic terms.

    In law, for example, 95% of the top 5% graduates from law school in the late 80’s and early 90’s were women. We told firms that by ignoring women they were losing the cream of the potential earning crop.

    Sometimes it doesnt matter WHY someone makes a change for the better, what their motivation is, as long as they make the change. Sadly, that very often means in financial terms.

    • weka 1.1

      “Sometimes it doesnt matter WHY someone makes a change for the better, what their motivation is, as long as they make the change.”

      I disagree. The legislation looks good, and yes we need good research, so long as we get a wide range of research on the issue. But when we start defining women as capitalist units we are in serious trouble. We run the risk of that becoming the main argument and shifting our cultural values. Look at how NZ has shifted culturally from a high value on conservation, for its own sake, to one where we need to fund conservation because of economics and potential loss of our clean green image. I think we should be resisting the imposed ideas of humans as economic units. No reason why the research can’t be done and be useful, but we need to also resist the idea that the only way to change is to yield to the patriarchal agenda.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        When i was a younger woman at high school and then university i thought men discriminated against women because iof some concsious desitre to exclude them. this is only partially true. insofar as it is founded on ignorance i learned that people cant know what they dont know. so education is key but so is experience. until some ignorant men began hiring women and working with them they could not shed their bias borne of ignorance.for some that came when they realised they were harming their business through their bias. however once hired they viewed women differently, but in my profession the bias remained in salary discrepancies. you dont win the war very often after only one battle.

        same goes for my experience of being a gay woman in a pretty conservative workplace. in the large firm of 35 partners and then in the smaller with two partners.

        a friend of mine was an out gay woman at the first. people then assumed we were together. wghatever may have been said behind hands i dont know but the two partners i later worked for split from that firm. both staunch catholics and wgen they asked me to work for them, they invited my partner to every firm function and friday drinks.

        i like to think they got to know me and i didnt meet their pre conceived fears of what a gay person would be like. i seriously doubt that sexuality was an issue for them in employment again. not because i am a miracle whiz but because by being me and gay it dispells preconceptions.

        i have found that my entire life.

        parents of a friend of mine are staunch methodists. their views on gays were very boigotted and my friend was in the closet. but my partner of 23 years and i were not. over the years we spent many fun times with them and my partner helped them fibd a new home. when the methodist schism happened a few years ago over homosexuality they sided with homosexuals. they told us before meeting us they would not.

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          Good stories, thanks Tracey. Positive cultural change. Are you suggesting that the research and the Bill will support such change? (I would conditionally agree). I still think there is a problem with focus as per my comment above. Perhaps I missed some of your point?

          • Tracey 1.1.1.1.1

            I rambled, you didn’t miss my point, I think I lost it along the way… and my android was playing up so … all in all…

            I was just supporting one notion of change which includes financial BUT not the treating of women as economic units per se.

            I am a supporter of quotas, for the reasons I outlined above, namely that quotas force people to accept into their workplaces those they usually wouldn’t, and to see how they actually are, as opposed to how their ignorant viewpoint perceives them. I think that was probably more my point.

            many men dont support quota for women or for non-white folks. I have seen a study and I wish I could put my hands on it, which showed that

            white men in hiring positions hired more white men than they hired black men or wwomen;

            black men in hiring positions would hire white men, and black men and women in higher percentages than white men ;and

            women in hiring positions hired more black men and women, and still many white men than both groups.

            So while there is an element of “like hiring like”, women, according tot hat study, and black men, hired more “unlike” themselves than white men.

  2. Thanks, Tracey, that’s exactly the point I was making. It’s not new, but sometimes we have to repeat these things until they sink it.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      They never sink in: more incompetent wingnuts are being born all the time. It’s a constant struggle, like any other “rights” issue.

      • Tracey 2.1.1

        not true.

        in my experience those of the left have more of an ability to walk in anothers shoes without having the experience themselves, those on the right tend to think the world is for everyone as it is for them… when they experience the world differently, through people they meet, they tend to view the world slightly differently.

        getting them to cross paths with folks outside their comfort zone is the challenge.

        YES the above is a generalisation with exceptions

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          I’m not saying wingnuts can’t learn to recognise reality, I’m saying that there are always more being born and their attitudes, driven by neural physiology and IQ (among other things). present the same challenges generation after generation.

          That said, there are areas of slow general improvement.

          • Tracey 2.1.1.1.1

            and yet my brother who fits the RMNJ label, voted greens in his first two elections, then labour and not until he was 5 years into running his own business did he move to the position he takes today which, in a nutshell is

            “I work really hard for my money and I employ lots of people, and I shouldn’t have to support people who dont work hard”. It presumes he works harder than others. He works hard, but not more so than some of his waged employees… unlike them he takes long weekends to his bach. travels overseas with his wife at least twice a year and so on. has he earned it, yes, I dont begrudge him it. I begrudge him the superior holier than thou position he has given himself to be judge and jury over those who had far less help along the way than he did… including our father paying off his mortgage on his home when he started his business so he could concentrate on building his business without a worry of a roof over his head and that of his children.

  3. karol 3

    Great post.

    In a political discussion dominated by right-wing ideas about individuals and ‘bad choices’, it’s even easier for horrific issues like domestic violence to get swept aside.

    Even though many on the right proclaim “the family” as the centre piece of society, they don’t look at the extent of abuse going on in households, nor the economic and social impacts.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      I sometimes get the impression from the RWNJs that their cry the family is more of a declaration that what they do to their families is none of anyone else’s business. In other words, they use it to hide the abuse.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Nah, it’s just dogwhistle code for homophobia.

        • Certainly it’s a plea to ‘traditional’ conservative values. The irony of course for anyone who’s watched Mad Men or Peyton Place or similar is that we know those traditional values were as illusory then as they are now!

      • Tracey 3.1.2

        they dont mean the family they mean my family and families that look like my family. ironically many of these families have kids doing e and class a drugs recreationally while mum and dad pay for clothes trips to fiji and the irony may be lost on them as they bemoan the imaginary bludgers of society

  4. Bill 4

    So, I’m struggling with this a bit. From the Jan Logie link

    This makes the workplace a primary place for intervention.

    The operation of the protections in the Bill will result in employers and others acquiring personal information about the domestic circumstances of victims. Under the Privacy Act 1993, the persons holding the information must not disclose it, except in tightly controlled instances.

    Surely it’s not just me who is experiencing a sense of disquiet here.

    I fully understand that economic surety could and/or would make a big difference in many cases of abuse. But I’m also aware that workplace environments and the economic pressures of the market system can be, and are, contributory factors in many instances of domestic violence.

    So… there is something very unsettling about legislating for something that would seem, at first glance, to cede the social responsibility of society to bosses, workplaces and corporates, while assuming, or so it would appear, that they play no negative part in the creation of domestic violence.

    If the cause of violence was simply individual ‘bad apples’ and not systemic, then sure. But yeah…getting an echo of “we break your legs and you say ‘thankyou!’ as we offer you crutches”

    • karol 4.1

      I can’t find the exact extract you’ve quoted at the Jan Logie link, Bill

      • Bill 4.1.1

        Ah. My bad. The Jan Logie quote comes from one of the links at the bottom of the page on the PSA media release link. To save you jumping through pages… https://www.greens.org.nz/bills/domestic-violence-victims-protection-bill

        • karol 4.1.1.1

          OK. Thanks. There are privacy protections apparently built into it. It’s not clear how much detail the employers get. this is what is indicated:

          personal information about the domestic circumstances of victims

          I understand employers would need to know something about the domestic violence in order to make provisions and allowances.

          The Bill includes things like requests to the employer for leave due to domestic violence issues. The employer can refuse the request. The employee can contest that, etc. So, there needs to be some way to ascertain that the employee has been the victim of domestic violence.

          I can’t see how that judgement is made and by whom. I can’t see any privacy safeguards in the amendments – maybe they need to be added?

    • I think you’re conflating a lot of things here, Bill, so pardon me if I’ve misinterpreted you.

      Yes, on a wide view, the economic pressures of living in a capitalist system can contribute to domestic violence, e.g. because victims of violence lack the financial means or security to leave – which is something this bill addresses. And there can be huge social pressure on survivors not to disclose their situation – which if you watch the video linked in the second-to-last paragraph, is something which these kind of employment clauses can actually help, too.

      It might help if you described the specific ways you think workplace environments/economic pressures contribute to domestic violence.

      I also see no need to read this bill as ‘ceding social responsibility’. We can keep doing all the things and providing all the support (and more, because what we currently do is pretty woeful and poorly supported by government) that we currently do to survivors of domestic violence, AND we can acknowledge that paid work is one significant area where a difference can be made.

      I think your analogy of leg-breaking is really inappropriate given the subject matter, and conflates the role of individual abusers, the system, and the ways we can work within the current system to help people.

      I’m not willing to stand back and say ‘let’s not do this’ just because it involves working within the power structures and exploitative relationships that we all have to live under in a capitalist society. That seems to me to be your main objection. It would be great if you could clarify that.

      • Chooky 4.2.1

        .”Yes, on a wide view, the economic pressures of living in a capitalist system can contribute to domestic violence, e.g. because victims of violence lack the financial means or security to leave – ”

        ….a very good reason for a Universal Basic Income

      • Bill 4.2.2

        It might help if you described the specific ways you think workplace environments/economic pressures contribute to domestic violence

        That you feel the need to ask such a thing is quite frightening. Are you seriously implying, or suggesting that you think or believe, that neither workplace environments nor economic pressures warp human beings to a terrible degree; that they do not produce or force all manner of undesirable responses or behavioural traits in individuals?

        As for working within existing structures, sure, we can do that. But hows about we also recognise the nature and impact of those existing structures, instead of blithely lauding them as a source of solutions?

        As for pointing out the inherent hypocrisy of a system (and sorry for the anthropomorphing) that causes damage and that then expects gratitude when it offers some remedial measure for the damage it causes and will continue to cause, well sure – maybe the breaking of minds and the offering of happy pills would have made for better references.

        I should probably point out about now in case you miss it, that I adhere to the idea that our environment creates behaviours….call it adaptation on an individual level if you will. And I say that in conjunction with not dismissing or excusing any individual who ‘acts out’ in a particular or damaging way. I do however acknowledge that if we were to (say) jail all of the people who inflict domestic violence on 1 in 3 women, then the nature of the system (our environment) is such that that vacuum would be filled with violent offenders to a similar extent to what it was before.

        We often say, at least on an individual level, that we reap what we sow. On a societal level, I’d add that some of us also get reaped by what we’ve sown (as a society). Now, we can apply elastoplasts and provide crutches and pass any amount of punitive or preventative legislation, but until we tackle the root causes of our malaise, the need for ‘crisis management’ strategies on domestic violence or any other number of deleterious human dynamics is just going to go on and on and on.

        • karol 4.2.2.1

          I think it is the wider society that makes domestic violence more likely – far wider than the workplace. There is hardly anywhere to go outside it.

          • Bill 4.2.2.1.1

            I agree it’s far wider than the workplace. Sorry. Didn’t mean to suggest that ‘everything’ was just down to ‘the evil workplace’. But since the post was focusing on the workplace as a positive location for dealing with domestic violence when in reality it’s often a negative place that makes contributions towards domestic violence…

            • weka 4.2.2.1.1.1

              Might be a problem with using the term workplace so generically. Plus the differences for women and men.

              Bill I wonder if you are suggesting that the whole boss/employee structure creates conditions that contribute to domestic violence, whereas others might see that some boss/employee situations are good and others negative. While it’s pretty clear that many people are hugely negatively affected by how work is organised, it looks like you and Stephanie are talking about different things.

              “but until we tackle the root causes of our malaise, the need for ‘crisis management’ strategies on domestic violence or any other number of deleterious human dynamics is just going to go on and on and on.”

              I doubt that anyone here is in disagreement about that. I haven’t looked closely at the proposed Bill, I’m not yet convinced that the privacy issues or workplace dymanics would be handled well, and I’d be interested to see who has input in developing it, but assuming it gets written well I can’t see how the existence of the legislation prevents more systemic approaches.

              • karol

                I also know of at least one woman who saw her workplace as a refuge from domestic violence.

                The root causes will take a long time changing. Meanwhile, people are having to live with the impact of such violence.

                I too am worried about the privacy issues.

                I think the union could be an advocate for victims/survivors, providing a privacy barrier between the employee and the employer.

                After I had my accident and was being supported by ACC provisions, I did find that I had to deal with some quite intrusive questioning. But, at least I wasn’t bothered about my managers knowing the details of my injuries. It would be much harder to talk with managers about domestic violence and an employee’s domestic circunstances.

                • weka

                  I would hope that a letter from a GP would be sufficient to access things like time off. No need for details. But my concern would be that people in unsupportive workplaces might be pressured to supply information with the manager/boss still making an arbitrary decision, esp in non-unionised workplaces. Lots of potential for more power and control bullshit. On the other hand, in another area completely I’ve been surprised a few times recently at compassion displayed by people working in quite bureaucratic situations when faced with someone with an illness. Gave me some hope about NZ not being totally mired in the painter on the roof meme. So maybe the benefits will far outweigh the problems? I suspect that it would work for some sectors and not others.

                • Chooky

                  ..the whole idea sounds good in theory…but just off the top of my head and without looking at the proposal deeply i can see problems

                  …if women who have children or who are thinking of having children are discriminated against and also those who have accessed ACC are discriminated against … how much worse will it be to be known as a victim of domestic abuse.?… how would it look on your CV for example?… I can imagine men who are victims of domestic violence would be even less likely to come forward.

                  ..also there is the problem of proof required for time off….and this is hard enough with ACC

                  ….another issue I see is that an unscrupulous employer could take advantage of such an employee and victimise them further ( just as some psychologists and doctors have done …admittedly rare ….but it has happened)

                  • weka

                    Time off… how is this different for time off for ill health? What level of detail is required for a medical certificate for that?

                    • Chooky

                      ..it is a much more murky area than a broken arm or a bad flu…and it is not “ill health” as is commonly thought of

                      …it gets into areas of definitions of abuse /violence ?….psychological abuse? ….complicity?…dual abuse? …some would say being forced to work is a form of psychological abuse/violence …ha ha

                    • karol

                      For domestic violence I would recommend a neutral advocate/agency or that he employee could talk to confidentially – they would provide a certificate to state the employee needed time off work, eetc..

                    • Richard McGrath

                      No detail is required, just confirmation that the person is unfit for work. I have written many such certificates for people with psychological problems post-trauma; more often they can be covered for loss of earnings by ACC.

                    • weka

                      Chooky, I wasn’t saying that domestic abuse is ‘ill health’, I was pointing out that we deal with a complex issue already in an employment context. I object to your characterisation and minimisation of the needs of ill people by saying it’s just a broken leg or whatever. People with complex health needs and situations get medical certificates too and need levels of privacy and decency beyond people with a broken limb or flu.

                    • Chooky

                      @ weka …i am also saying it is a complex issue….and am certainly not minimizing it…just saying it is a lot more complex than a broken arm or bad flu….so complex in fact that many are likely NOT to go to a doctor to report it …more likely they would tell a family member, a best friend or the women’s refuge…and certainly they would be reluctant to tell an employer or want an employer to intrude

        • RedBaronCV 4.2.2.2

          “I should probably point out about now in case you miss it, that I adhere to the idea that our environment creates behaviours….c”

          Most of these people have been bullies right back to their schooldays and many of them come from “good circumstances” Others in the family don’t bully so while enviroment may determine some of the inputs and outcomes, depending on socio economic class, mainly it seems to be an individual failing right from childhood based on who knows what. These are people who want their own way no matter what they have to do to get it.

          • Bill 4.2.2.2.1

            I don’t really see ‘good’ or bad’ individual circumstances, as we generally and broadly define them, as being determining factors.

            Put monkeys in a manufactured, limiting environment where they cannot develop and exhibit their ‘natural habitat’ tendencies. Give some bananas (or whatever) and some none (ie, construct some semblance of ‘better’ and ‘not so good’ within the environment). All the monkeys will be behaviourally fucked up regardless. Some will adapt better to their conditions than others. But it’s not the case that the better adapted ones are necessarily the more sane ones. The environment they are adapting to is, after all, insane.

            Factor in that there is no clear dividing line between what constitutes internal and external environments (nature and nurture) and, it would seem to me, the best we can do is observe behaviour across society and alter our social environments accordingly and relation to the incidence of undesirable or destructive behavioural traits.

            Then acknowledge that some behaviours or habits persist or ripple through generations (eg, those resulting from trauma) and will be likely be exhibited in one form or another for years, though, if we get it right, progressively less markedly, regardless of how our society is configured or structured.

            There’s no quick fix. We don’t don’t get to tear down the cage and suddenly discover a world comprised of positive, creative, healthy and highly functioning humans. And the longer we leave it…

            Anyway. I realise that as a species we will probably do sweet fuck all and stumble and crawl around in our current predicaments until the cows come home.

        • Bill, you’re extrapolating a heck of a lot from my question, and that disappoints me. My post is clearly discussing the relationship between domestic violence and the workplace from the perspective of the victim, the person who is experiencing violence and for whom the workplace can be a shelter and a path to escaping their situation.

          You’ve jumped in and, without clearly explaining what you’re talking about, started to discuss domestic violence from the point of view of the abuser: how our society and capitalism creates conditions of violence. It’s quite clearly a separate-but-related topic to the post. You really can’t just completely change the direction of the conversation without giving everyone a heads-up. It’s inevitably going to lead to confusion, and talking at cross-purposes.

          There is really no need for you to adopt shocked ‘I can’t believe you don’t know what I’m talking about’ language when you have not clearly explained what you’re talking about, and once again I have to say there is no need to keep using physical violence and harm as metaphors when we are discussing LITERAL violence and harm.

          As to the wider causes of domestic violence and the ‘root causes of our malaise’, I’m going to repeat myself: I will not stand by and tell the PSA and Jan Logie to stop talking about this just because there are wider issues which also need addressing. Trying to mitigate the awful consequences of our current system does not mean buying into the system. We can do both.

          • Bill 4.2.2.3.1

            You specifically asked how workplace environments/economic pressures contribute to domestic violence. I responded in a fairly straightforward fashion, I thought, by expressing my genuine bewilderment that the question would even be asked.

            Anyway. Can you point to where I’ve discussed domestic violence from the perspective of the abuser? I thought I was quite clearly observing the fact that work environments are systemically abusive and then simply questioning the wisdom of locating solutions in that same systemically abusive environment.

            I don’t know why you bring up the fact that some people find relief from abuse in the workplace.Of course they do. But that doesn’t make workplaces suddenly benign any more than it would make alcohol harmless if an abused person was to turn to the bottle for escape. But maybe I’m missing something?

            As for my mentioning psychological harm in reference to work environments…what’s the problem again? They routinely inflict massive psychological damage on people….for all of their working life’s. Would you prefer that fact was skirted around or that it simply wasn’t mentioned?

            I agree with you that neither Jan Logie nor the PSA nor anyone else stop talking about this and that it’s incumbent on us (as ever) to do ‘this’ and also ‘that’…ie, deal with the cards we have been dealt in the less than perfect situation we are in, but also to push at that less than perfect situation and not just accept it as an inevitable reality.

            • Stephanie Rodgers 4.2.2.3.1.1

              Bill, I don’t know if you’re deliberately misreading me or not. Nobody is saying all workplaces are benign. Nobody is saying workplaces aren’t oppressive. Nobody is accepting harmful work environments as an ‘inevitable reality’.

              You have butted in to a conversation about helping people, in situations where the workplace can be positive – making the best of the situation and by no means denying the issues which work stress can create – and started lecturing about what the ‘real’ harm is or the ‘real’ root cause. You didn’t explain yourself clearly in your first post and seem to think it’s my fault for not magically knowing that you were discussing a completely different facet of the topic.

              I, and others, have brought up the fact people find ‘relief’ at work because that’s the whole point of this post!

              If your intention isn’t to make it sound like you’re dismissing this issue, you have failed in the execution. If you want to discuss how workplaces can contribute to wider societal issues, I can only suggest you do a separate post on it, instead of derailing mine.

              As for discussing from the perspective of the abuser, that’s exactly what you’ve done by taking a post which is about helping victims and saying ‘whatever, the bigger issue is about how workplaces are contributory factors to abuse’. This ignores victims and re-centres the abuser and the causes of their behaviour.

              • Bill

                Okay, so I know it’s a consultation doc. and I’ve only had a quick look at it. But even so, the massive onus being put on the employee and the wise open ‘get outs’ for employers…..As it stands, nothing changes. If you have a reasonable employer, they’d help you out as things currently stand, and any less than reasonable employer (there are many) can just opt out…but trawl personal info and stress the employee in the process if they want to…and many will want to – to get rid of an employee who is bringing discord into the workplace.

                (Section 69ABB) So 12 months between any request. A minimum of 6 months in employment. The employee must lay out a possible and detailed scenario for the employer which, given that employees will not have assess to operational matters…
                The employee must provide a copy of the Domestic Violence Document (I don’t know what that is, but it suggests very intimate info/details being given to an employer)

                And the employer has 3 months to repond!

                (Section 69ABD) The employer can refuse a request if the employer determines that (worth noting that agreement or consultation isn’t required) the request can’t be accommodated because of any of the following :

                an inability to reorganise work among existing staff
                an inability to recruit additional staff
                the potential for a detrimental impact on quality
                the potential for a detrimental impact on performance
                the potential for a detrimental impact on ability to meet customer demand
                insufficiency of work during the period the employee proposes to work
                planned structural changes
                the burden of additional costs

                And an employer must refuse the request of the employee is bound by a CEA and arrangements would be inconsistent with that agreement.

                Appeal is to the Labour Inspector in the first instance, which is bizarre in my opinion, and then mediation…which is a whole ball of stress in its own right for many employees, never mind those already dealing with domestic violence.

                There was also something on bringing domestic violence under a definition of ‘discrimination’ in the Human Rights Act. I really doubt that one will ever fly.

                10 days paid leave is good though.

                http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0002208000

                • weka

                  It looks to me like the act is designed to put some rights in statute (time off), and offer a structure by which employees and employers can access support to protect the employee.

                  In the preamble, it lays out pretty clearly what the multiple points of the legislation are. Those both strike me as being new things (how many good employers are going to offer paid time off work currently? I would guess most people have to use their sick days first).

                  “The employee must lay out a possible for scenario for the employer which, given that employees will not have assess to operational matters…”

                  Or someone can do it on their behalf.

                  RE domestic violence document –

                  “(I don’t know what that is, but it suggests very intimate info/details being given to an employer)”

                  No it doesn’t. This is interesting, that people assume that the people setting up this system would be unaware of that issue (you’re not the only one in the thread to have done that). I do still think there are privacy issues, but documenting the need to invoke the legislation doesn’t require intimate details being provided to the employer. Why are people assuming that?

                  Here’s the proposed definition –

                  domestic violence document means—
                  “(a) a police report confirming attendance at an incident in-
                  volving domestic violence;

                  or “(b) a record of a police caution relating to domestic vio-
                  lence;

                  or “(c) a record of criminal proceedings for an offence relating
                  to domestic violence;

                  or “(d) a record of a conviction for an offence relating to do-
                  mestic violence;

                  or “(e) a record of a court’s finding of fact of domestic violence
                  against a person by another person;

                  or “(f) a court order relating to domestic violence;

                  or “(g) a report from a medical practitioner stating that a per-
                  son has injuries or a condition consistent with having
                  suffered domestic violence;

                  or “(h) a report from a domestic violence support organisation
                  relating to a person who has suffered domestic violence;

                  or “(i) any other document prescribed in regulations made
                  under this Act”.

                  • Bill

                    10 days paid domestic violence leave is, as I said, a good thing and much better than using up sick days or stat days or annual leave.

                    The fact that the employee must provide a detailed proposition is problematic simply because neither employees nor anyone writing up a request for them, will usually have access to the businesses operational details.

                    The get outs for employers…well, you could drive a bus through any supposed obligations that are being placed on the employer. As I noted, unreasonable employers could easily turn this whole thing on its head and use it to further traumatise victims of domestic abuse to get rid of them. And I have to say, that from my experience with employers, there are many who will contemplate using it that way.

                    Other wee details that came to my notice is that the domestic violence must be ‘registered’ in some fashion. So, turning up to work with bruises or exhibiting psychological trauma just wont mean a thing under this proposal. Anyone accessing any of this must have reported the abuse to the police or be involved with a recognised abuse support agency. That’s going to leave a whole lot of abused people ‘out of the loop’. And that an employer must refer any such people to a support agency…well, smacks of coercion. Not everyone who is abused wants outside counseling or support and would possibly be fine if they could simply get some lee-way from their boss so that they could deal with things. The prospect of being forced into a support system will mean such people get denied any helpful workplace flexibility in many cases.

                    I also don’t quite get that union reps and trained H&S reps receive training on supporting victims of domestic abuse. Putting aside that people in either of those positions may themselves be abusers, isn’t it a case of people either having empathy or not having empathy? Training people just because of the position they occupy smacks of a certain mickey mouseness. Surely far better to provide or mandate training for people who are already to some degree aware or sympathetic, no?

      • miravox 4.2.3

        It’s important that the workplace remains as safe after an domestic violence incident as it was before that incident. This means the employer may need to take certain steps to keep the employee safe and not standby if the victim is harassed. Certainly it’s important that measures are included in workplace legislation that allow for unpaid leave and some other measures to allow the victim to deal with the domestic violence in their domestic lives (similarly if an employee has other really difficult domestic circumstances to deal with e.g. a parent with a child diagnosed with cancer).

        To legislate to ensure employer allow a bit of time specifically for victims of domestic violence, because this is not covered elsewhere is something I have no problem with at all – to protect a victim (at work e.g. by actively intervening when an abusive partner may approach the employee), provide space for resolution (e.g. time off to manage children, seek protection, time-out or move home and legal advice) and to enable employment to continue through a difficult time shouldn’t need legislation in a socially empathetic world, but in this one it does, imo.

        I do however, object to that phrase bill quoted “This makes the workplace a primary place for intervention”. The immediate place for intervention is the domestic sphere – that is where the hidden spaces are that allow this violence to fester and erupt, whatever the initial causes. I find it depressing that attempts to improve the conditions of domestic violence are reduced to the monetary benefit of an employer. That this is legislation cannot happen in tandem with measures that de-stress domestic environments, the real primary places of intervention – i.e intervene for improvements in work, social and cultural situations, and in encouragement of violence-free behaviours.

        Good work, Jan and all that… but it is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A damn sad reflection that this might be the best we can get from a world that really doesn’t give a damn.

    • The Chairman 4.3

      Well spotted, Bill.

      Regardless of the good intentions, this bill will allow employers to intervene in employees private lives.

      • I disagree. The bill creates the opportunity for employees to seek help if they need and want it. It also builds the idea that all people deserve this kind of help, and that all employers have an obligation to take family violence seriously and support their employees through it.

        • The Chairman 4.3.1.1

          That’s the good intentions, Stephanie, but where are the safeguards?

          Will coming to work with a shiner automatically open ones personal life up for a probing?

          • Tracey 4.3.1.1.1

            wasnt corrections an example of an employer trying to help in tge dunedin case where dad shot his kids and himself? they didnt sack him, they organised counselling and support. thats this in practice surely.

          • weka 4.3.1.1.2

            “Will coming to work with a shiner automatically open ones personal life up for a probing?”

            I haven’t had a good look at the proposal yet, but isn’t it about giving people suffering domestic violence some legal protection and support re time off etc?

            Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill will make four main changes:

            protect victims from discrimination on the basis of domestic violence,

            allow victims of domestic violence to request flexible working arrangements from their employer if needed,

            allow victims of domestic violence to take up to 10 days leave a year related to the violence, and

            clarify that domestic violence is a hazard in the workplace that needs to be managed like other hazards.

            Is it the last one you are concerned about?

          • Stephanie Rodgers 4.3.1.1.3

            I find it interesting that the significant amounts of work which have been done by Australian unions, the Public Service Association, and Suzanne Snively ONZM, an economist, are being written off as ‘good intentions’. This report and Member’s Bill aren’t a fluffy wishlist. They are based on serious research and proven experience.

            If you genuinely feel there is a risk to victims of domestic violence, I am certain Jan Logie would like to hear about it and amend her Member’s Bill accordingly.

            • The Chairman 4.3.1.1.3.1

              Call it what you will, Stephanie, nevertheless, making the workplace a primary place for intervention potentially puts all employees rights at risk.

              Drug testing, social media probing, now domestic violence, where will it end?

              Surely Jan doesn’t require me to state the obvious.

              • weka

                What do you mean by intervention there?

                  • McFlock

                    No workplace intervention there.
                    Workplace accommodation regarding leave, rosters and workplace safety, but no intervention.

                    I could be wrong – what are you specifically referring to?

                    • The Chairman

                      Jan believes the workplace is a primary place for intervention.

                      She states: “we know that a significant number of victims who are killed have not been in touch with support agencies but their work colleagues have either known or suspected domestic violence. This makes the workplace a primary place for intervention”.

                      If victims initially fail to seek help, how does she expect a business to intervene, let alone know who to target?

                      And on what grounds? Mere suspicion, rumors and innuendo?

                      How will a business establish the facts to avoid this new workplace hazard?

                      As for accommodating for extended leave, rosters etc… this bill also gives employers ample opportunity to refuse to accommodate.

                    • Tracey

                      The Chairman

                      Isn’t the Bill partly about making it a supportive environment from which to seek help? Sending certain messages by law and then education mean, that a victim who previously would not have sought support within a workplace, and couldn’t get it at home (obviously) and possibly family, can do so from a boss? That’s my understanding of what intervention means? I may be wrong.

                    • McFlock

                      If victims initially fail to seek help, how does she expect a business to intervene, let alone know who to target?

                      Haven’t you seen the ads?
                      “Are you okay?”

                      You’re right, that’s fucking Orwellian. /sarc

                    • The Chairman

                      The path to an ‘Orwellian’ world is generally taken in small steps and is paved with good intentions.

                    • The Chairman

                      Employers aren’t social workers, Tracey. Nor are they the police.

                      When it comes to intervention, apparently employers are largely being encouraged to draw up their own plan of attack.

                    • McFlock

                      Frankly, I’m amazed it needs to be suggested that employers to ask if their employees are okay, if they have grounds to believe something might be wrong.

                      Anything.

                      “Are you okay?”
                      “My mum’s sick”.

                      Pretty human thing to do, if you ask me.

                    • The Chairman

                      But it’s not just being suggested, it’s being legislated.

                      They’ll be asking because victims are to be considered a potential hazard that employers are going to be legally obliged to identify and manage. Rather Orwellian.

                    • McFlock

                      So when considering the safety of their employees in the workplace, you don’t believe that the employer should consider the possibility of their employees being attacked by a partner in the workplace?

                      By the way: “victims are to be considered a potential hazard”.
                      Nope. The threat is the hazard. Stop blaming the victim. That wee misunderstanding is probably why the legislation is needed: small-minded bosses.

                    • The Chairman

                      I’m not blaming the victim, I’m highlighting what’s in the bill.

                      Not only are victims considered a work place hazard, they are also seen as an added business cost in lost working days and productivity.

                      The notion of employers accommodating for extended leave, roster changes etc… is largely a farce.

                      In regards to safety in the workplace, I’m not saying the bill doesn’t have points of merit (good intentions) I’m questioning the unintended consequences, lack of safeguards and potential for abuse.

                      Victims will be focused on largely due to their added cost and negative impact on the business and not because of genuine concern regarding their circumstances.

                      Employers are not professionals in the field, hence one slip up could result in death.

                    • Tracey

                      “Employers aren’t social workers, Tracey. Nor are they the police.”

                      Wow, just wow The Chairman.

                      People spend over a third of their day at work or traveling to work, to deny the influence and role and employer and the workplace can play is self defeating, for the employer.

                      It also denies the reality that many work environments in NZ have employers who are supportive and want to assist their workers, not just at work.

                      The premise, it seems to me, that this Bill is based on, is that employers and the workplace are hugely influential places in terms of a worker’s life. If social work and policing worked to solve domestic violence, such a bill would not be necessary.

                      I am an employer. I am not a tax collector, oh wait, yes I am, the government uses me as an unpaid tax collector to collect tax for them… so why not not pay me to look out for the well being of employees who may be physically assaulted? Of course employers or someone they employee are police and social workers… They bring down rules and regulations of enforcement int heir workplaces and they listen to troubled workers…. this Bill suggests there is an opportunity to extend that to victims of domestic violence.

                      Corrections extended support to an employee under protection orders and got him counselling.

                    • The Chairman

                      I’m not denying employers have influence, Tracey. I’m highlighting social work and policing is not their core function.

                      Moreover, intervention in this manner may put them, victims and their workplace directly in the line of fire.

                      As this isn’t their core function, the inexperience could result in deaths.

                      Nor am I denying a number of employers genuinely care. This bill doesn’t alter that.

                      Social work and policing are not the drivers of domestic violence, they generally help during and after a domestic event has taken place.

                      Hence, making employers social workers and police by default is going to prevent domestic violence from taking place.

                      Low incomes, resulting in financial stress and the related heated arguments are a driver of domestic violence. Focusing on improving that would have more of a preventative impact.

                    • Tracey

                      Surely employers become conduits to social workers and police?

                      However I agree, it would be much more effective to make employers pay a living wage in the first instance than to introduce this Bill. NOT that this will necessarily result in women (and men) being removed from violent domestic situations as quickly as one would want.

                      Isn’t this Bill as much about how to keep victims safe who have already suffered the violence? In other words, less preventative than removing people from harms way that is in existence?

                    • The Chairman

                      Yes, this bill is about trying to keep victims and the workplace safe, Tracey. That’s the good intentions behind it mustering its support.

                      However, in doing so it also highlights that victims are a workplace hazard and added business cost.

                      Where there is genuine support, it will be recognised and perhaps victims will seek it.

                      But can we manufacture a notion of support when victims will also know they will be seen in such a negative way (a workplace hazard and added business cost)?

                    • McFlock

                      Nowhere in the bill does it state or even imply that victims are a hazard. You are welcome to refer me to the specific clause if I am wrong.

                      It does require leave entitlements and other accommodations that any normal human being would have granted anyway, but in case an employer might not be a normal human being, it also outlaws discrimination on the grounds of being a DV target.

                      Your argument seems to be “not the employers’ core business, therefore they might make a tragic mistake”. The worst mistake they can make is to fail to take the threat of violence seriously and do nothing. And, just to spell it out for you, the threat of violence does not come from the employee who took out the protection order.

                    • The Chairman

                      Their inattention and potential for being distracted from domestic events puts them and their work colleagues at risk. It’s in the bill or related info.

                      And don’t overlook they also pose an added business cost, hence will be seen in a negative light.

                      As explained above, the bill also provides ample opportunity for employers to opt out of accommodating for leave entitlements.

                      Moreover, employers may find the best and only way to really manage the hazard is to simply remove it.

                      Can you point me to where this is safeguarded against?

                      One aspect of my concern is death and harm can result due to inexperience, but it’s not the base of my whole argument. Moreover, considering what I’ve posted thus far, it would be rather ignorant to conclude so.

                      I’m not suggesting employers should ignore the dangers, that would be a mistake. I’m highlighting their inexperience may exacerbate them, drawing them and their workplace directly into the line of fire.

                    • McFlock

                      Their inattention and potential for being distracted from domestic events puts them and their work colleagues at risk. It’s in the bill or related info.

                      From the Greens release: ” The strain of dealing with domestic violence can undermine a worker’s productivity, performance and wellbeing.”
                      If that translates to putting their colleagues at risk, isn’t that already covered by OSH?

                      And don’t overlook they also pose an added business cost, hence will be seen in a negative light.

                      As explained above, the bill also provides ample opportunity for employers to opt out of accommodating for leave entitlements.

                      Moreover, employers may find the best and only way to really manage the hazard is to simply remove it.

                      Can you point me to where this is safeguarded against?

                      From the bill’s explanatory note:
                      “Clause 8 amends section 105 of the ERA to add, as a prohibited
                      ground of discrimination, being a victim of domestic violence.”

                      “Clause 16 amends section 21 of the HRA to add, as a prohibited
                      ground of discrimination, being a victim of domestic violence.”

                    • The Chairman

                      Despite victims being extremely vulnerable in the workplace, coupled with the workplace hazard and added business costs they pose, if an employer can’t accommodate a victims needs they’ll still be required to keep them in employment.

                      That’s interesting as it does little to improve workplace safety, especially in a high risk time of separation. Work is where the victim will be found.

                      Moreover, if the hazard and added business cost can’t be directly removed, it will be avoided in other ways – perhaps becoming a long-term employment obstacle for women.

                    • McFlock

                      Despite victims being extremely vulnerable in the workplace, coupled with the workplace hazard and added business costs they pose, if an employer can’t accommodate a victims needs they’ll still be required to keep them in employment.

                      That’s interesting as it does little to improve workplace safety, especially in a high risk time of separation. Work is where the victim will be found.

                      awww, that’s sweet – you’ll fire them for their own good. God forbid they’d make that decisions, or other agencies get involved if the threat is that clear and immediate that you need to fire someone.
                      Really, measures would simply include alerting security to the situation, controlling access, and maybe figuring out a plan for “what if X turns up at the counter?”

                      Moreover, if the hazard and added business cost can’t be directly removed, it will be avoided in other ways – perhaps becoming a long-term employment obstacle for women.

                      Like it’s not already, alongside ethnicity and gender? What it does mean is that the employer at least has to come up with real reasons for dismissal, rather than “too much hassle from your domestic situation”.

                    • The Chairman

                      Again, you’re incorrectly making this personal. I’m not firing anyone. I’m highlighting the contradiction in the objective of the bill.

                      And it’s not as simple as you claim. Not all businesses have on-site security or can easily control access.

                      Someone could be killed or harmed in the time the police are called and arrive on the scene.

                    • McFlock

                      And it’s not as simple as you claim. Not all businesses have on-site security or can easily control access.

                      Someone could be killed or harmed in the time the police are called and arrive on the scene.

                      You are massively overstating the risk and massively understating the ways that risk can be mitigated.

                      If the risk is genuinely that serious, that is one situation where the employee might take time off while the cops track down the abuser. Nobody needs to be fired. Or the staff member can go to the stockroom for a while. Or shift rosters. Because if the abuser doesn’t know their target has shifted roster, they wont know their target has been fired.

                      As opposed to your idea, where the target of abuse is afraid to tell their boss in case they get fired, and so none of their colleagues have been told to look out for person X, nor have been implemented any of the myriad of other mitigating measures that would be an option before firing the employee should even be considered.

                      My guess is that you’re just pissed at the potential leave costs.

                    • The Chairman

                      Not at all. When it comes to domestic violence, people are often killed or harmed.

                      Police can’t charge someone till a crime has been committed and can only hold them for a limited time without charging them.

                      Victims are often fearful and in some cases ashamed. Hence, manufacturing a notion of support when victims will also know they will be seen in such a negative way (a workplace hazard and added business cost) isn’t going to encourage many to come forward.

                      Victims will fear unscrupulous employers will merely fault pick to give them just cause.

                    • McFlock

                      Not at all. When it comes to domestic violence, people are often killed or harmed.

                      … in the workplace? cite, please. #protection orders, #po violated, #po assaults in workplace (preferably including the other staff you’re so concerned about).
                      Otherwise you’re just making shit up.

                      Police can’t charge someone till a crime has been committed and can only hold them for a limited time without charging them.

                      They can, however, intervene in other ways, and threatening behaviour is an excellent catch-all.

                      Victims are often fearful and in some cases ashamed. Hence, manufacturing a notion of support when victims will also know they will be seen in such a negative way (a workplace hazard and added business cost) isn’t going to encourage many to come forward.

                      Victims will fear unscrupulous employers will merely fault pick to give them just cause.

                      But if the bill were enacted, at least they’d have some recourse against the crappy employers you seek to protect. Unlike now.

                    • The Chairman

                      Evidently, you’ve had little life experience if you believe I’m making things up.

                      It’s from the US but I’m sure you’ll get the gist.

                      http://police.ucsf.edu/system/files/domesticviolenceworkplace.pdf

                      People can be arrested and processed within the hour. Again, clearly no real life experience.

                      Enacting the bill will see victims become considered a potential hazard that employers are going to be legally obliged to identify, with the unscrupulous attempting to weed them out.

                    • McFlock

                      You’re welcome to show something with relevant data.
                      You know, New Zealand, something that doesn’t conflate all violence with violence committed by the employee’s domestic violence abuser.

                      If people aren’t “often killed or harmed” by their domestic violence abuser in their own workplace, it’s a non-issue. How do you define “often”? Is every person who takes out a protection order subsequently killed in their own workplace by their abuser? No. So what level are we talking about, and is it higher for employees than the regular danger from violent strangers walking in off the street?

                      Enacting the bill will see victims become considered a potential hazard that employers are going to be legally obliged to identify, with the unscrupulous attempting to weed them out.

                      It’s already a hazard they need to identify(check out a) and e)). The new bill simply makes it explicit, and protects people from discrimination by their bosses.

                    • The Chairman

                      Indeed, it’s more explicit as it’s an attempt to identify more, which has its good intentions but also helps the unscrupulous with their weeding.

                      Then there is the risk of inexperience, that could potentially result in death and harm.

                      Moreover, how do you think an abuser will react when they eventually find out an employer compelled their partner to dob them in? In some cases, it won’t be pretty to say the least.

                      Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner.

                      According to a 2006 study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in four large private industry establishments (with more than 1,000 employees) reported at least one incidence of domestic violence, including threats and assaults, in the past year.

                      http://www.workplacesrespond.org/learn/the-facts/the-facts-on-the-workplace-and-domestic-violence

                      NZ Police estimate only 18% of domestic violence incidents are reported.

                      However, NZ Police are called to around 200 domestic violence situations a day – that’s one every seven minutes on average.

                      https://womensrefuge.org.nz/WR/Domestic-violence/Statistics.htm

                      A specific breakdown of locations and figures on violence that is perpetrated and experienced by an intimate partner in NZ is somewhat lacking.

                      The NZ police are currently working on improving their stats.

                      Scroll down to page 4. What is happening with family violence offending?

                      http://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/crime-stats-calendar-faqs-20131231.pdf

                      Alternatively, http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00020/police-crime-stats-dont-tell-us-story-on-domestic-violence.htm.

                      You’ll have to suffice with what little can be gleamed locally and what international figures show.

  5. RedBaronCV 5

    Some how I have reservations about this too. I find it some what disturbing. On one hand , yes it is an effort to do something. On the other hand, given that some very personal information is going to be disclosed, what surety is there that it isn’t going to be used against the discloser in very many ways.
    Given that even those people and systems that should be reacting adequately to domestic violence and should have the background material and tools to do so – police, family courts, Winz- simply don’t, mainly they coabuse .
    Financially, Winz with the beneficiary bashing, and the courts with their “you don’t need any child support why should he have to pay” provide some spectacular financial coabuse of caregivers.

    The police with the wet bus ticket cool down period deprive the kids of homes and provide the abuser with a fasle sense of entitlement. The courts with the so called theraputic model, demanding that abusers have the right to have their targets attend on their negotiating demands are saying that ex partners and the children want to be therapy for the abuser and the attached violence, drug and alcohol problems. Coabuse of the personal and psychological sort rather than attending to safety issues of women and children.

    Last but not least why should those with protection orders out agains them not have to disclose this at job interviews. There is so much DV in New Zealand that these disclosures can easitly wind up in the hands of abusers. Many abusers wear a suit and tie, have great lawyers and good jobs, swimming untouched in the community.

  6. bystander 6

    Meanwhile over on Planet Farrar, “It’s not ok” has been forgotten/ignored in the stats of reported crime.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2014/04/violent_crime_continues_to_fall.html

    • Tracey 6.1

      yesterday key claimed law and order is the second most important thing to kiwis. today crime stat show crime has dropped… unless you are a victim of domestic violence… ergo, national has now addressed the second most important issue to kiwis. govt is so easy.

  7. RedBaronCV 7

    I’ve spent a lot on time thinking about the above and wondered if there was another piece that could/should be added. Employers to be notified by people who have protection orders against them- usually being convicted of a criminal offence requires employer notification. And some further requirements that unpaid(not paid because who should be paid for abuse) time off be given to enable the recognised DV courses to be completed and passed.(Not just some useless counselling) Even when orders are made the completion rate of these courses is low and there is some evidence that arresting people at work is quite a good way to ensure they attend.
    So why not put some workplace pressure on those who have an order against them, to clean up their act (maybe they get a voluntary chance to do so before employer notification) and also so that the employer can ensure that they are not in a work position that causes problems.
    I’ve known people with orders against them who are in charge of money flows for social response in this area and there is a reported family law case of a police prosecutor who had an order against him. Was there any workplace monitoring to ensure that these positions were not used in an inappropriate way?

    • Tracey 7.1

      sometimes the catalyst for violence is the financial stresses of life. the underlying cause for domestic violence are many and varied, but essentially placing a person in economic hardship may make them angrier and feel they have nothing left to lose?

      • RedBaronCV 7.1.1

        These are people who get satisfaction out of hitting and bullying others. The more we make enviromental and outside factors the excuse the less emphasis we put on the individual taking responsibility for their own behaviour and stopping it.
        Everyone puts up with the same workplaces, economics etc, most don’t deal with it by hitting others. Plenty of well off people do the DV thing too.

  8. Tracey 8

    ” Rape crisis centres are struggling under the weight of increased demand for services and a dwindling pool of funding.

    Survivors of sexual violence and agencies supporting victims and offenders spoke at a parliamentary inquiry into funding of specialist sexual violence services yesterday.

    Wellington Rape Crisis manager Eleanor Butterworth estimated that about 20 per cent of their staff hours were spent on completing funding applications and reports, but despite their efforts the agency is running on a deficit of up to $100,000 every year.

    Butterworth said one in four women and one in eight men has experienced sexual violence, and as the stigma around it was broken down there would be greater demand to plan for.

    If the cost of sexual violence was to be reduced – Treasury estimated it cost New Zealand $1.2 billion a year – resources needed to be put into education and prevention, she said.

    “When it’s not being dealt with it just pops up somewhere else in the system – 75 per cent of our clients have mental health diagnoses.”

    Abuse and Rape Crisis Support Manawatu manager Ann Kent said some clients had to wait three months for an appointment because the organisation could not keep up with demand.

    “Our team is exhausted and frustrated by a lack of resources, but we continue to work hard for the services our clients need.”

    They were on track to see 10 per cent more clients this year than last, and the number of referrals from police in Manawatu had increased by half.

    Kent said clients had high needs, with one likening her life after sexual violence to a war zone. ”

    stuff.co.nz

  9. joe90 9

    This.

    http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/2014/03/24/domestic-violence-statistics/

    Indirect costs

    Not only do victims of domestic violence require medical attention, they also tend to miss work more frequently. To illustrate the extent of this problem, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, using data from 2007, found that victims lose almost 8 million days of paid work per year. That’s equal to more than 32,000 full-time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity.

    However, that’s not the only problem. The NCADV notes that there are 16,800 homicides due to domestic violence annually. Factoring this in, the true cost is $37 billion. Adjusting for inflation, it would be $41.9 billion in 2014. To put that into perspective, that exceeds the gross domestic product of more than half of all nations on Earth.

    • miravox 9.1

      Crazy isn’t it?

      A huge social cost has time and again been converted to a huge economic cost (not to mention a huge educational and mental health cost for kids exposed to domestic violence) and even then, in a world that measures value by money, society cannot pull together to demand the resources to end this scourge and politicians refuse to lead in a coordinated way.

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  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    18 mins ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    7 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    22 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    3 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    6 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    6 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    7 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    7 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    7 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    1 week ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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