Manukau Courier : February 18th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Friday, February 18, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.manukaucourier.co.nz Manukau Courier online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Model police district By DAVID TAURANGA COUNTIES Manukau has been described as a model policing district when it comes to investigating child abuse. An Independent Police Complaints Authority report into the handling of child abuse cases says the district has high standards when investigating such cases and recommends other districts should follow its lead. The report, released this week, is part two of an inquiry sparked after more than 100 languishing child abuse files were discovered in the Wairarapa CIB in 2009. The authority then re- visited 7000 child abuse files over 25 years. It found hundreds of chil- dren reported as being sexually abused by family members were failed by police through delays, poor investigations and improper filing. Five police officers have been investigated and cleared of misconduct, six other con- duct investigations have been completed and seven are yet to be finished. A disciplinary committee decides on action when all the investigations are complete. The authority has conclu- ded there were serious failures in the police investi- gation of child abuse which must never be repeated, authority chairwoman Jus- tice Lowell Goddard says. Counties Manukau and Auckland were assessed as being model districts with minimal files that required a revisit. District commander super- intendent Mike Bush says Counties Manukau has a strong focus on child abuse. We continue to work closely with our partners Child, Youth and Family and the Manukau District Health Board to provide victims with the very best service and sup- port, he says. The multi-agency centre Te Pou Herenga Waka, which opened in 2010, has created a focal point for victims. Part one of the authority s investigation, reported in May last year, made 34 rec- ommendations for improve- ments to systems and police had responded positively, the authority says. Part two has focused on the nature and reasons for failures and examined the response of districts and police national headquarters. Among its findings: June 2006 -- Counties Manukau had built up a backlog of child abuse investi- gation files, due to several factors including three inten- sive child homicide inquiries earlier that year. The district asked national headquarters for help to clear the backlog. September 2006 -- The Counties Manukau s Child Abuse Team File Manage- ment System was adopted and modified by Wairarapa CIB. September 2006 -- Counties Manukau was found to be the only district where staff working on child abuse investigations were not called out or placed on a duty roster. February to October 2009 -- Counties Manukau was chosen to pilot the case man- agement model, a system where case details are recorded and the process and case requirements outlined and monitored. If that model worked in a complex dis- trict like Counties Manukau it would be likely to succeed in other less challenging dis- tricts . August 2009 to February 2010 -- In Operation Scope, a national audit of child abuse investigation files, Counties Manukau is regarded as a model district. Information collected from Operation Scope and auth- ority inquiries showed Counties Manukau had an effective investigation team and practices. The team worked well despite the district s large size and diverse communities and this model should be carefully considered by all districts . REAL women tackle duathlon for support group By MATT BOWEN Running on love: Taking part in the REAL Women's Duathlon for Sands Manukau are, from right: Sarah Numan, Sonia Prasad, Katherine Fisher, Heather Clark, Awhina Rogers and Josie Apelu. Sarah Numan s babies won t be there to see their mum sweat through her first duathlon. Hope was stillborn in 2003, Noah in 2007 and Willow in November of the same year. Now Mrs Numan is train- ing to tackle the REAL Women s Duathlon in their memory and raise funds for the stillborn and newborn death support organisation Sands Manukau. Come April 17 at the Mangere event, she ll walk or run 3.5km, cycle 10km then cover the last 1.5km on foot with her children and hus- band cheering her on. Looking after her four home-schooled children keeps her looking fit but that s an illusion, Mrs Numan says. I ve not exercised since I was about 15. I am someone who struggles to walk up to the dairy and 99 percent of the time takes the car instead. I am certainly not in the active club. She s now covering 2.2km a day. Mrs Numan and five other Sands Manukau members are taking part in the duathlon to help raise the $11,000 needed to fund around 300 care bags per year for grieving mothers at Middlemore Hospital. Two REAL Women s Duathlons will be held at Mangere s Ambury Regional Park this year -- on February 27 and April 17. Go to www.realduathlon. co.nz. Call 577-5293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor Sarah and her friends. Donations of $20 can also be made automatically by calling 0900-SANDS. Go to www.manukau courier. co.nz to see what the REAL Women's Duathlon is all about.
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