Violent crimes have been increasing in New Zealand for more than a decade. Now a five-year government initiative to reduce violence against women and children has foundered and police are struggling to get convictions for violent crimes against women.
Another summer, another spate of violent deaths. And this summer virtually all the victims have been women or girls. Just before Christmas, a 14-month-old girl, Mereana Wairakau Karoline Ponamu Clements-Matete died of internal injuries in Palmerston North Hospital. Police quickly established it was homicide. A 24-year-old man, said by police to be "known" to the victim, has been arrested.
Barely a fortnight later, the Rangitikei town of Marton was rocked after 83-year-old Mona Morriss was stabbed to death in her home on January 3 or 4.
Two days later, barmaid Tania McKenzie's ...
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