Budget to deliver $76m funding boost for family violence services

The government has announced that this year's budget will include 30 per cent more money for social services dealing with the harm caused by family violence.

Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Children Tracey Martin and Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues Jan Logie issued a joint statement this morning saying the funding boost will be the first in ten years.

"Nearly half of those receiving the increase are women's refuges who provide vital support keeping women and children safe," Ms Sepuloni said.

"The nearly 30 per cent increase in funding is critical to the Government's efforts to turn around New Zealand’s tragic family violence record."

The funding boost will deliver an additional $76.157 million into the sector over four years, which Ms Sepuloni says will give a much-needed boost to the 150 providers of family violence services in New Zealand.

Ms Logie welcomed the funding, calling it an "an important first step".

"As we start the broader work of challenging and responding to family and sexual violence, it's crucial that victims and their families can get the support they need now ... they can’t wait," Ms Logie said.

Ms Martin said "the announcement delivers on the Coalition Agreement between Labour and New Zealand First to increase funding in this area".

Ms Ardern said organisations like the Salvation Army will most keenly feel the need for the $76m package. Source: 1 NEWS

Winston Peters says Trump’s decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal ‘worrying’

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Donald Trump’s decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal is a “worrying” development but he hasn’t given up hope that a better deal could be worked out.

Speaking TVNZ 1 Breakfast host Jack Tame this morning, Mr Peters said President Trump’s decision increased anxiety across the globe but he remained hopeful.

"I don't think it's impossible to get a better deal out of the Iranians, I hope that's the case because it's a very concerning development," he said.

"It means the development towards conflict worsens, becomes far more an issue of regional and international anxiety."

He said if the Americans' claims were true, then a nuclear arms race was taking place.

"Well, it (a nuclear arms race) is something that's happening at the moment in terms of the claim by the Americans that these people (Iran) are arming themselves in the same way North Korea was."

Mr Peters admitted New Zealand was limited in what it could do in response.

"To be honest with you, not a great deal other than to add our voice to the sound international pressure from countries with like values with views of a sound society wit rule of law being what it should be."

The Foreign Minister says it's a concern that there is not international unity on this issue. Source: Breakfast


Pair arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot man on Auckland's Queen St

Two men have been arrested after a robbery and high-speed chase on Auckland’s Southwestern motorway early this morning.

At about 2.15am two people allegedly threatened a man on Auckland's Queen Street, stealing his wallet and phone, Police told 1 NEWS.

It was reported the pair were threatening to shoot the man, according to Newshub.

They then fled the scene in a car, travelling at speeds up to 150km/h on the southwestern motorway as they were followed by the Police Eagle helicopter.

They dumped the car and attempted to hide in bushes in Onehunga where they were arrested by the Armed Offenders Squad.

The victim is reportedly shaken but unharmed.  

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Police car (File picture). Source: 1 NEWS