Crash between car and motorbike in the Coromandel closes section of SH25

A serious two-vehicle crash involving a car and motorcycle this morning has caused part of State Highway 25 to be closed in the Coromandel.

Police are in attendance at the crash between Waihi and Whangamata, which was reported at approximately 11.15am.

As a result, the road is blocked between Golden Valley Road and Whiritoa Beach Road with motorists asked to avoid the area.

More to come. 

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High school students should be taught about pornography and sexual violence, report says

High school students should be taught about pornography and sexual violence so they learn what is healthy, the Education Review Office has said in a report.

Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education is the agency’s first review of sex education in schools in 11 years.

It says sex education has not kept pace with technological changes in the last decade.

"Without the knowledge and skills to navigate this context, young people are at risk of developing unhealthy attitudes toward sexuality, increasing risks to mental and physical wellbeing for themselves and others," it said.

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The report highlighted an upcoming survey from the Light Project which suggests many young people in New Zealand are learning about sex through pornography, which "rarely depicts meaningful consent, and often includes coercion and/or violence, particularly towards girls and women, as a normal part of sexual encounters".

"This creates unhealthy views about sex and relationships, and is leading young people to engage in physically and emotionally risky behaviours. It is therefore of some concern that ERO found pornography was one of the least well covered aspects of sexuality education. ERO therefore recommends further investigation into the impact of pornography on young people."

The report also highlighted several high-profile news stories to highlight the risks to young people of not understanding consent.

"There have been a number of high-profile issues related to sexuality, including the Roast Busters scandal, and the protests sparked by misogynistic language used by some students on social media, as well as the broader #MeToo movement with its focus on exposing the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault."

"These show both the risks young people face when a healthy understanding of consent is not widely held, and the increasing demand from school students for effective sexuality education to address these issues."

Fewer than half of New Zealand high schools were covering pornography and sexual violence with the report recommending 12 to 15 hours of sexuality education for students in years nine and 10.

Only a few schools were found to meet this threshold, the report said.

Sex education is compulsory for students from years one to 10 and is one of one of seven "key learning areas" in the health and PE curriculum.

The ERO also said school boards should provide more support for sexually and gender-diverse students.

The review recommended schools "proactively consider how to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for sex-, gender- and sexuality-diverse students, including reviewing uniform and bathroom options".

It’s been found most schools are failing to keep pace with social and technological changes when it comes to sex ed. Source: 1 NEWS

Wellington warned of water shortages if usage remains the same

A water management report has warned of future Wellington water shortages if usage and population growth trends remain the same.

A report from council-owned company Wellington Water, which manages water assets for five councils in the region, found if residents kept hosing their gardens and showering like they did now, demand for water would exceed supply in 2040.

The report, discussed by some of the region's mayors and councillors during a Wellington Water Committee meeting on Monday, was a starting point for discussions that would include councils and residents, Wellington Water's group manager for network strategy and planning, Mark Kinvig said.

Wellington Water looked after water assets for the Wellington, Upper Hutt, Hutt City, Porirua and Greater Wellington regional councils.

The report identified three key issues, Mr Kinvig said, the first being that demand for water would exceed supply.

"We know that from our modelling work, and that modelling work takes into account growth and climate change.

"Secondly our water sources and network are vulnerable to earthquakes and climate change as well, in terms of storms, and rising sea levels."

The third was there could be less water available in aquifers and rivers due to tougher environmental rules.

The next step for the organisation is to understand those issues better, then work with councils to come up with solutions. These could include educating the public, a new source of water or more storage, and keeping on top of leaky pipes.

Wellington Water Committee member, councillor Iona Pannett, said potential solutions, like a new dam or water metering, could be contentious.

The committee, which is made up of the region's mayors and councillors, oversees Wellington Water.

"We haven't come up with any definite answer about what needs to be done, but at the very least we do need to start with public education," Ms Pannett said.

Water meters were brought up last year by Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw, after an unusually hot summer saw restrictions enforced across the region earlier than usual.

Mr Laidlaw said it was inevitable meters would be introduced and that these would be likely part of a national approach to managing drinking water.

"There's no question that metering produces savings," he said.

"There are some people who say 'well I don't like water metering because in effect this is the first step towards privatisation'.

"There's no link between water metering and privatisation at all."

The debate around water meters needs to be kept open, he said.

In the meantime, with whatever solutions were found, residents would have to do their part, Mark Kinvig said.

"This is not just down to the actions that we take, and our client councils take. Every Wellingtonian has a role to play to use the region's water in an efficient way."

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Officer driving police car involved in Dunedin crash that injured woman and baby possibly suffered medical event

A police car and a school bus have been involved in a five-car crash outside a pre-school in Dunedin this morning.

Police say a police officer and a member of the public are receiving treatment in hospital after the accident at the intersection of York Place and Smith Street at around 8:30am.

They say initial information suggests the male officer who was driving the police car possibly suffered a medical event and the car has collided with the other vehicles.

A woman received moderate to serious injuries and has been taken to hospital. A baby in her care was also checked at hospital but is understood to have minor injuries.

Police are investigating to determine the exact circumstances of what happened.

A witness told Stuff the school bus was empty when the police car crashed into it, with two other cars also colliding.

The accident happened outside an early childhood centre. Source: 1 NEWS

Changes to family violence law strengthens protection of victims

Proposed changes to strengthen the system that deals with violence in families have been announced, with victims to be protected for up to 10 days and dowry abuse acknowledged as a form of violence.   

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the changes to the proposed Family and Whānau Violence law aims to strengthen the legislative foundations of the family violence system.

The changes specify that dowry abuse (where the family of a husband push the wife's family for additional finances post-marriage which can include threatening physical violence) was a form of family violence, it recognises coercion and control is an element of family violence and it also aims to modernise the Domestic Violence Act.

Mr Little said family violence was "far too common" in New Zealand.

"One of the main changes is allowing police safety orders to protect victims for up to 10 days. This will provide victims with more time to put in place safety arrangements at a crucial point in time.

"The Bill will provide mechanisms for earlier intervention and assessment of the risk that a perpetrator will inflict more serious harm," he said. 

Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence) Minister Jan Logie called the changes a "huge opportunity and we must do all we can to make transformational change". 

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