Man suffers serious head injuries in Whanganui assault and robbery

Police are appealing for information about a violent assault and robbery in Whanganui in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A man with serious head and facial injuries was found in Smithfield Road at about 2am.

The man appears to have had several items stolen from him after being attacked by several people, police said in a statement.

He was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Any witnesses to the alleged attack or anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Greg Gray at Whanganui Police on (06) 215 4138.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be supplied anonymously. 

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Police car (File picture). Source: 1 NEWS

Explosives removed from car at Melbourne auction

Explosives have been removed from a Holden ute which was to go under the hammer at a Melbourne car auction.

Victoria Police's bomb squad went to the premises on Gordon Luck Avenue in Altona North about 10.45am on Tuesday after an employee found what appeared to be two sticks of explosives in a Holden ute being prepared for sale.

The bomb squad removed the explosives and police deemed the area safe.

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Australian police officers. Source: 1 NEWS


Changing the way New Zealanders talk about poverty could reduce bullying and help lift children out of it, expert says

New Zealand needs to rethink the way it talks about poverty if it wants to lift the next generation out of it.

That's the message of researcher and author Jess Berentson-Shaw, who will be the keynote speaker today at the 2018 Child Poverty Action Group Summit in Wellington.

"One of the things about child poverty is there are many things that will work to rebalance New Zealanders doing things tough," she told TVNZ1's Breakfast today. "And sometimes the way that we talk about it doesn't really point people to feeling like we can do something about it."

Last year, Ms Berentson-Shaw wrote Pennies from Heaven, a book focusing on strategies for moving children and their whānau out of poverty.

Currently, New Zealanders tend to fall into "othering" when talking about poverty - thinking about it as if it only exists in other communities or other countries. And we think of it as an individual problem rather than a community problem. We need to "change the story", she said, so that we view ourselves as an interconnected village all in it together, rather than blaming individuals for the situation they're in.

"Language is really, really important. Much more than we think sometimes," she said. "One of the things to come out of my research is that children themselves experience a really negative impact when we talk about poverty negatively.

"There's lots of research on children experiencing bullying, or being singled out by other children when they're identified as being in poverty. So that's a really important issue for us to think about - how we talk about it might actually have an effect on children themselves."

Today's summit is bringing together experts from across the nation to provide their perspectives on the welfare system, and "to fulfil an urgent need to influence the welfare reform agenda, which is a key focus for the current Government," organisers said.

Jess Berentson-Shaw is the keynote speaker today at the Child Poverty Action Group Welfare Summit. Source: Breakfast


Disappearance of William Tyrrell, NSW boy missing for four years, referred to coroner

The case of missing NSW boy William Tyrrell is to be handed to the coroner and an inquest has been proposed for next year.

On the fourth anniversary of William's disappearance, NSW Police announced that investigators have been speaking with the coroner and an inquest before Deputy NSW Coroner Harriet Grahame has been proposed.

In a statement, NSW Police said investigators in the case "would like to acknowledge the continued strength and courage of William Tyrrell's families today.

"Over the past year, investigators have continued to explore lines of inquiry in an effort to find out what happened to William, including a large-scale forensic search," it said.

The deputy coroner has requested a brief of evidence, the statement said, which would be provided by the end of the year.

The inquest will be "an opportunity to test information and evidence gathered by Strike Force Rosann and further the investigation.
"This is another step in ensuring answers are provided to William's loved ones," the statement said.

William was playing in his grandmother's yard at Kendall on the NSW mid north coast when he vanished on September 12, 2014.
He was three.

Despite a large-scale search, no trace of him has been found.

William Tyrrell.

Parents should have choice whether to drink at school events, says Cheers! boss

It's important for "parents to have choice" whether to drink alcohol at school events as part of role modelling drinking well, Cheers NZ executive director Matt Claridge says.

Debate has raged about the place of alcohol at school events after strong opposition from health professionals resulted in a small Hawke's Bay school withdrawing its application to the council to sell alcohol at a fundraiser.

"For Parents to have choice, I think that's fairly important, but also the environment they create and the way they role model drinking is the single biggest influencer on kids as they grow up," Mr Claridge told TVNZ1's Breakfast.

"We've got a responsibility to help encourage the right attitude in them and not to bury the issue away and think that it will take care of itself."

Mr Claridge said research had indicated that over half of New Zealand children aged 15 to 17 have had a drink of alcohol in the last year and parents needed to shape the attitudes of their children towards drinking.

"There's good research that kids as young as 12 or 13 are starting to form an attitude or may even have had a taste of alcohol itself."

"What we've got to do is shape their attitude so that by the time they get to age 18 they actually know what responsible drinking is and drinking in moderation looks like."

It’s important for "parents to have choice" to drink alcohol at school events as part of role modelling drinking well to their children, Cheers! NZ executive director says. Source: Breakfast