Portrayal of sexual violence in media is having a negative effect on Kiwi teenagers - Chief Censor's report

The portrayal of sexual violence in the media is having a negative effect on New Zealand's teenagers according to a new report by the Chief Censor.

Of the 50 teenagers spoken to in Chief Censor David Shanks report, most said their parents were unaware of what they were watching, or weren't interested.

"There is a real risk of cumulative impacts and shaping of young people's views and attitudes and that's particularly so for young people," Mr Shanks said.

Mr Shanks has just released the last of three reports on young New Zealanders' views upon sexual violence.

Some disturbing responses from New Zealand teens on how the representation of sex on television affects them included:

"I feel like some guys would see that and think 'I can do that to girls and that's how I would get some'."

And:  "We lean mixed messages about relationships, sex and sexual violence from the media."

The report suggests viewers may become desensitised to high impact content through repeated exposure and are often seeing things they don't want to see.

However, New Zealand's own Shortland Street, which airs on TVNZ2, was praised in the report for being socially responsible when airing sexually explicit material.

"I think it's good practice to have those boundaries around those kinds of stories we're telling and to remember that we've got young eyes on us and that they're incredibly vulnerable," Shortland Street producer Maxine Fleming said.

Todd Barclay case lawyers paid taxpayer cash

Taxpayer money from the former prime minister's leader's fund was used to pay for legal advice as well as top up the settlement in the Todd Barclay case, it's been revealed.

The settlement was paid to former electorate office staffer Glenys Dickson to settle an employment dispute with Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay.

Most of it was paid by her employer, the Parliamentary Service, but had to be topped up from former prime minister John Key's leader's fund.

The amount isn't known but New Zealand First managed to find out, through the Official Information Act, that $2609 was used to pay lawyers.

The scandal forced the MP to announce he wouldn't stand for re-election in September.

Police have re-opened an investigation into allegations that he secretly recorded conversations of staff in his Gore electorate office where Ms Dickson was employed.

The news comes as opposition parties seized on new allegations about the contents of the alleged recordings. Source: 1 NEWS


Woman brandishing 'pistol' leaves empty handed after attempted Dunedin dairy robbery

A woman brandishing a weapon which police say "looked like a pistol" attempted to rob a dairy in Dunedin yesterday morning.

Police say the woman attempted to rob the Halfway Bush dairy on the corner of Taieri Rd and Ashmore St at around 7:30am.

The storekeeper was able to escape to a safe area and called Police.

The woman who attempted the robbery was in the store for a very short period of time before leaving without taking anything.

She is described by police as being 20-30 years old with an olive complexion and of solid build. 

Police are seeking a woman after the attempted robbery of a Dunedin dairy yesterday morning.
Police are seeking a woman after the attempted robbery of a Dunedin dairy yesterday morning. Source: New Zealand Police