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Fri 21st August 2009

Is Women’s Refuge Covering Up for Ms Lui death

Filed under: General — gh @ 5:17 pm

1) In this article Refuge says education on protection orders needed : it is stated that the protection order could not be served on Ms Liu’s husband, Nai Yin Xue

2) In this article Violence in dumped toddler’s family it is stated that Mr Xue, a 54-year-old magazine publisher, last appeared in court in June, when he was convicted of assault, and reappeared for breaching a protection order.

Article 1:
Pumpkin case: Refuge says education on protection orders needed
5:00AM Friday Sep 21, 2007

Pumpkin case

* Stony silence as killer Xue sentenced
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A leading New Zealand family law expert believes the death of An An Liu highlights the problems immigrants have in understanding how protection orders work when they are victims of domestic violence.

Women’s Refuge revealed this week that An An and her three-year-old daughter Qian spent some time last year in the Shakti Asian Women’s Refuge in Auckland last year.

The pair went to the refuge in September, spending about a month before Ms Liu, 27, decided to leave.

While at the refuge, Ms Liu was given information and help on how to obtain a protection and parenting order but left before the orders were finalised and did not provide a forwarding address.

It is understood that because of this the protection order could not be served on Ms Liu’s husband, Nai Yin Xue. It is not known if Ms Liu understood that even though she was returning to her husband, she could still have sought a protection order against him.

Chief executive of the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges Heather Henare said it was important women knew they did not have to be at a refuge in order to get the help and support they offered.

She encouraged all women thinking of taking out a protection order to understand what is involved with the process and how an order works.

It was hard for the women who chose to leave to then decide to return to a situation where they were at risk.

Ms Henare said An An should not be judged for returning to her husband. She wanted to resolve things with her husband, which was her choice.

“It’s not just about leaving him, it’s about leaving her family, lifestyle, culture.”

Article 2:
THE father of dumped toddler Qian Xun Xue has a history of domestic violence, with convictions for assault and his wife seeking several protection orders against him.

New Zealand police have painted a picture of Nai Yin Xue as a violent man prone to attacking his wife Anan Liu, also known as Annie Xue, who was last seen on September 10.

The 27-year-old had left her husband recently and police confirmed that several protection orders had been sought in the past year.

Ms Liu and Qian Xun, dubbed Pumpkin by Australian authorities, also spent a month in an Auckland women’s refuge last year.

The search for Ms Liu has officially been classified as a missing person’s inquiry but it is understood NZ police are informally treating it as a homicide.

Ms Liu’s bank account has not been touched for 10 days and she was last seen at home on September 10 by one of the people living in her suburban Auckland.

Police were today investigating an unconfirmed sighting of Ms Liu in the Auckland suburb of Balmoral last Tuesday.

Ms Liu’s car was found on Monday night at Auckland International Airport, but flight records show she did not leave New Zealand.

The family’s last home in Auckland was sealed off last night and two family cars would be forensically examined, police said.

Mr Xue once held a knife to his wife’s stomach, threatening to kill her, and police also revealed that the day before he left for Australia, Mr Xue collected his passport and a ceremonial sword from police, the New Zealand Press Association said.

The sword had been seized by police as a result of a report of domestic violence within the family.

Mr Xue, a 54-year-old magazine publisher, last appeared in court in June, when he was convicted of assault, and reappeared for breaching a protection order.

“We’re taking the disappearance of (Annie Liu) very seriously and we want to find out where she is,” Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Scott said in Auckland.

“As each hour goes by, our concerns for Anan grow accordingly. There’s been no activity on her bank accounts since last Monday, September 10, and the mobile number we have for her goes directly to voicemail.”

For the first time, police said yesterday that Qian Xun was abducted.

The three-year-old was dumped by her father at a Melbourne train station on Saturday. They flew from New Zealand to Australia last Thursday.

Mr Xue fled Australia on a flight to the US hours after leaving Qian Xun.

Interpol is hunting him across three countries.

New Zealand’s National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges said the Shakti Asian Women’s Refuge helped Ms Liu obtain protection and parenting orders.

The collective said she left before the orders were finalised and did not give a forwarding address.
She had told refuge workers she planned to go to China to see her parents.

New Zealand media reported that Ms Liu fled to China to escape Mr Xue but returned to Auckland.

All her friends said Ms Liu would never leave her daughter’s side.

New Zealand MP Pansy Wong said Qian Xun’s maternal grandmother was trying urgently to be reunited with the girl.

She said she was helping to get Ms Liu’s mother to New Zealand from China and reunite her with her granddaughter.

“Her priority is to come to this part of the world. First of all she wants to unite with Qian Xun and also wants to be really in the midst of knowing what is happening of finding her missing daughter,” Ms Wong said.

Mr Xue has older daughter from a previous relationship.

Det-Sen-Sgt Scott said today she was safe and well and living in New Zealand.

“We don’t have any concerns for her safety and will respect her wishes that she not be subjected to any publicity,” he said.

Mr Xue made a tearful plea last year for his daughter from his first marriage to come home in a documentary titled Kung Fu Father.

He told university documentary makers in Auckland that she ran away in 2002 because he was a bad father who focused only on his career as a wu tai chi master.

Filmmaker Tony Wright said Mr Xue’s performance in his documentary was hollow.

“He was talking and he just started crying … it all seemed very false, it didn’t seem to be believable,” he told New Zealand’s TV3, which obtained the documentary.

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