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“New” Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence Announced

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 7:14 pm Tue 1st October 2013

From the office of Hon Turiana Turia, Associate Minister for Social Development. I think though I’m not certain that several of those appointed were instrumental in trying to wreck the Glenn project, perhaps dredging up the unsupported historical allegation against Owen Glenn. I don’t think this ‘new expert advisory group’ includes any expertise on violence by women or towards men but there may be some prime man haters on it. How surprising.

New Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence announced

The Associate Minister for Social Development, Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of an Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence in New Zealand.

“The Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence is being formed to provide independent strategic advice to assist Government to determine key priority actions to address family violence in New Zealand,” says Minister Turia.

“The Group has a range of expertise and experience in this field and will work towards solutions by the end of 2013. The members have been chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their commitment to action. As a result their advice is expected to be able to be translated into change on the ground that is tangible and measureable.”

“A whole-of-government approach to family violence is vital and means we need to identify where there may be duplication of services or gaps in addressing family violence and ensure there are linkages with other strategic priorities.”

“Independent advice is an important component in achieving an effective, well-integrated family violence system which delivers accessible, high quality services for all New Zealanders who are affected by family violence.”

“The support of a range of services working hand in hand is what truly turns lives around. The Expert Advisory Group will help us ensure that irrespective of where violence occurs throughout the country, all those affected should be able to seek the appropriate social services, for example stopping violence programmes alongside alcohol and other drug treatment services.”

Appointments to the Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence

Paul von Dadelszen (Chair) is a former barrister and solicitor, and Judge of the District and Family Courts. In May 2011 he became a member of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the Family Court. He is highly regarded for his commitment to public access to justice and to working towards a better Family Court system. He is a current member of the Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is a member of the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families’ Maori Reference Group. Ms Raukawa-Tait is a member of the Whanau Ora Governance Group responsible for overseeing the implementation of Whanau Ora and Deputy Chair of Te Arawa on the Whanau Ora regional leadership group. She was the Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge for three years to 2001, and is well-known for her strong stance against family violence.

Dr James Prescott is a Families Commissioner, a senior lecturer in accounting at the Auckland University of Technology and programme leader for the accounting component of the Bachelor of Business degree. Dr Prescott has extensive networks with the Pacific communities across a number of sectors including education, health, broadcasting and commerce.

Dr Susan Jane Huhana Hickey is a Research Fellow (PhD), a lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, and a practising lawyer, with a particular interest in representing people with disabilities. She is on the Human Rights Review Tribunal, and has her own consultancy that researches human rights issues for indigenous people with disabilities and provides social justice advocacy services.

Dr Janet Fanslow is an Associate Professor in Mental Health Promotion at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, and Co-Director of the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. Dr Fanslow is the principal investigator of the New Zealand Violence against Women Study, and the author of a number of reports and guidelines regarding Family Violence, Child and Partner Abuse, and Elder Abuse and Neglect.

Associate Professor Julia Tolmie is the Chairperson of the Family Violence Death Review Committee and an Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at Auckland University. Associate Professor Tolmie has researched and published on the subjects of battered woman syndrome and intoxication as criminal defences, fathers’ rights groups in the context of family law, corporate social responsibility, and child contact arrangements in the context of domestic violence.

Everdina Fuli is a member of the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families’ Pacific Advisory Group. She is currently the Business Manager at Te Whare Kura, a research institute based at the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland. Ms Fuli has spent the last 15 years in research and contract management, directorships, senior academia and management positions whilst working very closely with Pacific and Māori people in New Zealand. She has published in areas of health, education, employment, family, and women. Ms Fuli is from Fakaofo, Tokelau and Ngāti Porou.

Jane Stevens is a senior community advisor at Community Waikato, a social services organisation. Ms Stevens has worked in community development for the past 35 years. She has played key roles in the evolution of Ngaruawahia Community House, Melville Te Whare Kokonga Community House, and Hamilton East Waimarie Community House.

Associate Professor Peter J. Adams works at the University of Auckland, within the School of Population Heath. He has developed and led teaching programmes for the Social and Community Health department, specifically in alcohol and drug studies, mental health and health promotion and has researched and published on the subjects of violence, Asian health, addictive behaviour, gambling and community development.

Media contact: Makere Edwards 021 221 4950


  1. Man-haters – one for sure. (von Dadelszen) the chair and another Family Court judge leaving his courtroom to participate in politics.

    Comment by Downunder — Wed 2nd October 2013 @ 7:04 am

  2. Lovely to see the Govt committing taxpayer money to something that a private person has failed at ….. Because let’s face it, it has been a failure except if you’ve been on the payroll eh !

    Comment by golfa — Wed 2nd October 2013 @ 3:29 pm

  3. Is the Glenn inquiry still active, or has it disappeared? Is this new committee potentially meant to take the high ground from the Glenn inquiry?

    Does anyone have a view please?

    Comment by Truth Seeker — Wed 2nd October 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  4. Let me see if I’ve got this right.

    We’ve had what – 40 or so years?? of ‘domestic violence’ awareness education (women’s rights) in this country, with ‘easy (‘no fault’) divorce, easy protection orders, easy-entry state funded women’s refuges, all-encompassing (and men-are-to-blame-for-all definitions of every imaginable (mostly imagined) forms of violence (courtesy of Duluth et al), male-targeted stopping violence programmes, two serious re-hashes of family court law to ‘deal’ with domestic violence / child contact matters, anti-smacking laws, instant protection orders, countless ‘studies’ into violence and gender issues, and of course the Glenn Inquiry (which yes, seems to have fizzled after it was so recklessly sabotaged.
    And so, if we have just-one-more “Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence Announced”, then now, after all of the above, we can finally ‘solve’ domestic violence????
    Fair-enough, I say. Throw our hard-earned tax money down another black hole.
    Oh, and while you’re at it, could you please solve world hunger and world-wide peace too? It’ll be easier ….

    Comment by OMG You're *&&^(U&^ — Wed 2nd October 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  5. I understand that the Glen Inquiry is still happening and they hope to finish the interview process they began. Other than that I’m not sure what else they have planned and I doubt their grand global strategy to end family violence will come to anything.
    Unfortunately they got captured by a small group with an agenda to push and when Mr Glen raised his concerns he got dealt to.
    Where have I heard that story before?

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Thu 3rd October 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  6. Inquiry into family violence report due

    By Kirsty Wynn

    The Glenn Inquiry into family violence has put an “internal implosion” behind it and is preparing to release its first report.

    Chief executive Kirsten Rei said hundreds of abuse survivors and frontline staff had been interviewed and the results were being readied for release.

    It will form part of the blueprint which aims to collate local and international evidence of what systems were working in reducing child abuse and domestic violence.

    It isn’t clear how a summary of abuse survivor’s reports will create a blueprint to solve these problems?
    As far as I can see, taking one side of an equation is more of a recipe for disaster, rather than a solution.

    Natural justice involves carefully listening to both sides, the very opposite of the manner of operation of the Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence.

    I expected that serious research would propose and detail several realistic, possible solutions. Then trials would evaluate the performance of these proposals for effectiveness and safety.

    By comparison, it seems that the Glenn Report will have only one proposal and no comparisons at all. It seems that a large amount of money has been expended, with results of astonishingly little value?

    MurrayBacon – axe murderer.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Fri 7th March 2014 @ 9:11 pm

  7. Sir Owen had promised community organisations in Otara $8m but has reneged on that after making donations amounting to a fraction of that. This article states:

    In a statement, Sir Owen said he was forced to limit the foundation’s contributions to provide the abuse inquiry with the resource it needed to “deliver the best possible outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable families”.

    So it seems the feminist propaganda creators he relied on to conduct the enquiry also convinced him their cunning plans would cost a lot more than he had anticipated.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Mon 19th May 2014 @ 12:00 am

  8. Sorry, I forget to include the link to the article.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Mon 19th May 2014 @ 12:05 am

  9. Owen Glenn trips up on Otara pledge (This is the same link as Man X Norton gave above.)

    Several incidents have led to concern over Sir Owen’s sharpness of mind. Certainly trust law creates opportunity for ambiguity, but successful businessmen always know how to manage legal and human ambiguity and also how to protect themselves in a very pragmatic way.

    Aging is a natural and necessary and unavoidable part of life and I mean no criticism of Sir Owen at all. On the contrary, he has been willing to raise issues and try to do something about them, that no other NZ citizen has poured so much resource into (possibly for good reason).

    It appears that due to his trust problems, Sir Owen has had difficulty to fund his pledges to domestic violence initiatives. This is not to take away from the funding that he has successfully delivered. When his trust problems are sorted out, it is likely that he will fully deliver on his public pledges. (How long would it take US courts to use up $400 million?)

    Eyebrows raised at Warriors owner

    $400m at stake as Glenn sues old mate

    Old warrior has new fight on his hands

    My 2 cents worth about what Owen Glenn’s money might have been able to achieve:

    Unexpected situations close off some possibilities and open up others. In this case, the erratic funding seems to have alienated some of the people (women), it has also given pause for thought. Greater time often allows for better clarity of thought and we might hope that the final DV Report will be all the better quality for having more time to prepare it?

    Possibly at the end of the day, Sir Owen’s greatest achievement in the DV area, might just be drawing more public attention to it? worth $ 0.02

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Mon 19th May 2014 @ 7:43 am

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