Light at the end of the tunnel?

ACC Media Release Wednesday 11th August 2010 Extra support for sexual abuse survivors Extra support is being made available to survivors of sexual abuse, ACC announced today. From Monday 16 August, people with a new ACC sensitive claim, or with a new claim already in the system but awaiting a decision, will be able to Read More >

Ideology of Denial

Recently I was asked if my quote in this Herald article meant that I thought that ACC were deliberately looking for ways to decline claims, a contentious assertion to be sure. I don’t think that, and I said so. Such a crude and simplistic explanation clearly makes little sense. I harbour no ideas that the day Read More >

ACC failing to help most sex abuse victims

Click here for the story as it appeared in the New Zealand Herald Almost 90 per cent of accident compensation claims for sexual abuse counselling have been either turned down or held for more information since tough new rules came into force last October. Official figures from the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) confirm reports from Read More >

ACC admits new guidelines introduced too quickly

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) says it may have moved too quickly in changing how it handles sexual abuse claims. New guidelines for sexual abuse sufferers introduced by the Government last year legally require the ACC, when considering the cases of people who say they have been sexually abused, to concentrate only on those who Read More >

How you can help (again.)

It hardly seems like eight months ago most of you signed an online petition, and as a result of all your signatures and the concerted efforts of many, we were promised an independent clinical review of the New Treatment Pathway for Sensitive Claims. Well the day has finally arrived, and the Independent Review Panel has Read More >


This is the essence of “Politically correct” (a term I hate) namely respect expressed through language. It is of course very possible to also convey respect through behaviour. We have higher expectations of Minister’s and others in the public eye because we understand that they lead, through the media exposure they naturally receive, and the Read More >

Who to believe

You’d think after all this time, we’d have this sorted out, but no: I’m afraid I still don’t know who to believe when it comes to the politics around ACC. The Sunday Star Times ran a shocking story recently about some very disturbing emails that a client of ACC claims show a despicable internal culture of the Read More >

Facebook opens door to cheating

Click here to the story as it originally appeared in the New Zealand Herald Popular social networking website Facebook is being blamed for a growing number of divorces as bored and lovesick middle-aged couples hook up with their ex-lovers or childhood sweethearts. In Britain, divorce lawyers claim the popularity of social networking websites are tempting Read More >

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