Dr Kirsten Hanna

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8308

Email: kihanna@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room WT 1422, Level 14
AUT Tower
Corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets
Auckland 1142.



Qualifications:

  • BA, MA (Hons), PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiiRG)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

Biography:

Kirsten's research focuses on child witnesses in the criminal justice system, in particular, the questioning of children in the courts. She has also published on issues relating to children's rights, including the place of children in public policy, the rationale for government investment in children’s wellbeing, child impact reporting, and child poverty. 

Research Areas:

  • Children in public policy / children's rights
  • Child witnesses in the criminal courts
  • The language of cross-examination

Publications:

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2018). “[Expletive], that was confusing, wasn’t it?” Defence lawyers’ and intermediaries’ assessment of the language used to question a child witness. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 22(4), 411-427.
  • Lavides, M.M., Waring, M., Hanna, K., & Nakhid, C. (2018). Haphap: A Filipina perspective on the biracial child’s dangal. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 23(1), 191-214.
  • Davies, E. & Hanna, K. (2013). Pre-recording testimony in New Zealand:  Lawyers' and victim advisors' experiences in nine cases. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(2), 289-305.
  • Hanna, K., Davies, E., Henderson, E., & Hand, L. (2013). Questioning child witnesses: Exploring the benefits and risks of intermediary models in New Zealand. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 20(4), 527-542.
  • Hanna, K., Davies, E., Crothers, C, & Henderson, E. (2012). Questioning child witnesses in New Zealand’s criminal justice system: Is cross-examination fair? Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 19(4), 530-546.
  • Hanna, K., Davies, E., Crothers, C., & Henderson, E. (2012). Child witnesses' access to alternative modes of testifying in New Zealand. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 19(2), 184-197.
  • Henderson, E., Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2012). Pre-recording Children’s Evidence: The Western Australian experience. Criminal Law Review, 1, 3-14.
  • Davies E., Hanna, K., Henderson, E., & White, M. J. (2011). Prerecording children's entire testimony: Potential benefits and risks. New Zealand Law Journal, November, 335-338.
  • Davies, E., Henderson, E., & Hanna, K. (2010). Facilitating children to give best evidence: Are there better ways to challenge children's testimony? Criminal Law Journal, 34, 347-362.
  • Davies, E., Crothers, C. & Hanna, K. (2010). Preventing child poverty: Barriers and solutions.  New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(2), 20-31.
  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I., & Davies, E. (2006). Child impact reporting pdf icon. Social Policy Journal, 29, 32-42.
  • Hanna, K. & Hassall, I. (2006). The importance of the early years. Health Promotion Forum, 9(4).
  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I. & Davies, E. (2006). Improving public provision for children. Childrenz Issues 10(1).
  • Stasiak, K., Koziol-McLain, J., and Hanna, K. (2004). Incubated in terror: children living with domestic violence. Te Awatea Review, 1, 2.

Section in book

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2017). Child witnesses in the criminal courts. In A. Deckert and R. Sarre (Eds), The Australian and New Zealand handbook of criminology, crime and justice (pp. 421-435). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hanna, K. (2014). Linguists in law: Improving the cross-examination of child witnesses. In E. Stracke (Ed.) Intersections: Applied linguistics as a meeting place (pp. 67-86). Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Manai, F. & Hanna, K. (2005). The Italian myth of Galileo in New Zealand opera. In Luciano, B. and Mayes, D. (eds) New Zealand and Europe: Connections and comparisons. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Commissioned articles (not peer reviewed)

  • Hanna, K. & Mason, N. (2010). Putting children at the center of policy development. Written under contract to First Focus (http://www.firstfocus.net/resources).
  • Hanna, K. & Mason, N. (2010, Spring). Putting local children’s interests into local decisions. Children, (74), 17-18.

Reports

Conference papers

  • Hanna, K., Fletcher, M., & Anderson, D. (2013). Is income management for young New Zealand beneficiaries justified? Presented at the 14th Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 16-18 September.
  • Hanna, K., Davies, E., Henderson, E., & Hand, L. (2013). Exploring intermediary models in the New Zealand context. Presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 3-5 July.
  • Fletcher, M., Hanna, K. M., & Anderson, D. (2012). Income management and extensions to conditionality in the New Zealand welfare system — the case of the Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment. Conference on Labour, Employment & Work (LEW 15). Wellington, 19-20 November.
  • Hanna, K., Davies, E. & Henderson, E. (2010). Facilitating children’s best evidence: A multidisciplinary research project. Presented at the Jury Judges Triennial Conference, Auckland, 4-5 November.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Questioning practices in the New Zealand criminal justice system. Presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Norwegian Police University College Training and Conference Centre, Stavern, Norway, 22-24 June.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Overview of research findings. Presented at the LexisNexis Symposium on Child Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System, Child Law Conference, Auckland, 22 April.
  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I., and Davies, E. (2005). Every Child Counts: A project to improve provision for children. Presented at the Sixth Child and Family Policy Conference, Children’s Issues Centre, University of Otago.
  • Hassall, I., Davies, E., and Hanna, K. (2005) Children, the economy and citizenship. Presented at the Sixth Child and Family Policy Conference, Children’s Issues Centre, University of Otago.
  • Hanna, K. (2004). Discourse structuring in De agricultura and beyond. Presented at the Sixth Congress on General Linguistics, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • Hanna, K. (2003). Discourse structuring in De agricultura. Presented at the Eighth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, La Rioja, Spain.

Media

  • Hanna, K. (2005). Kids first in policy-making. Auckland, The New Zealand Herald, 29.7.05.

Invited presentations

  • Hanna, K. (2013). Child impact assessments: Their purpose in a Child Friendly City. Presentation at the UNICEF/Auckland Council Local Authority Child Friendly Forum, Auckland, 9 May.
  • Hanna, K. (2011). Questioning children. Presentation to Meredith Connell (Office of the Crown Solicitors), Auckland and Manukau, May 19 and June 2.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Presented to Luke, Cunningham & Clere (Office of the Crown Solicitors), Wellington, 28 October.
  • Davies, E. & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in New Zealand’s criminal courts. Presentation to NGO/community-based practitioner forum hosted by Office of the Children's Commissioner, Auckland, 14 October.
  • Davies, E. & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Presentation to Puawaitahi (multi-agency child abuse centre), Auckland, 12 October.
  • Hanna, K. & Davies, E. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Presented to Starship Paediatric Updates & Grand Rounds (seminar series), 29 September.
  • Davies, E. & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in New Zealand’s criminal courts. Presentation to NGO/community-based practitioner forum hosted by Every Child Counts, Wellington, 27 September.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Presented at the Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care Advanced Paediatric Training Course and 5th Combined Australia and New Zealand Meeting of the Medical Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents, Auckland, 15 August.
  • Hanna, K. & Davies, E. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: An overview of findings. Presented to Meredith Connell (Office of the Crown Solicitors), Auckland and Manukau, 12 & 13 August.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Children as witnesses. Presented at the Bay of Plenty Policing District Child Protection Course, Rotorua, 11 August.
  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Presented at Annual Peer Tape Review Conference of Forensic Interviewers, Tauranga, 10 June.

Awards:

  • Faculty of Culture & Society Excellence in Research that has led to significant knowledge transfer (2015)
  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • University of Auckland MA/Honours Scholarship