Dr Kirsten Hanna

Senior Lecturer

Email: kirsten.hanna@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5355-4283

Qualifications:

  • MA (Hons), University of Auckland
  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • BA, University of Auckland

Overview:

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 well-being, child impact reporting, and child poverty.

Research interests:

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

Fields of research:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (Excl. Economics, Business and Management)
  • Criminology
  • Social Policy
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Law and Society

Student research supervision

  • Supervision of PhD student, AUT University (2016 - ongoing)
  • Examiner for MA thesis, University of Auckland (2016)
  • Examiner for Honours thesis, AUT University (2016)
  • How can the biracial children in Angeles City, Philippines can be helped by the local government so that these children can have full access to their, AUT University (2015 - ongoing)
  • Primary supervisor for MA student, AUT University. (2014 - 2015)
  • Primary supervisor for Master's thesis, AUT University (2011 - 2014)
  • Primary supervisor for Master's thesis, AUT University (2010 - 2011)
  • Second supervisor for MPhil, AUT University (2007 - 2010)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • 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). doi:10.22452/jati.vol23no1.9

  • 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). doi:10.1177/1365712718796527

  • Davies, E., & Hanna, K. M. (2013). Pre-recording testimony in New Zealand: Lawyers’ and victim advisors’ experiences in nine cases. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(2). doi:10.1177/0004865813485590

  • Hanna, K. M., Davies, E., Henderson, E., & Hand, L. (2013). Questioning child witnesses: Exploring the benefits and risks of intermediary models in New Zealand. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(4). doi:10.1080/13218719.2012.726148

  • Hanna, K. M., Davies, E., Crothers, C., & Henderson, E. (2012). Child Witnesses' access to alternative modes of testifying in New Zealand. Psychiatry Psychology and Law. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=tppl20

  • Henderson, E., Hanna, K. M., & Davies, E. (2012). Pre-recording children's evidence: The Western Australian experience. The Criminal Law Review, 1.

  • Hanna, K. M., Davies, E., Crothers, C., & Henderson, E. (2012). Questioning child witnesses in New Zealand's criminal justice system: Is cross-examination fair?. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 19(4). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13218719.2011.615813

  • Davies, E., Hanna, K. M., Henderson, E., & White, M. J. (2011). Prerecording children's entire testimony. New Zealand Law Journal, November. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/products/products-by-name/current.aspx#2

  • 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(1).

  • Davies, E., Crothers, C., & Hanna, K. (2010). Preventing child poverty: Barriers and solutions. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(2).

  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I., & Davies, E. (2006). Improving public provision for children. Childrenz Issues, 10(1).

  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I., & Davies, E. (2006). Child impact reporting. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 29.

  • Stasiak, K., Davies, E., Koziol McLain, J., & Hanna, K. (2004). Incubated in terror: Children living with domestic violence. Te Awatea Review, 2(1).

Book chapters

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2017). Child witnesses in the criminal courts. In A. Deckert, & R. Sarre (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of Australian and New Zealand criminology, crime and justice (pp. 421-435). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55747-2

  • Hanna, K. M. (2014). Linguists in law: Improving the cross-examination of child witnesses. In E. Stracke (Ed.), Intersections: Applied linguistics as a meeting place (pp. 67-85). Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://www.cambridgescholars.com/intersections

  • Manai, F., & Hanna, K. (2005). The Italian myth of Galileo in New Zealand opera. In B. Luciano, D. G. Mayes, J. Leerssen, M. Spiering, & T. M. Wilson (Eds.), New Zealand and Europe: Connections and Comparisons (pp. 261-276). Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi.

Conference contributions

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2019). Defence Lawyers’ and Intermediaries’ assessment of the Language used to question a Child Witness. In International Investigative Interviewing Group: 12th Annual Conference and Masterclass. Stavern: iIIRG. Retrieved from https://www.iiirg.org/conference-home-page-2019/

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2015). Vulnerable witnesses - Children. In New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.lawyerseducation.co.nz/shop/Live+Webinars+2015/16VULW.html

  • Hanna, K. M., Fletcher, M., & Anderson, D. (2013). Is income management for young New Zealand beneficiaries justified?. In 14th Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/program?id=388&t=ppid

  • Hanna, K. M., Davies, E., Henderson, E., & Hand, L. (2013). Exploring intermediary models in the New Zealand context. In 6th Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. Maastricht. Retrieved from https://www.google.co.nz/#q=%22exploring+intermediary+models%22+iiirg

  • Hanna, K. M. (2013). Child impact assessments: Their purpose in a child friendly city. In ChildFriendly Cities. Mt Albert. Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org.nz/Resource-Library

  • Fletcher, M., Hanna, K., & Anderson, D. (2013). The introduction of compulsory income management into New Zealand's social security system: The case of the Youth Service package. In Labour, Employment and Work in New Zealand (pp. 1-6). Wellington. doi:10.26686/lew.v0i0.1991

  • 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. In Conference on Labour, Employment & Work (LEW 15). Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/

  • Hanna, K., Davies, E., & Henderson, E. (2010). Facilitating children's best evidence: A multidisciplinary research project. In The Jury Judges Triennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Questioning practices in the New Zealand criminal justice system. In The 3rd Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. Stavern.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Overview of research findings. In LexisNexis Symposium on Child Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System at the Child Law Conference. Auckland.

  • Hassall, I., Davies, E., & Hanna, K. (2005). Children, the economy and citizenship. In Children and Young People as Citizens: Participation, Provision and Protection. Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago.

  • Hanna, K., Hassall, I., & Davies, E. (2005). Every Child Counts: A project to improve provision for children. In Children and Young People as Citizens: Participation, Provision and Protection. Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago.

Reports

  • Hanna, K., & Henderson, E. (2015). Vulnerable witnesses: Children. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education. Retrieved from http://www.lawyerseducation.co.nz/

  • Crothers, C., Fletcher, M., Hanna, K., McGregor, J., Neill, C., & Wilson, D. (2013). Super city? State of Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand: School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, AUT. Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/supercityproject

  • Wilson, D., McKegg, K., Goodwin, D., Black, X., Sauni, P., Toumu'a, R., . . . Hanna, K. (2012). Evaluation of sistema Aotearoa. Auckland, New Zealand: Institute of Public Policy, AUT. Retrieved from http://www.mch.govt.nz/news-events/news/evaluation-sistema-aotearoa-report

  • Davies, E., Hanna, K. M., Henderson, E., & Hand, L. (2011). Questioning child witnesses: Exploring the benefits and risks of intermediary models. New Zealand: Institute of Public Policy, AUT University. Retrieved from http://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/

  • Hanna, H., Davies, E., Henderson, E., Crothers, C., & Rotherham, C. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: A review of practice and implications for policy. New Zealand: Institute of Public Policy, AUT University. Retrieved from http://www.ipp.aut.ac.nz/

  • Hanna, K., & Mason, N. (2010). Putting children at the center of policy development. Retrieved from http://www.firstfocus.net/sites/default/files/Child%20Impact%20Assessments.pdf

  • Mason, N., & Hanna, K. (2008). Undertaking child impact assessments in New Zealand local authorities: Evidence, practice, ideas. Auckland. Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org.nz/store/doc/OCC_CIA_180309.pdf

  • Hassall, I., & Hanna, K. (2007). School-based violence prevention programmes: A literature review. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.ipp.aut.ac.nz/

  • Wilson, D., Fargher, S., & Hanna, K. (2006). Opportunities for Sustainable Economic Development in the Kaipara Harbour Region. Auckland: Institute of Public Policy, AUT University. Retrieved from http://www.ipp.aut.ac.nz/

  • Hassall, I., Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2005). Policy overview. Auckland.

  • Davies, E., Koziol-McLain, J., & Hanna, K. (2005). DVFREE Programme Evaluation: An analysis of early implementation. Auckland.

  • Hassall, I., Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2004). Auckland City child and family policy. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Davies, E., Koziol McLain, J., & Hanna, K. (2004). Workplace response to domestic violence: The Auckland DVFREE programme evaluation. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Davies, E., McCormack, F., Hanna, K., & McDermott, K. (2004). UKANDO (Roskill Youth Programme): How can the literature inform us. Auckland, New Zealand.

Oral presentations

  • Hanna, K. (2016). Questioning children. Whangarei, NZ.

  • Hanna, K. M. (2011). Challenging systems: Bringing researchers and practitioners together to explore improvements to the status quo. Auckland, NZ.

  • Hanna, K. M. (2011). Questioning children. Auckland/Manukau.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child Witnesses in the New Zealand Criminal Courts. Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Davies, E., & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in New Zealand's criminal courts. Auckland New Zealand.

  • Davies, E., & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: A review of practice and implications for policy. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Davies, E., & Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in New Zealand's criminal courts. Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: A review of practice and implications for policy. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: An overview of findings. Manukau, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K., & Davies, E. (2010). Child Witnesses in the New Zealand Criminal Courts: An Overview of Findings. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Children as Witnesses. Rotorua, New Zealand.

  • Hanna, K. (2010). Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts. Tauranga, New Zealand.

  • Hanna Kirsten. (2005). Every Child Counts. Whangarei.

Other outputs

  • Hanna, K., Brown, D., & Zajac, R. (2019). Questioning Children. Benchmark. Retrieved from https://www.benchmark.org.nz/guidelines/questioning-children

  • Hanna, K., & Mason, N. (2010). Putting local children's interests into local decisions. In Children (Iss. 74).

  • Hanna, K. M., & Hassall, I. (2006). The importance of the early years. In Health Promotion Forum (Iss. 9(4)). Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa). Retrieved from http://www.hauora.co.nz/keeping-up-to-date.html

  • Hassall, I., Davies, E., Hanna, K., & al, E. (2005). All party questionaire.

  • Hanna Kirsten. (2005). Kids first in policy making. In New Zealand Herald.