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Schools ban hundreds

NZ Herald 5 September 2013 Dozens of disruptive kids ‘excluded’ for more than a term – one for 1 1/2  years. A teen has been left in limbo without education for 305 school days as new figures spark concerns that…

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Gambling Harm Reduction Bill a win for Maori Party

Newstalk ZB 5 September 2013 A bill aimed at reducing gambling harm has passed through Parliament, but opposition parties believe it will cause more problems than it solves. Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Bill is the first Maori Party…

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Multiple partners linked to drink

NZ Herald 4 September 2013 Young adult drinkers dependent on the bottle are nearly 10 times more likely to have had 10 or more sexual partners within several years than people who don’t misuse alcohol, a new study shows. And…

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Asians speak up against casino deal

NZ Herald 3 September 2013 More Asian people will lose their jobs and businesses if the SkyCity convention centre deal goes ahead, MPs have been told. A stream of Asian community groups spoke against the deal yesterday when select committee…

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Tougher rules needed for street prostitutes

Stuff.co 3 September 2013 OPINION:    Jonathan and his young family no longer use the front rooms of their house after dark. They have been forced to confine themselves to the back half of their home because of the loud, offensive…

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Tony Abbott offers married couples voucher for counselling

The Telegraph 3 September 2013 Tony Abbott, Australia’s opposition leader, plans to save and strengthen the nation’s romantic relationships by offering £120 vouchers for counselling to couples who get engaged and those already married. The vouchers will be offered to…

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Babies can hear and remember in the womb – study

NZ Herald 30 August 2013 Parents-to-be who talk and sing to their unborn baby might be giving them a head start when it comes to developing their child’s language skills. Finnish scientists said babies still in their mothers’ wombs develop…

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Protest marks first anniversary

Stuff.co 29 August 2013 Members of several Southland churches congregated on the lawn outside Southland Hospital’s abortion clinic in a silent vigil to mark its first anniversary today. Led by Father Vaughan Leslie, 25 people silently carried signs saying “I’m…

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Wombs with a view on baby talk

The Australian 27 August 2013  Unborn babies recognise their parents’ voices from inside the womb. New research suggests they are attuned not only to voices, but also to speech patterns. In a Finnish study, women in the late stages of…

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Dodgy teachers to be named and shamed

Stuff.co 29 August 2013 Dodgy teachers will be named and shamed after a parliamentary select committee prompted the Teachers Council to review suppression rules. The decision to review the rules around disciplinary tribunal meetings and how they are reported was…

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