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Parents should be making tea, not ‘P’

With thanks to the Southland Times for their neat title! Forgotten victims of drugs underworld Record number of children found in drug dens Children are the forgotten victims of New Zealand’s drug misery, with record numbers being found in illicit…

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Divorce Website Is A Tragedy for Families and Children

Media Release 14 February 2011 Family First NZ is slamming a divorce website launched today, labeling it as tacky and destructive.  “Divorce should be a last resort, and for the sake of children who are part of these families, we…

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Why banning corporal punishment is a disaster

I blogged earlier about South Korea banning corporal punishment recently and the sudden upsurge in assaults on teachers and bullying amonst students. According to a teacher, “the troublesome students find the new ban as a godsend.” Hilariously, the Ministry of…

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Experts support our call on ADHD

From the Sunday Star Times today ADHD kids given ‘wrong care and treatment’ Many of the children being given drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have been misdiagnosed, an expert believes. Psychologist and behavioural expert Frances Steinberg believes shoddy…

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Parents Can Claim School Fees Refund

Media Release 11 February 2011 Family First NZ is reminding and possibly informing parents that when they complete their IRD Tax Returns for the financial year ended 31 March 2011, they are entitled to claim back 1/3’rd of their school…

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Overwhelming Support for Drinking Age to be 21

Media Release 10 February 2011 Family First NZ is welcoming an online NZ Herald poll showing 72% support for their call to raise the drinking age to 21 and says that the government should ditch their split-age proposal.  “Wth over…

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Sue Bradford is dead right – on this one

‘Win a wife’ competition appals Stuff.co.nz 09/02/2011 A radio competition offering listeners the chance to “win a wife” has appalled a former MP who is calling for it to be pulled. The winner of MediaWorks’ The Rock promotion will fly…

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Over-reach results in under-delivery

Teachers are annoyed that when they notify CYF about potential abuse cases, no action is taken. I can relate to this having made a number of notifications when working as a social worker in schools. But when the number of…

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Incredible that it wasn’t already a crime

Adults who turn a blind eye to kids’ abuse will be prosecuted  Dominion Post 09/02/2011 Failure to protect a child from abuse will finally become illegal this year, more than 12 months after Justice Minister Simon Power first announced it.…

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Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

BBC News 8 Feb 2011 Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child’s intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University. Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.…

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