Month: April 2011

One child in four in single-parent home

Reported in the Dominion Post on Saturday 30 April New Zealand has the third-highest rate of children living in single-parent homes, an OECD study says. This means nearly one in four Kiwi children are growing up in single-parent homes as…

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What happened to police discretion?

From the Southland Times today Alarm as grieving dad gets charged  Would-be rescuer and Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper says he cannot understand why the devastated father of a boy killed in Lake Dunstan last week has been charged over…

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Police should show compassion to father

Media Release 23 April 2011 Family First NZ is calling on the police to drop the charges against a father who watched his three-year-old son die in a submerged van, saying that the death of his son is punishment enough. …

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Family Court review overdue – counsellor

Yahoo news April 20, 2011 The Family Court system has been labelled “a fractured matrix”, with one family counsellor saying a review is overdue. Justice Minister Simon Power yesterday released the terms of reference for the review, expected to be available…

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Perhaps it’s time to call it what it is: child-minding

From the Herald on Sunday (17 April 2011) New Zealand’s biggest study into literacy teaching at childcare centres – where under-5s are cared for and prepared for school – has revealed some alarming findings. * 330 Childcare centres were inspected.…

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Time to make brave decisions on teen alcohol

Stuff.co.nz 20/04/2011 Teenagers urgently need to know that drinking alcohol can kill them and parents have to know what to do if their children are intoxicated, Coroner Gordon Matenga says. His passionate comments when ruling on the death of 16-year-old…

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Quote of the Week!

 Regarding the ‘Kahui Law’ proposed this week where extended family and close friends of child abusers could face up to 10 years in prison if they turn a blind eye to abuse and do not report it… Plunket’s not…

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France gets it right as well!

According to the Guardian in the UK MPs have recommended criminalising clients of sex workers, saying 80% of prostitutes are victims of slavery and trafficking. France is to consider making it illegal to pay for sex, in a rethink of prostitution…

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