Month: April 2012

Why 29,000 kids wag school every day

Few parents prosecuted over truancy Sunday Star Times 22 April 2012 The government’s promise to crack down on truants and convict their parents has fallen flat, with just a few convictions in the past two years. The revelation comes as a…

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Growing push for drinking age of 20 :-)

Sunday Star Times 22 April 2012 Support for returning the drinking age to 20 is gaining momentum as MPs face calls to address binge drinking. But politicians courting the youth vote are cautious, and the Green Party has indicated it is…

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Cops catch hundreds of stoners behind the wheel

NZ Herald 16 April 2012 New Zealand’s drug-driving scourge has been described as a “hidden epidemic”, with latest figures showing hundreds of people have been caught stoned behind the wheel. The figures, released to the Herald, show police caught 568…

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Crime stats to drop family violence

NZ Herald 17 April 2012 A police decision to drop family violence as a category in crime statistics will obscure a nationwide rise in domestic abuse, Women’s Refuge says. But Government and police say the decision is aimed at putting…

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More reason to oppose ‘dodgy government deal’

Sex industry likely to get boost from centre NZ Herald 14 April 2012 The sex industry is looking forward to a big leg up from SkyCity’s proposed National Convention Centre and the thousands of free-spending overseas conventioneers it would draw…

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No pokie machines in rebuild, Mission says

Christchurch Press 11 April 2012 A complete pokie ban should be introduced in rebuilt central Christchurch, including the removal of 500 gaming machines from the casino, the Methodist Mission says. Mission executive director Mary Richardson said pokies caused significant harm…

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More reasons to reverse liberalised booze laws

Crime doubles close to liquor outlets Stuff.co.nz 8 April 2012 Rates of serious violent crime double within 900m of a liquor outlet, a new study has found. And the nationwide study has confirmed that the more liquor stores an area…

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