Month: July 2012

Give your backing to current marriage laws

Stuff.co.nz 27 July 2012 OPINION: Despite the often-heard, throwaway comment that marriage is “just a piece of paper”, the overwhelming evidence would suggest that this is not so. According to the Statistics Department, in the past five years there were…

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MPs to vote on gay marriage

NZ Herald 26 July 2012  A bill on whether to legalise gay marriage is to go before Parliament. The bill, submitted by Labour MP Louisa Wall and aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, has been drawn from the Members Bill Ballot.…

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Accused’s right to silence questioned

Stuff.co.nz 26 July 2012  A coroner’s decision implicating Chris Kahui in the deaths of his twin babies has reignited debate over a defendant’s right to silence in court. The coroner’s findings have sparked calls for a review of a defendant’s…

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Tell us something we don’t already know!

3News 26 July 2012 Child protection service in crisis – Labour The coroner’s report on the deaths of the Kahui twins has revealed a child protection service in crisis, Labour says. Coroner Garry Evans has recommended installing child protection teams…

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Babies make up half of abuse cases

NZ Herald 26 July 2012  Babies yet to see their first birthdays have accounted for half of all hospital-recorded suspected abuse cases involving young children. New Ministry of Health figures for the past year confirm New Zealand’s comparative rate of…

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Kahui case: 25k reward offered

TVNZ One News 25 July 2012  Family First is offering a $25,000 reward for any new information that leads to a conviction in the case of the Kahui twins’ deaths. Coroner Garry Evans says he is satisfied that the traumatic…

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Coroner calls for compulsory abuse reporting

Stuff.co.nz 25 July 2012  The coroner whose findings have implicated Chris Kahui in his sons’ deaths is calling for mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse to prevent further tragedies. The move would help overcome “ethical and legal dilemmas” faced by…

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Good readers make better students

The Herald Sun 26 July 2012 Children whose parents regularly read to them when they are young are likely to perform better in NAPLAN, a landmark study says. The Australian Institute of Family Studies surveyed thousands of children and found that solid…

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