Month: July 2012

The debate on adoption begins!

Gay couple ready to become parents Bay of Plenty Times 16 July 2012 A homosexual couple considering adoption say sexuality should not be a consideration when choosing a good home for a child.  Kevin and Ben Haraki-Beckett, from Te Puke,…

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An underlying cause of child abuse not being tackled

DHB under fire over death of depressed mother of six NZHerald 16 July 2012  A Hawkes Bay man says his repeated calls for help for the depressed mother of his six young children were ignored and she did not get…

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Call for action on family violence

Bay of Plenty Times 16 July 2012 Government agencies are failing those who need help most, a children’s advocate says.  Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who is based in the Western Bay, believes “at risk” families can not access…

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Why schools are getting more dangerous

School boards urged not to expel problem kids ODT 16 July 2012 The principal Youth Court judge is asking school boards of trustees to try to keep every child actively involved in education, before resorting to expelling or excluding troubled students.…

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Locals’ stories to help tackle street prostitution

NZHerald 16 July 2012 A group of local body politicians is hoping first-hand stories of encounters with gangs of street prostitutes by residents and business owners in South Auckland will help build political support to ban street prostitution in some…

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Big response to brothel bylaw plan

Stuff.co.nz 13 July 2012  A proposed bylaw restricting where brothels can be located in Christchurch has drawn nearly 200 submissions from residents. The location of brothels in the city has not been subject to any bylaw controls since July 2005,…

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Labour calls for ban on alcohol advertising

TVNZ News 12 July 2012 Labour is continuing to take a hard line on alcohol reform by proposing greater restrictions on advertising. The opposition party has been drumming up support in Parliament in recent weeks for legislation to set a…

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Finally getting down to the real causes

Plea to ‘treat booze like ciggies’   Stuff.co.nz 13 July 2012 The children’s commissioner says an “explosion” in the number of children with signs of foetal alcohol syndrome terrifies him. Russell Wills, a paediatrician, yesterday urged a health select committee inquiry…

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Homophobic, xenophobic – now fatophobic to add

‘Fat hatred’ should be banned  Stuff.co.nz 11 July 2012Smartphones to get police on the beat Crushed boyracer car to help teach safety  Couple charged with ill-treating newborn Need for ‘new direction’ behind moves at Te Papa Wellington dog owners plead…

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