Month: August 2012

The ugliness of the marriage debate

Unfortunately the marriage debate has brought out the worst in a small minority of people In the interests of fairness, here’s a sample of the type of stuff we are receiving on a regular basis I hope all you haters…

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Oh yeah…..

ONE News 27 Aug 2012 Prime Minister John Key has backed away from his comments about euthanasia, saying his language on the sensitive issue was “a bit sloppy”. Key last week said “there is a lot of euthanasia that effectively…

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Marriage and govt don’t mix, says vicar

Wairarapa Times-Age 25 August 2012 The Government should butt out of trying to determine what marriage is, a Greytown minister says. “My personal view is [that] I look at things from a spiritual perspective,” St Luke’s Anglican Church vicar Andy…

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Slim majority backs gay marriage bill (?)

NZ Herald 27 Aug 2012 A bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows. A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs…

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Marriage rights battle heating up

NZ Herald 25 Aug 2012 Monique and Mahara take turns to cuddle six-month-old Jamie: mum, mum and baby, plus Jazz the dog, make a modern family. Though, as the same-sex marriage debate continues, some would vehemently disagree this nuclear unit…

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As predicted, the honeymoon period is over

Three ‘smack’ offences in six months Stuff.co.nz 24 August 2012 Family First NZ has labelled the anti-smacking law a “dog’s breakfast” after a police review revealed the majority of cases warranted no further action by police. But the Green Party, which…

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Playdough culturally insensitive to Maori

3 News 25 Aug 2012 Playdough is considered one of the best educational tools by some people, but early childhood centres are being warned to think first before using it. The warning comes from Maori educators, who say it is…

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Parents Demand Apology For Inaccurate Smacking Review

Media Release 24 August 2012 A Timaru couple whose experience of the anti-smacking law was used in the Prime Minister’s report on Section 59 by psychologist Nigel Latta, and whose integrity and honesty was called in to question along with…

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Disturbing Trends in Latest Smacking Report

Media Release 24 August 2012 Family First NZ says that the latest review of police activity related to the anti-smacking law shows disturbing trends. “The latest sales pitch on the smacking law by police will be cold comfort to parents.…

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You can increase opportunities, but you can’t dictate outcomes

Class divide in health widens, says thinktank The Guardian 23 August 2012 The stark social class divide in health is widening as better-off people increasingly shun damaging habits such as smoking and eating badly but poorer people do not, authoritative…

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