Month: January 2013

Sarriage? How about Garriage?

New word proposed to embrace same-sex marriage The Australian 30 Jan 2013 Renaming gay marriage as “sarriage” would end divisions over marriage equality, New Zealand’s parliament has been told in a quirky submission on marriage equality legislation. The government administration…

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Ploys to get voluntary school fees

Stuff.co.nz 30 Jan 2013 Schools are offering $100 meal vouchers and early payment discounts to encourage parents to pay “voluntary” fees, and threatening public shaming of those who don’t. Despite primary and secondary state education being nominally free, parents contribute…

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Marriage bill views differ wildly

ThePress 29 Jan 2013 Biology, religion and love came to the fore when the controversial issue of same-sex marriage was debated in front of MPs in Christchurch. The city’s Air Force Museum yesterday hosted the parliamentary select committee considering public…

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Schools get smarter at discipline

NZHerald 29 Jan 2013 Fewer suspensions and expulsions do not mean kids are behaving better, writes Vaimoana Tapaleao. The number of students being stood down for bad behaviour is at its lowest point for more than a decade. Suspensions and…

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Committee ‘menacing’ to anti-gay marriage teenager

Sunday Star Times 27 Jan 2013 A teenager opposed to gay marriage has accused select committee members of behaving in a hostile and “menacing” way to submitters who are against a proposed law change for same-sex couples. Leader of conservative…

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MP’s Accused Of Bullying, Disrespect on Marriage Bill

Media Release 26 Jan 2013 Family First NZ is accusing the Select Committee hearing submissions on the same-sex marriage bill of showing disrespect, bias, and of bullying young submitters who they disagree with but who have taken time to be…

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MP’s Desperate To Ram Through Controversial Marriage Bill

Media Release 26 Jan 2013 Family First NZ says that both National and Labour are desperate to ram through the controversial same-sex marriage bill as quickly as possible in order to get it off the agenda, and also are disputing…

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72,000 sign against gay marriage

Dominion Post 23 Jan 2013 MPs considering gay marriage legislation have been presented with a 72,000-strong petition opposing the move. Parliament’s government administration select committee is considering Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and will report…

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Marriage is right to discriminate

Just to assist the reporter to understand what we actually said If marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined again? Allowing only same-sex marriage on the basis of love and commitment would then open the door…

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