Month: January 2014

This is how bad smacking law will become in NZ

Malaysian couple held in Sweden over claims they smacked their child for missing his prayers Mirror News 22 January 2014 A Malaysian couple who allegedly smacked their son for not saying his prayers are being held in custody in Sweden.…

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Grandparent caregivers get Govt funding boost

3News 23 January 2014 It’s a more relaxing start to the year for grandparent caregivers, with a much needed boost in Government funding. It’s the first time they’ve been able to access Government support, including a ‘start-of-year’ payment of up…

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A sad day in history

Today is the forty-first anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court which decriminalised abortion. A sad anniversary. We should Choose Life  

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Why New Zealand needs binding referendums

Stuff.co.nz 21 January 2014 – Gordon Copeland Former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is wrong to conclude that referendums endanger our democratic system (Opinion, Dec 24). Rather, I think our democracy will be enhanced by the selective use of binding…

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But we thought light smacks weren’t investigated

Michael Laws accused in child-smacking case NZ Herald 19 January 2014 Police are investigating former Whanganui mayor Michael Laws after an allegation of child assault was made against him. Laws, a former RadioLive talkback host and current Whanganui District Health…

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Think the experience may have affected his judgment!

Obama: Pot ‘not very different’ to cigs Stuff co nz 20 January 2014 US President Barack Obama says smoking marijuana is a “bad habit” but no worse than alcohol and that states legalising weed should go ahead with their plans.…

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Vulnerable children exploited online

3News 20 January 2014 More children are being blackmailed online into providing explicit images of themselves, internet safety watchdogs say. The ‘sextortion’ is becoming increasingly common as online predators turn to new methods to extort pictures from children as young…

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PM Misleading Public on Smacking Prosecutions

Media Release 20 Jan 2014 Family First NZ says that the Prime Minister is now misrepresenting the facts relating to smacking prosecutions. The Dominion Post and the Sunday Star Times have already had to print corrections because of misrepresenting the…

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Setting the media straight when they misrepresent smacking law

Despite a front page feature last week which misrepresented the number and types of prosecutions for smacking, the Sunday Star Times has put a very small apology on page 4 today – but didn’t print my letter. But at least…

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