Month: January 2014

Gone too soon: Kids who died at hands of parents

NZ Herald 18 January 2014 Unnatural as it seems, parents who kill their own children are seen by domestic violence workers as just the extreme tip of a very big iceberg of largely hidden threats of violence. “Threats to do…

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Finally, the truth on smacking

So the Dom Post admitted their error from yesterday regarding smacking prosecutions (albeit a very small admission :-)) So here’s the real issue – we have now confirmed that parents ARE being prosecuted by the police for open hand smacks…

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Media, Police Mislead Public on Smacking Prosecutions

Media Release 14 January 2014 Family First NZ says that the media is misrepresenting the facts relating to smacking prosecutions and in the process are misleading the public as to the effect of the anti-smacking law. They are also concerned that…

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Linda Hall: Law does not stop child abuse

NZ Herald 13 January 2014 An assault on a 12-year-old boy this week has caused a bit of a debate. Last Tuesday three boys were walking along the riverside cycleway, which runs between Murphy Road and the Pettigrew-Green Arena in…

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Well said!

Smacking law is stupid: Colin Craig Stuff.co.nz 13 January 2014 Conservatives party leader Colin Craig has as good as confirmed a change to the anti-smacking law will be a bottom line if his party finds itself in a position to…

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Colin Craig: I smack my child

NZ Herald 13 January 2014 Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has admitted that he smacks his daughter if they misbehave, despite the law being clear there is no justification for the use of force as part of parental or caregiver…

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Young people who use high potency ‘skunk’ cannabis daily ‘have psychotic episodes earlier’

Mail Online 13 January 2014 Mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day, a study has claimed. Mental health patients who smoked skunk daily – which has a high amount of the…

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Smacking debate back in the limelight

Stuff.co.nz 12 January 2014 Supporters of the controversial “anti-smacking” law are claiming victory after a dramatic fall in the number of parents being investigated for hitting their children. But opponents of the 2007 law change have accused the Government of…

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Rift over racy kids’ book

NZ Herald 12 January 2014 The head of the Film and Literature Board of Review has broken ranks with his board to express strong reservations about an award-winning children’s book. Into The River by Ted Dawe is laced with detailed…

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