Month: January 2014

‘I do’ makes comeback for young Kiwis

NZ Herald 11 January 2014 Marriage is holding its ground among younger New Zealanders after declining dramatically during the 35 years up to 2006. Figures from this year’s Census, provided by Statistics NZ on request for a series on modern…

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Boy ‘symptom of booze culture’

Stuff.co.nz 10 January 2014 The mother of a nine-year-old boy who got drunk at a Hamilton skate park wants the adults who provided the alcohol to be charged. She said the ordeal of having her son’s drunken experience broadcast online…

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Stop conflating smacking with violent assault

Spiked Online.com 30 December 2013  Given some of the guff anti-smacking campaigners and quangocrats have emitted recently, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is no legal provision to stop adults from beating the bejesus out of children. Take…

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Study reveals impact of divorce on children

NZ Herald 30 December 2013 Divorced parents are often in denial about how badly the break-up has damaged their children, a new UK survey has found. More than three quarters believed their children had ‘coped well’ – even though just…

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Abortion rate at lowest in 20 years

Stuff.co.nz 5 January 2014 The number of women having abortions in New Zealand has dropped to its lowest rate in almost 20 years and significantly fewer teenagers are having the procedure. Wider use of contraception, better school-based education and even…

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New laws affect drivers, students, teachers

3News 4 January 2014 Kiwis need to be aware of new law changes from today, including new Warrant of Fitness (WoF) rules, along with changes to the Education Act which allow teachers to search students for dangerous items. Changes to…

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Child poverty figure needs more clarity to target relief

NZ Herald 12 December 2013 The Children’s Commissioner has done well to raise independent funds for an annual report on child poverty, less well in publicising its first year’s findings. Headlines that “265,000 Kiwi kids live in poverty” – one…

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