Month: April 2015

When support for gay marriage gets ugly


The Week 21 April 2015 When a school learns that one of its alums has achieved great things, the institution will usually seek to promote those accomplishments. But there are exceptions. If it’s discovered, for example, that the former student…


Christchurch brothels more violent than Auckland, researchers say

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Stuff 22 April 2015 Christchurch brothel and escort workers are more likely to experience violence than their Auckland counterparts, researchers say. University of Canterbury economics and finance senior lecturer Dr Laura Meriluoto, with a team of researchers, analysed survey data…


Are you living next to a brothel?


Stuff 22 April 2015 Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it. An investigation revealed no official means to find out if brothels operated in Marlborough, and where they were. The Marlborough District Council does…


Euthanasia would have ‘far-reaching impacts’


NZ Herald 21 April 2015 A group opposed to euthanasia says allowing terminally ill woman Lecretia Seales to take a lethal dose of drugs would have far-reaching impacts on New Zealand society. Ms Seales, 42, is dying from brain cancer…


Tonga to ban same sex marriage for CEDAW

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RadioNZ 21 April 2015 Over a month ago when the cabinet announced it would ratify Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination on Women, it was greeted with anger from some community and church leaders. They expressed concern…


Step 1: legalize. Step 2: commercialize.

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MercatorNet 20 April 2015 Kevin Sabet is one of the leading voices opposing the legalization of marijuana in the United States. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media…


The hard lessons of legal marijuana

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MercatorNet 20 April 2015 In recent years, several US states have legalised marijuana for recreational purposes.  This has happened after many years of legal access to marijuana as medicine in those same states. It has been an unsurprising transition when…


Groups seek to join euthanasia case

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NZ Herald 21 April 2015 The Human Rights Commission and two other groups want to join a legal challenge by a terminally ill woman seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution. Lecretia Seales, 41,…


Childcare – Fears profit put before kids

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NZ Herald 21 April 2015 Educators fear profits are coming before kids as the number of commercial operators entering the early childhood market continues to grow. Critics say the large, for-profit franchises are driving out community organisations, including kindergartens. Teachers…