Rodney Hide: Why I smacked my 3-year-old

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NZ Herald 25 May 2014 Quick. Call the cops! I smacked my 3-year-old. It wasn’t Once Were Warriors. Far from it. I never gave the law a thought. Perhaps I should have. Amending Section 59 of the Crimes Act proved hugely controversial and I could hardly plead ignorance. But I spent too many years in […]

Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

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National Review Online 22 May 2014 In the media’s portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June — if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public-opinion polling, especially […]

The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Effects on Children, Family and Society

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The Porn Pandemic presents scientific evidence, expert commentary, and personal testimonies showing the addictive nature of pornography and how pornography addictions can lead to violence against women, prostitution, trafficking in persons, and sexual crimes against women and children. As former pornography addicts and their family members tell their stories, we also learn how early exposure […]

Kiwis not the worst bingers – but nothing to cheer

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Stuff 22 May 2014 Kiwis are knocking back the alcohol equivalent of 826 bottles of beer a year each – but our binge-drinking culture may not be as bad as feared. The latest Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health by the World Health Organisation has revealed New Zealanders aged 15 and over drank […]

French MPs turn backs on anti-spanking debate

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The Local 20 May 2014 France seems no nearer to banning the spanking of children, known as la fessée, after a planned debate in parliament to discuss a proposed bill was halted. Members of France’s Greens group had put forward an amendment to a new Family Law bill that would have seen an end to […]

Google first call for upset youth: survey

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NZ Herald 21 May 2014 Google now beats talking to friends for young Kiwis with emotional or health problems, a survey has found. The Colmar Brunton national survey of 403 people aged 16 to 24 found that 64 per cent of young people said Google or other websites were the most common places their peers […]

I’m a virgin and I’m glad about that’

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The Telegraph 19 May 2014 Phin Lyman, 18, is my new hero. The schoolboy has just written about his virginity in his school’s magazine, explaining that he doesn’t want ‘casual sex’ and would rather wait to find someone he loves. Lyman wrote in The Wellingtonian: “One of the reasons I decided to go public is […]

5 Ways to Accurately Cover Marijuana Policy Issues in the Media


Huffington Post 19 May 2014 The world of marijuana is changing. And that means the world of marijuana-related news stories is also changing. With two states having legalized the drug, there is certainly a lot to write and talk about. At least two deaths have already been attributed to legal marijuana cookies in Colorado, and […]

When businesses speak up for real ‘marriage’ – A horror story


LifeSiteNews 16 May 2014 First, they lost their show. Now David and Jason Benham’s business is threatened, as SunTrust Banks pulled all its properties from the brothers’ real estate company, as well as several other franchisees. All, it seems, over their support for traditional marriage. The brothers’ real estate company – the Benham REO Group, […]

Toddlers medicated for ADHD raises concerns


New York Times 16 May 2014 More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are […]