Facebook’s 50 gender options come to UK users


The Telegraph 27 June 2014 UK Facebook users can now choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the feature’s successful integration in the US. Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female choices by selecting ‘custom’ in the gender tab of their profiles. […]

Parents bring in lawyers for school stoushes

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NZ Herald 29 June 2014 A leading psychologist says parents are increasingly bringing lawyers in to work out issues at schools. Nigel Latta, a clinical psychologist and parenting expert, told TVNZ’s Q and A that parents are bringing lawyers in to deal with problems at their child’s school, and it’s wrong. Sixteen-year-old Lucan Battison successfully […]

Most people want to see the drug either made legal or decriminalised


NZ Herald 28 June 2014 A poll shows most people want smoking cannabis to be decriminalised or made legal. The latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows just under a third of those polled thought smoking cannabis should attract a fine but not a criminal conviction, while a fifth went further and said it should be legalised. Forty-five […]

Schools scramble to check rules after student’s legal victory


NZ Herald 28 June 2014 New Zealand schools are facing hefty legal bills to ensure their rules on students’ appearance are legally watertight following a High Court ruling that a college’s decree on hair length was not legally enforceable. Lucan Battison, 16, successfully challenged his suspension from St John’s College in Hastings for refusing to […]

Discussing hair court decision on Newstalk ZB

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Family First’s Bob McCoskrie talks to Larry Williams about the High Court decision that allowed Lucan Battison to return to St John’s College in Hastings with his locks intact. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/listen-on-demand/audio/1565768865-bob-mccoskrie–lucan-battison

Apiata steps up for Big Buddy plan

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NZ Herald 27 June 2014 War hero Willie Apiata drew on his own experiences as a fatherless child to help launch a foundation close to his heart. New Zealand’s only living recipient of the Victoria Cross helped to launch the Big Buddy Foundation in Auckland last night, with Prime Minister John Key and All Black […]

Presbyterians (USA) won’t condemn ‘abortion’ of babies born alive!

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LifeSiteNews 25 June 2014 The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) overwhelmingly rejected a motion suggesting the church publicly condemn the killing of babies born alive after botched abortions. The proposal, offered by the Presbytery of South Alabama at the denomination’s 221st General Assembly in Detroit last week, also suggested the PCUSA take two years to reconsider its […]

Ben Carson Defends Biblical Definition of Marriage

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The Blaze 20 June 2014 Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson has freely shared his theological views since his bold 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech catapulted him onto the national stage — and in a recent interview he affirmed his support for the biblical definition of marriage, encouraging Christians to stand up against “intolerance.” When asked […]

Busting income splitting myths

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IMFC 25 June 2014 Who knew tax policy could be so … exciting? Partisan politics have pulled income splitting into the stratosphere of political bickering. The Conservatives had made income splitting an election plank in 2011, to be implemented when the budget was balanced. With balanced budgets purportedly upon us, many eagerly welcomed the prospect. […]

High rate of chlamydia in teens

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Stuff co.nz 26 June 2014 “Staggeringly high” rates of chlamydia have been reported among New Zealand teenage girls. A report by Environmental Science and Research (ESR) was the first time data was collated from every laboratory in the country on people tested, as well as the number of new sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases found. […]