Court ban over 8-year-old ‘stripper’

Sunday News 28/06/2009 A judge has banned a stripper associating with the daughter of her new boyfriend after a complaint the eight-year-old danced nude at her grandparent’s Christmas celebrations. But a senior National Party figure has backed the erotic dancer in a family court battle between the girl’s parents over custody. The professional stripper who […]

Family in strife after kids left alone in park

Sunday Star Times 28 June 2009 A Christchurch dad who let his nine-year-old son and four-year-old daughter play at a school park unsupervised is furious the government’s child welfare agency is now investigating his family. The case highlights the dilemma parents face in striking a balance between protecting their children and risk them becoming bubble-wrapped […]

Young women shun Gardasil

NZ Herald Jun 28, 2009 Less than a third of New Zealand schoolgirls have received the controversial cervical cancer vaccine, as health concerns persist around the $177 million programme. The Labour Government launched the Gardasil programme in September last year, with the aim of immunising 300,000 Kiwi schoolgirls over the next two years. Latest figures […]

Poll says $8.9m smacking referendum ‘a waste of money’

NZ Herald Jun 28, 2009 Three out of four New Zealanders believe the upcoming “anti-smacking” referendum is a waste of money, a survey has found. The Research New Zealand poll of 481 people found 77 per cent didn’t support spending money on the non-binding referendum which will cost $8.9m. Eighteen per cent felt it was […]

Family back rugby dad who pushed 7-year-old

NZ Herald Jun 25, 2009 The family of the man convicted of common assault after pushing his 7-year-old son over on a rugby field say the charge was “sheer stupidity”. Glenn *******’s fiancee and mother, who are standing by him, toldthe Herald the police charged him based on the complaint of a passerby who saw […]

Father pushed 7-year-old over

The Dominion Post 23 June 2009 A case cited by the pro-smacking lobby as it launches its referendum campaign involves a father who repeatedly pushed his seven-year-old son to the ground because he refused to play in a rugby game. Disputing that the so-called “anti-smacking” law is working, Family First director Bob McCoskrie said it […]

Father upset by explicit in-store music

Otago Daily Times 23 Jun 2009 Farmers department stores are reviewing their music policy after a Dunedin man complained about a song featuring sexually explicit lyrics which he heard while shopping with his 10-year-old daughter. Stuart Johnson (44) was in the toys section of Farmers’ George St branch when he heard a song with the repeated […]

Children eager to have say on custody: study

The Age (Australia) June 23, 2009 THEY are the innocent onlookers caught up in their parents’ bitter conflict. But research suggests children of separating couples usually want to have some say in post-marital arrangements — they just don’t want to be forced to choose between their parents. The extent to which children are involved in […]

Rankin’s smacking views pass PM’s test

NZ Herald Jun 23, 2009 Prime Minister John Key has stopped short of criticising Christine Rankin for her renewed criticism of the anti-smacking law – but he has made it clear he will not tolerate any “active campaigning” by the families commissioner before the referendum on the law. In an interview published in Investigate magazine, Ms […]

Referendum question ‘weird’ – Key

Otago Daily Times 22 Jun 2009 Prime Minister John Key has called a referendum on so-called anti-smacking legislation ridiculous as his government looks at ways of tightening up wording of questions in future. Proponents of the upcoming referendum, which asks “should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” […]