Inquiry into how schools respond to violence

The Dominion Post 03/11/2009 The Ombudsmen’s Office is investigating how schools and government agencies respond to bullying and violence. The investigation follows international research revealing a high level of incidents here compared with overseas. The rare step was sparked by parents of Hutt Valley High School pupils complaining about the actions of the school’s board of […]

Planned Parenthood leader resigns after watching abortion ultrasound

Telegraph (Uk) 2 Nov 09 The director of a Planned Parenthood outlet in Texas has resigned after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure. Abby Johnson told the KBTX television station: “I just thought I can’t do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me, and I thought that’s it. “I […]

Ratings urged for cell games

The Dominion Post 02/11/2009 Offensive and risque mobile phone games and applications could soon be censored in New Zealand. Games for the Apple iPhone that contain soft pornography and promote racism, alcohol and child abuse have drawn widespread flak. Chief censor Bill Hastings says mobile phone games and software downloaded from the internet should be […]

“Family friendly” viewing saturated with violence

Newstalk ZB 31/10/2009 Media regulators are being told to get their act together, and clean up the so-called “family friendly” viewing time on TV. Lobby group Family First says the evening peak period is becoming saturated with bad language, sexual innuendo and promos for adult shows later in the night. Director Bob McCoskrie says US […]

Teens ‘don’t see enough of parents’

The Press 31/10/2009 More than half of Kiwi teenagers believe they do not see enough of their parents. The Social Report figures, released this week by the Ministry of Social Development, were worse than previous statistics. They have led an Auckland University expert to suggest parenting programmes for all Kiwi parents. “Parents are looking for […]

Call for minimum age of 14 to own cellphones

The Press 31/10/2009 Teenagers who prefer texting to talking have driven some parents to call for a minimum cellphone ownership age of 14. “Parents are worried teenagers are losing the ability to properly communicate with eye-to-eye contact,” said Shanti Ravichandran, of Auckland’s Unitec, who has surveyed parents’ attitudes to teenage cellphone use. She said the […]

Smacking law march aims for huge turnout

NZ Herald Oct 28, 2009 An Auckland property manager who is spending $450,000 to promote a march against the smacking law says he hopes it will be the biggest protest march in New Zealand history. Colin Craig, 41, and his wife Helen own companies which manage high-rise apartment buildings including Nautilus at Orewa and the […]

March to call for action on smacking referendum

NZ Herald Oct 27, 2009 A march to protest the Government’s lack of action following the so-called anti-smacking referendum has been announced today. Colin Craig, an Auckland businessman, said he would fund the November 21 march, which will cost up to $450,000. He said the march is about democracy and the government has so far […]

Topless teacher on Penthouse website

Sunday News 25/10/2009 A primary school teacher who appeared naked on Australian Penthouse’s website is being investigated by the New Zealand Teachers Council. Rachel Whitwell, girlfriend of pornographer Steve Crow, is featured in six saucy photos, including two totally nude shots and two topless poses. The 27-year-old boasts of what she does for a living and […]

Right-to-lifers protest medical abortion plan

Waikato Times 24/10/2009 An anti-abortion group is outraged at what it calls Hamilton Family Planning’s plan to “kill on premises”. Voice for Life protesters staged what they called a “peaceful yet powerful protest” yesterday outside Family Planning’s clinic in Anglesea St, which could become the first centre of its kind in New Zealand to offer […]