Crown to appeal decision that carer parents should be paid

NZ Herald Jan 22, 2010 The long-standing battle by eight families for financial help to look after their severely disabled adult children will continue with a Crown appeal. Solicitor General David Collins, QC, has said the Crown will appeal the landmark Human Rights Review Tribunal decision, delivered earlier this month, that found in favour of […]

Marriage IS what matters most to family stability as only 3% of unmarried couples stay together until their child is 16

Mail Online 21st January 2010 Marriage is more important than all other factors in family stability, according to new research which demolishes Labour’s central argument against tax breaks for wedded couples. As the main parties went to war over how to support families, Ed Balls’s rejection of the importance of marriage was branded ‘demonstrably untrue’. Attacking […]

Kindy loses out to all-day care

Sunday Star Times 17/01/2010 The Kiwi tradition of sending pre-schoolers to kindy is losing favour, as growing numbers of parents seek all-day care for their children. The latest annual census of early childhood education services shows the number of children enrolled in kindergartens has fallen to fewer than 40,000 – a drop of 12.4% since […]

Watching TV for hours could shorten your life – study

Reuters 12/01/2010 Couch potatoes, beware. Sitting in front of the television for hours daily could shorten your life, according to an Australian study. Researchers from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in the state of Victoria tracked the lifestyle habits of 8,800 adults and found that each hour spent in front of the TV […]

Porn less immoral than piracy – survey

NZPA 12/01/2010 Three times as many New Zealanders think it is morally acceptable for a single person to view pornography on the internet than to download copyrighted video, according to a new poll. The survey also indicates gender differences in what is morally acceptable behaviour, with women being overall less approving of viewing pornography, using […]

Naughty corners are a bad idea for kids, according to Melbourne expert

Herald Sun January 11, 2010 Time could be up for time out. A Melbourne expert says naughty corners and time out in bedrooms are inappropriate because they shame and humiliate. A Melbourne expert says naughty corners and time out in bedrooms are inappropriate because they shame and humiliate. The same goes for smacking, which education […]

Victims dad applauds law change

Bay of Plenty Times 20 January 2010 A Tauranga man whose daughter was murdered five years ago has welcomed the government’s three-strike policy annouced yesterday. Brian Brown whose daughter Natasha Hayden was strangled to death by Michael Curren at McLaren Falls in January 2005, said the policy was a step in the right direction and “a […]

Grieving mother blames cancer vaccine

NZ Herald Jan 9, 2010 Rhonda Renata is in no doubt about what caused the death of her daughter Jasmine. The 18-year-old died last September 22 at her family home in Upper Hutt, apparently in her sleep. It was six months since she had received the last of the three injections of the cervical cancer vaccine […]

Payroll donation scheme begins tomorrow

TV3 News 06 Jan 2010 Payroll giving allows employees to donate money directly from their pay packet to approved charities. From Jan 7, employees can receive an immediate tax break if they donate money to charities from their pay packet, provided their employers have signed up to the scheme. Payroll giving allows employees to donate money directly from […]

Child porn victims getting younger – Internal Affairs

NZ Herald Tuesday Jan 5, 2010 Children as young as a few months old are being targeted by New Zealand’s child pornography offenders, as they continue to seek even younger victims. According to the Department of Internal affairs, which prosecute child pornography cases, the average age of a victim is just five years old compared […]