Lobbyists to seek charity status


Radio NZ News 7 August 2014 Non-profit groups originally denied charity status for being too political plan to re-apply after the Supreme Court ruled political activity should not make a difference. The ruling was a victory for Greenpeace, which fought through the courts for five years to regain the right to be considered a charity. […]

Why new mums shouldn’t rush back to work

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NZ Herald 5 August 2014 Many new mothers suffer from extreme tiredness even four months after giving birth, prompting experts to warn they should not hurry back to work. An Australian study found half of new mothers were still ‘excessively sleepy’ 18 weeks into motherhood. The findings have ‘significant implications’ for decisions-makers about the length […]

Transgender changes in schools would increase confusion – Family First

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OneNews 5 August 2014 New recommendations to make schools more accessible to transgender students will simply cause young people more confusion, a social commentator says. An action plan developed by a research group out of Auckland University calls on schools to install toilet and changing facilities for an increasing number of adolescents who identify as […]

Study finds violent games increase crime risk

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3News 5 August 2014 Violent video games glorifying antisocial characters could increase teenage gamers’ risk of criminal and other risky behaviour like smoking and alcohol use, a US study has found. Adult-rated games also affect teenage users’ self-image, according to the study by Dartmouth College researchers published on Monday in the Journal of Personality and […]

Call for CYF family conferences review


Radio NZ News 4 August 2014 A youth lawyer is calling for a review of family conferences run by Child, Youth and Family (CYF), in which young offenders meet their victims. An independent report has criticised the conferences as overly bureaucratic and having significant shortcomings. The conferences are meant to involve a number of people, […]

Abandoned surrogate child is only one of many such tragedies

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The Australian 4 August 2014 What have we become? Where even to begin? An Australian couple travel to Thailand in the hope of finding a surrogate to carry their child. They find a 21-year-old girl who is deeply in debt, and already has a five-year-old, and another child. They pay her about $11,000 to ­undergo […]

The Problems With Surrogacy


* First, commercial surrogacy can be exploitative because the contracting parties are not always free and equal. Some surrogates are poor and uneducated. Many come from developing countries. Often enough, the future parents come from wealthy nations, and are wealthy even by the standards of their home country. An intermediary, or ”baby finder”, who seeks […]

Poll: Assisted suicide opposition grows as evidence revealed (UK)

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The Christian Institute 30 July 2014 Public opposition to assisted suicide grows dramatically when people are more informed of the arguments, a new poll has revealed. Figures show that many of those who initially express support for assisted suicide switch to opposing it when presented with evidence from places where the practice has been legalised. […]

11 months on…

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Less than 10% of NZ couples with a Civil Union have converted to a marriage. (Why? Because they were quite happy with Civil Unions – no discrimination.)  25 same-sex couples have chosen a Civil Union since the law change. Thus far in NZ there have been 881 same-sex marriages. 503 of those have been between […]

Surrogate baby abandoned by parents


Stuff co.nz 2nd August 2014 The Thai surrogate mother of a critically ill twin baby abandoned by his Australian biological parents says she is determined to bring him up in her impoverished village with her two children aged six and three. “I’ll take care of Gammy on my own. I’ll not give my baby to […]