Explicit sex class divides school

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NZ Herald 28 February 2014 A school trustee has quit and a family withdrawn their child in protest at an explicit sexual education programme at a West Coast primary. Blaketown School trustee Jo-Anne Sim resigned this month over the “unacceptable” and explicit class, delivered to Year 7 and 8 pupils in December. Ms Sim said […]

Committee reaches stalemate on parental leave

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3News 28 February 2014 A select committee report into Labour MP Sue Moroney’s paid parental leave amendment bill has been unable to reach an agreement on whether it should pass. The Government Administration Committee reported back to day on Labour’s social development spokeswoman’s bill which would extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26. […]

Children shouldn’t have to choose to die

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On Line Opinion 26 February 2014 Last week, The Times featured the heart-warming story of Deryn Blackwell, a 14 year-old boy who having been told he would likely die within a short time is now, against the odds, making a remarkable recovery. http://www.ryot.org/14-year-old-boy-cancer-given-days-live-still-kicking-3-months-later/582757 After the last of four bone marrow transplants in his treatment for […]

Smoking cannabis CAN kill you – German research


Mail Online 26 February 2014 It is possible to die as a direct result of smoking cannabis, new research shows. German scientists have identified two people who died purely as a result of smoking the drug. It was previously known that using marijuana could be fatal if it was used in conjunction with other drugs […]

Act Leader Jamie Whyte stands by incest comments

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NZ Herald 26 February 2014 New Act Leader Jamie Whyte is standing by his comments that incestuous relationships between consenting adults should not be illegal and says it would be “intellectually corrupt” of him not to be honest when asked such questions. In an article published on The Ruminator website, former philosophy lecturer Dr Whyte […]

Charity: Women, children used as sex slaves in NZ

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Stuff co.nz 27 February 2014 Women and children as young as five are probably being used as sex slaves in New Zealand, according to a charity founded by a former detective to fight human trafficking. “We have been asked about it,” said Nvader chief executive director Daniel Walker. In four years of undercover police work, […]

Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives, Even Though It’s Flouted

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NPR Health News 24 February 2014 Eighty percent of college students say they drink, despite laws making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Critics of that drinking age say that lowering it would reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths. But that might be wishful thinking, a study says. Researchers from Boston University […]

The conspicuous silence from euthanasia activists about Belgium’s horrific child euthanasia law

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LifeSiteNews 19 February 2014 The Belgian Parliament passed a change to their euthanasia laws on the 14th of February making euthanasia available to minors – children. One commentator incorrectly – but nonetheless poignantly called it a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’. Most, however, questioned the ability of minors to make such grave decisions and/or the problems with euthanasia […]

Transgender boy walks with pride

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NZ Herald 23 February 2014 The parents of a seven-year-old transgender boy are in discussions with an independent film maker to chart the next decade of their child’s life as he undergoes medical changes. Born into a girl’s body, Ben Brockwell-Jones’ story hit the headlines last year after his parents Wes and Rebecca Jones made […]

Here’s the problem with CYF – in a nutshell

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From an OIA request by welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell