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    FAMILY MATTERS: “We Need To Talk” – Is ScreenTime Robbing Your FamilyTime?

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Family First recently released a report on the increasing use of screen time for children. It’s entitled “WE NEED TO TALK” and is written by UK biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman. He argues that although screen technology may be a great aspect of modern life, there is growing concern from health and development experts […]

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    JUST RELEASED:”We Need To Talk”

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    READ our just-released Report “WE NEED TO TALK – Screen time in NZ, Media Use: An Emerging factor in child and adolescent health” by biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman CLICK HERE to download

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    New Resource For Families

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Family First NZ has launched a phone app designed to put the power back in to the hands of families, and to help them be online political activists for family issues in NZ. DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW:

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  • Just Released – A Voice for Families

    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Please take just a moment to watch our brand new Promo video. It showcases Family First NZ speaking up on family issues in the media and public domain over the past few years – just a small sampling of the many issues we’ve covered. We hope you enjoy it. (It actually surprised us just how […]

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    Family First Phone App Out Now

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW: You can now be an online activist for family issues in NZ! Be informed and empowered on issues important to your family.  

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  • WATCH: Mum on a Mission

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    THE YOUTUBE VIDEO POLITICIANS DON’T WANT NZ PARENTS TO SEE In 2007, politicians changed the laws making it illegal for parents to use smacking as form of correction with their children. The referendum in 2009 revealed that 87% of New Zealanders opposed this move believing that it wouldn’t solve genuine child abuse but would lead […]

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  • Family First – Speaking Up

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE. You’ll find the latest news, research and essays on family issues that we think kiwi families need to be aware of. Our aim is to inform and empower families in New Zealand. If you’re unaware of the work of Family First, please take a moment to watch this 8 minute promo. […]

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  • My Mummy’s a Criminal

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    In 2007 the NZ Parliament removed the right of Kiwi parents to use reasonable force to physically discipline their children for the purpose of correction. Despite assurances to the contrary, families have been torn apart, accused of lying and dragged through the courts with disturbing results. These are just a few of the many examples…

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    Family First NZ – The Family Watchdog

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    5 REASONS WHY NZ FAMILIES NEED THEIR OWN WATCHDOG 1. BUSY FAMILIES AREN’T ALWAYS AWARE – mums and dads are so busy doing school drop-offs, keeping the house in order, working and paying the bills etc  that they often can’t keep up with all the issues that may affect them or that they are passionate […]

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>> Media Releases

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Apr
1

Long Overdue Review of CYF Welcomed

Media Release 1 Apr 2015 Family First NZ is welcoming the long overdue independent review of Child Youth and Family which it has been asking for over many years. “If CYF was a family, it would have had state intervention before now. There is increasing evidence of systemic failure in the organisation,” says Bob McCoskrie, […]

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Apr
1

Obesity Needs A Community Response, Not CYF

Media Release 1 Apr 2015 Family First NZ is supporting calls for intervention in families where obesity is an urgent health issue, but says that intervention by CYF and removal of children from their families will only exacerbate the problem. “Family First supports the approach suggested by Starship hospital paediatrician Dr Patrick Kelly whereby families […]

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Mar
30

Litigious Approach to School Discipline Worrying Trend

Media Release 30 March 2015 Family First is warning that a litigious approach to school disciplinary decisions will undermine the authority and special character of individual schools and has the potential to send some schools bankrupt. The comments come in response to two recent cases where parents have gone to court to challenge school rulings, […]

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Mar
30

Children Concerned About Sex, Violence in Media – Study

Media Release 30 Mar 2015 Family First NZ says that the Children’s Media Use Study by NZ on Air and the BSA is sounding alarm bells about the levels of violence and sexual content being viewed by children 9-14 years old, and the concerns of the children themselves and also their parents. The study shows […]

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Mar
26

FAMILY MATTERS: “We Need To Talk” – Is ScreenTime Robbing Your FamilyTime?

Family First recently released a report on the increasing use of screen time for children. It’s entitled “WE NEED TO TALK” and is written by UK biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman. He argues that although screen technology may be a great aspect of modern life, there is growing concern from health and development experts […]

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Mar
21

Dying with Dignity Lies In Love and Best Palliative Care

Media Release 21 March 2015 Family First NZ says that the heartbreaking situation that Lecretia Seales faces should not be solved in the courtroom or by a change in law, but through the guarantee of the best palliative care that the country can offer her and others in a similar situation. “Patients facing death have […]

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>> The Latest News

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Apr
1

Muddled morality about the unborn

CruxNow 31 March 2015 On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her, cut her open, and removed her unborn child. Wilkins survived the incident; her child did not. Hearing about this horrifying crime provokes a sense […]

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Apr
1

Educator: ‘Childcare takes place of parents’

NZ Herald 1 April 2015 An early childhood educator says many people are losing confidence in how to be parents because they now see their role as going back to paid work as soon as possible after having a baby. Dr Sarah Farquhar, a former chief executive of the Early Childhood Council who runs an […]

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Apr
1

Going back to work is too soon for most mums

NZ Herald 1 April 2015 Parents are getting two more weeks of paid leave after having a baby from today – but it is still less than a third of what mothers want. Paid parental leave is increasing from 14 weeks to 16 weeks in the first of two steps, with a second step to […]

obesity
Apr
1

Obese kids to be sent to CYF if parents fail to help

NZ Herald 1 April 2015 A proposal to refer obese children to child protection services has been slammed by a child health expert. Professor Wayne Cutfield, director of the Liggins Institute at Auckland University, told Newstalk ZB it was “incredibly disappointing that the way we manage child obesity could end up being children being removed […]

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Apr
1

Extended ‘four months’ paid parental leave to kick in tomorrow

OneNews 31 March 2015 Paid Parental Leave increases by two weeks to 16 weeks from tomorrow. The entitlement will rise by another two weeks to 18 weeks from April 1 next year. That’ll put New Zealand parents on par with those in Australia who already get 18 weeks paid parental leave, and in line with […]

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Mar
31

Parents concerned over online risk

NZ Herald 31 March 2015 Parenting Place researcher says instilling ‘good character’ best defence against accessing unsavoury content. The hidden dangers of the online world are a growing concern among parents, as screens of all shapes and sizes become a regular feature in children’s lives. A Colmar Brunton Survey, commissioned by NZ on Air and […]

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