Teachers’ physical contact rules relaxed

NZPA 26 September 2006
New relaxed guidelines on physical contact between teachers and children are to be released today. The New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI) guidelines cover 45,000 NZEI members who educate around 860,000 children aged from two to 20.New guidelines will recognise that teachers and support staff will come into physical contact with children and students during their work and said “this is acceptable when carried out in a professional and responsible manner that is age appropriate”.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3808714a11,00.html 

NZ Herald – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10402963
Dominion Post – Males victims of childcare ‘sexism’ – http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dominionpost/0,2106,3808723a6479,00.html

But note the contrast….
Crackdown on cameras at gymnastics champs
The risk of paedophiles taking unsavoury photographs of young athletes has prompted Gymnastics New Zealand to crack down on camera use at its national championships in Christchurch this week
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3807782a11,00.html