Faces of Innocents: Why our murder and manslaughter laws need to change


Stuff co.nz 27 July 2016 The laws covering murder and manslaughter in New Zealand need reform, writes Massey University law professor Chris Gallavin for the Faces of Innocents series. Reform is required to ensure fairness to defendants, to avail the Crown of more options when charging (and plea bargaining), and to support judges when sentencing. Murder is broadly defined […]

Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children

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New York Times 25 July 2016 Family First Comment: Shocking! “A study published on Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally…. During that […]

The phenomenon of divorce regret

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NZ Herald 23 July 2016 Family First Comment: An interesting discussion – although note that there is very little discussion around what’s best for children, and their needs. “Divorce has never been easier and, for marriages where abuse or genuine incompatibility is at play, shooting the horse can be the best option. But for others […]

Talking to Children about Sex

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American College of Pediatricians 25 July 2016 Family First Comment: Excellent read. “Parents have the opportunity to protect their children from the potentially harmful consequences of sex, counteract misinformation from other sources, and  communicate their own values regarding sex when they talk to their children about sex and sexuality” Parents can and should have the most […]

Police paying for child abuse tipoff leaves them open to ‘trumped up complaints’

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Children’s Commissioner cautions that police paying for child abuse tipoffs leaves them open to ‘trumped up complaints’  TVNZ One News 25 July 2016 Family First Comment: Hallelujah! A Children’s Commissioner with some common sense!!!! “Complaints could be made for money. They could be trumped up complaints, they could be half truths used to further the […]

CYF ‘sorry’ over children in faeces-riddled mess

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Landlord ‘disappointed’ after alerting CYF to revolting conditions NewsHub 25 July 2016 Family First Comment: And this is why people have issues with CYF. They go completely over the top on cases of smacking and unsubstantiated claims by ex-partners (see protectgoodparents.org.nz for the evidence) but fail to respond appropriately on cases like this and Moko […]

Poll Finds Americans Strongly Support Abortion Restrictions


PRNewswire.com 25 July 2016 Family First Comment: Clinton has been unabashed in her support of abortion, recently promising Planned Parenthood that she would work to repeal the Hyde Amendment and increase tax dollars for abortion, and that GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Mike Pence would risk women’s health because of his pro-life views.  However, based on […]

Media can’t figure out that social and health costs exceed tax benefits – Duh!

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Editorial: Numbers on cannabis speak for themselves NZ Herald 23 July 2016 Family First Comment: So let’s get this straight – the tax benefits might be $500m. But the social costs of drug-related harms and addiction (and of course increased levels of these because of increased use when legalised) are a significant portion of $1.8b. […]

Transgender children plan for their future by preserving their fertility

Portrait of a baby with a curious expression!

Stuff co.nz 24 July 2016 Family First Comment: The first sentence sums up the confusion, and the rejection of natural law. “When she was 15, a girl deposited her sperm at an Auckland fertility clinic.” Really? When she was 15, a girl deposited her sperm at an Auckland fertility clinic. It was somewhat impersonal and medical, […]

Baby killer verdict: Manslaughter ‘doesn’t do justice’ says Bob McCoskrie

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NZ Herald 22 July 2016 Family First Comment: Children deserve the fullest protection of the strongest law we can give them. When adults thrash, bash and shake little children, they should not be able to hide behind the lesser manslaughter charge. It’s murder. Anyone inflicting violence against children should be charged with murder, rather than […]