Banned NZ book’s fate to be decided

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Radio NZ News 2 October 2015 Whether New Zealand’s first banned book in 20 years remains off-limits to teenagers could be decided today. No one has been able to buy, borrow or display Ted Dawe’s Into the River for three and a half weeks, after Christian lobby group Family First complained about the content’s sex […]

American publisher desperate for material : – )

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Banned book Into The River picked up by American publisher NZ Herald 30 September 2015 A sexually explicit book for teenagers that no commercial publisher would touch when it was written has been picked up by an American publisher – thanks to being banned in New Zealand. Into The River, by Auckland author Ted Dawe, […]

Family First call for investigation into censor’s decision over teen novel

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Stuff 27 September 2015 A conservative lobby group is calling for the country’s book censor to be investigated for removing a teen novel’s R14 rating. Family First made the request in a submission arguing for a permanent age restriction on award-winning novel Into the River. Director Bob McCoskrie said the deputy chief censor’s “highly politicised” […]

“Unbearable suffering” questioned in documentary on Belgian euthanasia

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Imagine choosing to die when you don’t have a terminal illness. Is it a choice we should have? A powerful Dateline special gets rare access to film the journeys of two people in Belgium – going behind the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world MercatorNet – Michael Cook 21 September 2015 This documentary from […]

New research shows Quebec daycare harms children

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IMFC 22 September 2015 A new study released September 21, 2015, shows that Quebec’s daycare system has negative effects on children. The longitudinal assessment was done by heavyweight academics. It uses four different, reliable data sets including data from Statistics Canada. Their findings confirm previous research showing that universal daycare poses a threat to the […]

Vulnerable GLBT youth pawns in plebiscite game (Aust)

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NewsWeekly 23 September 2015 There is no research to show that legalising same-sex marriage would reduce the GLBT suicide rate. It would appear to be based on an ideological assumption rather than on hard evidence. The current Senate Committee inquiry into a popular vote on same-sex marriage has heard stern warnings against holding a plebiscite […]

Watchful parents help early-maturing girls avoid alcohol abuse


Reuters 21 September 2015 Girls who hit puberty early are at sharply higher risk of abusing alcohol as teens if their parents don’t keep tabs on them, new research shows. Early-maturing girls whose parents gave them free rein at age 13 showed a “dramatic increase in alcohol abuse” over the next four years compared to […]

Prostitution victim leads charge against Amnesty International

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LifeSiteNews 18 September 2015 Her life in the sex trade, and her decision to get out, has made her a leading campaigner against Amnesty’s policy. The author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution,” speaks openly of the violence, isolation, and drug abuse inherent in prostitution. What people like her need, she says, is help […]

Racy lad mag Zoo Weekly to close; last edition October 12


Stuff 17 September 2015 Zoo Weekly has become the latest men’s magazine to leave news stands, with publisher Bauer Media on Thursday confirming that poor sales will see its final edition published on October 12. “With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations. I would […]

Family Planning: No to parent notification for abortions

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Stuff 17 September 2015 A Taranaki mother’s fight for parents to be told if their daughter is having an abortion isn’t supported by Family Planning. There are fears making it mandatory will breach all confidentiality between a young woman and health professionals trying to help. Hillary Kieft, of Stratford, has presented a petition to […]