Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith talks to Bob McCoskrie (AUDIO)

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Bob McCoskrie interviewed by Paul Henry re smacking report

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Family First have released a report analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law which states that there is not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that has shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law and that they’ve continued to get worse. Family First’s national director Bob McCoskrie joined Paul […]

‘We are not tackling the real causes of child abuse’ – report claims anti-smacking law has failed

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TVNZ OneNews 11 February 2016 A new report claims New Zealand’s anti-smacking law has done very little to stem the abuse of children. Family First claim that not a single indicator relating to the abuse of children has improved and argue that it has got worse. The organisation’s report claims Child, Youth and Family has […]

Potent Pot: Marijuana Is Stronger Now Than It Was 20 Years Ago

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Live Science 8 February 2016 Pot is becoming more potent, a new study suggests. In the study, the researchers looked at more than 38,600 samples of illegal marijuana seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over 20 years. They found that the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol — marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — in the […]

Risk of divorce drops with every year of marriage (UK research)

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MailOnline 8 February 2016 If you are in your first few blissful years of marriage, you might want to look away now. For a study has found that for every a year a couple stays together, the less likely they are to divorce – and it’s the first decade that’s the hardest. So while honeymooning […]

Sexting like ‘drug addiction’ for Kiwi teens

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Stuff 9 February 2016 Sexting is being labelled a drug-like addiction for some Kiwi teens, with increasing numbers of young people sending naked photos of themselves. Sexting, the sending of explicit phone messages, often with naked photos, is now so common that New Zealand parents would struggle to find a teenager who has not […]

The damage pornography did to a six-year-old child

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Stuff 7 February 2016 Walker, who is now a respected director of sex education programmes for young people in Australia, warns that there are children whose brains are being rewired by their exposure to porn, whose whole understanding of sex is porn, and who think it is OK to be abusive to women. To facilitate […]

Divorce in NZ – the 14-year itch

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No kids and in your 40s? Beware the 14-year itch NZ Herald 7 February 2016 Most New Zealanders getting divorced are in their mid-40s and don’t have kids, and the “seven-year itch” is a myth. In fact, Statistics New Zealand figures show, couples are most likely to call it quits after about 14 years. Figures […]

Euthanasia cases double in Belgium in just five years

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MailOnline 5 February 2016 The number of people to die by euthanasia in Belgium has more than doubled in just five years, new figures have shown. More than 2,000 people died last year under the country’s euthanasia laws, which cover children as well as adults, and which allow people to be killed without giving consent. […]

Australian mother wants law to protect unborn babies

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Stuff 4 February 2016    Days before Australian woman Sarah Milosevic was due to give birth to her daughter, a drunk driver crashed into her car and shattered her world. Her unborn baby, to be named Sophie, didn’t survive the crash. The driver responsible for the 2014 crash at Logan, south of Brisbane, was in […]