‘Free-range parenting’ glitch – parents charged for children walking home alone

school children

OneNews 5 March 2015 The situation surrounding one US family has triggered fierce debate about the concept of free-range parenting after the parents were charged with neglect for letting their children walk home by themselves. This morning, the Maryland parents who made headlines for letting their 10 and six-year-olds walk a mile home from a […]

Woman gives birth to her own son’s IVF baby


MailOnline 3 March 2015 In a procedure believed to be a world first, a fertility clinic arranged the woman’s pregnancy using a donor egg and her son’s sperm. She offered to have the baby – with her husband’s consent – after plans by their son to have an IVF child with another female relative collapsed. […]

Disability rights group concerned over voluntary euthanasia

disabled adult

Stuff co.nz 3 March 2015 Disabled people could be coerced to commit suicide if a voluntary euthanasia bill is passed, a disability rights group says. Not Dead Yet convenor Wendi Wicks said there could never be adequate protections for disabled people under voluntary euthanasia legislation. “There are endless ways of telling disabled people time and […]

Couples who stay together enjoy degree-equivalent boost to income


Marriage Foundation 1 March 2015 Staying together can have the same positive impact on subsequent income as having a degree, a new study by Marriage Foundation has found. Staying together can boost income by up to 35 per cent. The negative effect on income of paying for two households, additional transport and increased care costs […]

Surge in cases of family violence


Stuff co.nz 3 March 2015 Women in relationships with men in white-collar jobs are flooding into Women’s Refuge in Timaru for help as the reporting of family violence surges. “While most of our clients are from across the board, we are now seeing a flood of women coming to us who are in relationships, or […]

Strip club’s World Cup ambush marketing

sports event

NZ Herald 2 March 2015 A strip club has received a slap on the wrist for an ambush marketing stunt during Saturday’s epic Cricket World Cup clash in Auckland. Calendar Girls advertised its wares by flying a plane towing a banner over Eden Park packed with 40,053 enraptured fans during Saturday’s Black Caps vs Australia […]

Colorado and Washington since legalisation

marijuana growing

SAM 7 January 2015 Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the non-partisan marijuana policy group comprised of leading scientists from around the country, released Lessons After Two Years of Marijuana Legalization – Short Report today. The report outlines both what data we know – and what we need to know – to accurately evaluate the consequences and […]

Should alcohol sponsorship be allowed? ONE News poll shows country divided

alcohol binge drinkers tui

OneNews 1 March 2015 The country is split on whether alcohol sponsorship should be banned, according to the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll. Asked if the Government should ban alcohol sponsorship and advertising, 47% said yes and 45% said no. A ministerial report has recommended a number of initiatives in a bid to clamp […]

Condoms given out at school

R18 report slide

Stuff co.nz 1 March 2015 A high school handed out condoms to girls as young as 15 after a dozen girls returned from summer holidays pregnant. The controversial approach to family planning has come under fire from a religious group, but has been hailed a success by James Cook High School in south Auckland, where […]

Facebook adds fill in the blank gender option

facebook 1

Stuff co.nz 27 February 2015 Facebook users who don’t fit any of the site’s 58 gender identity options can now choose how to define themselves freely. The social media giant has added a 59th option: fill in the blank. “Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able […]