The hard lessons of legal marijuana

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MercatorNet 20 April 2015 In recent years, several US states have legalised marijuana for recreational purposes.  This has happened after many years of legal access to marijuana as medicine in those same states. It has been an unsurprising transition when viewed from at least one perspective, even though from another it is entirely odd. The […]

Groups seek to join euthanasia case

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NZ Herald 21 April 2015 The Human Rights Commission and two other groups want to join a legal challenge by a terminally ill woman seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution. Lecretia Seales, 41, is dying from brain cancer and believes it’s a “fundamental human right” to be able […]

Childcare – Fears profit put before kids

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NZ Herald 21 April 2015 Educators fear profits are coming before kids as the number of commercial operators entering the early childhood market continues to grow. Critics say the large, for-profit franchises are driving out community organisations, including kindergartens. Teachers spoken to by the Herald were concerned about what they had seen in some large […]

Early childcare services red-flagged


NZ Herald 20 April 2015 Children in early childhood education may have been placed at risk of developmental damage after the Government’s continued focus on driving up participation despite sector-wide concerns about quality. The Education Ministry, the Education Review Office and advisory groups all believe there are quality issues in New Zealand and recently urged […]

This dad calculated that stay-at-home mums should earn $98,000 a year

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Stuff 8 April 2015 Stay-at-home parenting has always been notoriously underappreciated work, but how much? Well, an American dude has put it in terms everyone – even lazy dads – can understand: cold, hard cash. Steven Nelms of Houston – noticing the ridiculous amounts of work his wife Glory undertook in the service of […]

Cohabitation may be hazardous to your health

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MercatorNet 13 April 2015 The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage. More young people are now first cohabiting than are […]

Ryan Anderson – A fresh voice on same-sex marriage

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Washington Post 15 April 2015 Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. There is an interview with conservative talk radio, a debate with a liberal professor at the University of Colorado’s law school and, after that, a lecture to Catholic […]

Outlawing Psychotherapy For Trans-Kids Will Not Prevent Suicides

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The Federalist 16 April 2015 Psychologically healthy people do not commit suicide. Changing genders is an outward expression of some form of depression that started long before the suicide. Studies have shown conclusively that suicide is the result of mental illness and untreated depression, but the elite who push for gender change ignore the evidence. […]

Mum ‘already received life sentence’ – Family First

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NZ Herald 17 April 2015 The mother of a Whanganui toddler who died after allegedly being accidentally left in a car on a hot summer’s day has been charged with manslaughter. The woman appeared in the Whanganui District Court yesterday but her name, and that of her husband, and all the details of the hearing […]

Hospice NZ – Our Opinion on Euthanasia

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Hospice NZ April 2015 With the right palliative care a person with a life limiting condition can live a good quality of life with their dignity maintained and symptoms managed. Assisted dying is a complex subject that raises challenging ethical questions for hospice care. Hospice New Zealand recognises that across society there is a range […]