NZ Herald Jan 20, 2011 A Child, Youth and Family report into the care received by a nine-year-old girl who suffered “horrific” abuse at the hands of her parents has found no single glaring failure by any of the 12 state agencies involved. The report, which will not be released until charges against the girl’s parents […]

UN concerned over children’s rights in NZ

NZ Herald Jan 20, 2011 The United Nations has expressed concern over shortfalls in the rights of New Zealand children, including “staggering” infant and child mortality rates and a lack representation for children in legislation. It has questioned why New Zealand does not have a department or ministry responsible for children’s issues. The UN committee […]

Sperm Donor Kids Speak Out: Our Biological Dads Matter to Us

Huffington Post 1 Huffington Post 19 Jan 2011 ” … I don’t want to be on his family’s Christmas cards or to take up an inordinate amount of his time. I just want to know who he is.” “I feel like half a person.” “I wish he simply knew I exist.” No one knows how […]

Children from broken homes more likely to have ‘suicidal thoughts’

Daily Mail (UK) 19th January 2011 Children from broken homes are more likely to be plagued by suicidal thoughts in later life than those with a more stable past, research shows. The study of thousands of adults also found that boys are more profoundly affected by seeing their parents’ marriage crumble than girls. The Canadian […]

Labour: We will extend paid parental leave period

NZ Herald Jan 18, 2011 Labour is promising to extend paid parental leave and make Working for Families more generous for parents of under-2s under its new social welfare policy. Labour’s social development spokeswoman Annette King has given further details about the party’s new social policies, the full details of which will be made public […]

Brothel upsets posh residents

Herald on Sunday Jan 16, 2011 Police have accused Auckland Council of failing to enforce prostitution bylaws after finding illegal workers in a raid on an upmarket brothel three blocks away from the home of the Prime Minister. Horrified neighbours say the sex business popped up “literally overnight” in a $750,000 townhouse within their Parnell […]

Prostitute’s offending ‘escalated’

NZPA 14/01/2011 A drug-addicted Chistchurch prostitute bailed after admitting dishonesty offences to support her habit was today remanded in custody after committing further offences. Mother-of-two Sasha Elizabeth Miles pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to further offences after pleading guilty in November to 23 charges. The court was told that her children, aged six and […]

Young teens rate P as drug for losers

Dominion Post 11/01/2011 Young teenagers have a negative view of methamphetamine, or P, but see little difference between illicit drugs cannabis and ecstasy and legal drugs alcohol and tobacco, a new survey has found. The UMR Research work, carried out for anti-P group the Stellar Trust, showed media stories about the links to horror crime […]

Cohabiting couples far more likely to suffer from partner abuse, statistics show Jan 10, 2011 Increasing rates of violence between couples in the United States and Europe have been widely attributed to the global recession, but the problem has another dimension that is often ignored: it is far more likely to occur between unmarried, cohabiting couples than married couples. Spanish statistics, which have been highlighted in recent […]

McDonald’s accused of homophobia in Wi-Fi service

January 10, 2011 NZPA/ONE News McDonald’s is being accused of homophobia after it blocked gay websites from its new free Wi-Fi service at its restaurants. People trying to access the lifestyle website discovered they could not find the site, among others, and the website challenged the fast-food giant – which offers free Wi-Fi access […]