Referendum to fight sales

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Central Leader 15 February 2012 Those keen to halt asset sales will be given a voice if Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff succeeds in petitioning for a citizens-initiated referendum on the issue. Mr Goff believes more than three-quarters of the people who live in his electorate are opposed to the government’s plans to partially sell […]

Call for curbs on school exclusions

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Dominion Post 16 Feb 2012 Decisions by school boards to permanently exclude pupils should be subject to greater control, the ombudsman says. The Children’s Commission, meanwhile, is calling for a review of the school exclusion system and warning that trustees are condemning children to failure. Ombudsman David McGee said school boards made far-reaching decisions about […]

Mum: Prostitution to pay for studies

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NZ Herald 16 Feb 2012 A solo mum who wants to study so she can get off welfare says she has had to turn to prostitution to pay for childcare and transport to the course. Tania Wysocki, a 38-year-old mother of two preschoolers at Paerata near Pukekohe, advertised herself on a website two weeks ago […]

The New American Divide – Reasons for Inequality


The Wall Street Journal 21 January 2012 America is coming apart. For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world—for whites, anyway. …But there’s a problem: It’s not true anymore, and it has been progressively less […]

16-year-olds ‘only need seven hours sleep’ – study

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Daily Mail (UK) 13 Feb 2012 Despite long-maintained claims that teenagers require more rest, there has always been a lingering suspicion among parents that yougsters are wasting their time by spending half their day in bed. Now, according to new research, mothers and fathers may indeed be right after scientists suggested the optimum amount of […]

Cannabis drivers ‘twice as likely to cause car crash’

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BBC News 10 Feb 2012 Drivers who use cannabis up to three hours before driving are twice as likely to cause a collision as those not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, says a Canadian study. This is because cannabis impairs brain and motor functions needed for safe driving, the researchers suggest. The study […]

Breast is best but lay off the pressure, Kiwis say


NZ Herald 14 Feb 2012 Three out of four New Zealanders feel mothers should breastfeed their babies if they can, but more than half also think there is too much pressure to do so. A UMR Research poll of 750 adult New Zealanders found overwhelming support for breastfeeding. More than 70 per cent backed the […]

Illegal brothels shut in crackdown

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NZ Herald 14 Feb 2012 A number of brothels in residential areas have been raided and closed in a crackdown on law-breaking sex workers in Auckland. Authorities are understood to have searched, among other premises, a central city apartment and an address in Mt Albert. Details of the raids come weeks after the raid on […]

A mother’s love can boost a child’s brainpower – study

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Mail Online 1 Feb 2012 Children who are given love and affection from their mothers early in life are smarter with a better ability to learn. The study by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found school-aged children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a […]

Prostitution on streets back before Parliament

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NZ Herald 13 Feb 2012 Debate on street prostitution is about revive at Parliament. A bill that will allow Auckland Council to ban street prostitution in specific places is to be considered by the local government select committee. Other city councils including Christchurch are expected to show interest and may seek to have the same […]