Right time to talk birds and bees

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Bay of Plenty Times 8 Oct 2012 Conceiving from bathing in a hot pool and not getting pregnant the first time you have sex are among the myths dispelled by the Bay’s sex education teachers. The news comes as it is reported that Australian school children as young as 11 will be taught to “recognise […]

Study: Assisted suicide helpers distressed


World Radio Switzerland 4 Oct 2012 One in four people who accompany someone to commit assisted suicide suffer massive psychological distress, according to a new study by the University of Zurich. Researchers at the university spoke to 85 people who went with a family member or close friend to an EXIT euthanasia clinic. A quarter […]

Alcohol a factor in quarter of injury deaths

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NZ Herald 5 Oct 2012 About a quarter of the people who die from injury deaths could still be alive if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors that caused the injuries, a Wellington conference on injury prevention and safety promotion was told. Otago University head of preventive and social medicine, Professor Jennie […]

Hour’s work buys teens a week of booze


Dominion Post 6 Oct 2012 Young people can buy more than a week’s worth of booze for less than an hour’s wages. As MPs prepare to debate a 50 per cent rise in alcohol excise, Dominion Post research shows pre-mixed, ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic cocktails are cheaper to buy than same-sized cans of soft drink. For […]

Govt signals it will feed hungry kids

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NZ Herald 6 Oct 2012 Food programmes for hungry Kiwi schoolchildren may soon get a boost from the Government to top off an overwhelming public response to recent media appeals. Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, who chairs a Cabinet committee on poverty, has told the Weekend Herald society must accept an obligation to feed hungry […]

The ‘little tramp’ paradox: don’t blame kids

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Stuff.co.nz 5 Oct 2012 Young girls should not be shamed for dressing like “tarts” and “hookers” because this is how society is teaching them to dress, an Australian academic argues. In an era when 10-year-olds model for Paris Vogue and a Canadian business offers “Little Spinners” pole dancing classes, Dr Michelle Smith says notions of […]

Churches ramp up anti-gay marriage campaign

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NZ Herald 5 Oct 2012 Church leaders will use their Sunday sermons this month to implore their congregations to speak out against gay marriage. With three weeks left for submissions on the bill to legalise gay marriage, the New Zealand Christian Network has asked members to write to the Government in opposition of the law […]

It’s going to be heartbreaking for him to realise he hasn’t got a mummy

Mail Online (UK) 16 May 2012 Since his son’s birth 18 months ago, Sir  Elton John has been the epitome of the proud father. But the flamboyant star, now enjoying life as  the parent of a toddler, has admitted it will be ‘heartbreaking’ for Zachary to  grow up without a mother. The singer, 65, and […]

One in 66 Britons is gay or bisexual – NOT one in ten

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Mail Online 29 Sep 2012 Only one in every 66 people say they are gay  or bisexual, a nationwide survey revealed yesterday. The numbers are in contrast with the  decades-old and widely accepted 10 per cent figure for the gay population, and  the 6 per cent estimate used by Whitehall when civil partnership legislation was  […]

CYF link in girl’s death

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Stuff.co.nz 3 Oct 2012 The suspected suicide of a 12-year-old girl in state care may have been prevented if Child, Youth and Family (CYF) had properly informed caregivers of her history and distressed mental state, a coroner has heard. The girl, Krystal, whose last name is permanently suppressed, was found dead by her 7-year-old sister […]