Skinny models banned from catwalk

Reuters 13 Sep 06  The world’s first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of …

Junk culture ‘is poisoning our children’

UK Telegraph 13 Sep 06 A sinister cocktail of junk food, marketing, over-competitive schooling and electronic entertainment is poisoning childhood, a powerful lobby of academics and children’s experts says today. …

Beaten for wrong ‘colours’

Whangarei Leader 12 SEP 06 Primary school children are getting beaten up for wearing the wrong ‘colours’ in Whangarei, as a gang culture increases, according to police. Serious violence has …

Call for families to rein in kids

Manukau Courier 12 Sep 06 Changes need to be made at home if south Auckland’s youth violence problems are to be solved, two family-focused groups say. The Manukau-based Family First …

Parents ‘blackmail’ grans for daycare

The Australian 12 Sep 06 Many grandmothers feel they are being blackmailed into looking after their grandchildren, as their sons and daughters struggle with the high cost and inconvenience of childcare. …

Visitors join sex industry

The Press 12 Sep 06 Immigration authorities are cracking down on foreigners working illegally in New Zealand’s sex industry.  A recent study of the industry, conducted by the Prostitution Reform …

Poor twice as likely to commit suicide

Sydney Morning Herald 11 Sep 06 Young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds are almost twice as likely to commit suicide as their more affluent peers, new research has found. http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/poor-twice-as-likely-to-commit-suicide/2006/09/10/1157826815810.html#

Were you spanked? CEOs say yes

USA TODAY 10 Sep 06 The debate over whether CEOs are born or made remains unresolved, but there is one thing they overwhelmingly have in common. As children, they were …