When support for gay marriage gets ugly


The Week 21 April 2015 When a school learns that one of its alums has achieved great things, the institution will usually seek to promote those accomplishments. But there are exceptions. If it’s discovered, for example, that the former student also happens to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, or a neo-Nazi, or […]

Christchurch brothels more violent than Auckland, researchers say

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Stuff co.nz 22 April 2015 Christchurch brothel and escort workers are more likely to experience violence than their Auckland counterparts, researchers say. University of Canterbury economics and finance senior lecturer Dr Laura Meriluoto, with a team of researchers, analysed survey data on sex workers and found Christchurch brothel workers were more likely to be harmed than […]

Are you living next to a brothel?


Stuff co.nz 22 April 2015 Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it. An investigation revealed no official means to find out if brothels operated in Marlborough, and where they were. The Marlborough District Council does not have any bylaws dealing with prostitution or brothels. In 2003, brothels in New Zealand […]

Euthanasia would have ‘far-reaching impacts’


NZ Herald 21 April 2015 A group opposed to euthanasia says allowing terminally ill woman Lecretia Seales to take a lethal dose of drugs would have far-reaching impacts on New Zealand society. Ms Seales, 42, is dying from brain cancer and says she has a right to end her life with medical assistance before her […]

Tonga to ban same sex marriage for CEDAW

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RadioNZ 21 April 2015 Over a month ago when the cabinet announced it would ratify Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination on Women, it was greeted with anger from some community and church leaders. They expressed concern it would lead to same sex marriage and abortions in the country as CEDAW refers […]

Step 1: legalize. Step 2: commercialize.

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MercatorNet 20 April 2015 Kevin Sabet is one of the leading voices opposing the legalization of marijuana in the United States. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy. MercatorNet’s associate editor, Zac Alstin, […]

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 […]