Monthly Archives: August 2012

Child poverty report – still ignoring the obvious

The Office of the Childrens Commissioner published another report on child poverty today – “Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand – Issues and Options Paper for Consultation”. It rightly points out the major problem we have in this country with … Continue reading

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Key simplistic on euthanasia

Last week Prime Minister John Key came out publicly in support of voluntary euthanasia, suggesting it was already happening in our hospitals. His comments were based on the fact that doctors sometimes have to make difficult decisions about ceasing life-support in terminal situations. … Continue reading

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A doctor with courage

When the Southern DHB decided to start undertaking abortions at Southland Hospital in Invercargill they didn’t expect resistance from their own staff. However last week senior paediatrician Dr Vili Sotutu tendered his resignation over the matter and other doctors at the … Continue reading

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An uncommon hope

Last week another four Treaty settlements had their final reading in Parliament. Among others, East Coast iwi Rongowhakaata and Ngai Tamanuhiri received Crown apologies and redress for violent and tragic Treaty breaches in the 1860s.  The claims settlement bills passed quietly and … Continue reading

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