Category Archives: Protecting Children

Bible in Schools

180 years ago in New Zealand the Bible was valued more than gold. The hunger across the land for the Maori New Testament – Te Kawenata Hou was insatiable. Now it is being removed from our schools by ardently secular … Continue reading

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An Action Plan to Affirm Marriage

For those who read my last blog and said – yes but what can the Government do ? Here is a 10-point Action Plan to Affirm Marriage. By implementing a Plan such as this, our political leaders could begin the … Continue reading

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Vulnerable Children Bill – Legislating Failure

The Vulnerable Children Bill was introduced into Parliament last week. It will fail.               It will fail because it does not address the key question raised in its opening paragraph. That paragraph states, “The … Continue reading

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Abortion grounds a clinical and legal fiction

Nearly all abortions in New Zealand are justified on the grounds of averting danger to mental health. However research published in the latest edition of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry dismisses this rationale as a clinical fiction. … Continue reading

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White Paper misses the mark

The Government’s White Paper for Vulnerable Children was published late last year and once again studiously avoided addressing the key driver of child abuse and neglect in New Zealand – the casualisation of our relationship culture. As I noted in … Continue reading

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Feed the children ?

Labour leader David Shearer last week announced a new education policy initiative - feeding children in low decile schools across New Zealand. Labour has costed it at $19million per annum. Hone Harawira was promoting the same initiative as Mana Party policy … Continue reading

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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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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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She thought the baby had a tummy bug…

Leilani Lotonu’u-Lorigan aged two died last month in Manurewa. Her mother’s boyfriend was last week charged with murder. He had moved in with Lelani’s 19 year old mother and her baby sister six months prior. Leilani’s grandmother said “Leilani died from septicemia from two … Continue reading

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Green Paper for Vulnerable Children

The executive summary of my submission on the Government’s Green Paper for Vulnerable Children is shown below. The full submission as at the following link. Strong Families Thriving Children – Green Paper Submission Summary of Submission  The essence of this submission … Continue reading

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