Tag Archives: Child abuse

Child abuse – Latta ignores leading risk

Psychologist Nigel Latta last week presented another installment in his television series on social problems in New Zealand. He gave the terrible statistics on child abuse and family violence and drew on research showing predictable links with poverty and alcohol. … Continue reading

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Cunliffe’s apology hollow

Apart from being pathetic, Labour leader David Cunliffe’s apology last week for being a man was simply hollow. It may have gone down well with some in his Womens Refuge audience, but like most discussion of domestic violence in this … 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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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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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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