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In this issue 14 October 2008...
1. Prostitutes and Playschools Don't Mix
2. United Future has 'got rid of' anti-gay MPs
3. Sex and Puberty Education Is Family Territory
4. Family break-ups may lead to poverty cycle
5. Motherhood 'makes women brainier and can protect them from degenerative diseases'
6. UK School bans pupils from eating Marmite... because it 'contains too much salt'
7. Maternity services 'on low priority'


1. Prostitutes and Playschools Don't Mix
Family First Media Release 14 October 2008
Family First NZ says that the ability for a sex parlour to operate in the same building as a preschool in Wellington is evidence of how flawed the Prostitution Law is, and its complete ineffectiveness and lack of concern that it has for the welfare and protection of families. “The politicians failed to respond to concerns regarding the location of brothels in undesirable places when they decriminalised prostitution, and have left it to local councils to put restrictions in place to prevent location by schools, kindergartens, churches and playgrounds,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Local councils have then found themselves taken to court with no back up from the legislation or the politicians. And yet again, the best interests of children and families are ignored.” READ MORE
Brothel shares kindy building - The Dominion Post 14 October 2008 READ MORE


Published during the Civil Union debate (2004).2. United Future has "got rid of" anti-gay MPs
GayNZ.com 12th October 2008
WARNING: SITE NOT RECOMMENDED - CONTENT MAY OFFEND
United Future has got rid of its anti-gay MPs and is now comfortable with once-contentions legislation, such as Civil Unions, remaining in place, according to its party leader. ...In an interview with GayNZ.com which touched on United Future's reputation for being anti-gay, party leader Peter Dunne, who himself didn't vote for Civil Unions,  said: "I know that some [glbt people] may have an understandably jaundiced view of us because of past events, and I'd simply make the point that the people who were associated with some of those more extreme guises are now long since gone. We’ve moved on from that phase – we've got rid of them."
Other quotes of interest:
* Dunne says he was "a strong advocate in 1985 and '86 for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill"
* "New Zealand’s changed a lot, even since the passage of the Civil Unions legislation. I think that there are a lot of people now who were vehement opponents of that who say now: 'What was the fuss all about?'"
* Dunne sees same-sex adoption as a logical consequence of the passage of the Civil Union legislation..."My point is simply that we need to work our way through things calmly, without ramping it up to the point where all the prejudices start to come into play..I think actually society might be more ready for that now than even five years ago."
* "I think that some of these things like the Hero Parade or its successors, those events have helped break down a lot of the – I was going to say 'fears' but it's stereotypes people have. I think that’s good. I think New Zealand and its diversity is something we should be celebrating across the board"
READ FULL INTERVIEW http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/32/printer_6597.php (safe link)
(Note: display ad above was published during teh Civil Union debate 2003/04)



3. Sex and Puberty Education Is Family Territory

Family First Media Release 13 October 2008
NZ is rubbishing a call for sex and puberty education to be taught to children as young as eight or nine years old. “It is simply not the role of the state through the education system to be pumping this information into young children. It is the vital role of parents,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “A state run system ignores the maturity of the child, the values of the family, and the uniqueness of each child to learn the material at the right time for them. Parents are far better at judging this.” READ MORE
Early puberty causes school sex education 'national crisis' Sunday Star Times 12 October 2008 READ MORE


4. Family break-ups may lead to poverty cycle
The Age (Aust) October 14, 2008
FAMILY breakdown is contributing to child poverty according to an Australian governmental report. READ MORE


5. Motherhood 'makes women brainier and can protect them from degenerative diseases'
Daily Mail (UK) 12th October 2008
Becoming a mother 'remodels' the female brain giving lifelong improvement in mental agility and protection against degenerative diseases, scientists have found. READ MORE
Family First Comment: Yay! Go mums!!! Does that mean that a mum with three kids is three times brainier than her husband????


6. UK School bans pupils from eating Marmite... because it 'contains too much salt'
Daily Mail (UK) 9 Oct 2008
It was a decision that left a bad taste in the mouth - a school has banned its pupils from eating Marmite because it contains too much salt READ MORE
Family First Comment: But high sugar jam is ok!! 'Nanny state' is alive and well in the UK as well as NZ!!


7. Maternity services 'on low priority'
NZ Herald Oct 10, 2008
Maternity services have been given low priority in New Zealand's health system, a review has found. READ MORE
Family First Comment: Until we get serious about supporting new mums and young families, we will always struggle with potential child abuse, family breakdown and stress. It's time we invested in positive preventative measures (which is what we have been saying all along - see www.stoptheabuse.org.nz )



In this issue (23 September 2008)...
1. Feedback on beach nudity 'too hot to handle'
2. By day a teacher ... by night a prostitute
3. MP's survey shows concerns - and opposition to anti-smacking law
4. Parliament's 'Rainbow Room' to recognise gay contribution

 
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1. Feedback on beach nudity 'too hot to handle'
The Dominion Post 22 September 2008
Kapiti Coast District Council's e-mail system crashed because it could not handle all the complaints it fielded over its suggestion of allowing nude sunbathing on its beaches. Councillor Tony Jack said he believed it had been the hottest issue the council had to face for some time. ...The hundreds of e-mails the council received on the topic had crashed its e-mail system. Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said there was a lot of concern in the community and he wanted to stress that the council was not promoting nudity in its draft beach bylaw. Submissions on it close on October 24. READ MORE
Family First Comment - the power of the voice for families! Thank you to all those who emailed and complained. Please visit our Action Alert page on this issue to find out more details on how you can make a simple and quick submission opposing this proposed bylaw change. You can also view Family First's submission to the Council. Go to http://www.familyfirst.org.nz/index.cfm/Action_Alert/Kapiti_Coast_Nudity_Bylaw 

The Dominion Post contained an Op-Ed from Linley Boniface (who? - yeah, that's what we said too) regarding the proposed Nudity bylaw.
"...That hasn't discouraged the nation's chief fun-spoiler, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, from poking his nose in. "Once again, the protection of families and the welfare of our children are being cast aside in favour of so-called freedom of expression and tolerance to nakedness," thundered McCoskrie, who believes he holds some sort of god-given mandate to represent the rights of The Family..."I think at the end of the day we actually need to draw a line in the sand and we need to say that nudity is not acceptable where you've got families; where you've got children," he added. It's a peculiar comment, given that most children love nothing more than to whip their clothes off and tear around starkers... Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, anything Bob McCoskrie is opposed to is fine by me. I'll be supporting Kapiti Coast District Council's nudity bylaw plan." READ MORE
Send feedback to letters@dompost.co.nz
Our response to the Editor: Linley Boniface says that “as far as I'm concerned, anything Bob McCoskrie is opposed to is fine by me.” I’m opposed to convicted paedophiles being home-detentioned to live beside schools and playgrounds; the production, importing and distribution of child pornography; brothels being established in residential areas; the sexualisation of young children for marketing purposes; and now suggestions that beaches frequented by families over the summer holidays will have no restrictions for people wandering up and down the beach completely naked. Boniface needs to be careful of an irrational and almost hysterical reaction to our simple concern that families and children should be factored into the decision of whether to allow full nudity on public beaches which families currently enjoy - Bob McCoskrie, National Director Family First NZ


2. By day a teacher ... by night a prostitute
NZ Herald September 21, 2008
An Auckland primary school teacher is moonlighting as a prostitute, throwing her school bosses into a quandary over her future. The woman, a mother of two children in her 30s, is new to teaching and moonlights as a prostitute to boost her income. The Herald on Sunday understands her principal was alerted to the situation by a student's parent. READ MORE
Family First Comment: Despite parliament's attempt to normalise prostitution and a failure to deal with street prostitution and residential brothels, there is still a stigma against prostitution, and quite rightly too. Prostitution is harmful to both the prostitute and to the client and their family. Parents have every right to be concerned about the 'message' that this sends to their childen - irrespective of how good the teacher may be. Rightly or wrongly, teachers are role models for children simply because of the amount of time they have to input into the young lives and because of the influence they may therefore have.


3. MP's survey shows concerns - and opposition to anti-smacking law
The Southland Times 18 September 2008
A survey by Invercargill MP Eric Roy shows a majority of Invercargill residents want to bring back smacking and ban cellphone use in cars. The survey was sent to 21,500 homes in Invercargill and asked questions on issues from health to a passenger train service. Almost 12,000 responses had come back and random sampling had been used to come up with statistics, Mr Roy said. READ MORE
Family First Media Release
- MP Gets Told By Voters to Change Anti-Smacking Law
Family First NZ says that a survey on attitudes to the anti-smacking law by Invercargill MP Eric Roy showing huge opposition to the anti-smacking law is indicative of the NZ-wide sentiment. READ MORE


4. Parliament's 'Rainbow Room' to recognise gay contribution
The Dominion Post 23 September 2008
Somewhere over the Rainbow at Parliament there's now a select committee room dedicated to gay, lesbian and transgender New Zealanders. The newly-named 'Rainbow Room' will recognise gay, lesbian and transgender New Zealanders and their contribution to society and Parliament. READ MORE
Family First Comment: We eagerly await a room dedicated to parents, both today and past generations, who have raised kiwi children to be productive and well-functioning members of NZ society. And a room for marriage and the beneficial outcomes it has provided for both children and families emotionally, socially, and economically would be appropriate also. Margaret Wilson says "All of these rooms tell the story of honest and full representation in the New Zealand Parliament". If that's the intention, please tell the FULL story! Parents are the unsung heroes of NZ's history. Families are the foundation of the success of our culture. 

 



In this issue (16 September 2008)
1. Beach nudity 'too much for kids'
2. Smacking seen as bigger threat than P
3. Churches call for moral stand
4. Third policies on Families office from National
5. Playcentres hit out at 'vetting' bill
6. The sins of the mother
7. Parliament passes babies in prison law


Beach nudity 'too much for kids'
The Dominion Post 16 September 2008
Kapiti Coast District Council has come under fire for considering allowing nudity on its beaches. The council regulatory management committee's unanimous endorsement of a staff recommendation to allow nudity along the 45-kilometre coastline - unless nudists' behaviour is deemed offensive or lewd - has brought strong criticism from a family-oriented lobby group and some residents.
...Family First has attacked the proposal, which has yet to go out for community consultation. "The protection of families and the welfare of children has been cast aside in favour of so-called freedom of expression," national director Bob McCoskrie said. Families stayed clear of nude beaches for a good reason, he said. "They do not want their children being confronted by naked men and women. The rights of nudists to `hang loose' should not be at the expense of families feeling embarrassed or offended. It is completely inappropriate for children to be confronted with naked adults walking past or sunbathing." READ MORE
TV Coverage
TVNZ News at 6
CLICK HERE
TV3 News at 6 CLICK HERE
TAKE ACTION
If you are a resident or visitor to the Kapiti Coast, please make a submission regarding this bylaw. A simple email (will take 5 minutes or so to complete). We need your voice. CLICK HERE
Read the full Beach Bylaw 2008 CLICK HERE
Family First Comment: This is not just a Kapiti Coast issue. This is a NZ issue. The Boobs on Bikes court decision is now filtering into other areas of NZ and the same argument is being used - nudity restricts freedom of speech and infringes the Bill of Rights. Please speak up for decency and the protection of families.


2. Smacking seen as bigger threat than P
By Ian Wishart TGIF Edition 12 Sep 08
Grief over yesterday’s shooting of a police intelligence officer is turning to fury at the Government and police bosses, amid claims that police have been soft on P in the past. National MP Judith Collins has told TGIF Edition the police appear to have had the wrong priorities, and now an officer has paid for that with his life....Echoing National MP Judith Collins’ concerns, Family First lobbyist Bob McCoskrie says the Government has concentrated too much on social engineering, and not enough on tackling methamphetamine.
“We’ve been told by police that substance abuse is involved in more than half of all cases of child abuse, and about 80% of crime. It’s a disgrace that kids are living in P houses. Where’s the outcry from the Greens? Where’s the outcry from Every Child Counts?” asks McCoskrie. He told TGIF Edition the Greens have blood on their hands for consistently opposing crackdowns on the drug industry and other crimes. “In 2003, the Greens opposed the reclassification of P as a Class A drug. They also opposed raising the drinking age, and you’ll find they also opposed increasing the penalty for possession of child pornography to five years’ jail. They’re a party willing to turn a blind eye to marijuana, P and child porn. In my view, the Government’s relationship with the Greens has been a stumbling block in fighting crime.”
McCoskrie says the overall result is a country where smacking is seen as a more serious social issue by Labour and the Greens than methamphetamine abuse, “and where the police are tip-toeing around the rights of prisoners and criminals, while the rights of families to protection from the harmful effects of drugs and crime come second.” Green Party drugs spokeswoman Metiria Turei told TGIF Edition she had “no regrets” over the Greens’ stance on P, claiming the fight against the drug should not criminalise users but instead focus on the dealers and manufacturers. READ MORE


3. Churches call for moral stand
The Press 12 September 2008
Churches are challenging New Zealand politicians to take a stand in this year's election on moral issues such as abortion, adoption by same-sex couples and gambling.
...The Salvation Army's election guide, A New Journey, calls for tighter control of liquor and poker-machine licences, and says tougher jail sentences do not work.
...This week, church leaders from several Christian denominations gave their support to an open letter issued by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). The council calls for policies to eliminate poverty, support families and protect children, provide for the elderly and enable access to affordable housing. READ MORE


4. Third policy on Families office from National 
NZ Herald September 12, 2008
National leader John Key now says it is "likely" his party will fold the Office of the Children's Commissioner into the Families Commission - the third change of tune he has had over the commission in a week. In questions after his speech to the Every Child Counts conference yesterday, Mr Key said that while formal policy was yet to be released, "the commissions are likely to be merged together". A week ago, in a speech to the Family First group, Mr Key indicated National would ditch the commission, but later appeared to back down, saying it would be "rebalanced". READ MORE
CLICK HERE to hear what John Key said at the Forum on the Family.

Key gets booed on boot camps
NZ Herald September 12, 2008
John Key got his first taste of what lies ahead on the campaign trail yesterday when he received a resounding "booing" over his plans for boot camps. Mr Key was speaking to an initially polite audience at the Every Child Counts annual conference, until he mentioned his policy for "Army-style correction" camps for "wayward youth who are going off the rails". He was interrupted by a chorus of booing and jeering, which reignited when he tried to claim "they actually do work". It continued until the Mc, Pio Terei, intervened and asked the audience to listen to his explanation.
The ECC is an umbrella lobby group, generally viewed as sympathetic to Labour, and made up of about 380 organisations involved with children, including Plunket, Unicef, Barnardos and Save the Children. READ MORE
Family First Comment: We are happy to report that there was no such behaviour at the Forum on the Family!! Even last year when Sue Bradford spoke on the anti-smacking law, we didn't have to tell the audience to "behave".


5. Playcentres hit out at 'vetting' bill
The Southland Times 15 September 2008
The Southland Playcentre Association has hit out at the surprise introduction of a clause requiring police checks for volunteers working with children at early childhood education centres and schools. READ MORE


6. The sins of the mothers
Sydney Morning Herald 15 September 2008
An Australian study provides some evidence that bad mothering has a worse effect on children than bad fathering. READ MORE


7. Parliament passes babies in prison law
NZPA 12 September 2008
Women in prison will be able to keep their babies with them for two years under a law change passed by Parliament yesterday. Under current law the limit is six months. ...Babies will be able to stay in jail with their mothers until they are two years old. READ MORE
Related article Mother - Child bond should be nourished everywhere - John Fox, Maxim Institute READ MORE

 



We've never done this before - sending out 2 Midweek Updates in one week - but there have been a number of important family issues raised this week which we thought you should know about.

Simply click on the link to each story and read more.

Kind regards
Bob McCoskrie
National Director


Government Sending Mixed Message to Parents on School ‘Donations’
Family First NZ Media Release 3 September 2008
Family First NZ says that the government is sending mixed messages to parents regarding school donations. “Parents are being pressured by schools to pay the so-called donations but at the same time the Government is telling parents that they should not be coerced to pay,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. READ MORE
Family First Comment: The government can’t have it both ways. Education is either free (as per the Education Act) and the government funds it accordingly, or it admits that education is not free, amend the Act, and make the fee compulsory.


Electoral law has 'chilling effect' on political debate
NZ Herald September 03, 2008
The head of the Electoral Commission has described the new electoral law as having had a "chilling effect" on people's willingness to speak out over election issues. READ MORE  See also: Groups set to put Electoral Finance Act to the test CLICK HERE


Allergic reactions high after HPV jab
TVNZ Sep 2, 2008
Young women in Australia who got a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer were five to 20 times more likely to have a rare but severe allergic reaction than girls who got other vaccines in comparable school-based vaccination programs, researchers said. READ MORE
Blaming the Media for Gardasil Hype
New York Times Blog August 29, 2008
Merck’s teen girl vaccine Gardasil has been under fire of late, with everyone from The New England Journal of Medicine to The New York Times questioning whether there is sufficient evidence to justify the widespread use of vaccines against cervical cancer.... Now, a pro-business media watchdog group has a new take on the issue. The hype about Gardasil isn’t the result of over-the-top marketing by Merck, it claims, but is instead the result of heavy promotion by the American news media. READ MORE
Family First Comment: The New Zealand media has also been guilty of heavily promoting the Vaccine without thorough examination of the problems being raised.


Love triangles could get legal recognition (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia) September 03, 2008
Love triangles could get legal recognition as part of a push to give de facto partners access to the Family Court....The Bill asserts that a de facto relationship can exist even if one of the persons is legally married to someone else or in another de facto relationship. READ MORE
Family First Comment: Part of an international trend and already raised in NZ!! - CLICK HERE


Mums stay home or 'baby's brain suffers'
Herald Sun (Aust) September 03, 2008
Mothers should be paid to stay at home with their child for the first two years or their baby's brain won't develop properly, the New South Wales Commissioner for Children and Young People said. READ MORE
Family First Comment: NZ's Childrens Commissioner has remained completely silent on the prevalence of research in this area.


When 8% is really 416%
The Dominion Post 03 September 2008
Families are borrowing money at interest rates of up to 8 per cent a week to make ends meet between paydays. READ MORE
Family First Comment: We're calling for stricter controls over both the interest rates charged and the tactics of loan sharks - especially in low socioeconomic areas.


 



In this issue (2 September 2008)...
1. Concern about Bias of Families Commission Confirmed
2. Debate rages over drug
3. Research - Poor babies breastfed less
4. Sons learn life skills from their dads
5. On the Virtues of Making Your Children Do the Dishes
6. Read to your kids


1. Concerns about Bias of Families Commission Confirmed
Family First Media Release 31 August 2008
Family First NZ says the appointment of the just-retired Chief Families Commissioner Rajen Prasad to the Labour party list confirms concerns that the Commission wasn’t independent enough to truly represent families.
“We were always concerned that the Commission wasn’t independent enough to represent the voice of families on important issues, for example the anti-smacking law,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Despite an overwhelming number of families opposed to the law change, the Families Commission blindly supported the legislation. The appointment of Rajen Prasad to the Labour party list suggests that the Commission was more concerned with listening to the government’s agenda than to the concerns of families.”
Other perceived biases included... READ MORE


2. Debate rages over drug
NZ Herald August 31, 2008
A controversal anti-cancer vaccine to be given to 300,000 teenage girls starts this week amid criticism the project is a public experiment. ...Critics, including the researcher who helped develop Gardasil, have raised concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, while wondering if it will encourage more young girls to be sexually active. ...Family First director Bob McCoskrie said more questions needed answers. "It seems we rushed in very quickly and committed a huge amount of money," he said. "We can't find the money for Herceptin, which you could argue may have as many question marks over the effectiveness of it, but we can pour this money into Gardasil." Increasing promiscuity among young girls was another possible problem, but it was more important for parents to not be pressured into having their children vaccinated, said McCoskrie. "We all want a cure to it but we've also got to be realistic about what works best." READ MORE

Family First Media Releases
Is Taxpayer Victim of Aggressive Marketing for Gardasil?
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Ignores Moral and Safety Issues
Other articles on Gardasil
Gardasil: Pap smears still essential, say specialists
Researchers Question Wide Use of HPV Vaccines
Drug Makers’ Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines’ Rise
Schoolgirls dodging cancer vaccine offer
Giving kids our worst shot


3. Research - Poor babies breastfed less
Herald Sun (Aust) September 01, 2008
BABIES from poor families are less likely to be breastfed, giving them more chance of becoming sick and having to go to hospital, new Melbourne research suggests. READ MORE


4. Sons learn life skills from their dads
AAP 01 September 2008
A new Father's Day poll shows nearly 75 per cent of Australian dads learned their most valuable and important life skills from their own fathers. READ MORE


5. On the Virtues of Making Your Children Do the Dishes
Wall Street Journal
The benefits of children doing household chores may have longer-term implications for marriage and community life. READ MORE


6.Family First is supporting this great project

The aim of Read to your Kids is
• To raise awareness of the value of reading aloud to children.
• To help NZ children become better readers
• To improve adult awareness of their responsibility as literacy role models
• To support New Zealanders in improving the quality of family life

Family Registration is $20 and the fee is a donation to Charitable Trust so a  tax receipt available.
For the registration families receive an information pack valued at more than $40
The pack includes
1. A 40 page booklet containing information on
• Benefits of reading to your kids
• Suggested methods – when, what, age,
• Recommended book lists
• Ideas and inspiration
2. Book (A list of 10  will be provided to choose 1 from that will be sent to the family)
3. Family bookmark and pen
4. Continuing 20-25% discount for HarperCollins Books
5. Vouchers for parents
For more information or to register go to www.readtoyourkids.co.nz  



In this Issue (12 August 08)...
1. Labour Agenda of Recognising Polygamy ‘Disturbing’
2. Minister of Police Asked Opinion of Boobs of Bikes Parade
3. Eight Smacking Prosecutions in Six Month Period
4. Flexibility urged for sole parents
5. Two into one won't go: Cambridge survey shows new doubts over working mothers
6. Brothel bylaws may be wiped
7. Kiwi party wants to rebuild role of marriage


1. Labour Agenda of Recognising Polygamy ‘Disturbing’
Family First Media Release 11 August 2008
Family First NZ is labeling suggestions that Labour will recognise polygamy and polyamory, if it is re-elected, as ‘disturbing’. Family First were made aware of the speech delivered in May to Victoria University social policy students by the Minister of Social Development Ruth Dyson.
“The speech refers to the social development of not just traditional family groups but also relationships including triples, obviously alluding to polyamorous relationships,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.  “We were always concerned that the Civil Unions legislation would signal a move away from recognising and promoting marriage as the preferable and best environment for children to be raised. However, this speech would suggest that we are on a slippery slope to recognising any form of relationship including polygamy and polyamory.”
Labour is redefining parenthood in a way nobody ever considered, and based on a ‘rights’ and anti-discrimination culture, we may soon be legalising incestuous relationships.” READ MORE
READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND SPEECH
Family First Comment: If Ruth Dyson didn't use the speech (as claimed by her office - although it begs the question, why was it posted on the website in the first place?) she should state categorically that Labour will not promote polygamy as a family form to be promoted.


2. Minister of Police Asked Opinion of Boobs of Bikes Parade
Family First Media Release 12 August 2008
Family First NZ has written to the Minister of Police Annette King (left) asking whether she supports the refusal by the police to take action against the Boobs on Bikes parade. “We know that almost 1,000 emails labeling the parade as offensive have been sent to both the Mayor of Auckland and the head of the Auckland police,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Yet despite this strong opposition from families and the City Council themselves, the police are refusing to act.”
In the letter, Family First NZ has asked for confirmation that as Minister of Police, Annette King supports the interpretation of the Police that “..given the standards of decency observed in this day and age, a female being topless in a parade on a weekday in Queen Street will not in itself constitute an indecent act.” READ MORE 
TAKE ACTION:
Even if you have already written previously, please email
brett.england@police.govt.nz and simply say:
WE OPPOSE THE BOOBS ON BIKES PARADE. IT IS OFFENSIVE AND THE POLICE SHOULD STOP IT HAPPENING.


3. EIGHT Smacking Prosecutions in Six Month Period
Family First Media Release 12 August 2008
Family First NZ says that claims that there have been no smacking prosecutions are false and misleading. Official police papers obtained by Family First NZ under the Official Information Act show that prosecutions against parents who use minor physical discipline or light smacking are being masked under a category that has no statutory definition. According to the Police Executive Meeting 6 Month Review papers, there have been no prosecutions for ‘smacking’, but the paper says that “eight ‘minor acts of physical discipline’ events against children were prosecuted with six yet to be resolved.”
“The problem is that there is no statutory definition for either ‘smacking’ or ‘minor acts of physical discipline’,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “So rather than call them smacking and draw attention, they are simply being classified under this undefined category.” READ MORE


4. Flexibility urged for sole parents
NZ Herald August 12, 2008
Conservative groups are warning the National Party to be "flexible" about making sole parents go back to work, allowing for sick children and school holidays. Family First director Bob McCoskrie, an invited guest at the policy launch, said making parents work part-time made sense, but only if implemented with discretion. "We'd want to make sure that the work requirements are within school hours and not within the school holidays. Otherwise we are going to have a lot of unsupervised kids."
Another guest, Mercy Mission founder Barbara Stone, said she agreed with the work requirement "as long as it's in school time and there is someone at home for the children for the rest of the time". She said it was hard to get jobs for sole parents, who often had low self-esteem. READ MORE
Family First Comment: That was a short comment considering the reporter spoke to us for almost 10 minutes!!! We also said...
* welfare is an important safety net
* welfare should not reward dysfunction or be a motivation for dysfunctional behaviour
* long-term welfare dependency can be demoralising and is linked with poverty. Work can bring dignity and a level of independence
* the expectation to work should not be at the expense of the important role of parents (especially sole parents) to meet the needs of their children. Part time work (with flexibility) may be a win-win situation
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THIS POLICY, WE SHOULD ALSO BE ASKING:
* why are so many women having children outside of marriage?
* why do we have the 2nd highest rate of solo parent homes in the OECD?
* why is our teenage pregnancy rate so high (up to half of current DPB recipients started on welfare as teenagers)


5. Two into one won't go: Cambridge survey shows new doubts over working mothers
The Guardian August 6 2008 
Support for gender equality appears to be declining across Britain and America amid concern that women who play a full role in the workforce do so at the expense of family life, research from Cambridge University suggests today. READ MORE


6. Brothel bylaws may be wiped
The Press 11 August 2008
Bylaws controlling brothels may be dropped by the Christchurch City Council. READ MORE
Family First Comment: Yet further evidence of problems with the decriminalisation of prostitution. With an absence of bylaws, brothels will pop up all over the city including residential areas. Prostitution is harmful to workers and communities and the association of prostitution with gang and criminal behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual abuse and violence means that we are sentencing more and more vulnerable people to an unacceptable situation.


7. Kiwi Party wants to rebuild role of marriage
NZ Herald August 11, 2008
The Kiwi Party held its inaugural national conference on Saturday and outlined core policies it will take into the election campaign. READ MORE
Family First Comment: GREAT! A political party talking about promoting marriage.

 



In this issue (6 August 2008)...
1. Police Ignore Concerns of Families Over Offensive Behaviour
2. Report veils junior school violence
3. 87% Of Parents of Young Children Reject Anti-Smacking Bill
4. Police ‘Taxi Service’ for Truant Sets Dangerous Precedent
5. Parents to receive letters if children are obese (UK)
6. Why 'cotton wool' children face risk of mental problems
7. 'De facto dri