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My Door’s Always Open, Mr Key

Posted on 24 Jul 2009

ACT New Zealand Welfare Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas today called for a genuine rethink of how we deliver welfare services in New Zealand in light of startling figures showing that - since the introduction of Working for Families in 2004 - the ratio of workers to beneficiaries has steadily dropped to a point where it now takes the efforts of almost three working New Zealanders to support two beneficiaries."

Are We There Yet?

Posted on 05 Sep 2007

Speech to the Every Child Counts Conference; St John's Conference Centre, Cnr Willis & Dixon Streets, Wellington; Wednesday September 5 2007

Playing Privacy Poker with Other People’s Chips

Posted on 09 May 2007

"Winston Peters' Super Gold Cards will be able to be embedded with microchips if the law passes as it is currently written.

Kiwis Could Learn From British Welfare Reform Plan

Posted on 07 Mar 2007
New Zealand should examine a new British report into welfare reform, which recommends allowing firms and charities to contract for providing social services and offers beneficiaries more help to get back into the workforce in exchange for a greater effort in job seeking, says ACT Social Services Spokesman Heather Roy.

New Ideas Required For Those In Need

Posted on 31 Jan 2007
ACT Leader Rodney Hide congratulates John Key on his speech this afternoon, which highlights why new ideas are needed about how to tackle welfare dependency and the social problems that go with it.

Children at Risk and Where to from Here?

Posted on 31 Jul 2006
Speech to ACT Auckland Regional Conference, Squid Row, Auckland, Sunday 30 July 2006.

The Most Dangerous Year For Child Abuse

Posted on 20 Jul 2006
ACT Social Services Spokesman Heather Roy has released answers to Parliamentary Questions which show that of the worst five months for child abuse, three have been in 2006.

Preventing Child Abuse

Posted on 15 Jul 2006
Over the last few weeks I have been researching the subject of child abuse following the death of the Kahui twins.  Much of the research involves the analysis of statistics, which can be dull, but there is one set that stands out like a beacon.  It comes from the website of the Sensible Sentencing Trust and is a simple graph of the murder rate in New Zealand over time.  (

Heather Roy's Diary

Posted on 08 Jul 2006
I had many responses to last week's Diary discussing the sad fate of the Kahui twins and child abuse in general.  Many comments were informative and some spoke of painful personal memories.  Some people asked what ACT would do about the problem - a fair question and one I intend to address today.  A good place to start is to examine the risk factors for child abuse.
Most of the risks relate to the parents and some to the child.  I emphasise that these factors are just statistical probabilities and being in one category does not, in itself, necessarily mean anything.  It is important to remember that risk is about the increased likelihood of an outcome - not about a direct correlation.  Risk factors give us some clues about who might be affected.
Below are the risk factors in the parents:

The Kahui Twins

Posted on 02 Jul 2006
The tragic deaths of twin boys Chris and Cru Kahui has still been very much on the minds of the New Zealand public this week. Radio talkback is still running hot and everwhere I go people express their horror at what must have been a terrible end to their short lives.   No charges have been laid but it is widely thought that they died from injuries caused by physical violence. The refusal of the family to co-operate with police added to the dismay and comments by those close to the family such as that the silence is due to the family being in the "mystical realm of tangi" show that something has gone badly wrong in a society that is prepared to accept firstly such behaviour, and secondly such excuses.
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