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Do you feel personally ashamed for NZ’s child murder rate?


A Stuff special investigation has collated the details of nearly all children, under 14 years of age, that were killed as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand since 1992.

…The panel overseeing the CYF business case is made up of civil servants and experts, both domestically and internationally, who will not waste any time picking apart the numerous flaws in the department’s system.

It’s expected that the kinds of changes proposed will require millions of dollars, likely needing to be stumped up over multiple budgets.

We need to spend this money. Read more »


This leads to more questions than answers

AP via New York Post

AP via New York Post

More Swiss people are having sex with horses, according to a sickening new report.

There were 105 cases of the maltreatment of horses in Switzerland in 2014 — 10 percent of which involved people having sex with them, according to Tier im Recht, an animal welfare group. Read more »


Has Hooton fallen off the wagon…again?

Matthew Hooton has a mad rant about National’s leadership woes in the NBR.

There is a problem though with his mad rant…there aren’t any leadership woes. Nor is there a coup, or a plan to replace John Key. It seems Matthew Hooton has interviewed his keyboard, or more likely dictated his fantasy to an intern.

The rumour goes that Mr Key, like his idol Richie McCaw, will want to go out on a high and on his own terms.  His knighthood depends on him handing over to a National prime minister rather than losing an election to Labour.  And while his poll numbers are still strong, he now consistently rates below the National Party, with about a quarter of National voters naming someone else as their preferred prime minister.  For the first time, a campaign based solely on “Team Key” would drag National down.  The next election campaign will need to be less focused on the leader, which Mr Key may not enjoy.

For his part, Mr Joyce backs himself as a great communicator, especially on radio but also on TV.  He is sure he could do the retail aspects of the prime ministership – clowning around on commercial radio and so forth – as well as Mr Key.  He is a more enthusiastic bureaucratic manager than the incumbent.

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Immigrants come to New Zealand for… New Zealand. So why change it?

John Roughan is one of the few sane voices left at the NZ Herald

We don’t think of ourselves as a Christian country but I bet non-Christian immigrants do, and I bet they are not disappointed. They probably won’t even notice that their invitation to a Christmas dinner put on by Auckland Regional Migrant Services has gone to great trouble not to mention Christmas.

Let’s be fair, the agency wants to avoid any risk that its clients might think the invitation is only for Christians. I’m more disappointed to read that the “festive lunch”, where the providers will be careful to say, “season’s greetings”, will be a “multi-ethnic pot-luck lunch”, whatever that is. I wonder if they would prefer the real thing.

You can go to too much trouble to make people feel at home. They are not at home and do not always need to be reminded of it. Having chosen to come to a different culture, even as refugees, it is just possible they have been looking forward to the experience of Christmas in a country classified as Christian. Read more »

Australia v New Zealand / 3rd Test / Day 2


Surely the PPTA MUST see this as a scandal?

Teaching: Where job killer tattoos are no barrier. Photo/NZ Herald

Teaching: Where job killer tattoos are no barrier. Photo/NZ Herald

The two Hobsonville Pt schools started on a budget of $113 million (a new Charter Secondary starts on $400,000). They are decile 10 of course, not aimed at priority learners, so only the best for them.

In their second year Stuff’s School report said the Primary had 156 students and the secondary just 248. That is a total 404 when their capacity is 2290. They are staffed and funded much higher than current rolls – but don’t tell that to the unions on the Left – it is too much contradictory information for their constitutions.

Because they are State schools and PPTA staffed the Hobsonville Point Secondary School gets a soft ride today from the embedded union mouthpiece Kirsty Johnson at the NZ Herald about dropping NCEA Level 1 for their decile 10 students so that they don’t feel under pressure. The article includes as the smallest side point that even in this “zoned” school:

“a small number of families had decided to leave, which the school said it was comfortable with.”

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Mental Health Break

And tomorrow’s protest: on water being wet


How on earth can you protest Climate Change?

People are gathering in towns and cities to join a global event called the People’s Climate March.

The biggest event in New Zealand will start just before llam today in Albert Park in Auckland.

Celebrities expected to attend include Lucy Lawless and Hayley Holt and they will be joined by academics, union organisers and church leaders.

The event kicks off a weekend of marches around the world aiming to put pressure on global leaders gathering in Paris.

Fala Haulangi, a Tuvaluan and union organiser, says climate change is about the survival and “the very existence of my people”.

While Sarah Thomson, a law student at Waikato University, wants urgent and meaningful action on climate change.

“As a young person, I will see the effects of climate change unfold within my lifetime. It is our generation, and our children’s generation, who will pay the true cost of decisions made by generations before us.”

Some people think they can stop change.   And of those a large amount of people are modern day Luddites.  I would love someone to come along and explain to me how marching against the climate changing is going to achieve anything.   Read more »