I received this by email. Kere Menzies sent in this Letter to the Editor in the Southland Times
LETTER FROM KERE MENZIES, RIVERTON
The Childrenâ€™s Commissioner Cindy Kiro has been fairly scathing in her remarks regarding the New Zealand-based organisation Family First.
It is fairly ironic that she finds fault when organisations such as this are doing the job she is paid for â€“ being a voice for New Zealand families and children.
Whilst she has been very vocal when attacking these groups, she is mysteriously quiet on the Trevor Mallard incident during the â€śItâ€™s Never OKâ€ť Violence Campaign funded by the Government, very quiet when the prostitution report from South Auckland was released earlier this year highlighting the number of young teenagers prostituting themselves, silent when police refused to prosecute a 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant (after starting the relationship when she was 11), non-existent for the recent cancelling of the sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to infanticide and, the worst yet, not even interested over the ultimate child abuse of abortion.
Like the Childrenâ€™s Commission, Cindy Kiro is a waste of space and good taxpayersâ€™ money. This is the year for change.
Cindy Kiro responded thus;
REPLY FROM CHILDRENâ€™S COMMISSIONER Dr CINDY KIRO:
This letter appears to be part of a campaign against my office by extremist religious political lobby group Family First as it quotes liberally from the most recent Family First newsletter. For this reason I question the letterâ€™s originality and validity.
As Childrenâ€™s Commissioner I speak out wherever I see the safety and wellbeing of children is being jeopardised.
Some of the instances referred to in this letter, I was, in fact, the first to speak out on, for example, the 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant.
I donâ€™t think even my detractors could ever say I am mysteriously quiet when it comes to matters of child welfare.
I am tired of extremist religious lobby groups such as Family First using children as a political football to push their wider political agenda
This reply from Kiro is disgusting and not the standard of behaviour we expect from our civil servants. So opinions are not to be tolerated if they appear similar to Family First huh? The Government first regulated freedom of speech and now they are regulating through the bully boy civil servants opinion. It is ok for the Prime Ministers “husband” to write letters but not ok for someone who has read a Family First pamphlet.