Headline of the day – Does Andrew Little have a problem in his caucus?


Interesting headline, was wondering which caucus members have had an unguarded moment or been whispering discontent in journalist ears?

Has the lack of implementation of the man ban taken its toll?

Hang on a minute…   

He might think he is being helpful as he holds your hand while you are in the throes of labour, but he could actually be making the pain far worse.

Research suggests that women who lack emotional intimacy with their partner feel more pain if he is with her.

The study, by University College London, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire, found the pain felt by 39 women given “pinprick” laser pulses on their fingers was not reduced by the presence of their partner and, in many cases, it worsened the pain for women who most avoided closeness in their relationships.

The presence of men at a baby’s birth has always divided opinion, but has grown in popularity since home births began to decline in the 70s. Previous studies had found that women in labour needed fewer painkillers if their partner was present.

In the new experiments, women were given a moderately painful laser pulse on a finger and asked to rate the pain’s intensity.

Researchers also measured how the electrical activity in their brains “spiked” in response to the laser pulses. Each woman then completed a questionnaire to measure the extent to which she either sought or avoided “closeness”, or emotional intimacy, in relationships.

This showed that the more women avoided closeness with their partner, the more pain they felt if he was at the birth both in how they rated pain and their brain scans. However, the presence of a partner had no significant effect, good or bad, on the pain felt by women who sought closeness in relationships.


Blokes can now point to this research to get a leave pass from the hospital.

I’ll tell you one thing for free though, after ‘assisting’ in the birth of my two kids…stay up by your missus’ head, do not get anywhere near the business end.

It’s like watching your favourite pub burn down, and you can never un-hear the sound those scissors make.

On the other hand you can be like my mate who went to sleep in the birthing suite.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.