Fewer Kiwi kids get hurt. Is this a good thing?

Child safety advocates are hailing the reduction in child deaths and hospital admissions from unintentional injuries, but say much more must be done to protect children.

A just-released report says that on average, about 80 children a year up to age 14 die from unintentional injuries. In the latest reported year, 2013, there were 38 deaths, down from 126 in 1989.

Hospital admissions for non-fatal unintentional injuries peaked in 1995 for this age group, with 11,006 patients, and by 2014 this had declined to 7290.

Deaths and non-fatal unintentional injuries have declined for most causes including motor-vehicle crashes and this is in line with the long-term decline in the road toll from its peak in the early 1970s.

An analysis by Safekids Aotearoa, the Starship hospital’s child safety unit, shows that the annual per-capita rate of unintentional-injury deaths declined between 2001 and 2010, from 10.5, to 8.5, for every 100,000 children.

On the face of it that’s good news. I mean, any death is unwanted. But it does come against a backdrop of kids who hardly see the outside world between school and home.? Read more »


And remember: Let’s be careful out there


So, as we head into Christmas Day, and the days beyond, I would like to just ask you to take that extra time and be safe.

Everything else can wait. ?It really can. Read more »


Air New Zealand pilot sits in emergency exit and reads book during safety demo

Last week Bob Jones was all the news because he dared to sit where he was told and then read a book while the safety announcement was playing.

When he refused to put his book down he was turfed off the plane and ended up being news for it.

Air New Zealand reacted in an over the top manner, and then sanctimoniously declared that no one was above the rule no matter who they were… except their own pilots of course… they can sit in the emergency exit row and read books till the cows come home.

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Of course it is turning kids into sissies

When I was a kid there was a massive slide at a nearby park, complete with concrete under it. If you fell off you were really stupid, and got hurt to teach you about that stupidity. The school adventure playground has concrete pipes, and really high towers.

We climbed trees, built bridges over creeks, dammed rivers and had a bloody good time, occasionally breaking arms or legs in the process.

These days there is rubber matting and cotton wool, plus supervisors and real sooky equipment.

We are breeding sooks.

Scottish playground consultant Juliet Robertson has been in New Zealand shaking up the playground scene.

And here I was, thinking the announcement of how much the Margaret Mahy Family Playground was actually going to cost would be the big playground story of the year.

Robertson had some sensible suggestions about how to let children play. She even managed to evoke the spirit of Political Correctness Gone Mad ? a sure way to get social media buzzing.

It got me thinking about just how unsafe playgrounds used to be. In the 1980s, when I was young, playgrounds were like the Wild West. Men with women’s haircuts pushed children on dangerous swings and everybody smoked ? everywhere. If the playground equipment didn’t kill you, the second-hand smoke probably would. ?? Read more »


Guest Post – Babysitting the Kiwis

by?Pia R?der


The New Zealanders are obsessed with protective clothing and warning signs. But nothing happens to them in this calm cosy country. Why is that? A view from abroad.

Fluoro is the latest fad in New Zealand fashion: coats, pants, vests in bright orange, spiced up with silver stripes. Also plastic helmets in yellow, blue and white are hip, not only for construction workers. Cyclist?s helmets are mandatory. Very eager ones also use highly visible wests. And at night nobody rides his bike, simply too dangerous. It?s nearly impossible to find a job where you don?t have to wear steel cap boots. To remain ?safe? you need to live behind a computer.

The New Zealander is constantly afraid that something might fall on his head, run over his feet or that pothole might open up and swallow him. So everyone here wears protective clothing. Warning signs are all over the place demanding them to be worn and providing information about the safety hazards.

Why is that? Why are Kiwis so obsessed with shielding their bodies against all dangers? This is a safe country. No direct neighbours who secretly plan a crusade, no terror attacks. There?s not even poisonous snakes! A country that has a cotton ball shaped, flightless bird living on the forest ground as an emblem, can surely not be dangerous. And yet, something seems to scare the populace. ? Read more »

Setting off an avalanche in Stjern?y, Norway


Outrage! I tell you it’s an outrage!

Very angry? Really dear? Outraged? Oh please.

I went and sought out the video…I watched it after seeing her tweet and expected to see porn…or a boob poking out or SOMETHING…

Disappointed. No I’m OUTRAGED!? Read more »

Super expanding foam


Gun licences for kindy kids

Part of me thinks this is pathetic, and the other part of me thinks the teachers have done the right thing and not simply banning it outright. We did something similar with our kids who have always had access to toy guns…it was drilled into them early that you never point a gun at another person.

On balance I think think they have done the right thing…of course noe some wowser group will mount a campaign against the kindy

At Stratford’s Avon Kindergarten kids can pick up a “gun” and shoot a possum any time they want – if they have a licence.

Head teacher Lynsi Latham-Saunders has introduced the gun-use policy after some of the 3- to 5-year-olds began using sticks as guns and pointing them at each other.? Read more »


Public Safety Message – Chainsaws

Recently in Russia a group of feminists took to a wooden cross with a chainsaw….in support of Pussy Riot.

A CHAINSAW-WIELDING blonde topless woman cutting down a cross in a city centre sounds like a scene from a peculiar pornographic film. But that is just what?happenedon August 17 in the Ukrainian capital Kiev (Kyiv in its vernacular transliteration). A NSFW (not safe for work) clip of the stunt is available?here.

The woman, identified as Inna Shevchenko, was a member of FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist group known for its topless protests. The action was supposed to show?solidarity with the three women from?Pussy Riot, a punk collective in Russia, who were sentenced that day, as well as a protest against religious prejudice against women.

I watched the video. In the interests of training and science it would be remiss of me not to post the video. Please comment on chainsawing technique and the safety aspects that are displayed and possible improvements: