Although children in NZ are “protected”, it isn’t to any specified Quality of Care.
On the basis that no real duty of care is required for children, the NZ Government slipped off the hook for any accountability at all!
Other posts show how the Government is substantially failing to protect workers from serious hazards in the workplace (or in the marital relationship too), this post unfortunately illustrates that children are the most dangerously unprotected of all.
For all of the great marketing performance of NZ Government, Clean Green and A great Place to Bring Up Children, the realities in NZ are as dangerous as in any other banana republic.
It is important to note and respect that Judith Collins acted for the child, now adult Prince.
For NZ to move forward into realistic protection of children, it is necessary that minimum standards of care for children be clearly specified.
This will naturally lead to a specification of the skills and resources required by parents (singly or as a couple), for children of various ages.
The Attorney General v Prince Gardner is presented in the first and second comments.
S v ATTORNEY-GENERAL is presented in the third to fifth comments.