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Archive of July 2005

Goff Speech: Launch of Family Safety Teams pilot

Fri 29th July 2005:

“Thank you for the opportunity to open the training induction workshop, which launches the Family Safety Team pilot initiative. “The strength of this project is its integrated and collaborative approach. Family Safety Teams involve Justice, Police, CYF and, in the community sector, the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges, Child Abuse Prevention Services, and the […]

GPs champion prostate testing

Medical opinion is swinging towards prostate cancer screening for men, a leading Christchurch urologist says. The debate was reignited at the national GPs conference in Christchurch yesterday, despite current Ministry of Health advice against a national screening programme. In a show of hands, most GPs at the conference debate indicated they would offer prostate-specific antigen […]

CYF ‘ignored warnings about weird caregiver’

Thu 28th July 2005:

The father of a girl videoed being sexually abused by her CYF-appointed caregiver says he pleaded with social workers not to place his daughters and son with the man because they would be in danger. Police are investigating the man after they discovered thousands of child pornography images on his computer and videos in which […]

Women’s Refuge Appeals and anti-violence chicanery

Wed 27th July 2005:

By Barbara Faithfull 21st July 2005 Women’s Refuge appeal week is here again, and once again generously helped along by Body Shop, with lavish displays of Refuge literature etc. and other persuasive materials. Last year they also began a public petition for Refuge, calling on the government to increase its spending, and the N.Z. Herald […]

Dead Men Don’t Talk – Wounded Soldiers Tell the Story.

Thu 7th July 2005:

Around eleven pm that night a few short hours later he walked from the remnants of his family home, down to the local railway line, his choice of self imposed execution.

Dangers of historic rape convictions

Wed 6th July 2005:

Excerpts from RadioNZ Morning Report Wed 6th July 7.08 am The families of four men convicted of rape wept at the High Court in Wellington yesterday as the verdicts were read out. … The rapes took place 16 years ago, and apart from the victim’s testimony there was no supporting or forensic evidence that the […]

New Paternity Rules Under Fire

New rules aimed at making it easier to settle paternity disputes are under fire even before they’ve come into force. Critics say couples will not always be able to prove who fathered a child because one partner will still be able to say “no” to DNA tests. … “You’re convicted without a trial at the […]

Clark defends smacking bill going to select committee

A bill removing the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents punishing their children should be examined by a parliamentary committee rather than dismissed out of hand, Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Greens MP Sue Bradford’s private member’s bill that would repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act is expected to face its first reading […]

New act aims to make ‘McDonald’s dads’ history

Chief Family Court Judge Peter Boshier says judges will interpret the new Care of Children Act to give both parents “optimum good quality time” with their children when the parents separate. The new law also gives children the right to their own lawyers in separation tussles, gives grandparents and others in the wider family the […]

Child Support Corruption.

Fri 1st July 2005:

If one hand is a false obligation surely the other is a false duty. The more pragmatic might ask – “Will the issue be ignored before the election and the corruption continue afterwards.” Regardless, such complicity betrays both a decent society and our children.

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