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Letter to the Editor

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 19, 2007

Letter to the Editor

In response to the “150,000 signatures on smacking referendum petition” article;

Dear Sir,

150,000 Citizens of New Zealand have officially expressed their opposition to Bradford’s proposed repeal to Section 59 of the Crimes Act.

Does this mean nothing to our Government?
The people of New Zealand are not fooled.  Repeal will criminalise parents who lightly smack their children.  MPs who state otherwise are not telling the truth, because the bill does explicitly say that smacking for the purpose of correction will be an offense.

The bill should be dropped.  At the least, it should come to an immediate binding referendum – due to the outcry from the majority of the people of New Zealand.

Yours Sincerely,
Andy Moore.

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Muriel Newman on S59

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 19, 2007

Muriel Newman on S59

from www.murielnewman.co.nz

New Zealand is being conned over the so-called anti-smacking bill.

Touted as being the way to prevent child abuse, this bill is part of an international movement designed to undermine parental authority and increase state control over children. While a dozen or so countries have succumbed to the pressure of the anti-smacking lobby and the United Nations, the overwhelming majority have not (see “Smacking Laws in other Countries” BBC News Online>>>).

The promoters of the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill want to remove section 59 of the Crimes Act, so that parents who discipline their children using “reasonable” force will no longer be protected from the charge of assault. They claim this is necessary because section 59 is being used as a shield to protect child abusers. Yet since 1990 there have only been seven successful defenses using section 59!

The public can recognize a con job when they see one. That is why they are fighting back with email campaigns, newspaper advertisements, marches, meetings, petitions and debates. It is this organised opposition that is threatening Labour to such an extent that they are now plotting to undermine the democratic process by calling the House into urgency. If they succeed, the bill will be fast-tracked through Parliament with the rest of the committee stages and the final third reading all held this week.

At the centre of the controversy over the bill is the Prime Minister. She reassured the country before the last election that she would not support a smacking ban: “As you know I do not support a ban on smacking. I am opposed to that because I think it defies human nature. No one wants to see a stressed and harassed parent who in exasperation lightly smacks a child dragged before the court.” (see >>> )

The Minister of Justice at the time, Phil Goff agreed saying that while he supported the bill going to a select committee, he did not want to make criminals out of parents (click here to read the Herald article >>>).

When the bill was first introduced into Parliament, Labour MPs were asked to support it to a select committee on the understanding they would be given a conscience vote for the subsequent stages. However, when Philip Field resigned and Labour needed the Green Party’s support to stay in power, all of that changed and the Prime Minister now expects all Labour MPs to vote with the party.

But in a Parliamentary democracy they don’t have to do that. MPs have sovereign rights and history is rich with stories of brave MPs who cross the floor over important matters putting the best interests of their constituents and the country ahead of party politics.

When the anti-smacking debate started, the government funded a Canadian anti-smacking advocate Dr Joan Durrant to visit New Zealand to promote her controversial view that Sweden’s smacking ban – introduced in 1979 – had reduced child abuse to “virtually zero”. It is a view that had been discredited a few years ago by other researchers (see Herald >>>)…

Read the rest of the article here

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My entry into whaleoil’s competition

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 19, 2007

Source: Section59

My entry into whaleoil’s competition

vote for it here if you want:
http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=946

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Making it Personal

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 16, 2007

Source: whaleoil

Making it Personal

This from www.whaleoil.co.nz

WhaleOil is having some fun with personalized number plates.

Helen Clark said she didn’t know she was going at 170KPH. Why would she lie?

Can you tell from the number plate that I’m not too impressed with their latest moves to curb freedom of speech via some disturbing changes to the electoral laws?

Related Link: WhaleOil’s Personalised Number Plates

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CYFS job interview woes goes on-line

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 14, 2007

Source: Child Youth & Family Services. CYFS

CYFS job interview woes goes on-line

Me in GreyStar

Me in GreyStar

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Fiji: Silencing the Blogs.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 13, 2007

Source: No Right Turn & CYFSWATCH NZ

Fiji: Silencing the Blogs.
Tuesday, 13.03.2007, 06:43am (GMT12)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Last week the Fijian military went hunting for the authors of the blog Intelligentsiya, accusing them of accusing them of “portraying a negative image of the Interim Government”. They haven’t caught them yet, but their hunt has had other results: Fijian blogger Ms Vakaivosavosa, who had previously been a strong critic of the coup and interim regime, has decided to call it a day rather than risk being dragged in for supporting “incitement”.

So, in the space of just four months, Fiji has gone from a (albeit flawed) democracy to a place where people are afraid to criticise the government for fear of being dragged from their beds in the middle of the night. And some people still consider Commodore Bainimarama to be a “progressive” dictator…?


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CYFSWATCH HAS RETURNED

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 2, 2007

www.cyfswatch.org

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CYFSWATCH New Zealand’s re-launch

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 1, 2007

CYFSWATCH now has an independent dedicated server and URL offshore.

We will re-launch the site by the end of the week.

Stay tuned for the URL

CYFSWATCH

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CYFSWATCH EXPLAINS

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 1, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH New Zealand

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Where has www.cyfswatchnz.wordpress.com gone?

CYFSWATCH NZ are currently in a none too subtle game of “whack-a-mole” with the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry responsible for CYFS. It seems as if there are some very motivated Government individuals who are determined to remain unaccountable to the NZ public about their gross abuses of children and families in New Zealand.

We have posted this page here to advise our readers that:

1/ The entire blog content has been saved, and so can be re-published, anywhere, at any time.

2/ We are at this stage unsure of what transpired over at wordpress. We did not delete the blog. We have contacted wordpress and asked if they can advise us as to what did happen.

3/ If it wasn’t wordpress who deleted the site, then we have to surmise that an external party was responsible for the act.

4/ This message is posted on blogger for convenience. We do not intend re-launching the blog on Google.

Contact us at cyfswatch@hotmail.com if you have any more questions.

UPDATE:

March 1st, 2007 at 9:35 am

From: CYFSWATCH

CYFSWATCH emailed wordpress in order to ascertain what had happened to the CYFSWATCH blog. What follows is what we believe is a somewhat chilling and eerie reply: it looks as if someone in the NZ Government leaned very, very heavily on wordpress – we have asked for a more detailed explanation, as it does not appear that we breached any of the TOS.

The power and influence the NZ Government is exercising in the jurisdiction of other countries regarding the cyfswatch blog seems truly frightening – we are starting to feel as if we are residents of North Korea.

From wordpress:

Hi,I’m sorry but we were advised that we had to remove the blog.

There was no room to move on that.

We do believe in free speech but in this case we had no options. Sorry….-Mark

Now, compare the above response with our previous correspondence with Mark at wordpress:

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

The guideline we are using for confidentiality is the question “is this information already available within the public domain?” eg electoral roles, public websites, phone books, directories, etc that a reasonable person could access with reasonable ease. If we ascertain that the information is not in the public domain, or could not be sourced in the public domain, then we would not publish said information to the blog.

Does this apprpoach keep us within the TOS of WordPress?

If you guys do receive any complaints about information on CYFSWATCH, would you be able to let us know, so that we can respond responsibly to the complaint, and amend / delete information as required to by the TOS?

Our site has a lot of media attention in New Zealand, and we want to be seen to be doing the right thing. We were originally hosted by Google, however our site was closed down by Google as they thought we had posted an illegal comment – the NZ police came out in the public media 2 hours after we were shut down and said that no illegality had occurred – so we guess that Google just ended up looking stupid, because they then said in the media that we were welcome to re-post our blog on Google!

We chose WordPress instead.

Please advise.

CYFSWATCH

From: “Mark @ WordPress.com” support@wordpress.com
Reply-To: support@wordpress.com
To: cyfswatch@hotmail.com
Subject: [WordPress #PSN-167138]:

Enquiry regards blog management and terms of service>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 00:00:51 +0000

Hi,

Thanks for the note.

Confidentiality and Copyright are the two areas you need to be most careful about.

If you can be sure that your email address in the blog is correct too in case we need to contact you that would be good.

Mark

Thanks Mark.

CYFSWATCH

>From: “Mark @ WordPress.com” support@wordpress.com
Reply-To: support@wordpress.com
To: cyfswatch@hotmail.com
Subject: [WordPress #PSN-167138]:
Enquiry regards blog management and terms of service

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:24:40 +0000

Hi,>

“The guideline we are using for confidentiality is the question “is this information already available within the public domain?” eg electoral roles, public websites, phone books, directories, etc that a reasonable person could access with reasonable ease.”

That is okay.

If you can link to the source in the post that would be even better.

Otherwise they say you broke it, we ask you, you tell us, we tell them and that can take time.

But speech is free, opinion is free and we take the view that blogs are there to speak 🙂

Mark

So CYFSWATCH asks – who put the acid on wordpress?

UPDATE:
We have received an open letter which the author has requested be published:

Open Letter To WORDPRESS, Google and the NZ Government:

To whom it may concern;

Firstly, to wordpress, you claim you “had no option” but to close down the CYFSwatch blog.

You are wrong, you always have options. The fact that you caved in so easily to the NZ Government does you no favours for the future.

You will now, along with Google, will always be seen as easy meat to blackmail by corrupt Governments.

Google knows this only too well, after the Chinese Government forced them to hand over details of Chinese bloggers critical of the communist state.

The fact that these people thought Google would never sell them out is a matter of deep shame to Google, these bloggers are now in prison thanks to them putting money ahead of free speech.

WORDPRESS had the option of holding firm and not caving in. At least Google lasted longer and in the end, was lied to by our Ministry of Social Development. (the death threat which wasn’t, at least our Police said no laws had been broken)

To WORDPRESS, GOOGLE and The NZ GOVERNMENT, I say this.

The CYFSwatch blog was naming and shaming social workers. SO WHAT! The fact is that people were posting on the blog saying that not all social workers are bad, and that CYFS isn’t all bad… we agree!

Its not all bad and there are good social workers. Had CYFSwatch *NOT* named the bad social workers, then suspicion would have fallen on ALL social workers. By naming the bad social workers means that the NZ Government has a basis to conduct an investigation into those who are named as being bad, the blog detailed the crimes and that’s a whole lot better than not having the names of those accused of corruption or the crimes listed.

The fact is, the NZ Government can close this blog down simply by investigating the details as published by CYFSwatch, its that simple. The NZ Government would say that there are avenues for people, who feel they have been wronged, to go down as far as laying complaints goes. WRONG.

You see, the NZ Government also has a choice, they can continue to cover up these abuses of power and pretend its not happening, or it can take action, not against the blog, but in representing its people and giving them a system that works.

At present, all complaints are dealt with “in house” meaning its social workers investigating social workers, and because of that, not one social worker has ever been reprimanded let alone sacked from the position they hold. In fact, this Blogs stand has been to demand an INDEPENDENT complaints authority for the Child, Youth and Families service.

To date, that has been ignored. The fact also is that politicians are ignoring the cries of justice from the parents, because if the number of abuses came to light, this would be highly embarrassing for the Government.

The fact that 83% of the people who, voted on a Television NZ website poll in FAVOUR of allowing the blog to stay open is indication of the need in NZ for this to be aired. Its also an indication that the Ministry of Social Development doesn’t represent the people of New Zealand on its endeavors to close the blog.

Is there a need for this blog? YES. I said recently in a message on the blog that Australia was recently shamed to the world for its actions in the 1960’s and 70’s where it removed children for no good reason from Aborigine families and placed them with white families. It was, as reported, a form of genocide.

That has been called “the stolen generation” by the authors of history. We face a similar situation in New Zealand today. had the Australians had the Internet back then, and had there been a blog dedicated to shaming the Australian Government, then they would be called HEROES today, while the Government, Google and wordpress would be shamed. Only history will be able to lay blame and guilt over this latest episode.

What we need is an internet company to have the courage to stand up to the bullying NZ Government. Worse yet, is that many authors who had pieces posted on the CFSwatch blog who never once named and shamed anyone, are also affected by this censorship. You have denied my right to be heard, I for one was a voice of calm who posted what they thought (the whole idea of a blog) but all my posts have also been affected by the blog being deleted.

This is not fair, and it sets an unwelcome precedent for bloggers all over the world, and yes, I for one will make sure the world knows the facts behind this, because I will tell them as often as I can. The fact is, I gave the people on that blog my Email, and after Google closed it (based on lies) I was told by many people that they had deleted their Google search bar, deleted their Google Gmail accounts, and deleted their adsense accounts. I also know many that will now boycott the Google website, they will use Yahoo from now on.

Theres a few wordpress blogs that will also move in protest when they find out how free speech was stomped on. My personal website will now be anti Google and anti wordpress in protest.

GIVE US THE BLOG BACK AND LET FREE SPEECH RULE!!!!!!

KIWI 1960

CYFSWATCH

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THANKS TO GOOGLE

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 24, 2007

Google may have shut down CYFSWATCH, but the information is still there if you know where to look.

Thanks to Googles ability to cache.

All posting from Saturday, 20 January 2007 to Wednesday, 31 January 2007 can be seen following these links.

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CYHS Hall of Shame

Saturday, 20 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame Member # 1: Lynne Boyack

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Monday, 22 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 2 and #3 and # 4: Lorraine Sheffield, Michelle Boyd and Susie Sligo.

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Monday, 22 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 5 and # 6 and # 7: Christina Macmahon, Sharon Norton, and Lorraine Hill

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 30: Rachel Kerr

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 48: CYFS Social Worker Jenni Lee (and some anonymous school teacher who stepped WAY outside their brief).

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 54 and # 55: Vontia White and Kim Foley

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 CYFS Hall of Shame # 56: Pip Stewart

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 57 – # 75 – Please see below

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 76 and # 77: Mary Hustis and Barry Shepard 

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 78: Pending Publication

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 79: CYFS Caregiver Maggie Anderson 

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Monday, 5 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 81 – # 84: Christine Winbush, Ana Haukedahl, Jared Matthews, and Marina Taituha

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Wednesday, 31 January 2007 

CYFS Hall of Shame # 85 – #87: Mr Preston, Mr Rye, and Mr Stevenson

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Wednesday, 31 January 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 88 – # 93: Losalia Lilo, Jonathon Pouli-Lefale, Lipi Lafaiki, Turu Iele-Tiumalu, Sharon Thom, and Nora Liutai.

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Monday, 5 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 94: Jonathan Harris.

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Thursday, 1 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 96: Maggie Kazantzis.

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Friday, 2 Febuary 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 97 – #100: Chris Burke, Denise Cocks, Donna Hall, and Merv Layt.

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Saturday, 3 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 101 and # 102: Ruth Hartley and Ani Ormsby.

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Monday, 5 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 103: Bianca McElvey.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 107 – # 112: David Bane, Nova Salomen, Doug Fauchelle, Sharon Van Wyk, Florence Rawiri, and Andrew Little.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 113 and # 114: CYFS Lawyer Anne Stevens, and CYFS Psychologist Cyril Wilden.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 114 and # 115: Peter Hughes and Ray Smith.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2007

CYFSWATCH Hall of Shame # 116: Trish Moore.

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Friday, 9 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 116 – # 120: Stephen Alder, Irene Eggleton, Janice Flynn, Judge Paul Whitehead, and Lawyer Rod Somerville.

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Sunday, 11 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 121: Alison Hogan.

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Sunday, 11 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 122: CYFS Masterton.

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Monday, 12 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 123 and # 124: Rob Teppett and Sharon Hutchins.

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Saturday, 17 February 2007

CYFS Hall of Shame # 125: Jenny Payne.

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