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DESTINY CHURCH TO STAGE RALLY AGAINST ANTI-SMACKING BILL

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 28, 2007

Pacific Radio News

DESTINY CHURCH TO STAGE RALLY AGAINST ANTI-SMACKING BILL

Date: 26 March 2007

Auckland 6am: The Destiny Church is planning another march on Parliament grounds, this time over the anti-smacking bill.

Brian Tamaki, from the church, says they’ll be staging a mass rally in May in protest at yet another attempt by Government to undermine traditional family values. (listen)

The Destiny Church has protested about two other pieces of Government legislation, the Foreshore Bill in 2004 and the more recent Civil Union Bill.

Sue Bradford’s Anti-Smacking Bill continues to gather controversy.

Today, locals in Feilding are marching against it while ructions have erupted in New Zealand First after president Dail Jones threatened to demote two MPs for voting for the bill.

New Zealand First is voting on conscience lines  – with five MP’s voting against it and two for it.

MP and former party president Doug Woolerton supports the bill, and says he’s not going to be told how to vote.

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23 March 2007 – Family Integrity #204 — Another Protest March

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 24, 2007

Source: Family Integrity

Friday, 23 March 2007

23 March 2007 – Family Integrity #204 — Another Protest March

23 March 2007 – Family Integrity #204 — Another Protest March

Friends,

It is official:

There will be a protest gathering in Feilding on Monday, 12 noon, at the clock tower. Bring balloons and placards.

Bring all your friends, too!

Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389
Family.Integrity@xtra.co.nz
http://www.FamilyIntegrity.org.nz

Our Home….Our Castle

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Public March on Parliament To Protest Anti-Smacking Bill

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 20, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anti Smacking Bill
Public March on Parliament To Protest Anti-Smacking Bill“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Abraham Lincoln once used these golden words to describe the purpose of politicians in a free society. Yet with polls now showing over 80% of New Zealanders in opposition to Sue Bradford’s proposed anti-smacking bill, it is clear that our current government no longer understands why they have been elected. In accordance with another cornerstone of a free society, freedom of speech and freedom to dissent, Coalition Against Nanny State’s Anti-Smacking Law (CANSAL) will be staging a peaceful march on Parliament to remind our politicians just whom they are elected to serve.


Sue Bradford’s bill, proposing to remove the right of parents to use a smack as a form of correction for children, will turn loving parents into criminals. The bill strikes at the very foundations of the family structure. Will parents who choose to smack be ‘ratted out,’ Soviet-style, by teachers or neighbours? The proposed law would compel the police to get involved in cases where they have no place – wasting valuable time and resources – and give them no discretion, as they themselves have said, as to whether they use common sense in deciding whether to arrest. Indeed, being that one of the jobs of MPs when passing laws is to make them unambiguous, it is outrageous that the police are now going to be put in an even more uncertain position. This will subject the police to more and more public anger – hardly what they need.


I, like many other New Zealanders, was smacked as a child when I deserved it. To think that my parents could have been taken away from me for their actions in correcting me is incomprehensible. What we have now is government of the people, by the Politically Correct, for the Politically Correct. The bureaucrats have stolen our cash, they have interfered with our property, and now they are trying to invade our homes. It’s time to push back. The present law allowing “reasonable force” should be left intact.

The protest march will start at Civic Square at noon on Wednesday 28 March.


ENDS


For more information, see http://smackingback.blogspot.com/ or e-mail
antiantismacking@gmail.com


Mitch Lees
Representative
Phone: 027 243 1676
E-mail:
antiantismacking@gmail.com
Coalition Against Nanny State’s Anti-Smacking Law
http://smackingback.blogspot.com/

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Wellington peaceful protest march details

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 20, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wellington peaceful protest march details

MARCH ON PARLIAMENT

Against Anti Smacking Bill

DO YOU VALUE THE RIGHT TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN THE WAY YOU CHOOSE, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE?

Then do something about it BEFORE it’s too late!

Join us in a PEACEFUL protest

Wednesday 28th March 2007

Beginning at Civic Square at 12pm then

advancing to Parliament

*This march will be peaceful, and children will be present. If anyone turns violent, we will be helping the police cart you off to jail.

For more information, see

http://smackingback.blogspot.com/ or e-mail
antiantismacking@gmail.com

Mitch Lees
Representative
Phone: 027 243 1676

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Family First Press Release 23/1/07

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 23, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH New Zealand

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

MEDIA RELEASE
23 January 2007
Anti-CYF Blogsite Due to Lack of Accountability
Family First calls for a CYF Complaint Authority
A new blogsite which offers parents a means to vent their frustrations at Child Youth and Family is simply an outcome of a lack of transparency and accountability over the activities of CYF.

“There is no avenue for people who feel they have been unfairly treated by the Child, Youth and Family,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First.
“Family First is being regularly contacted by families who claim to have been unfairly treated by CYF Social Workers – yet these parents who’s families have been torn apart have no independent body to appeal to. Their only option is a costly court process where CYFS have an unlimited pool of resources to defend its actions, courtesy of the taxpayer.”

“This is grossly unfair when families are being ripped apart, often just based on the subjective judgment of a social worker,” says Mr McCoskrie.

CYF themselves admit that they do not always get it right. There is also evidence that CYFS are not following their own procedures, and are not acting where they should.
Bob McCoskrie has a background of social work in
South Auckland for 15 years and knows too well how difficult it is to get CYF to intervene on the really urgent cases. Yet there is no real avenue for appeal in these cases either.

“There is a Health and Disability Commissioner, a Police Complaints Authority, even a Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal,” says Mr McCoskrie. “We desperately need an independent body to hear complaints about the highly sensitive nature of intervening in families.”
Family First calls on all MP’s, the majority who will have received anecdotal evidence of claims of unfair treatment by CYF, to support the urgent establishment of a CYF Complaint Authority.

ENDS

For more information contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie JP – NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Tel. 09 261 2426 | Mob. 027 55 555 42
email. bob@familyfirst.org.nz | http://www.familyfirst.org.nz
P.O. Box 276-133, Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand

Family First NZ (Inc) was formed in April 2006 to speak up in the public domain on family issues. It has a Board of Trustees, a Board of Reference including Ex-All Black Michael Jones, TV personalities Jim Hickey and Anthony Samuels, over 200 financial supporters and over 2,000 e-mail supporters.

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CYFSWATCH Site Prompts call for an Independent CYFS Complaints Authority

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 23, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH New Zealand

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10420459Anti-CYF website prompts call for complaints authority
10:20AM Tuesday January 23, 2007

The publication of an anonymous blog website which is critical of Child Youth and Family (CYF) workers shows an independent CYF complaints authority is needed, a lobby group has said.

The site says it will publish details of staff – including home addresses – as well as uncensored stories which will ‘name and shame’ CYF workers.

The national director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie said the lobby group received many complaints from families dealing with CYF.

“Family First is being regularly contacted by families who claim to have been unfairly treated by CYF social workers,” he said, “yet these parents whose families have been torn apart have no independent body to appeal to.”

Mr McCroskie said the Government should look at forming a complaints authority urgently.

On Monday, CFY said social workers worked hard for children in a tough and stressful environment but that it could not promise to always get it right.

So far only one staff member has been named on the site.

– NZPA

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Do we need a 4th “independent” Complaints Authority?

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 18, 2007

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Do we need a 4th “independent” Complaints Authority?

Twowheelcowboy writes:

Im getting really tired of repeating this. There are already 3 “independent” complaints authorities with powers to investigate CYFS, the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission, and the Children’s Commissioner.

Ever wonder why no – one knows that?

So they start a 4th one.

Oh goody.

Government is far more dedicated to protecting itself than it is to protecting kids.

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Critic sceptical of moves to fix problems at CYF

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 18, 2007

Friday, 16 February 2007

Critic sceptical of moves to fix problems at CYF.


Source: Radio Live and TV 3:


Critic sceptical of moves to fix problems at CYF

Fri-16-Feb-2007

A critic of Child Youth and Family is sceptical of moves to appoint an independent complaints authority for the department.

Yesterday, the minister responsible, Ruth Dyson, said she was considering creating an authority, after a number of high-profile controversial cases involving CYF.

Bruce Simpson has detailed his dealings with the department on his blog, in which he is highly critical of its treatment of his daughter.

He says CYF’s problems run deeper than any complaints authority can fix.

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Govt considers new CYF complaints authority

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 18, 2007

Friday, 16 February 2007

Stuff News Website 16/2/07:

Govt considers new CYF complaints authority

NZPA | Friday, 16 February 2007

Government is considering setting up an independent complaints authority for the Child, Youth and Family Service (CYF).

The minister responsible for the service, Ruth Dyson, said yesterday she asked officials to investigate establishing the authority after an approach from United Future MP Judy Turner.

“Further work on such a complaints authority will continue with the participation of United Future,” Ms Dyson said.

Ms Turner said she was delighted with Ms Dyson’s decision.

“Finally the first steps are being taken to establish an independent entity to ensure CYF becomes accountable to New Zealand families,” she said.”

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Minister urged to implement CYF complaints authority

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 18, 2007

Friday, 16 February 2007

Newstalk ZB News 16/2/07:

Minister urged to implement CYF complaints authority
16/02/2007 5:20:03

A lobby group promoting family values and safe communities hopes the Government will go through with promises to establish an independent complaints authority to deal with issues related to Child Youth and Family.

CYF workers have been the target of vociferous criticism over recent months on an internet blog site.

Director of Family First Bob McCoskrie says a complaints authority could go some way to restoring confidence in the troubled service, but he says it remains to be seen whether the Government follows through on the promise.

Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Ruth Dyson has revealed the process is underway but bloggers on the site say the idea has been talked about for years and action, not words, are needed.

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