Backing sterilisation will bring more blue votes (probably) than urging help for mum with a record

February 9, 2014

So how long will this go on for, and how many state-run children’s homes will be needed to cope with the consequences of Oriwa Kemp’s fecundity?

Oh – and by the way – will the aforementioned Oriwa Kemp ever get a chance to demonstrate that maybe she can bring up her children without the need for state intervention?

Those are among the lofty questions tackled over the Grumbles’ breakfast table this morning, while we ploughed our way through the Sunday newspapers.

Oriwa Kemp, if you don’t happen to know it, was banged up for a while for cruelty to Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie.

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Let’s go back in time with Anton, to the idyllic days when Maori kids were never beaten

October 11, 2012

Uh oh.

Alf thought his good friend Paula had done a damned good job with that White Paper on Vulnerable Children (see here).

Not so.

One of our special citizens points out (here) that it does not address the priority needs of Māori children.

The special citizen in this case is Anton Blank, Executive Director of a Māori child advocacy organisation (which, curiously, is not clearly identified in his media statement).

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