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Early and effective intervention at heart of family violence changes

It’s no secret New Zealand’s rate of family violence is unacceptable. Police currently respond to 110,000 family violence call-outs a year. Children are present at nearly two-thirds of these incidents....


Hamilton News city Soapbox, August 2016

Caring for our vulnerable...


Seasons Magazine, September 2016, PARS Waikato

In a previous column I acknowledged the excellent work of Prison Care Ministries in Hamilton, supporting those who have been released from Corrections facilities...


Caring for our vulnerable children

Too many of our nation’s vulnerable children end up on a benefit, or in prison, or with few qualifications. I’m sure this worries us all.  Our young people deserve better...


Seasons Magazine, August 2016, POET

Our beautiful environment, accessible bush walks, mountain treks, rivers and beaches afford numerous opportunities for New Zealanders of all ages to enjoy...


Soapbox Column, Hamilton News, July 29 2016

Last week 121 young New Zealanders gathered in Wellington for the triennial Youth Parliament – and demonstrated that the political future of...


Seasons Magazine column, July 2016

We all want our children to get the best possible start in life, and a vital part of that is preparing them to succeed in our education...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, July 2016

More families to receive intensive home support It seems there is infinite demand for finite taxpayer resources, so it is important that publicly-funded programmes are reviewed regularly to ensure the...


City Soapbox, Hamilton News, June 2016

Budget focus on Social Investment Bill English delivered his eighth Budget last week. It reflected the progress New Zealanders have made through difficult times, a growing economy, and a strong...


Seasons Magazine, June 2016

Boosting funding for cancer treatment In the final years of his life, my father had regular operations to remove minor skin cancers, and recently my mother has had two operations...