Western Leader : January 31st 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 7 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 31, 2012 NEWS FREE two week hearing aid trial* of NZ's No.1 hearing aid! Hear this great offer Plus! Receive a FREE Unite accessory to the value of $500* YOUR LOCAL HEARING EXPERTS *Conditions apply Purchase a set of ReSound Alera hearing aids, 'New Zealand's No.1 hearing aid', before the 24th of February 2012 and receive a FREE Unite accessory to the value of $500*. Call now! Ph: 827 4457 Green Bay 64a Godley Rd (next to New World) www.hearingdirect.co.nz Independent Maori Statutory Board Meeting In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Offcial Information and Meetings Act 1987, the Independent Maori Statutory Board hereby gives notice of the following meeting: A meeting of the Independent Maori Statutory Board will be held on Monday, 13 February at 9.30am in the Board Room, Level 16, 396 Queen Street, Auckland. OG_PN2818_WL For more information, please contact 09 301 7779 Facing up to the issue of child abuse By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Fronting up: Social Development Minister Paula Bennett talks to people after the meeting in Henderson where she spoke about the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children. Photo HINERANGI VAIMOSO ' Some of the issues in this paper will make you feel uncomfortable. It is unquestionably controversial and that's why I'm asking you to get involved, debate these ideas and say what you want for our children. ' Social Development Minister Paula Bennett SHE had warned it was going to be an uncomfortable dis- cussion. And with words like colonialism and abortion featuring in the meeting it was just as Social Development Minister Paula Bennett predicted. About 70 people turned out to Com- munity Waitakere last Thursday morning for a chance to air their views on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, a discussion paper re- leased by the govern- ment on how to protect abused, neglected and disadvantaged children. Some of the issues in this paper will make you feel uncomfortable. It is unquestionably contro- versial and that's why I'm asking you to get involved, debate these ideas and say what you want for our children,'' Ms Bennett says. She wants sub- missions from anyone with concerns for chil- dren and ideas to help the government find a way to reduce some of the worst family violence statistics in New Zealand's history. There are four major issues outlined in the green paper including sharing information between service pro- viders and more involve- ment from leaders within the government and the community. Making policies and changing practices to focus on what's best for the child are the other strategies on the list. And while people were happy to see the social development minister fronting up, there were concerns she isn't deal- ing with the situation in the right way. I think you really need to look at how you involve Maori at all levels. If you can get it right for Maori, we would have come a long way,'' one woman said from the crowd. Another woman agreed, saying she'd seen nothing about the impact of colonialism in the green paper, an issue she believes still has a deep- set influence on Maori today. How are we going to fix something in 20 minutes when this is a generational issue that has gone on for a long time,'' another woman added. Sharing information also proved to be a touchy subject for many, especially when the idea of tracking a child from birth was brought up. While some liked the idea of children being invested in'' from the start, others strongly dis- agreed calling it a nanny state and Big Brother tactic. But one man put an idea to the minister to track children from before birth to reduce the number of abortions and ensure mothers give chil- dren a healthy start. Submissions for the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children close on February 28. Go to www.childrensactionplan. govt.nz for more information on the Green Paper and details on how to have a say. GRIM STATISTICS Every year an average of 10 children die at the hands of the people closest to them, the people they love. More and more New Zealanders are coming forward with their concerns about suspected abuse or neglect of children. Notifications to Child, Youth and Family grew by 205 percent from 2004 to 2010 and 148 notifications were confirmed by social workers. Between 2008 and 2009, 13,315 children under five were admitted to hospital for conditions that could have been avoided and 1286 were admitted because of assault, neglect or maltreat- ment. More than 30,000 students are truant from schools on any given day, and 7342 school leavers left with no qualification in 2009. The Growing Up in New Zealand study has shown that, while many women stopped or reduced their smoking during pregnancy, more than 1 in 10 continued to smoke throughout the pregnancy. Between 10 percent and 24 percent of children report witnessing violence at home -- Statistics from the Ministry of Social Development.
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