Childhood in New Zealand

By The NZ Orator | Childhood in New Zealand is good and bad. For all the good, it is fraught with hunger, poverty and hopelessness. In the 60s and 70s, New Zealand was a great place for kids to grow up but now, it seems that between the lack of food and the child rape and murder, the innocence of childhood in New Zealand is gone.

Lack of medical detox beds 'troubling' says Coroner after Rotorua death

Police have released a name and photo of Morocco Tai's brother four days after he fled custody while on bail.<p>Auckland house prices may be the highest …

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Mother appeals for return of blind boy's bike

A Whanganui woman is appealing for the return of her son's bike.But this is not just any bike. Darcy Britton, 17, is blind, and his bike is a tandem …

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Members of public pull children from wreckage after van rolls

Several bystanders helped pull children from the wreckage of a taxi van after it rolled in a paddock south of Auckland, injuring five people.<p>Four …

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Jury finds woman guilty of intentionally making her children sick

A mother who allegedly made her children sick because she liked the buzz of emergency rooms has been found guilty on a raft of charges.

Crime

Auckland schools struck by mumps and whooping cough

A mumps outbreak has worsened across Auckland. Nearly 500 cases of the highly infectious disease have been registered this year and numbers surged in …

Public Health

Protester who set himself alight 'frustrated and lonely'

A man who met the lone protester, the day before he set himself alight outside Parliament, said he seemed lonely and frustrated.<p>Karl Pearce, 44, said …

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Christchurch man arrested after baby suffers several fractures

A man will appear in court after a baby suffered several fractures. (File photo)<p>A Christchurch man has been charged with seriously injuring a …

Contractors rescue toddler from hot car as dad gets drunk and falls asleep

Rain almost put a dampener on the most loyal of Ariana Grande's Auckland fans on Saturday night.<p>The queen of speed surprises trainer and he's now …

Five-month-old baby dies – second infant death in Christchurch in three days

Police have referred the death of a 5-month-old baby in Christchurch to the coroner.<p>The death of a 5-month-old baby in Christchurch – the second baby …

Anxiety on the rise for primary school kids, as schools have trouble accessing help

Teachers say their students' anxiety about National Standards testing is affecting their learning, while principals say they can't access the outside …

Education

Corrupt New Zealand on Flipboard

By The NZ Orator | New Zealand is a corrupt country, no question about it. Is it just a symptom of a poverty stricken country on the edge, or …

Manurewa's James Cook High School placed in statutory management after shutting half its students out of NCEA

A South Auckland school has been placed under statutory management after achieving a stunning increase in its apparent exam pass rates by shutting …

Education

Woman who killed her grandson found guilty of murder

An Auckland woman has been found guilty of murdering her two-year-old grandson, after throwing him down a hallway.<p>Jermain Ngawhau died on 18 December …

Crime

Meth gran murdered toddler 'because he was too hard to toilet train'

An Auckland toddler was murdered by his grandma because he was too hard to toilet train and she was irritable from smoking methamphetamine, …

Drug-affected babysitter raped 6-year-old in Christchurch

Judge Jane McMeeken had seen reports on the youth that said his cannabis dependency was now in remission, but he also met the criteria for alcohol …

Women accused of kidnapping 11-day-old to appear

Two women accused of kidnapping an 11-day-old baby will appear in the Auckland District Court today.<p>The baby girl went missing from a house in the …

Invercargill toddler's fatal head injury 'not an accident'

A coroner has ruled that the death of a toddler in Invercargill was not an accident.<p>However it is likely no-one will be held criminally …

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Taken by the state

<i>Warning: Disturbing video content</i><p><i>A Family Court practice described as “barbaric” allows police to take children from their parents with no prior</i> …

Ministry investigating child 'found by cleaners'

It is unacceptable that a teenager was forgotten at an Auckland government office and found by cleaners after hours, Children's Minister Anne Tolley …

Child in critical condition after being hit by car in driveway

A 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in a driveway in Auckland.<p>Police say the child was hit just after 9.30am in …

Female teacher's registration cancelled after Tribunal rules on sex act with student

A high school teacher has been censured after it was found she performed oral sex on a senior student.<p>The woman, who has name suppression, has had …

Grandmother admits killing grandson but denies murder

Kathleen Elizabeth Cooper is accused of murdering her grandson.<p>A grandmother accused of killing her grandson accepts she caused his death, but is not …

Man discharged without conviction after breaking child's femur

A man who broke his daughter's femur only meant to give her a "kick up the backside", a court has heard.

Crime

Watch NZH Local Focus: Unstable housing rocks school rolls

Toast - it fills hungry tummies, and in this house there are lots of them."There's twelve of us here, legally only nine of us are supposed to be here …

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Damp and mouldy classrooms causing sickness, principal says

Pupils at an Auckland primary school are likely to be pleased the full force of winter has hit while they are on term holidays.

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'Predator' cop stalked women he met through traffic stops

A former police officer has been sentenced to community work for illegally accessing the national intelligence police system to prey on women he was …

Crime

Kids suspected of trashing Northland kura

Five children, all under the age of 14, have been reported to police by their families over widespread damage to a Māori language immersion school in …

Dozens of police officers under investigation

Superintendent Sue Schwalger is the subject of an IPCA complaint.<p>Dozens of allegations of police misconduct are under investigation, including …

Daughter who brought 'laughter and light' dies at school where parents work

PHILLIPA YALDEN<p>Ellie Kurth, centre, in 2013 with her sister Brenna and Middlemore Foundation fundraising officer Joanne Hand. The girls helped …

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