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.

Police raid house in search for teens who tried to drown boy in street drain

Police have raided a house and seized shoes and a cellphone as they close in on teenagers involved in the 'drown him' assault case.Four teenagers …

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Babysitter jailed for five years for killing 'princess' Christchurch infant in 'moment of rage'

A heartbroken mother has described her "worst nightmare" of losing her "princess" daughter as the girl's babysitter has been jailed for five years …

Crime

Family living in fear after axe attack in Flaxmere, Hawke's Bay

A man allegedly attacked his neighbours' vehicle with an axe on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Flaxmere family terrified. A Flaxmere father …

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Kid's sandwich packets used to sell drugs by organised criminal groups

A major Waikato police operation targeting drug dealers has uncovered a criminal group selling drugs from children's sandwich packets.<p>Thirty people …

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National Standards have officially ended in primary schools across the country

Education Minister Chris Hipkins: "Since National Standards were introduced in 2010 reading levels of New Zealand children have dropped to their …

Education

'Comatose' teenage girl failed by adults, coroner finds

Rangimaria White was killed by a hit-and-run driver in July 2015.<p>Rangimaria White vomited, drifting in and out of consciousness, as she lay drunk in …

Crime

PPTA voices concern after teacher censured for stopping boys banging heads into desks

A teacher who has been censured for stopping two boys banging each other's heads against their desks says that in hindsight she should have left them …

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Cobham Intermediate students allegedly 'shamed' in class over parents' unsettled accounts

Woman fears the building boom is an excuse to exploit working class suburbs.<p>They bravely represented NZ at the World Puzzle Champs, but lost in …

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My anguish at my daughter's bullying

The 12 year old waited for her parents and two sisters to go to bed.

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Autistic boy out of school for weeks as new school hunt fails

A 9-year-old autistic boy who was expelled from a North Canterbury school is unlikely to be re-enrolled anywhere this year.

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Former top BMXer's suspected suicide rips heart out of his Rotorua family

"It's the most hollow feeling you can ever have ... all my answers are in the coffin."Those are the words of the devastated father of former top …

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Almost 600 children rescued from hot parked cars in 2017

By Carla Penman Almost 600 children have had to be rescued from boiling hot parked cars so far this year - the highest number since 2013.The …

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Kiwi kids' reading levels slide to record low

Kiwi children's reading levels have dropped to their lowest level on record - and this time it is well-off Pākehā students who have plunged the …

New Zealand

Teen posts friend's medical information with a LOL

A woman who posted someone's confidential medical information on Instagram accompanied the photo with a single comment: "LOL". The acronym — meaning …

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Pedestrian crossing where little girl was killed to be removed

A pedestrian crossing where a 7-year-old girl died as she cycled home from school will be removed.

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Parents vote 'no confidence' in management of Christchurch's Oaklands School

Children are being strangled, soiling themselves in class and threatening suicide as bullying remains "toxic" at a Christchurch school, parents say.

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Canterbury mum leaves her three young children at home and spends two weeks in Australia

A Canterbury woman texted her pre-teen daughter, telling her never to forget that she was an amazing girl and to look after her little brothers. Then …

Crime

Schoolboys from prestigious Christchurch college allegedly burgled classmate's home

Four students from Christ's College have been questioned over the burglary of a classmate's home<p>Four students from a prestigious private school …

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Mother filmed abuse of her children

A mother took her daughter to the doctors and emergency departments over 80 times before doctors blew the whistle and police were called in.<p>She also …

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Growing demand for food parcels shows poverty is on the rise, Salvation Army says

Rising housing and living costs have seen more than 28,000 emergency food parcels sent out across the country by the Salvation Army in a year – …

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Mum gets seven-year jail term for importing meth

A Vietnamese woman who imported methamphetamine bound for Hastings has been jailed for seven years.Lan Mai Thi Pham, 38, was living in Auckland in …

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Faces of Innocents: These are the kids we've lost

These children have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand.<p>Click on the images to view details.<p>These are the faces of …

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Man who broke baby's leg during sex wins appeal, has sentence reduced

A man who fractured his baby daughter's leg because she was crying while he was having sex with his partner has had his prison sentence reduced on …

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Teens allegedly assault boy for his shoes

A group of youths allegedly attacked a boy for his shoes in Christchurch.

Crime

'What about us?' Residents concerned by decision to reject preschool next to Timberlink sawmill

Timberlink chief executive Ian Tyson says the Blenheim sawmill is complying with its resource consents.<p>A decision to block plans for a new preschool …

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'Drown him' case: Teen culprits' names given to police

Police have been given names of suspects who chanted "drown him" during a brutal assault on a teenager.The 15-year-old was attacked by a group in the …

Crime

Landlords should look at Healthy Homes bill costs 'as an investment'

If you can afford to buy an investment property then you should be able to afford a comparatively small extra cost to ensure it's safe and healthy, …

Boy who fell from roof 'was just being a kid'

He won't make you rich, but backing last year's winner seems much more sensible than going against him.<p>Gibbs Farm sculpture trail this year's …

Babysitter guilty of killing Christchurch infant in 'moment of rage'

DOMINIC HARRIS<p>Shayal Upashna Sami, 21, was found guilty of killing 1-year-old Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand at her home in Linwood, Christchurch.<p>A young …