Posts Tagged ‘children’s welfare’

Open hearts and open home

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
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Ewen and Gillian Laurenson have fostered over 100 children and exported their expertise worldwide through the Open Home Foundation. On the 24th of January 2020, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. At the time they wrote: “God’s call on us as a married couple was to open our hearts and home to vulnerable children, young Read more

Children in state care in NZ at all-time high

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

For the 6100 children in state care – a record-high number – the current situation doesn’t offer a lot of hope. With an inquiry into historic abuse of children in state care around the corner, things are also likely to get a lot darker before the year’s out. Continue reading

Wellington benefactor gifts $50 million for new children’s hospital

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Property developer Mark Dunajtschik has gifted $50 million to build a new children’s hospital in Wellington, in an act described by the Government as “unparalleled” generosity. The new hospital for the Wellington region is expected to be around 7,000 square metres, three floors, and include 50 inpatient hospital beds. Continue reading   

Vinnies and gangs dish out sandwiches to needy children

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

You may not be surprised to know that the St Vincent de Paul Society in Hamilton has the Loaves & Fishes programme, which takes school lunches to children in 24 Hamilton schools. What may be more of an eye opener is that a local gang is doing the same thing. The Tribal Huks is a Read more

Child neglect at casino increasing

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

More gamblers are abandoning their children at Auckland’s SkyCity casino. Last year 49 children under 14 were left unattended by their parents at the casino’s central city site, including in its vast underground car park. The figure for 2011 was 42. The numbers are revealed in the company’s Host Responsibility report to the Gambling Commission, Read more

The distinct, positive influence of good fathers

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I understand where Jennifer Aniston is coming from. Like many of her peers in Hollywood, not to mention scholars and writers opining on fatherhood these days, she has come to the conclusion that dads are dispensable: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to Read more