NZ Through the Looking Glass- All Teen Girls Should be Fitted with IUDs; and the Great Milk Swindle

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IUDs may be coming to a school near you. But not milk.

It’s not that New Zealand is not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, its reality is just different from yours.

This is the country where the leading academics think the solution to high teenage pregnancy rates is to fit all girls with IUDs before they become sexually active.

Mass birth control for young girls in New Zealand has recently been compared to childhood vaccination campaigns. You can imagine the scene. Your 10 year old daughter gets her routine jabs at school, and while they’re at it they wack in a Jadelle, copper IUD or Mirena just for good measure. Whatever happened to “kids being kids for longer” in New Zealand?

Of course, now that your daughter is fully equipped she can be as sexually active as her male associates need her to be. RIP the age of consent. RIP any hope of controlling the country’s STI epidemic (they gave up on Hamilton years ago).

Get the feeling that birth control is up to females in New Zealand, that there’s something very gender specific about responsibilities? What does this tell you about the status of Kiwi women and Kiwi children? Moreover, where’s the discussion about testosterone implants and progesterone injections for males?

Meanwhile, the country’s Prime Minister has told his loyal subjects that they’re not being ripped off with the high price of dairy products.That he’s come out and made such a statement probably means they are. Dairy prices are dropping across the world but Kiwis are still paying through the nose for milk – now a “luxury product” in New Zealand.

The high prices have been attributed to the milk processors and retailers “creaming it” Sainbsury, UK sells milk for 98c to $1.51 NZD a litre; Coles, Australia for $1.25 to $1.50 AUD a litre; and Countdown, NZ is churning it out for $1.56 to $2.75 (source). Hardly surprising that it’s cheaper to drink cola (you wouldn’t want to drink the water anyway).

If you needed an explanation for the country’s diabetes and obesity epidemics that’s it right there. Read NZ milk pricing isn’t ‘perverse’ or out-of-whack, Prime Minister John Key says.

And finally, a study has found rickets in nearly 60 New Zealand children. A third of the cases were from Auckland and Northland. This is probably a conservative number. An earlier study in 2013 estimated that one fifth of NZ newborns are at risk of rickets.

Kiwi kids are more at risk because food is not supplemented with vitamin D and poorer families can’t afford to buy milk. This is a REALLY great place to be a kid.

Maybe the schools should be offering free milk with those IUDs.

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2 thoughts on “NZ Through the Looking Glass- All Teen Girls Should be Fitted with IUDs; and the Great Milk Swindle

  1. ” they’re due to anti-competitive trading practices and vested self interests”.
    2 stories;
    1.When we were travelling in the “Islands”, we’d come upon these side of the road markets where you could buy all sorts of stuff. Most of this merchandise is purchased by family members overseas, loaded into containers, shipped to the “Islands”, opened there by the family member it was shipped to, they sell things out of it as the need arises. I was very surprised to find out that paint was much cheaper [and presumably better, NZ paint is crap] than what you could get in NZ. There were other things, wider variety, different brands…I have proved [to myself] that the economies of scale is a crock, as I have purchased, shipped from offshore for less than what is available here. And the Islanders have done the same, realising that they can get stuff in much cheaper if they ship it themselves. Granted the tariffs, taxes would all add to this [which in the “personal container” case, had been severely relaxed], but you’ve got to be kidding me, costs 2,3,400% over what an individual can do? That is just plain criminal.
    2. When we first moved to NZ, I needed to get an electrical device. I looked around for one locally, and found one, undersized and very expensive. I went online and was able to get 3 [larger] ones and shipped ended up being about half the price of the one [small] one. 3 times as many for 1/2 the cost [and shipping equalled about 1/2 the cost of getting the devices].
    Real life cases of how outrageously expensive NZ is.

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