Toddler Died from “Extremely Violent Assault”

  The team at E2NZ.org are saddened to learn of the death of 14 month old Christchurch toddler Ihaka Stokes. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and wider whanau. Ihaka died from multiple blunt force fractures in an extremely violent assault, according to police. Detective Inspector Greg Murton said Ihaka’s injuries included several fractured bones and…

NZ ‘Great Place To Raise Kids,’ Not So Great For Teens

Various media outlets are today carrying a story about the release of a new report from the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, called Improving the Transition. Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity During Adolescence. This is how Stuff started its coverage of the report NZ teens at ‘unprecedented risk’ – report Adolescents growing…

Who’d Be A Teen In Nelson?

Thinking about emigrating to Nelson, looking for a lifestyle change – somewhere great to raise the kids? Nelson is often regarded as being a genteel sort of place. It is one of those sort of towns that the arts and crafts set, retired people and the ‘middle classes’ make a bee-line for when emigrating to…

Silent Death Toll In World’s Eighth Happiest Country

New Zealand was recently judged to be the world’s eight happiest country according to Gallap Poll Data that appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. That report highlights just another startling disconnect within New Zealand, which often happens when perceptions don’t marry with hard facts. We wonder to what degree that is caused…