Sampling today’s NZHerald

Local News section
Children to lead ‘walk for values’ in Queen St

Otara preschoolers will get a taste of downtown Auckland tomorrow when they lead New Zealand’s first “walk for values” up Queen St. The mostly Pacific Island and Maori children attend New Zealand’s only
preschool run by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education founded by an 82-year-old Indian guru, Sathya Sai Baba.

The Sathya Sai Baba organisation is based in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India. Many allegations have been laid against their “guru” for indulging in inappropriate sexual behaviour. The BBC even had a story entitled “Sai Baba: God-man or con man?”
It is ironic that children from this school of all schools will lead a walk for values.
Of course, the school and the children are not to blame for what their “guru” does. But wasn’t he the one who said:  “Spiritual education is not a separate and distinct discipline. It is part and parcel of all types and levels of education?”

Advisers: Crime laws will hurt NZ’s image

Foreign Affairs officials are warning the Government that its hardline sentencing and non-parole policy risk damaging New Zealand’s international reputation. They say National’s “no parole for the worst murderers” policy and the proposed “three strikes and you’re out” law could breach international obligations on torture and civil rights.

I beg your pardon!!
Yes our reputation as wusses will be terrible damaged. And our reputation with criminals in other countries will suffer badly. (“Criminals, don’t come to NZ, we actually do something about it now.”)


  1. “Three Strikes laws … are associated with 10%-12% *more* homicides in the short run and 23%-29% *more* in the long run in almost all 24 states examined with Three Strikes laws.”

    (my emphasis)

    “… because Three Strikes flattened the penalty gradient with respect to severity, criminals were more likely to commit more violent crimes. Among third-strike eligible offenders, the probability of committing violent crimes increased by 9 percentage points.”

  2. Not sure what source you have quoted from.But with something like this, I am sure you will find scholarly and credible articles, and statistics too, that are for and against.
    Whether Three Strikes will work for New Zealand, only time will tell.
    In this post, I was merely pointing out that I believe that crime needs to be dealt with more effectively, and in so doing, New Zealand will not suffer bad repute internationally.

  3. And my point was not to provide conclusive evidence either way but to suggest that it was not as obviously a sensible choice as you appeared to claim.

    We can’t choose a solution just because it appeals to our sense of propriety or our desire for a quick fix. Three strikes has to be demonstrated to be cost effective before we force taxpayers to foot the huge bill. Especially so since our Attorney General has formally advised against it.

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