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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.”)