Friday, October 27, 2006

Big Sister Cindy "Stalin" Kiro supported by Stalinist Sue

Stalin's bureaucrat in Wellington Dr Cindy Kiro is persisting with her Orwellian proposal that the state monitor every child from birth religiously to make sure that parents are being good. She has given it a long vapid name (Te Ara Tukutuku Nga Whanaungatanga o Nga Tamariki: Weaving Pathways to Wellbeing) to make it sound so nice and inclusive, instead of "State monitoring of parents and children" which is what it bloody well is. What is even more disturbing is that Sue Bradford is reverting to her communist past in supporting it. Greens liberal? Hardly.
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Cindy Kiro brought this up before and now she is excited about what is an absolutely terrifying proposal:
"Individual plans, owned by the child and held by the family, will be developed in partnership with children and families and each child would have a named primary professional responsible for ensuring the child and family have access to services and advice as needed.”
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What if a parent doesn't want a taxpayer funded, state organised plan? How can it be "owned" by the child? What absolute nonsense, the child has no choice and is unable to make these sorts of decisions, which is why it is - a child. The "named primary professional" would for starters want taxpayer funding and hey what agency could monitor that? Dr Kiro's one or one she could help set up (more taxpayer funding). So the state would appoint a Big Brother or Big Sister for your family to "ensure it has access to services and advice as needed". Who decides what is needed? How often do you see this Big Sister? Does she come around uninvited? Does she check you pay your bills? Does she check what food you give the children, what books, TV, internet access is allowed? Does she check what religious/political/ethical beliefs you teach?
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How does she justify this? Well "weaved" within her weasel words:
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We need to plan and implement this in a systematic way to ensure that no child falls between the cracks. We need to ensure that the services we currently have can work together in a better way. We need to make this investment in resources, structures and systems and in people. We owe it to our children and to our communities.
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Is implying that because some kids getting neglected and abused, all kids need monitoring. She talks about "we" "investing" in "resources" which means YOU being forced to pay money to keep an eye on other people's kids because of poor parenting. It is, in other words, a way to increase state interference instead of cutting off benefits, law enforcement against abusive parents and teaching parents individual responsibility, instead of relying on the state tit to shield them from being stupid. We do not OWE it to our children Dr Kiro, it is up to parents - if they can't afford to have kids or don't want them, then don't damned well pay for them to do so.
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Now there is one good point in all this, besides showing up Dr Kiro for being the Stalinist that she is, and that is the need for state agencies that DO keep records of abuse, in the criminal justice, health and education systems to share information when there is a reason to be concerned. A hospital patching up a kid who has injuries that can only reasonably have been inflicted deliberately ought to be asking the Police to conduct an investigation. A teacher who sees the same on a pupil may also want to take steps - these are hard decisions and difficult processes to undertake - but the alternatives are do nothing or have extensive state interference in the lives of all children.
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So ask yourself, how do YOU feel about your child facing:
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Planned assessment at key life stages, including early childhood, primary and secondary school entry, and moving to tertiary education or employment and training opportunities, is a key component of the framework. The assessment will take into account the whole child; their physical, social, educational, emotional, and psychological development. Within these domains different factors will be more important depending on the age of the child.
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What if your kid is overweight, what if he answers questions jokingly saying he is abused because he is 14 and sick of being told to tidy his room and stop hanging out with bad kids, what if he is a loner (not social), what if he says he's seen porn on the internet? Do you trust the state knowing these things and deciding whether or not to intervene? Or do you think that 9 out of 10 times it is part of life? What about the Exclusive Brethren?
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Most children do not grow up being abused or neglected by their families, some do. There is a correlation between that abuse and the homes being run by dysfunctionally stupid, criminal or lazy people. If the government wants to act against abuse it can start by prohibiting anyone with a criminal record for a violent offence from being able to draw a benefit.
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Not worried? Think it will blow over? Well if Labour was not interested, Kiro would have been told to can the idea and go away rather swiftly. National is rather quiet on it. If you don't show your opposition now and the reasons why, you might find a bureaucrat knocking on your door in a couple of years asking why your child hasn't been registered with an approved professional to monitor his or her needs.
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So get to it - let her know. Let the Minister of Social Policy know as well, ask National whether it supports this.
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Don't say you haven't been warned. I've blogged twice about this before. The Christian fundamentalist Family First lobby even agrees and Bob McCoskrie National Director of Family First makes the quite correct point:
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Who gets to decide what is best for children? This report is clear; it’s Dr Kiro and the morass of bureaucracy that is going to surround this initiative. It is a licence for ‘professionals’ to interfere in families’ lives when there is no crime and no abuse,” “This would fundamentally alter the relationship between the family and the state
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It's a simple message, leave good parents alone and stop subsidising bad ones. As Family First lobby say (and hey, it takes something for me to quote that organisation). "The Government does not, and should not, pack your child’s lunchbox on the first day of school".

9 comments:

KG said...

A simple message to Cidny Kiro and her ilk:
FUCK OFF AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

KG said...

I posted an excerpt and a link back to your blog on CrusaderRabbit.
This needs to be publicised and ridiculed as widely as possible.

libertyscott said...

Excellent, ty kg

Anonymous said...

Cindy Kiro has no idea what she is talking about, if anyone is responsible for the breakdown of familes she is , she has wasted years and lots of taxpayers money chasing some minor section of the law on smacking , which will change nothing at all , because Cindy is like most Maori , does a lot talking but has nothing up top to solve the problem , because she cannot realize 1plus1 does not = 2.
Abuse is a direct consequence of govt policy , in creating a state of solo mothers , stepfathers mined with drugs , alcohol and low socio esteem of the people commiting these offences , unti she wakes up and realizes that all those years wasted chasing some woman with an in security problem and a bee in her bonnet about smacking then she will realize taht the two are not related in any way , sad taht we have women making the laws and in positions of authority who are themsevles very insecure and in one case come from an ethinic minority that has major problems , that cannot be blamed on the white man for once but are a disgarce to them , just read todays news to see this , regards tb

Anonymous said...

I could not believe it when I read it. Is is illegal to tar and feather someone?? Why doesn't Kiro look at her own Whanau, who are doing most of the killing of kids? Maori are the main killers so go and clean up your own house first! Welcome to the the "New World Order"... Do as your told or else!!!

Anonymous said...

I can not believe the ignorance of the people whom have left the above ludicrous, uneducated comments, especially the person who wrote on 08/06/07 at 1.15am, to whomever you are - Go back to Primary School and learn how to spell! My 6year old has more intellect and clerical skills than you! Cindy Kiro, you are Mana Wahine with a capital M and W! Thank you for your work in the field, at least you are trying to do something about this major societal problem for the betterment of our people.
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Anonymous said...

To the above comment about Cindy being wonderful, you didn't comment on the fact that statistically, Maori are more likely to kill or abuse their kids. Look at the papers or T.V. The truth hurts but to target everyone due to the problems of the few is not fair on the many. Look inside your heart to see the truth and then tell the whanau it is not acceptable to be violent and abusive and not to keep quiet and not help the police to find the killers and abusers. It's called TOUGH LOVE...

Clunking Fist said...

Mana Wahine? Then YOU take Cindy and house and feed her. I don't want to pay her to tell me what to do.

My boss tells me what to do. I let him, but then he pays me, I don't have to pay him.

I've linked to this post, too, Mr L Scott. Please to keep up the good work.

rose said...

Thank goodness she's gone. 50% staff turnover in the commissioners office & 8 trips overseas during her appointment has done little for children's wellbeing other than her own.

We already have enough overpaid parasites sucking off the public tit.