Today I read the Families’ Commission Statement of Intent [1MB PDF]. Up till this point I had heard only bad things about the Commission. Mostly that their definition of a family includes non-nuclear families. I was really impressed with the document. I particularly liked their set of expectations for families:
In the Commission’s view, all families should be able to exercise a capacity to:
- love, protect and nurture children to help them reach their full potential
- protect and care for elderly, disabled and sick family members
- share resources, wisdom, knowledge, and time
- participate in education, society, and the economy
- plan for today and tomorrow, for retirement, and for future generations
- protect family wealth, land, taonga, and history
- transmit values, lifestyles, ethics, and culture
I read in the same document that around 7500 children were assessed as abused or neglected during 2003 in New Zealand.
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