“After cases such as this the blame game begins. While ultimately responsibility rests with the person or people who take the life of a child, or children, that we tolerate child abuse and neglect is an indictment on our society.
“New Zealand has a high tolerance to violence and much of the violence towards children is perpetrated in the name of discipline. There are no acceptable ways of hitting children.
Dr Kiro is not a favourite of Keeping Stock's. And this lengthy statement suggests why. New Zealanders on the whole do NOT "tolerate child abuse". New Zealanders on the whole do NOT have "a high tolerance towards violence". And Dr Kiro does New Zealanders a huge disservice, especially the children she purports to represent, when she makes sweeping generalisations such as this in solidarity with the likes of Sue Bradford and Helen Clark.
Child abuse is, as I blogged last week, a cancer on our nation. New Zealanders are horrified, angered and sickened by the revelations from the Nia Glassie trial. And Dr Kiro's focus should be on working towards solutions, not on writing platitudinous media releases. Doubtless the incoming adminstration will be closely watching Dr Kiro's performance.