Let me tell you a story.

I once heard a story, and it went something like this.

There was a man who lived in the old days where bridges were often drawn up to let boats past. His job was to raise and lower a railway bridge. He had to make sure the bridge was down when the express came through, as it always went fast and would not stop.

One day he took his 5 year old son to work.

The day passed as normal, until the time for the express to come through arrived, and he was to lower the bridge.

He looked for this son, and saw him far below, playing on the massive cogs that lowered the bridge.  He called to his son, but but his son could not hear him over the distance and background noise.

As he heard the whistle of the train coming, he knew what he must do. He lowered the bridge, crushing his son between those massive cogs.

The train passed over bridge, and the hundreds of people aboard were saved. The train travelled onwards, and the bridge keeper watched those people pass, who did not even know the sacrifice that had been made on their behalf.

The point I make with this story is a simple one: sometimes people die. Sometimes the cost of saving one life is just so massive that it cannot be justified. This is not something that I like, that you like or anyone likes, but it is one of the hardest facts of life that we must face.

Cindy Kiro proposes that we keep the bridge up. She proposes that we impose a police state on New Zealand parents, so that we can save 5 children a year.

The Children’s Commissioner is proposing mandatory screening of every baby’s home life in a bid to halve New Zealand’s high child murder rate.

Cindy Kiro wants every newborn baby’s parents or caregivers to nominate an authorised provider to assess their family’s progress through home visits.

Those who refused to take part would be referred to welfare authorities.

Dr Kiro told the Dominion Post the scheme would cost about $5 million a year. Professional assessments suggested it could save five children a year in the first five years.

Actually, it’s much worse. She insists we keep the bridge up even though there are traffic lights 3 miles up the track, with a controller at our fingertips. Because we know what sort of people put children in dryers, and 90% of New Zealand parents are not that sort of people. But in spite of this still she insists it necessary to impose a compulsory big brother system on all parents in New Zealand.

But what really infuriates me about this proposal is this comment:

She did not know of any similar schemes internationally. “We can lead the world in it.”

Clearly, if she had cared to she could have found several schemes exactly like this one. Let me suggest where she might have omitted to look.

  1. North Korea
  2. Cuba
  3. Communist Russia

You get my drift – pretty much any communist state or dictatorship worth it’s salt keeps tabs on it’s parents to this extent.

Or perhaps it’s just the monitoring program without the re-education camps that makes this proposal special?

Either way, Cindy is disturbingly keen to throw away our civil liberties in the name of protecting a handful of children, for what is probably not even the most common cause of death. Better not put her in charge of bringing down the road toll, or she’d propose those camps after all!


  1. “If you have nothing to hide then whats the problem?”
    A joke, right? Something to liven up the day, perhaps?
    Because I refuse to believe that anybody deficient enough in brain cells to make that comment would be capable of recognising what a keyboard was, let alone type a sentence on it.

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