Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Call for NZ Post To Withdraw Award From Book

30 June 2013
Call for NZ Post To Withdraw Award From Book

Family First is calling on NZ Post to withdraw their support and the award from Ted Dawe's Into the River book which won top prize in the annual New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards

“This is an offensive and sexually explicit book which is completely inappropriate for young people, will be shocking to most New Zealand parents, and shows that the judges of the Awards have completely lost the plot,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“We were shocked to see the graphic sexual nature of the book and the foul language, and horrified to know that it is now an ‘award-winning’ book being stocked in school libraries and targeted at young people.”

"I think every New Zealand parent would be saying 'what were the judges thinking?’. We would also question the wisdom of the School Library Association for thinking that it might be appropriate. This is an adult book that even adults would find offensive. What other books does the Association think appropriate but parents wouldn’t?” says Mr McCoskrie.

“It appears that the author and also the judges are out to pollute the moral innocence of kids."

Family First is calling on New Zealand Post to withdraw the award, and to avoid association with the Awards until the judges show better judgement.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news