Here’s an entire article from the NZ Herald:
A free Christmas play for Wellington children in Child Youth and Family care contained swear words and sexual references.
Together with their foster parents, the 140 children, the youngest of whom was six, watched the entire opening night of ‘An Adagio Christmas’ at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre.
The play contains the use of the “f” word and one character spoke of losing her virginity and mimed a slapstick orgasm.
However, Ray Smith from Child Youth and Family says despite the suggestive themes, the children loved the show.
“I watched some of the little faces during the course of the show and the little kids were on the edge of their seats wondering if the wonderful acrobats were going to fall off their chairs and poles,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith hopes the children will look back and remember how much they enjoyed the outing.
So, this is what happens when children are taken into state ‘care’, including those children who are taken from good parents on nothing more than a suspicion of smacking.
Let’s imagine that a family came under scrutiny from Child Youth and Family, and CYF found out that the parents had sent their children to such a play. Would CYF say “Well done, good parents”, or would CYF say “Highly inappropriate, you bad parents”, take the children from the family home, and send them for sexual abuse counselling?
It’s always the same with the government: do what we say, not what we do.