Tuesday August 20, 2019

Shelter project for Indian-origin elders in New Zealand

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Wellington: Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust Inc. has launched Shanti Niwas Emergency Housing (SNEH), in partnership with New Zealand’s Rancchod Group, aiming to provide short-term and long-term shelter to senior citizens from Indian and South Asian  communities, dwelling in abusive situations and are in need of emergency housing.

The Trust said, “The main objective of this shelter is to provide a safe and secure environment to our elders in such situations.”

The elders will be housed for an initial period of three weeks, with a maximum stay of three months.

SNEH’s aim will be to get them back to their families, however if moving back is not an option, then the organisation will look into an alternative long-term arrangement.

Social workers will work with senior citizens to help them with the process of resettlement.

A small fee will be charged to defray a part of the expenses incurred in running and maintaining the SNEH facilities, according to the trust which works with socially isolated senior citizens of Indian and South Asian origin living in the Auckland region.

Indian origin people have increased a lot in New Zealand in recent times. The country is hospitable to the coming people and this is why it has lot of migrants.

(IANS)

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New Zealand To Decriminalize Abortion Through Reform Bill

Abortion to be considered a health issue and not a crime, proposed in new reform bill in New Zealand

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Abortion is a crime in New Zealand till now and the government is working to scrape that law. Pixabay

The New Zealand government on Monday announced a bill to decriminalize abortion so that it can be treated as a health issue, rather than a crime.

The reform bill proposes removing any statutory medical exam for women not more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy and includes the setting up of “safe areas” near abortion facilities to prevent women from being harassed or attacked, Efe news quoted Justice Minister Andrew Little as saying in a statement.

“Safe abortion should be treated and regulated as a health issue; a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body,” Little said.

“Abortion is the only medical procedure that is still a crime in New Zealand. It’s time for this to change.”

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A new bill proposes to decriminalize abortion in New Zealand. Pixabay

The bill, which will have its first reading in the New Zealand parliament on Thursday, also requires a health practitioner to authorize women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant to terminate the pregnancy if it poses a risk to their mental and physical health as well as their wellbeing.

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It also proposes that doctors opposed to providing abortion services on the grounds of conscience must inform pregnant women, who may seek services elsewhere, as well as that women be able to self-refer to a service provider, and health practitioners will advise women of counselling services available.

Currently, abortion is considered a crime in New Zealand, although women can terminate their pregnancies if two doctors consider it advisable for physical and mental health reasons. (IANS)