The politicians blocked Family First from being able to submit the experiences of other families affected by the law.But yet another family sent their story to us this weekend, and gave us permission to share it with you…Fifteen years ago I was told by my 16 yo daughter that she had, had an abortion the year before. She had with assistance from her high school Family Planning and friends borrowed a car without holding a drivers licence and driven 4 hours to Christchurch for the termination. As her father I was absolutely gutted. I know that my wife and I had we known would have been upset initially however we would have come around our daughter and done our best to support her. However I am very angry that the law has denied us the right to care for my child. At the time we had noticed a huge drop in her spirit and she had ( and for many years since) lost her mojo and we were left floundering for answers as to what was behind the cause. The effect of having this kind of law has caused huge disruption to our family and to our marriage. This law denies the right of whanau and community to minister to a confused teenager whose main source of influence at that time of life is her peer group. I do understand that there are concerns regarding abuse of teenage girls and the need to protect them. However from my experience the cost to my whanau has been too much to bear and left me reeling, distrustful , disillusioned and unrepresented by my Government and their Agencies. We were the ones who were left to pick up the pieces while distant and uncaring High Schools and Family Planning washed their hands and carry on spending hard earned taxes. Surely there can be put into place counselling measures for all parties ? Or each case should be considered on its particular merits etc? Is the family abusive, dysfunctional or unsupportive ? I don’t think it would be too difficult to ascertain these things before cutting their own flesh and blood out of the loop? Rather this one blanket approach is failing many families in this country and causing much hurt and on going ripples. This law in its present form offends my mana and my responsibilities to my children.”Exactly!
DreamHack has extended its ongoing partnership with Monster Energy for another two years, with a view to expanding the digital festival to another continent in 2019.The energy drinks brand will act as the Global Strategic Partner to DreamHack both this year and the next.Monster Energy will also act as a sponsor for each festival and esports tournament that DreamHack produces during the partnership. This working relationship formed in 2014 when the two companies worked together to produce the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockholm, Sweden – as well as working together on the DreamHack Open.DreamHack has announced 11 events that will take place in 2018, including multiple esports tournaments. This includes the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018, DreamHack Austin 2018, DreamHack Spain (both Valencia and Sevilla), CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, and plenty more.Marcus Lindmark, CEO, DreamHack discussed the extended partnership in a statement: “We’re excited but also very proud to team up with Monster Energy for the coming two years. They have been supporting DreamHack for the last 4 years and we’re very excited to now plan even greater things for the future.”Matthew Simpson, Director of Gaming and Esports, Monster Energy also commented: “Four years ago when we first started looking for an event to sponsor, DreamHack was at the top of a very short list of Tier 1 event organizers. DreamHack checked off all of the boxes we were looking for but their staff and support were the deciding factors for extending our partnership into a global multi-year deal. We look forward to supporting the expansion of DreamHack as they bring their festivals into new international markets.”Esports Insider says: Monster Energy has been there alongside DreamHack during plenty of impressive events, so seeing their continued partnership (and the new position for the drinks brand) is very promising for all future events in the next two years.