Article Title:Christian Heritage's Dark Legacy
Category:Comment
Author or Credit:Craig Young
Published on:12th March 2007 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:1626
Text:While the now-defunct Christian Heritage Party wastrying to rouse New Zealanders about the so-called danger of legalised homosexuality and same sex unions some of its star players were either already committing heinous crimes ofr harbouring the potential to do so. First out of the traps was one-time CHP leader Graham Capill, eventually convicted of multiple rape of little girls. Then, last Thursday, we hear in the news that Adam Owens, ex-Australian Liberal anti-republic campaigner and Merepaka Raukawa-Tait's CHP campaign organiser in the Carterton electorate during the 2002 New Zealand General Election, is in jail, suspected of killing his mother. According to Raukawa-Tait, now resident in Rotorua, she and her elderly husband Theo had to ask Owens to leave their house where he was resident, due to their concerns for personal safety. After her CHP election bid failed, Owens helped to organise another failed Masterton County Council bid for her. The two then had an acrimonious split, and Owens eventually left New Zealand to return to Sydney, where he is now on trial for killing his mother at her holiday home on the New South Wales coast, after stabbing her. I'm not gloating about this at all. Working in the mental health sector in my day job, I know something about mental illness and alcohol and drug problems. If you have bipolar affective disorder, and knock back the booze, then you might find that you need to be admitted to a detox and acute mental health ward, hopefully with an integrated multidisciplinary group of doctors versed in both conditions. I'm not criticising Raukawa-Tait either. She obviously tried to help Owens, but givenstandards of community care in Australia, and even worse state of interdisciplinary mental health and A  
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