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Full name of this book is "The New Zealand Paedophile and Sex Offender Index, New 2004 Edition"
by Deborah Coddington,
ISBN 0 908578 92 4,
published by Alister Taylor Publishers
PO Box 99075 Newmarket,
The Second Edition of this was published in 2004, but is no longer available through the usual retail outlets. Those wanting a copy are probably best advised to try Trade Me or to put a request out through some of the larger second hand bookshops such as Hard To Find Books in Onehunga.
This is very much a reference book. It contains nearly 1900 objects, listed alphabetically, by region, and by Occupation Title/other descriptor. It is not a book one dips into for light reading. Do not attempt to read it late at night, unless you are a shift worker needing to stay awake. It will probably not win any literature awards, but that is not it's aim. It's sole reason for existence is to inform the public of the offenders out there. It is not a complete listing, but it is vastly better than nothing at all.
The author, Deborah Coddington (formerly an ACT MP) compiled the first edition from media clippings and other information in the public domain (much the same way our Offender Database has been put together. It was published in 1996 amid howls of outrage from "civil liberties" advocates and other proponents of politcal correctness. Worse, the author and her family were subject to threats and harrassment. Fortunately, this second edition, compiled in much the same way, but with far more content, has created much less outrage. It appears that we as a society are maturing, although there still appear to be a number who would like nothing more than to see this issue pushed back out of the cold cleansing light into which Deborah and others have pushed it....
This is one small step towards an open and transparent society, fiercely decried and resisted of course by the most politically correct amongst us. It and it's author have not been at all popular with a number of people in power, and there are many who would like to see it banned or severely restricted. As it is, it was not openly displayed in the places it was sold, one had to go and ask at the counter... anyone who has lived under a totalitarian regime would be familiar with this sort of thing. It felt decidely odd in supposedly "free" New Zealand in 2004...
The next step would be to take this online, and liberate the information within its pages for ever so that all would have a chance to access it.
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