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    FAMILY MATTERS: “We Need To Talk” – Is ScreenTime Robbing Your FamilyTime?

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Family First recently released a report on the increasing use of screen time for children. It’s entitled “WE NEED TO TALK” and is written by UK biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman. He argues that although screen technology may be a great aspect of modern life, there is growing concern from health and development experts […]

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    JUST RELEASED:”We Need To Talk”

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    READ our just-released Report “WE NEED TO TALK – Screen time in NZ, Media Use: An Emerging factor in child and adolescent health” by biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman CLICK HERE to download

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    New Resource For Families

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Family First NZ has launched a phone app designed to put the power back in to the hands of families, and to help them be online political activists for family issues in NZ. DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW:

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  • Just Released – A Voice for Families

    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Please take just a moment to watch our brand new Promo video. It showcases Family First NZ speaking up on family issues in the media and public domain over the past few years – just a small sampling of the many issues we’ve covered. We hope you enjoy it. (It actually surprised us just how […]

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    Family First Phone App Out Now

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW: You can now be an online activist for family issues in NZ! Be informed and empowered on issues important to your family.  

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  • WATCH: Mum on a Mission

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    THE YOUTUBE VIDEO POLITICIANS DON’T WANT NZ PARENTS TO SEE In 2007, politicians changed the laws making it illegal for parents to use smacking as form of correction with their children. The referendum in 2009 revealed that 87% of New Zealanders opposed this move believing that it wouldn’t solve genuine child abuse but would lead […]

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  • Family First – Speaking Up

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE. You’ll find the latest news, research and essays on family issues that we think kiwi families need to be aware of. Our aim is to inform and empower families in New Zealand. If you’re unaware of the work of Family First, please take a moment to watch this 8 minute promo. […]

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  • My Mummy’s a Criminal

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    In 2007 the NZ Parliament removed the right of Kiwi parents to use reasonable force to physically discipline their children for the purpose of correction. Despite assurances to the contrary, families have been torn apart, accused of lying and dragged through the courts with disturbing results. These are just a few of the many examples…

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    Family First NZ – The Family Watchdog

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    5 REASONS WHY NZ FAMILIES NEED THEIR OWN WATCHDOG 1. BUSY FAMILIES AREN’T ALWAYS AWARE – mums and dads are so busy doing school drop-offs, keeping the house in order, working and paying the bills etc  that they often can’t keep up with all the issues that may affect them or that they are passionate […]

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>> Media Releases

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Apr
16

Death of Child is Punishment Enough

Media Release 16 April 2015 Family First NZ is calling on the police to use their discretion and to drop the charges against a mother who left her pre-schooler in a car, saying that the death of her son is punishment enough. “Whether an act of stupidity, neglect, or unfortunate circumstance, this mother has received […]

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Apr
16

Simplistic Euthanasia Poll Ignores Obvious Harms

Media Release 15 April 2015 Family First NZ says that a Research NZ poll on euthanasia misrepresents the real effect of decriminalising euthanasia and is far too simplistic. “By only asking about the scenario of a ‘painful incurable disease’, the poll question misrepresents not only the real effects of changes to euthanasia laws as evidenced […]

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Apr
2

Easter Trading Laws Should Be Maintained, Enforced

Media Release 2 April 2015 Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve this special annual break to spend time with their families. They are also calling on the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) to enforce the legislation rather than allow traders to […]

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Apr
1

Long Overdue Review of CYF Welcomed

Media Release 1 Apr 2015 Family First NZ is welcoming the long overdue independent review of Child Youth and Family which it has been asking for over many years. “If CYF was a family, it would have had state intervention before now. There is increasing evidence of systemic failure in the organisation,” says Bob McCoskrie, […]

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Apr
1

Obesity Needs A Community Response, Not CYF

Media Release 1 Apr 2015 Family First NZ is supporting calls for intervention in families where obesity is an urgent health issue, but says that intervention by CYF and removal of children from their families will only exacerbate the problem. “Family First supports the approach suggested by Starship hospital paediatrician Dr Patrick Kelly whereby families […]

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Mar
30

Litigious Approach to School Discipline Worrying Trend

Media Release 30 March 2015 Family First is warning that a litigious approach to school disciplinary decisions will undermine the authority and special character of individual schools and has the potential to send some schools bankrupt. The comments come in response to two recent cases where parents have gone to court to challenge school rulings, […]

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>> The Latest News

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Apr
18

This dad calculated that stay-at-home mums should earn $98,000 a year

Stuff co.nz 8 April 2015 Stay-at-home parenting has always been notoriously underappreciated work, but how much? Well, an American dude has put it in terms everyone – even lazy dads – can understand: cold, hard cash. Steven Nelms of Houston – noticing the ridiculous amounts of work his wife Glory undertook in the service of […]

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Apr
17

Cohabitation may be hazardous to your health

MercatorNet 13 April 2015 The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage. More young people are now first cohabiting than are […]

Ryan Anderson
Apr
17

Ryan Anderson – A fresh voice on same-sex marriage

Washington Post 15 April 2015 Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. There is an interview with conservative talk radio, a debate with a liberal professor at the University of Colorado’s law school and, after that, a lecture to Catholic […]

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Apr
17

Outlawing Psychotherapy For Trans-Kids Will Not Prevent Suicides

The Federalist 16 April 2015 Psychologically healthy people do not commit suicide. Changing genders is an outward expression of some form of depression that started long before the suicide. Studies have shown conclusively that suicide is the result of mental illness and untreated depression, but the elite who push for gender change ignore the evidence. […]

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Apr
17

Mum ‘already received life sentence’ – Family First

NZ Herald 17 April 2015 The mother of a Whanganui toddler who died after allegedly being accidentally left in a car on a hot summer’s day has been charged with manslaughter. The woman appeared in the Whanganui District Court yesterday but her name, and that of her husband, and all the details of the hearing […]

Hospice NZ
Apr
16

Hospice NZ – Our Opinion on Euthanasia

Hospice NZ April 2015 With the right palliative care a person with a life limiting condition can live a good quality of life with their dignity maintained and symptoms managed. Assisted dying is a complex subject that raises challenging ethical questions for hospice care. Hospice New Zealand recognises that across society there is a range […]

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