Lobby group claims public confused about ‘anti-smacking’ law

TV3 News 18 Mar 2009

A lobby group campaigning for the repeal of anti-smacking legislation has released survey findings showing many parents are confused about the law change. In research commissioned by Family First NZ, respondents were asked whether the new law made it always illegal for parents to give their children a light smack.

As the law stands there are some circumstances where a light smack would not break the law. Fifty-five percent of the 1000 people surveyed thought it was always illegal, 31 percent thought it wasn’t, and 14 percent did not know. “This proves just how confusing the law is to parents and it is this confusion that is causing huge harm,” said Family First national director Bob McCoskrie.