Media Release 6 July 2017
Almost 300 delegates representing more than 75+ family-focused organisations and groups are gathering in Auckland tomorrow (Friday) for the tenth annual NZ Forum on the Family, hosted by Family First NZ.
- Melinda Tankard Reist – Australian author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls, co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout
- (Topic: How Pornography Fuels and Legitimizes Sexual Violence – The Research)
- Professor John Whitehall – Foundation Chair and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney
- (Topic: The Phenomenon of Childhood Gender Dysphoria),
- Dr Sinead Donnolly – Internal medicine consultant & palliative medicine specialist based at Wellington Hospital. Senior clinical lecturer at the Otago School of Medicine in Wellington.
- (Topic: The Effect of Euthanasia Legislation on Palliative Care – A Doctor’s Perspective)
- Dr Jane Silloway Smith – Director of the Every Life Research Unit, and experienced public policy researcher
- (Topic: Considering Abortion and Euthanasia in an Election Year – What You Need to Know)
Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie will also be interviewing both Prime Minister Bill English and representatives from NZ First and the Conservative parties separately on their family-based policies as well as their personal principles and values which drive their desire to be involved in politics. (Labour leader Andrew Little unfortunately declined numerous invitations to attend.)
“There are many family focused organisations who, along with their thousands of members, are concerned about the effects of family breakdown, issues relating to beginning and end of life (abortion / euthanasia), pornography and the sexualisation of children in the media and marketing, gender ideology, the harm of long term welfare dependency on families, increasing levels of violence, and a culture which is becoming increasingly hostile to the role of parents and the safety of children and families,” says organiser Bob McCoskrie.
“This will be one of our largest Forums to be held and it is significant that so many family groups are coming together in the lead up to the general election in September. It is a strong message that the welfare and protection of families is high on the agenda and these issues can not be ignored,” says Mr McCoskrie.
More details www.forumonthefamily.nz