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Euthanasia (or assisted suicide) has certainly been in the media a lot lately. There is a strong push for it to be decriminalised in NZ as has happened in a few overseas countries. Are you ready for this debate? Do you know the key arguments for euthanasia and how to counter them? Can you define […]

Family First: Position Statement on Euthanasia

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We oppose any attempt to legalise assisted suicide (euthanasia) in New Zealand. The key priority must be to improve the provision of high quality palliative care and practical support. This should be available in all areas of New Zealand. The highest quality of pain control and palliative medicine should be given priority in medical training so that every New […]

Death of Child is Punishment Enough

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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 […]

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 […]

Easter Trading Laws Should Be Maintained, Enforced

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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 […]

Long Overdue Review of CYF Welcomed

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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, […]

Obesity Needs A Community Response, Not CYF

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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 […]

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, […]

Children Concerned About Sex, Violence in Media – Study

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Media Release 30 Mar 2015 Family First NZ says that the Children’s Media Use Study by NZ on Air and the BSA is sounding alarm bells about the levels of violence and sexual content being viewed by children 9-14 years old, and the concerns of the children themselves and also their parents. The study shows […]

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

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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 […]