The 11th annual New Zealand Forum on the Family will bring together a national network of family-focused organisations, scholars, lobby groups and leaders who seek to promote and protect the wellbeing of families, the role of parents, and the welfare of our children.

Friday 6th July 2018, 8.45am–4.30pm



Can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues?

Our special guest at the Forum on the Family this year is WALT HEYER. Walt is a former transgender with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Walt travels extensively to share his story at conferences, churches and universities. Walt has appeared on numerous radio and television shows in the U.S. and Canada. Through his website,, and his blog,, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House and in his autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith. Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders and Gender, Lies and Suicide.

RYAN T ANDERSON (video interview)

Bob McCoskrie interviews RYAN T ANDERSON in Washington DC. Ryan has previously spoken at the Forum on the topics of euthanasia and marriage. He is the author of the new (and very popular) book When Harry Became Sally – Responding to the transgender movement.

Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan offers a balanced approach, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong. Ryan shows how the law is being used to coerce and penalise those who believe the truth about human nature, and shows how families can begin to push back with principle and prudence, compassion and grace.


Leader of the Opposition HON SIMON BRIDGES has confirmed his attendance. With abortion, euthanasia, marijuana, pornography, gender identity, parenting, freedom of conscience, child abuse, law and order, and other important family issues on the political agenda, Bob McCoskrie will be putting the tough questions to Mr Bridges about where he personally, and also the National party, stand on these issues.
(Both Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters have declined our invitation to attend.) 


Wendy Francis is the director of the newly-established Centre for Human Dignity in Australia. CHD was launched in 2017 to fight pornography and the sexual exploitation of women and girls. She is a recognised Australian spokesperson for the rights of children and women and an effective campaigner against sexual exploitation in all its forms. In 2010 Wendy commenced a movement “Outdoor Advertising Should Be G Rated”, contributing to various inquiries and to laws being introduced to stop offensive messaging on Australian roads. In Wendy is a Director and Board Member of Samaritans Purse Australia, a board member of Vision Media Australia and the Queensland Alliance for Kids. Wendy has travelled to countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Cambodia to oversee projects which seek to rescue women and children from sex slavery and also provide literacy projects amongst rural women.


Jane Silloway Smith, PhD is the Director of the Every Life Research Unit, and is an experienced public policy researcher, with interest in the application of social justice to public policy. From 2009 to 2016, Jane was a researcher and Research Manager at Maxim Institute, where her primary areas of research were foreign aid, social policy, and end-of-life care and choices. Jane holds a PhD in history from Northwestern University. Prior to her work at Maxim, Jane taught in the history departments at Northwestern University and the University of Auckland. Alongside her work at Every Life, she teaches history and social justice on the Venn Foundation Internship.

Jane will update us on the progress of END OF LIFE CHOICE BILL (Euthanasia) and the LAW COMMISSION ABORTION LAW REVIEW (Abortion).



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(directly opposite Rainbows End)


$89 Early Bird Individual (if registered by 30th June)
$99 Individual (full rate)
$139 Early Bird Married couple (if registered by 30th June)
$149 Married couple (full rate)
$39 Special Student Rate
Group rates also available. Cost includes lunch and refreshments during the day, and shuttle to and from the airport – if applicable. Book now and take advantage of cheaper airfares if travelling!

Cancellation and other terms
Should you wish to cancel your registration at least 30 days before the commencement of the event, we’ll refund you in full minus a $50.00 admin fee. If you cancel within 20 days of the event, we’ll refund 50% of the purchase price. If you cancel within 7 days of the event, or do a no-show on the day of the event, you’ll be liable for the full purchase price. In the unlikely event of cancellation of the event, the liability of the organisers is limited to the return of paid fees. The organisers may alter the times, dates and speakers of this event by notice to you at any time. While we are sorry if this causes inconvenience, the organisers will not be liable for any loss, damages or sadness arising from such changes.


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