Month: June 2017

The claims about the harms of smacking need correction

naughty child boy

Bob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZ Kyle MacDonald “Here’s what’s really wrong with smacking kids” argues that there isn’t a single study that shows smacking improves childhood outcomes. MacDonald’s claim needs some reasonable correction. In many cases, parental…


Secret test reveals pokie pain

pokie machines

NewsRoom 28 June 2017 Family First Comment: Good point “If a venue can’t be sustainable without exploiting the poor then we don’t need it in New Zealand.” An undercover audit by the Department of Internal Affairs has found worrying problems…


ACT’s euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – professor

EUTHANASIA a recipe for abuse

Radio NZ News 26 June 2017 A Welsh professor of palliative medicine and cross-bench member of the House of Lords has arrived in New Zealand to challenge David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. The ACT leader’s euthanasia bill was…


Minister of Education Needs to Do Homework On Screentime

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Media Release 28 June 2017 Family First NZ says that parents should be concerned about the amount of screentime that their children are going to be exposed to under the new Digital Technologies-Hangarau Matihiki curriculum, and is critical of government agencies for…


New Zealand children facing frequent and consistent bullying at preschool

Child - Preschool-Bullying

Stuff 26 June 2017    Potentially damaging bullying is hurting New Zealand children even in preschool, and psychologists say it’s time to take the issue seriously. The University of Auckland’s longitudinal study Growing up in New Zealand has this month released its…


Call for Guidelines on Euthanasia Media Reporting

EUTHANASIA suicide prevention assisted suicide cartoon

Media Release 27 June 2017 Family First New Zealand has made a submission to the Strategy to prevent suicide in New Zealand calling on strict guidelines around the media reporting of assisted suicide & euthanasia. In their submission, Family First…


Shopping on Easter Sunday: 71 per cent of Hamilton submitters say no

easter 2017 keep the easter culture

Stuff 25 June 2017 The prospect of retail tills ringing on Easter Sunday has Hamiltonians arguing the relative merits of convenience, commercialism, and Christianity. Hamilton City Council’s suggestion was for retailers to choose whether to open while employees would be able to…