Month: September 2018

MercatorNet – Promoting the natural family is ‘not in the public benefit’

MercatorNet 6 September 2018 New Zealand’s foremost family advocacy group, Family First, faces losing its charitable status after a judgement from the High Court finding that its purposes and activities are not predominantly for the public good. Coming after a…

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Monitoring the Future Panel Study from the University of Michigan finds marijuana use among college students at 30-year high

The Detroit News 5 September 2018 Family First Comment: “Marijuana use among college-age people is at the highest level in three decades and fewer think using it is harmful, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. The annual study…

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Abortion – I wasn’t offered an alternative

Adoption was never offered as an alternative to my abortion Stuff co.nz 6 September 2018 Family First Comment: “Twenty years later I saw a poster in a doctor’s office of the different stages of gestation. It was then that I…

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Random drug-testing bill set to be voted down by Government parties

NZ Herald 6 September 2018 Government parties are set to vote down a bill that would introduce a random drugs test for drivers, prompting a call by the Automobile Association to come up with an urgent alternative to address a…

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Tim Dower: Labour should be supporting National’s drug-driving policy

NewsTalk ZB 6 September 2018 Family First Comment: Well said, Tim. “National’s bill would have allowed for instant saliva tests. Labour’s reason for not backing it is that it doesn’t think the testing kits are very accurate. Why would Labour…

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Roadside Drug Testing Is A Must To Protect Families

Media Release 6 September 2018 Family First is calling on the government to support roadside drug testing, saying that we should take every measure possible to protect families and to reduce the road toll. In 2016, Labour’s police spokesman, Stuart…

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High Court upholds decision to strip Family First of charitable status

Stuff co.nz 4 September 2018 Advocacy group Family First has lost its appeal to have its charitable status reinstated. The controversial group, whose objectives include opposing abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, was stripped of its charitable status by the Charities…

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WHY WE MUST APPEAL – “Much more than registration is at stake.”

We’ve been inundated with both messages of encouragement and financial support towards our legal fees as we prepare for the next stage of our battle against deregistration by the Charities Board. The High Court judgement has shocked many people. But,…

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Should these political advocacy charities now be worried?

Current registered charities who also do political advocacy: Child Poverty Action Group Amnesty International New Zealand Inc Save Animals From Exploitation (S.A.F.E.) The Vegan Society of Aotearoa ASH New Zealand Incorporated NZ Drug Foundation National Council of Women Rainbow Wellington…

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WE’RE APPEALING: Family First Intends To Appeal Deregistration Decision

Media Release 3 Sep 2018 The High Court has delivered a judgment which upholds the Charities Board’s decision to de-register Family First as a charity. The High Court has stated at paragraph [74] of its judgment that Family First’s “…core…

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