Coverage of the Forum on the Family

Key and Goff face questions fired by Family First
3 News 08 Jul 2011
Abortion, the drinking age, and euthanasia were top of the agenda at a meeting attended by Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff in Auckland today. The political leaders were put on the spot in front of a socially conservative audience at the Family First conference.
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John Key supports euthanasia legislation review
Dominion Post 9 July 2011
Prime Minister John Key has indicated he supports looking at the legislation surrounding euthanasia. ”That’s because I think, while it’s a sensitive issue that you would have to make sure was properly covered, I think there have also been some tragic cases where we have seen people before the courts where they have [assisted in euthanasia] at the will of the person they have ended their lives for,” he told a Family First forum in Auckland today.
Goff, Key reveal core beliefs
NZ Herald Jul 9, 2011
John Key believes that his spirit will survive him and Phil Goff believes there is “a force that is beyond mankind” – but neither of our rival leaders believes he is going to heaven. “I don’t believe in an afterlife,” said Mr Goff, simply. Mr Key was a bit more circuitous. “I can’t tell you what happens the moment you die but I don’t believe you go to another form,” he said. “I do think you have a spirit that moves to the next – it’s part of you and it lives on in your children. But I just don’t believe you go off to dancing around in the clouds.” It must be election year, because both party leaders submitted to 45-minute interviews with Family First director Bob McCoskrie in front of 220 people at the annual Forum on the Family at Mangere’s Life Convention Centre yesterday. But on the moral issues that concerned Mr McCoskrie, they were surprisingly akin.
NZ women promiscuous – doctor 
NZ Herald Jul 9, 2011
A Timaru gynaecologist wants a campaign against promiscuity after encountering a shocking number of pregnant patients who cannot remember whom they had sex with. Dr Albert Makary, who has been in Timaru for 20 years, called on national leaders, sports stars, schools and the media at a Forum on the Family in Auckland yesterday to “stigmatise” both promiscuity and the binge drinking that usually preceded it. He cited a survey by a condom maker that said New Zealand women were the most promiscuous in the world, with 20.3 sexual partners on average. The world average was 7.3.
NZ women treat sex like ‘paddock-mating’
Herald on Sunday 10 July 2011
New Zealand’s most provocative doctor has accused Kiwi women of forgetting how to make love, and instead treating sex like mating in a paddock. The Timaru gynaecologist is calling for a revolution to tackle some of New Zealand’s worst social problems – a “nana revolution”. Dr Albert Makary, originally from Egypt, has been in Timaru for 20 years. He said some of New Zealand’s biggest problems – including youth suicide, sexually-transmitted diseases, drink-driving, drug abuse and family violence – stemmed from a culture that said, “If you can remember what happened yesterday you haven’t had enough fun”. Drunkenness was “normalised” in New Zealand.
Girls sleep around ‘to keep up with the boys’
NZ Herald Jul 11, 2011 
Many young Kiwi women are being sexually promiscuous because they feel a need to compete with men. That’s the view of sex therapist Mary Hodson who is seeing “heaps of hurt young women” who have had numerous partners – many of whom they don’t even know very well. “There’s kind [of] a strata in the world of women today and I think there are some very young girls engaging in a lot of sexual activity. It’s almost as if they have got to compete with the boys and be the same as boys.”
Promiscuity ‘damaging for women’ 
NZ Herald Jul 12, 2011
A young woman has spoken out in light of publicity portraying New Zealand women as “the most promiscuous women in the world”. Emily McKenzie, 22, is “incredibly passionate” about the issue. “I have seen the effects of promiscuity on my peers, and I am a strong advocate against such actions,” she said.
Sex poll only half the story
NZ Herald Jul 12 2011
Half of all New Zealanders can still count their sexual alliances on their fingers, despite a claim that Kiwi women are the most promiscuous in the world. The long-running Otago multi-disciplinary study, which has tracked just over 1000 people since they were born in Dunedin in 1973, has found that half of the men had 10 or fewer sexual partners by age 32, and half the women had eight or fewer partners. But a small group of highly active men and women pushed up the average number of sexual partners by age 32 – the total of all sexual partners divided by the number of people surveyed – to 20.8 for men and 13.3 for women. Those figures are comparable, although gender-reversed, with a survey of 26 nations by a condom maker that found Kiwi men had an average of 16.8 partners and Kiwi women an average of 20.4 partners. The women’s figure was the highest in the world. The Durex survey, quoted at a Family First conference on Friday by Timaru gynaecologist Albert Makary, was dismissed by Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond as a “once-over-lightly” online survey.

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