Family Groups Gather To Tackle Crucial Family Issues

Media Release 8 July 2011
More than 220 delegates representing more than 85 family-focused organisations and groups are gathering in Auckland today (Friday) for the sixth annual NZ Forum on the Family, hosted by Family First NZ. 

Speakers include parenting guru Ian Grant, anti-binge drinking culture campaigner Dr Albert Makary, welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell, and Australian families campaigner Jim Wallace. 

Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie will also be interviewing both Prime Minister John Key and Leader of the Opposition Phil Goff individually on their family-based policies as well as their personal principles and values which drive their desire to lead the country. 

“There are many family focused organisations who, along with their thousands of members, are concerned about the effects of family breakdown, the binge drinking culture, the sexualisation of children in the media and marketing, the undermining of parental authority, pro-life issues, the harm of long term welfare dependency on families, increasing levels of violence, and a society which is becoming increasingly counter-cultural to the role of parents and the safety of children and families,” says organiser Bob McCoskrie. 

Organisations represented include Family First NZ, Sensible Sentencing Trust, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust, Open Home Foundation, Parents Inc, For the Sake of Our Children Trust, Voice For Life NZ, Families Commission, Royal NZ Plunket Society, Focus On The Family, Australian Family Association, New Zealand Christian Network, Family Life International, NZ Fathering Network, NZ Marriage Coalition, Homes of Hope, Drug Proofing Your Kids, Young and Pro-Life, and many others.

 “This will be one of our largest Forums to be held and it is significant that so many family groups are coming together in the lead up to the general election in November. It is a strong message that the welfare and protection of families is high on the agenda and these issues can not be ignored,” says Mr McCoskrie.