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    Draft Terms of Reference

    By HEF Admin | March 7, 2008

    Text Box: Draft Terms of ReferenceA Royal Commission to respond to the referendum

     calling on the Government

    ‘to understand and address the wider causes of family breakdown, family violence, and child abuse in NZ.’


    Using all relevant NZ and international research such as that compiled under the UN Doha Declaration on the Family, the Commission shall publish their findings and recommendations on:


    Part One – Understanding the wider causes of:

    A)    Family Breakdown


    This will include an examination of the effect upon the family of relevant legislative changes such as:


    And the effects of


    B)   Family Violence and Child abuse


    Part Two – Addressing those issues including the recommendation of viable, practical, “fence at the top of the cliff” solutions


    These will include options like


    A)   Educational initiatives such as:

    i) through charities and other third sector organisations

    §          marriage preparation, marriage and relationship enrichment

    §          parenting education, pre and post natal right through to the teenage years

    §          fatherlessness and related issues

    ii) through schools

    §          values and character training

    §          civics and citizenship education including the role of males and females as parents

    §          respect towards parents, teachers, police, and other  community authorities.

    §          changing the approach to sex education so that it has an emphasis on “abstinence until



    B)    Legislative change:


    §         divorce, property entitlements, the domestic purposes benefit, liable parent contributions, custody arrangements and any other relevant legislation

    §         the operation of the family court including associated processes around mediation and reconciliation

    §         the drinking age and sale arrangements for alcohol

    §         criminal penalties in regard to drug related offences.

    §         pokie machines and gambling

    §         the portrayal of pornography and violence

    Topics: CIR Petition | 1 Comment »

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      March 7th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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      Karen Halls