Mums Still Smacking, Want Law Change not Discretion – Poll


31 March 2010

Mums Still Smacking,

Want Law Change not Discretion – Poll

Family First NZ says that almost half of our mums of young children have admitted smacking illegally in the past 12 months, and three out of four mums want the government to adopt a law change rather than rely on police (and CYF) discretion.

These are the key finding of research commissioned by Family First NZ. The Curia Market Research poll surveyed 1,000 people, and also found continued confusion over the legal effect of the law.

“This poll confirms that the Prime Minister has not reassured parents. They are still concerned that he is willing to retain a law which he admits is a ‘dog’s breakfast’, badly drafted, extremely vague, and had to whip his MP’s to support.”

“Immediately following the referendum last year, polling showed 52% wanted a law change and 27% supported no law change but greater discretion as suggested by the PM. That has now almost returned to the 80% benchmark of opposition to the law that has been present for the past 5 years.”



Extensive support for a law change across all demographics (4 out of 5 people)

3 out of 4 say the law is not at all likely to help reduce the rate of child abuse

Only 1/3’rd of respondents actually understand the law correctly

45% of mums of under 12’s have smacked illegally in past 12 months

1/4 of mums more likely to vote for political party that commits to changing law


“A law that requires so many compromises, guidelines, helplines, reviews, and parent education could be easily fixed with a simple amendment. That’s what parents deserve, what they want, and what the politicians should respect and act on,” says Mr McCoskrie.

As a result of this poll, Family First is continuing to call on the government to adopt ACT MP John Boscawen’s private members bill which is similar to National MP Chester Borrow’s proposed amendment. National MP’s were supporting this amendment until they were whipped to vote for Sue Bradford’s bill at the last minute.

The poll was conducted between 24 and 28 March 2010 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.


For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie – National Director

Mob. 027 55 555 42

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2 responses to “Mums Still Smacking, Want Law Change not Discretion – Poll”

  1. Dianne Woodward Avatar
    Dianne Woodward

    Ian Wisharts Investigate Magazine dated June 2010 appears to give us truth finally in the anti smacking debate. Sue Bradfords antismacking bill bull the Johns are the Key. Acts Boscawen, our PM and Radio Lives Tamihere know everything the Bishop Brian Tamaki said would happen if Sues bull passed so KILL the BILL and let Nigel Latta educate us with commonsence at long last.

  2. anonymous Avatar

    July 29th, 2010 at 2:12 am
    another dear little baby killed by a monster murderer politicians must fix this our leaders need to lead and repeal the antismacking law

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