Smacking Law – 10 years on, parents are still flouting the law

10 years have gone by since we were fighting the rewording of Section 59.

This is what Bob McCoskrie from Family First has to say:


The smacking issue is back in the limelight – partly because of NZ First saying that they want the anti-smacking law repealed – but also because of new research from the University of Auckland showing that mothers are still smacking. No surprises.

This morning, I appeared on TV3’s AM Show to comment on the research – and the law. You can watch the clip by clicking on the image below.

Conservative lobby group Family First has long campaigned for the right of parents to discipline their children using smacking. On Wednesday, spokesperson Bob McCoskrie told The AM Show the law is a “complete ass” and “parents are sick of politicians telling them how to raise their children. This election year, he’s not the only one calling for change. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants another referendum on smacking….

This is just one of many family issues that will feature in our upcoming Election voting resource Value Your Vote.

Stay tuned for our release date.

Kind regards.

Bob McCoskrie
National Director

READ MEDIA RELEASE: “Parents still smacking because it’s effective & not abuse”
READ: Bob McCoskrie – “The claims about the harms of smacking need correction”





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