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    By HEF Admin | September 4, 2014

    What happens when your teenage daughter decides to go out with a boy racer in the middle of the night. You ask CYF for help but they won’t help and say that you simply have an anger problem! And then when you do take action as any responsible parent would do, your child makes wild claims about what you’ve done to her. Why did the Prime Minister’s ‘Latta Review’ completely misrepresent the facts of this case? Are the politicians hiding the true effect of the anti-smacking law?

    WATCH this 4-minute clip. And don’t think that it couldn’t happen to you or other parents of teens.

    “What causes me concern is that very good parents who have no history of criminal offending do appear from time to time to be particularly caught up in a net which has been cast too wide.” Michael Bott (Lawyer)

    This seventh short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.”

    Watch the FULL documentary (click on image below)

    WHAT CAN YOU DO? At the very least, find out which political parties will fix the law to protect good parents.

    It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!

    Kind regards

    Bob McCoskrie
    National Director – Family First NZ

    Topics: Uncategorized | No Comments »

    10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #3

    By HEF Admin | August 19, 2014

    Reason #3 – “Jack & Jenny” Like 10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #3 – “Jack & Jenny” on Facebook

    Hi Barbara

    Charged with ‘excessive chores’. Charged with ‘kidnapping’ when preventing a child from harming themselves. Charged with ‘excessive time-out’. Charged for giving a child a haircut. That’s what ‘Jack and Jenny’ faced. They even encouraged ‘Jenny’ to divorce her husband and take her youngest son out of the country! And yet after being completely acquitted of 15 charges after a four week trial and just 25 minutes deliberation by the jury, it took a further 9 months (and almost 30 months after their children were first removed) before CYF allowed the family to be reunited.


    “I’m a housewife. I’m a mum. They made me feel like NZ’s Most Wanted.”
    “Jenny” (Mother)
    “I was embarrassed to be a NZ’er.”
    (Head Juror)

    This fifth short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.”

    It’s the evidence that politicians and the media don’t want you to see. It’s the evidence John Key asked for – but won’t watch. So take a couple of minutes to watch and judge for yourself. click on image (above) to view

    To see ALL the evidence, go to our updated and new look website www.protectgoodparents.org.nz . You can view the full documentaries “Mum on a Mission” (2014) and “My Mummy’s A Criminal” (2011).

    It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!

    Kind regards

    Bob McCoskrie
    National Director – Family First NZ

    Go to www.valueyourvote.org.nz

    Topics: Section 59 - MPs | No Comments »

    Mum on a Mission (2014) Full Version

    By HEF Admin | August 18, 2014

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    Smacking Doco Proves Real Harm of Law to Families

    By HEF Admin | August 18, 2014


    Smacking Doco Proves Real Harm of Law to Families

    Family First NZ has just released a new documentary on the anti-smacking law “MUM ON A MISSION” featuring the experiences of five more families. This is the sequel to the documentary from 2011 “MY MUMMY’S A CRIMINAL” which was viewed on YouTube over 12,300 times (despite being a 30 minute documentary) and 10,000 copies of the DVD distributed.

    “In 2007, politicians changed the laws making it illegal for parents to use smacking as form of correction with their children. The referendum in 2009 revealed that 87% of New Zealanders opposed this move believing that it wouldn’t solve genuine child abuse – which it hasn’t – but would lead to good parents being unjustly persecuted. To assuage these fears, Prime Minister John Key stated that ‘If I see good parents getting criminalised for lightly smacking their children for the purposes of discipline, I’m going to change the law.’ Here’s the evidence,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

    “Despite assurances to the contrary, families have been torn apart, accused of lying and dragged through the courts with disturbing results. One parent says ‘Good parents won’t be affected by the law… they’ll just be removed from being parents’ and another couple complain that ‘Of course CYF had to investigate… but they didn’t actually investigate anything’.”

    “Since the anti-smacking law was introduced, the rate of serious child assaults has increased by more than 80%. This documentary lifts the lid on a flawed law whose real effect has been hidden by state agencies such as CYF and the Police, and by politicians,” says Mr McCoskrie.

    There is also an accompanying website which contains more detailed information and examples www.protectgoodparents.org.nz. The website has additional resources for families including legal advice for parents; the experience of other parents not included in the documentary; why the ‘Nigel Latta’ review was flawed, misleading, and factually incorrect; the research on why smacking is not child abuse; the experience of Australia which has not banned smacking; and what the real causes of child abuse are.

    Family First will be launching the “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law” which highlights the 10 families featured in the two documentaries.

    Family First continues to call for a change to the law to decriminalise non-abusive smacking for the purposes of correction.

    VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7chx3ifSLo


    For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

    Bob McCoskrie – National Director

    Mob. 027 55 555 42

    Topics: News Media/Press Releases | No Comments »

    Push For Gender Confusion In Schools

    By HEF Admin | August 18, 2014

    Push For Gender Confusion In Schools

    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms.

    Auckland University’s Adolescent Health Research Group and Rainbow Youth are recommending to schools that

    “Among the implications of these types of proposals is that sex-specific facilities, including changing rooms, showers and toilets could no longer be directed on the basis of a child’s actual biological sex,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

    “Students could pick the toilet or changing room or sports team or uniform of the gender with which they identify at that time.”

    “But the expectation of parents and the children themselves is to see students of the same gender in places like toilets and changing rooms.”

    “The controversial proposals are unnecessary and gives the opportunity, for example, for male students who pretend to be transgender an alibi to use girl’s toilets, showers, and changing rooms.”

    “In view of the confusion experienced overseas by such rules, it is not surprising that the United Nations has repeatedly rejected the terms ‘sexual identity’ and ‘sexual expression’ as a protected right partly because of confusion around its definition,” says Mr McCoskrie.

    “Overseas experience has also shown that special toilets for those with gender identity disorder amounted to discrimination. Schools will be in a no-win situation.”

    “Students with gender dissatisfaction must have the same rights as all New Zealanders, but should not be given special rights which place other school children at risk. Ignoring biology is not a proper solution.”


    For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

    Bob McCoskrie – National Director

    Mob. 027 55 555 42

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    Pro-Life: Please sign the Petition

    By HEF Admin | March 12, 2014

    Have you signed the petition yet?
    “We, the undersigned, oppose any attempt to introduce extreme abortion laws in NZ.
    Any changes would potentially pave the way for
    * late term abortions (abortion up to birth),
    * ‘gendercide’ (aborting children on the basis of their gender),
    * eugenics (aborting those with disabilities e.g. Down’s syndrome),
    * and possibly even partial-birth abortions.
    Along with protecting the rights of the unborn child, we need to protect the health and welfare of mothers (and fathers as well) and the rights of women to know the medical facts in order that they can make fully informed and independent decisions.”
    SIGN NOWhttp://www.chooselife.org.nz/sign-the-petition/

    Topics: Pro-Life | No Comments »

    $60k award after baby wrongly seized

    By HEF Admin | March 10, 2014



    A judge has awarded $60,000 to the parents of a baby girl wrongly seized by welfare authorities.

    The young couple, from Dunedin, have told the Sunday Star-Times of their harrowing two-year battle to regain custody of the girl, who was taken by Child, Youth and Family at just 14 weeks because the agency wrongly suspected she’d been abused.

    In fact, the baby’s multiple fractures were the result of rickets, caused by a lack of Vitamin D.

    The pair were forced to go to court to prove they hadn’t abused the baby.

    The couple, who cannot be named because of Family Court suppressions, took their daughter to a doctor in 2011 after she began “vomiting and twitching”.

    The doctor suspected a bowel obstruction and arranged for the baby to be admitted to hospital. An MRI in hospital revealed the baby had a fractured skull, ribs and limbs.

    The parents were interviewed by police and two days later, without notification, Child, Youth and Family applied for interim custody, which was granted.

    Three days later tests showed the baby had severe vitamin D deficiency and rickets – a Victorian era condition, which can lead to fractures and deformity of bones. The couple thought at that point their daughter would be returned to them.

    But when the case went to the Family Court, doctors were at odds over whether the infant’s injuries were caused by trauma or rickets. A Family Court judge ruled in favour of the CYF decision to remove the baby.

    Judge John Coyle said there was no evidence the “doting parents” were mistreating their daughter, but rejected rickets as a cause and said he could only conclude one of the parents caused her broken bones.

    The baby was sent to live with her paternal aunt. Her parents had to sell their house in Dunedin and move to the North Island so they could continue to see her on supervised visits. The couple was able to force an appeal of the original decision with new evidence from a case in Britain.

    Read the rest of the article here…

    Topics: Normal Families-Police/CYFs since Section 59 amended | No Comments »

    Scotland is no longer a land of freedom

    By HEF Admin | February 19, 2014

    Scotland is no longer a land of freedom. The Scottish Parliament passed a bill today called the “Children and Young People (Scotland) bill.” This bill states that every child under the age of 18 will have a state appointed ‘named person’ who will engage in ‘corporate parenting.’ The purpose of this bill is to ensure that all children are taught and raised in a manner approved by the Scottish state.

    Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell, pictured with Education Secretary Mike Russell, said the bill would transform family services in Scotland

    “Increased provision of free childcare is part of a package of reforms which have been approved by MSPs.

    “Increasing support for young people in care and the appointment of a “guardian” for every child in Scotland also form part of the bill.

    “The bill will see an increase in free childcare for three, four and vulnerable two-year-olds, from 475 to 600 hours – around 16 hours per week – from August.

    “A bid from Labour to give vulnerable two-year-olds a legal right to care was defeated at the committee stage, as was a Tory proposal to guarantee that all children get two years of nursery care before school, regardless of when their birthday falls. (Watch for this to come up again in the future)

    “The bill will also extend free school meals to all children in the first three years of primary school, from January 2015.

    “Meanwhile, the plan to appoint a so-called guardian for every Scottish child has been opposed by some religious groups and the Conservatives.

    “The proposal to appoint specific named persons from the NHS and councils to monitor every young person’s well-being from birth to 18 is considered one of the most controversial aspects of the bill.

    “Both the Church of Scotland and the Evangelical Alliance Scotland said the bill raised concerns about diminishing the position of parents and increasing the role of the state in modern society.

    “Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith tabled a last-minute amendment that will be debated before MSPs vote.

    “Ms Campbell insisted appointing a named person for every child would “provide a safety net for those who need one”. (But take away the freedoms of most families)

    “The debate on the Children and Young People Bill can be watched on demand at BBC Scotland’s Democracy Live website.

    The debate as it happened in the Scottish parliament

    For more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-26208628


    New Zealand Politicians have been talking about this too.

    Topics: International Families | No Comments »

    John Key on Redefining Marriage – And why you may have been confused!

    By HEF Admin | February 19, 2014

    john key serious 2John Key – speaking to media at the Big Gay Out’ Feb 2014
    “The reality is that if I hadn’t voted for gay marriage it’s less likely it would have passed because the truth is that centre-right politicians are the ones that are less likely to vote for gay marriage – that’s been the trend around the world. Lots of prime ministers have been unwilling to either support or introduce the legislation when they come from the right of politics, and I gave a lot of cover to conservative MP’s that would have wanted to vote for it. So if you go and ask Louisa Wall what she thinks who had the members bill and she’s actually been really supportive of what I’ve done.” AUDIO
    Family First NZ Comment: “Lots of prime ministers have been unwilling to either support or introduce the legislation” because their voter base wouldn’t agree with redefining marriage and probably didn’t expect a centre-right government to flip-flop on the issue! The real concern is that while voters expected a socially conservative government, the current government is much more socially liberal than voters realised. Hence, bills promoting euthanasia, same-sex adoption, redefinition of marriage and liberalising abortion laws are considered potential winners. Attempts to fix the harms of gambling and prostitution, parental notification for teen abortions, anti-smacking laws, and the booze culture are being side-lined or weakened. That’s how far to the socially liberal side our parliament has moved – even with a centre right government! And that should concern us all.
    READ MORE Marriage vote – National confusion, or just voting with the boss?


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    NZ euthanasia campaigner wants euthanasia for children

    By HEF Admin | February 18, 2014

    Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Sends Clear Warning
    Media Release 14 Feb 2014: Family First NZ says that the passing of the child euthanasia law in Belgium sends a clear warning of just where these laws will end up, and NZ should reject any attempts by politicians to decriminalise euthanasia. “International evidence shows that deaths by assisted suicide and euthanasia have been increasing wherever the practices have been legalised, and that the door is opened to a world of abuse. There is a slippery slope, and the Belgium decision shows just how slippery that slope is,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

    “And that slippery slope will quickly impact NZ. Labour MP Maryan Street, who intends to reintroduce her bill to decriminalise euthanasia after the general election, was recently quoted as saying: Application for children with a terminal illness was a bridge too far in my view at this time. That might be something that may happen in the future, but not now. This means that she isn’t ready to propose euthanasia for children with disabilities just yet, but that will soon change.”

    “The euthanasia lobby always claims that it’s about the issue of choice, but the international evidence and experience prove otherwise. Now the coercion is aimed at children, and at the parents during a very difficult time. A Belgium Senator (left) even admitted that during the debate, euthanasia supporters talked about children with anorexia, mental illnesses, and children who were tired of life. Belgium has the same so-called safeguards in their law as Marian Street is proposing. Nonetheless, a 2010 study found 32% of euthanasia cases were carried out without request or consent. In fact, last month Dr Mark Cosyns, a leading euthanasia doctor, admitted to not reporting the many euthanasia deaths that he has done. Belgium is unable to control or prevent the abuse of the existing law. Now they have expanded it to impact children.” READ MORE
    BBC News Belgium votes euthanasia for children – no age limit

    NZ euthanasia campaigner wants euthanasia for children
    EUTHANASIA Post it note3 News / LifeSite News 17 Feb 2014: The champion of euthanasia in New Zealand says Belgium’s bold move of euthanising children is already happening here. Lesley Martin says the only difference here is it’s happening covertly, and without official sanction. But she’s keen to see us follow the country that’s now gone the furthest of any when it comes to giving children the right to die. Professor Michel Ghins (anti-euthanasia Belgium) agrees, but believes those rights are to life. He says the Belgian law should sound as a warning to other countries tempted to legalise adult euthanasia. “Once the step has been made it’s very difficult to prevent all kinds of extensions to take place.” New Zealand parliament has debated euthanasia twice and refused to take the first step. The palliative care council is also opposed, it says treatment to relieve symptoms can have an unintended consequence of hastening death, but this is not euthanasia. Lesley Martin’s assertion has been contested by Dr. David Richmond, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine and spokesperson for Euthanasia-Free NZ. He believes that the Australia and New Zealand Society for Palliative Care “would strenuously deny that terminally ill children are deliberately overdosed with medication so as to bring about their early death.” Martin’s allegation, he says, is a deliberate attempt at “trying to convince the New Zealand public that there is already widespread use of euthanasia in New Zealand,” in order “to soften them up for the re-introduction of the End of Life Choice Bill or its successor.” READ MORE

    Euthanasia has a proven ‘slippery slope’ – Sue Reid
    Dominion Post 18 Feb 2014: Mother, social commentator and writer for Family First NZ Sue Reid lost her son when he was seven days old. Her experience helped convince her New Zealand should not follow Belgium in allowing euthanasia for children.
    “…Suffering doesn’t belong in a nice neat little box with a clean end. Parents have more chance of peace of mind, post-death of a child, by walking through all the palliative care options and knowing they did all they could… Palliative care provides new and powerful medications for many ailments to ensure health-challenged children are comfortable with minimum pain. Those that may respond with “why would you let your child suffer?” clearly underestimate and misunderstand suffering. Suffering in life doesn’t have nice, neat answers so a law like that of Belgium blindsides a healthy community rallying to foster support for loved ones. Civilised and compassionate countries like New Zealand should nurture a ‘culture of life’. READ MORE of this excellent Op-Ed

    WATCH Plea from a child to a King: Stop Child Euthanasia

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