Posts Tagged ‘National Radio’


Thursday, June 18th, 2009


You soon will be

For the past 72 hours, politicians and commentators have screemed that the Referendum question is confusing

“Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in NZ”

It seems pretty clear to us! The law currently says that a good parent raising great kids who uses a light smack for the purpose of correction is committing a criminal offence – subject to a possible complaint, possible investigation and temporary removal of kids by CYF, and possible investigation and in some cases prosecution by the police. (these have all happened – view cases HERE)

But please take a quick moment to listen to this…

Green MP Sue Bradford attempts to explain the effect of the anti-smacking law to an increasingly confused National Radio’s Sean Plunket this morning


Classic Confusion!!!
Try and listen to the whole thing – and then ask yourself “so what am I legally allowed to do??” (An excellent written summary by Blogger Dave Crampton HERE )

Doesn’t it seem incredible that our politicians are confused by the Referendum question – yet expect parents to understand the anti-smacking law, how it will be enforced, and its effect on how they should parent.

This is why the referendum question is worded the way it is – because not even Sue Bradford knows the present answer.

And that’s why we’ll continue to fight to have it fixed.

Have a great weekend

Bob McCoskrie
National Director