Instead, a postal ballot was selected, starting 30 July for eligible voters and closing on 21 August Police Investigation If the Police are called by a member of the public believing unfair force has been used against a child, the Police will treat the incident as an assault investigation.
They fell short by about 15, signatures many were invalidand they were granted two further months to make up the difference. March 13, - The anti-smacking bill gets a last minute assurance from the Maori Party, who were the power brokers in the debate, which brings the number of those in favour to 63 votes against In its third and final vote parliament votes to eight in favour of the legislation.
If a parent of a child or guardian of a child uses force that is not justified under section 59 of the New Zealand Crimes Act, and there are no exceptional circumstances for which Police may chose not to take legal action, the parent or guardian will be charged with assault and prosecutions will begin to take place.
May 24, - Sue Bradford says some clarification is needed on her anti-smacking bill to win support for it from her fellow MPs and says a light tap will be okay.
He says Caritas will be writing to the Prime Minister and other relevant politicians, expressing concern that the ambiguous nature of the question will result in an outcome that cannot be understood as either supporting or opposing the amendment.
October 08, - Sue Bradford reiterates that her anti-smacking bill will not outlaw smacking altogether but merely remove the "use of reasonable force" as a defence in court.
June 21, - Social Services Minister Steve Maharey wants to repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act after an Auckland man is cleared of assault after he used a leather belt to discipline his seven-year-old stepson.
June 10, - Prime Minister Helen Clark calls for smacking of children to be outlawed after the UN committee on the Rights for the Child says New Zealand is the only country that has legislation that allows parents to use reasonable force when it comes to disciplining children.
If possible the Police may refer the situation to Child Abuse Investigators where further examining will take place. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has made this argument: Under the referendum legislation, the wording of the question is required to "convey clearly the purpose and effect" of the referendum.
In Junethen Prime Minister John Key said that the government would change the law if it was not working, but that he believed the current law was working well. The Police will consider the amount of force used and examine all circumstances of the situation.
May 19, - A Christchurch father is convicted of assaulting his four-year-old son after a two-day trial that was seen as a test of the anti-smacking laws.
May 15, - A new bid is made to have the anti smacking law overturned with a petition presented to parliament. Voter turnout is New Zealand among a growing number of countries around the world who have a legal ban on the use of physical punishment with children.
September 10, - The National Party, in Opposition under the leadership of Jenny Shipley, calls for the law that gives parents the right to use reasonable force to discipline their children to be amended. The purpose of the Anti-Smacking law is essentially to make better provision for children so that they can live in a safe and secure environment that is free from violence.
The postal ballot asks, "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand? The bill repeals section 59 of the Crimes Act.Your voice counts when it suits 87% of voters said NO to the anti-smacking law.
out of politicians completely ignored you. pm WEDNESDAY: In a disgraceful display of ‘we know better than you’, all political parties except the ACT party ignored a succession of polls averaging 82%, a ,+ petition, and 87% in the recent.
Timeline: Anti-smacking legislation. The following is a timeline of the main events in the anti-smacking legislation saga. Pre - The Labour-led government begins considering amending the smacking law at the request of the United Nations. New Zealand citizens-initiated referendum, ; Choice Votes % No: 1, YesInvalid or blank votes 12, Total votes 24 March it was reported that New Zealand First and Winston Peters will take to the election a policy of repeal the anti-smacking law passed by the last parliament despite overwhelming.
In a meta-analysis of 26 studies, Larzelere and a colleague found that an approach they described as “conditional spanking” led to greater reductions in child defiance or anti-social behavior than 10 of 13 alternative discipline techniques, including reasoning, removal of privileges and time out (Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
The Anti-Smacking law seeks to achieve this by abolishing the use of parental force for the purposes of correction.
The Purpose Of The Law Although most parents do not abuse their children unfortunately some parents do and it is a big problem in New Zealand. Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act ; New Zealand Parliament; The bill was colloquially referred to by several of its opponents and newspapers as the "anti-smacking bill".
The bill was passed on its third reading on 16 May by votes to .Download