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Referendum has had some positive value

Saturday, 22 August 2009, 1:51 pm | EPOCH NZ

Beth Wood, spokesperson for EPOCH New Zealand said tonight “The outcome of the referendum was inevitable given the confusing and leading question it asked and its timing so soon in the life of the new law.  It has been expensive and unnecessary ... More >>

Costly referendum aimed at turning back the clock

Friday, 31 July 2009, 9:12 am | EPOCH NZ

“New Zealand politicians achieved a significant step in reducing violence to children when they supported the 2007 children discipline law” says Beth Wood, long time campaigner for positive and peaceful parenting and spokesperson for EPOCH (End Physical ... More >>

Referendum 09 – deceptive and destructive

Monday, 15 June 2009, 9:52 am | EPOCH NZ

Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand? This is the question put in a postal referendum to be held in New Zealand between 30 July and 21st August 2008. This week New Zealanders will be advised to ensure ... More >>

One year of Child Discipline Act - all good news

Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 11:21 am | EPOCH NZ

Beth Wood, spokesperson for EPOCH New Zealand and co-author of Unreasonable Force: New Zealand’s journey towards banning physical punishment of Children said tonight that the release of the Six Month Review of Police Activity was just one more good ... More >>

John Key and the occasional smack

Thursday, 19 April 2007, 4:58 pm | EPOCH NZ

Dr Lesley Patterson, spokesperson for EPOCH New Zealand says “Our organisation has been campaigning for many years to remove the perceived permission for parents to use physical punishment that exists in New Zealand law. The outcome of yesterday ... More >>

2nd Reading on the Crimes Amendment Bill Critical

Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 5:02 pm | EPOCH NZ

Tomorrow Parliament will vote again on the so called Sue Bradford Bill (Crimes Amendment Bill). EPOCH New Zealand has been working for over 10 years to get change on section 59. More >>

Mixed response to Select Committee Report

Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 11:12 am | EPOCH NZ

The Justice and Electoral Select Committee today released it report on section 59 Crimes Act 1961. The recommended bill makes it very clear that force cannot be used for the purposes of correction. It provides protection for parents in situations ... More >>

Children’s orgs urge politicians to repeal s59

Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 9:32 am | EPOCH NZ

Over 60 child and family related organisations throughout New Zealand have joined forces to write to the Prime Minister and other Parliamentary leaders asking them to support full repeal of section 59 Crimes Act 1961. A copy of their open letter ... More >>

Confusing messages about corporal punishment

Thursday, 12 October 2006, 11:13 am | EPOCH NZ

Beth Wood spokesperson for EPOCH New Zealand (End Physical Punishment of Children) says “Parents and public are understandably confused – on one hand we have an MP drafting potential legislation in 2006 that permits physical discipline and on ... More >>

Police Re-Assurance For Parents

Thursday, 24 August 2006, 9:30 am | EPOCH NZ

"Congratulations to the Police for providing vital information in the current debate about section 59 of the Crimes Act," said Marie Russell, spokesperson for EPOCH New Zealand, which has released a letter from the Police about the implications ... More >>

EPOCH New Zealand calls for focused debate

Friday, 21 July 2006, 1:29 pm | EPOCH NZ

EPOCH New Zealand today called for a more focused debate about the repeal of S.59 of the Crimes Act 1961. More >>