The Yes Vote – NZ Referendum on Child Discipline 2009

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The Yes Vote coalition is backed by our core group:

Barnardos – One of New Zealand’s largest and most trusted children’s organisations. For more than 30 years Barnardos has worked within the community to help New Zealand children receive the care, education and support they need in order to grow and reach their potential.

EPOCH NZ – a small charitalbe trust that has focussed much of its work over 10 years on engaging support for law reform from various non-governmental organisations which advocate for the rights of children or deliver services to children

Every Child Counts – focused on achieving change in five vital areas related to child well-being: putting children and families at the centre of policy and planning, ensuring all children get a good start in the early years, reducing child abuse and neglect, ending child poverty, and increasing the status of children and the child-rearing roles of families, whānau, hapu, and iwi.

Jigsaw – a national organisation focused on the wellbeing of all New Zealand children and their families. The diverse group of independent, community-based social service agencies that make up the Jigsaw network, advocate against all forms of child abuse, neglect, and family violence and provide support to families so they can raise their children in safe and nurturing ways.

National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges Inc – an independent community organisation liberating women, children, families and whānau from family violence through the provision of quality services and social commentary.

Parents Centres New Zealand Inc – established in 1952, Parents Centres delivers the largest support network and infrastructure for parents in NZ. With over 60,000 touch points per annum with parents, Parents Centres is the primary provider of childbirth education, parent education and support across 51 Centres. Parents Centres is a membership based organisation, which strongly supports the current Child Discipline Law.  Our philosophy allows that any violence against children is unacceptable.

Royal New Zealand Plunket Society – a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed, providing a caring, professional well child and family/whānau service, committed to providing universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity, location or ability to pay.

Save The Children NZ – a non-political, non-sectarian development agency working to deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives in New Zealand and around the world.

Te Kahui Mana Ririki – The Te Kahui Mana Ririki Trust (TKMR) emerged out of the November 2007 Maori Child Abuse Summit, Nga Mana Ririki. TKMR advocates on behalf of young Maori, and aims to eliminate Maori Child Abuse.

Unicef – Giving children a chance at a childhood – wherever they are. Active for over 60 years, Unicef has saved more children than any other humanitarian organisation in the world.

Ask yourself: Why are all of the above well known and highly respected organisations supporting The Yes Vote campaign?

These groups are on the front line in dealing with the long-term consequences of family violence. They want to create an enviornment in which chidren are safe and free to learn and grow without violence.

We are also supported by a large and growing number of highly respected community organisations and individuals, including leaders of major faiths and Christian denominations who favour the law that is in place now.

Most of the day-to-day work in running The Yes Vote Campaign is performed by independent volunteers, although some staff time is donated to the campaign by supportive NGOs. The NGO’s advocacy functions are funded from sources other than Government contracts.  The campaign itself is funded by donations and private philanthropic funders that support the law.  The Yes Vote Campaign will file a return of expenses with the Chief Electoral Office following the referendum.

Plunket Barnardos Save the Children Unicef Jigsaw Ririki Parents CentrePaediatric Society Womens Refuge Epoch

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