The Yes Vote – NZ Referendum on Child Discipline 2009


We invite you to submit videos, either your own personal stories, or other videos you think might be of interest to our community.  Just let us know below.

Please note that the videos below were not made by The Yes Vote coalition, and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the coalition members or supporters.

Save The Children NZ CEO Philip Abraham – children have the same rights to protection against violence as adults

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Sue Bradford and Deborah Morris-Travers explain why a YES vote is so important in the referendum

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Hana – a child’s eye view

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Hana (age 9) comments on why it’s wrong to hit children. Following this, Hana gives a short speech in Maori on the same theme.

UNICEF NZ talks to high school students

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Three Kiwi high school students explain why they supporting voting YES in the Citizens Initiated Refereundum: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in NZ.” Also includes comment from UNICEF NZ Executive Director Dennis McKinlay.

It’s about sending a message to the next generation of families … that it’s not OK to hit children.

It’s less about a law change than it is about an attitude change.

Adults have a huge responsibility to stand up for us in this situation.

The rights of children have been largely overlooked … the referendum is about childrens rights.

Your guilde to the anti-smacking bill

Note that this video was posted to YouTube in March 2008 as a university project well before a date was set for the referendum by a student, and contains a couple of inaccuracies:

  • The Timaru lady didn’t use a horsewhip, it was a riding crop, which is an implement used for whipping horses. Just to be clear – we wouldn’t want people to think that we were exaggerating the facts.
  • You don’t need to worry about going to jail for lightly smacking your own child; no-one has been sent to jail for that. On the other hand, if you smack your wife or your boss – watch out, there’s a future for you at Paremoremo.

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Children See, Children Do

A television advertisement from NAPCAN, who believe that a critical factor in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect is positive behavioural change at the individual level – with everyone accepting their personal responsibility to be positive role models for children.

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Parenting for a Peaceful World

Robin Grille, author of “Parenting for a Peaceful World”, and also “Heart to Heart Parenting” shares some profound information about children and parenting practices around the world and throughout history. Narrated by Aja Swafford, created by Jacob Devaney for, and written by Robin Grille.

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Joan Durrant discusses her book Positive Discipline: What it is and how to do it.

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Study links smacking to physical abuse

Dr Adam Zolotor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill describes his study which showed that parents who smack their children are more likely to engage in more harmful physical abuse.

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