New Zealand’s ‘Anti-Smacking’ Laws: This Will Stop Child Abuse How?

New Zealand’s Family First party has been collecting horrific stories of parents who have fallen afoul of NZ’s “No Smacking” laws. These laws are representative of the kind of thinking it takes to be a Lefty. In reaction to a shocking number of very serious child abuse cases where children have been burned with cigarettes, thrown against walls, tied up for days or weeks at a time, and otherwise grievously assaulted or killed, they decided to outlaw — smacking (spanking, for our American friends).

Of course grievously assaulting or murdering a child was already illegal in New Zealand, but in their rush to be seen to be “taking decisive action,” they have happily conflated responsible discipline with real abuse and are turning ordinary responsible parents from well-functioning families into criminals and are distracting resources from rescuing children in real danger toward investigating parents dobbed in for the flimsiest of reasons.

Now I personally do not fully support the Family First party’s whole platform, but I am very pleased that they are campaigning against this law and have taken the time to collect reports and personal testimonies to demonstrate how dangerous a Nanny State Government can be.

It’s not just that they are criminalising good, loving parents, but that in the rush to be “seen” to be doing something, they still haven’t done anything about the real problem.

To those of us in countries already suffering from varying degrees of Government interference in everyday law-abiding citizens’ lives, don’t let’s go further down this path.

Cases: Examples of parents who have been reported as a result of the anti-smacking law (Family First, New Zealand)

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11 Responses to “New Zealand’s ‘Anti-Smacking’ Laws: This Will Stop Child Abuse How?

  1. TimH Says:

    These ‘anti- smacking’ laws are idiotic. I am a parent and, yes, I have smacked my daughter when she was naughty, she has grown into a solid 18 yo. I actually asked her about how she felt about it a few months ago and she said she can’t remember me smacking her, don’t know if that is good or not but she said she definately doesn’t hold it against me. She was caught shoplifting when she was about 14/15 (something not very expensive) but I think she was influenced by a “friend”. I read her the “Riot Act” (but definately did not smack her, she was too old) and she has been as good as gold ever since.
    This is another socialist experiment that has (and will) go badly wrong. On another point about NZ, a former NZ workmate who moved back there tells me that ‘ice’ is having a devastating effect on the country, to the point where top cops are smoking it and it is seriously affecting their judgement on law issues. He even said MP’s are smoking it though I can’t verify that.

  2. Rebecca H Says:

    Oh for the love of Mike! People who never give their kids a good swat on the butt when they’re misbehaving end up raising holy terrors. I’ve seen it time and again. If these laws had been around when I was a young parent, I’d probably still be in jail, but my kids seemed to have grown up just fine.

  3. Angus Dei Says:

    I required a lot of smacking growing up. If I hadn’t been smacked, I’d certainly be a libtard. That’s the plot, right there: Raise a bunch of undisciplined, spoiled, liberal voters.

  4. Ash Says:

    A bit of smacking here and there doesn’t hurt, especially if it’s the alternative to a burnt hand or a child pasted to the road.

  5. nilk Says:

    I dunno, Ash. There are a couple of brats I could cheerfully picture pasted to a road. 🙂

  6. Timothy Gregory Says:

    In my opinion, the banning of smacking is ridiculous. If this were to happen, parents would be reduced to kids themselves. I don’t see the problem of whacking your child/ren on the bottom. It’s not whether you do it, it’s how you administer it. I think that every option in discipline should be open to parents, including smacking. If it was banned and all other punishments failed, what would be left? I plan to smack my kids, but only as a last resort. There’s a big difference between a child being punished and a child ending up in Intensive Care. For people who do that, they don’t deserve to be called parents. I totally object to Sue Bradford’s bill. We don’t need it. This whole issue is being dealt with the wrong way.

    • Theresa Says:

      no it not ridiculous because you can go in jail for please becareful just in case someone goes in jail so not propriet to smack yhur child…..

    • bingbing Says:

      Teresa, perhaps you should be more concerned about teaching your child how to spell and punctuate.

  7. rebecca petkerich Says:

    hae i really agree with

  8. karen Says:

    I am a mother of 2 loving, responsible, respectful children.They are a soon to be 18 year old girl and 13 year old boy.My husband and I decided that we would not use smacking as a form of disciple.I cannot say that this is the only reason that they are such a joy to have in our lives.We continue to try to raise them in a loving,secure environment,providing guidance , discipline and at this age agreed consequences (punishment)-not threatening a consequence without any follow through as many parents seem to do-this we did from a very young age).We try, because violence in any form (physical,emotional,verbal)is not an acceptable option for us,and we would like our children to have the same values…

  9. Tamz Says:

    Kids are still being murdered by the people that are suppose to protect them here in NZ. I have smacked my children. Now, i have a fear of being investigated, convicted, and viewed by society as a child abuser- put in the same catagory as someone that has committed an horrendous and unthinkable act against a child! I will do whatever i believe is best for my children. Like most parents, i love my kids and want them to have a great future, find love and be happy. Now i am in a position where, if i even physically remove my child from a dangerous situation, there is a nagging underlying fear that someone could report me, i could be investigated, my kids could be removed from my care and taken to stay with strangers! Although this may seem extreme, it has happened to innocent parents before! Ì fear i may lose my children for trying to be a good parent! Its ridiculous and yet it happens.

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