New Zealand Voters Say Spank You Very Much To Corporal Punishment

August 21, 2009

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (ChattahBox) — New Zealand voters looking to regain control over how they punish their own children, overturned a law that prohibits parents from hitting children, by a wide margin.  However the results of the nationwide referendum were non binding, and the government says the law is working and won’t be changed.  The  2007 so-called “anti-smacking law,” removed a provision which said parents could use “reasonable force” to discipline their children, but gave police the discretion not to prosecute trivial cases.

Unlike referendum questions that leaves one scratching their heads as to how to answer, this issue was framed in very plain English: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense in New Zealand?” to which, 87.6 percent of voters responded “No.”   By the way, in Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the word “smacking” is generally used in preference to “spanking.”  While spanking children is still a highly controversial issue, the motives for this law, were sparked by a 2003 UNICEF report that said New Zealand had the third-worst rate of abuse and neglect of children in the OECD group, prompting the prime minister at the time Helen Clark, to rally for the law.


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