Sunday, April 08, 2007

Organisations supporting the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act (the "anti-smacking bill")

If you wanted an expert to give you advice about your garden, you'd go to a gardener, or a horticulturalist, wouldn't you? They'd know a thing or two about gardening because it's their focus, and their area of expertise. You could trust what they had to say.

This is a list of the organisations (both national and local) who have come together to support the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act. They know a thing or two about children, about domestic violence, and about the effect it has on the family and on society as a whole. It's their area of focus. It's what they do. And they ALL want Section 59 repealed.

I've linked to the websites of as many of these organisations as I can find. Ones with a * are linked to info specifically written by the organisation about Section 59 and why they want it repealed. Take a look.

National Organisations




  • Hauraki Safety Network
  • Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki
  • Thames Women's Resource Centre

Bay of Plenty
  • Challenge Violence Trust Te Ahu Whakatika
  • Eastbay Rural Educational Activites (REAP)
  • Te Awhina Support Services




Kapiti Coast

East Coast-Poverty Bay
  • Te Ruru Resources

Hawkes Bay
  • Central Hawkes Bay Support and Counselling Services
  • Dannevirke Family Services
  • Dove Hawkes Bay
  • Napier Women's Refuge
  • Parentline Hawkes Bay


  • Mana Social Services Trust
  • Naku Enei Tamariki

  • Parent Help Wellington
  • Wellington Community Law Centre
  • Zealot Press


West Coast
  • Family Focus Services



Thanks to Barnardos for putting together the original list, and for their ongoing work in this area. Thanks also to every organisation listed above.

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Paul said...

It's strange that all those commentators, who normally have so much to say on the blogs about this issue, are silent about this list.

webweaver said...

Yeah it's interesting, isn't it?

But then - how could you possibly argue against all these organisations and societies who see the results of violence on children and their families every day?

Better for those who want to maintain the right to hit their kids to ignore this list and pretend it doesn't exist...