PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (15 Jan 08)
THE FAMILY PARTY
Where is the support for good Parents raising their children?
Most good parents would confirm that bringing up children in 2008 brings many challenges.
“A comment by the Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro commending the public for intervening in a father’s discipline of
his child is a worrying trend that concerns many good parents,” said the deputy leader of The Family Party, Paul Adams.
“I agree all the facts are not known, however let’s put our self in the fathers shoes for a moment.” Adams continued.
“Here is a father taking time out to take his two young sons on a biking outing, apparently a regular occurrence. This
surely is to be commended. The younger son (2 years) has an accident beside the roadway and is hurt. The second son (3
years) does not understand the seriousness of the situation and the father being responsible for both of his sons,
handles the situation in a manner he felt was appropriate for the safety of both boys.”
Adams says,” The Children’s Commissioner is NOT the authority on child raising – parents are. These parents need all the
help that they can get. The emerging trend that the state knows best for all children is a dangerous fallacy.”
The Family Party has been actively door knocking in the Mangere electorate. A major concern is this anti-smacking law,
which was opposed by many New Zealanders but forced through by the current Government.
“There is genuine fear and uncertainty amongst parents who have used traditional methods of corrective discipline such
as smacking. Based on what I’ve seen, these are decent, law-abiding parents who know the difference between a smack and
abuse. Nevertheless, there is a sense of disempowerment because parents fear being criminalised if they hold on to their
traditional values and methods of discipline.
“The reality is we either encourage parents to discipline their children while they are young, or sadly, as in the case
of too many New Zealanders the state will discipline them when they are older. Personally I prefer loving parental
correction, rather than this over the top anti parent legislation we currently have to deal with.”