10 April 2008
Anti-Smacking Law Now Proved to Criminalise Good Parents
Family First NZ says that the charging of a Glen Innes man which was subsequently dismissed in the Auckland District
Court today is evidence that good parents are victims of the anti-smacking law, a law which has done nothing to stem
rates of real child abuse.
“The lawyer representing the father is agreeing with Family First’s original assertions that good and loving fathers
(and mothers) would be victims of this ideologically flawed law, that members of families would use it against other
members, and that supporters of Bradford’s anti-smacking law have simply abused child abuse laws,” says Bob McCoskrie,
National Director of Family First NZ.
Family First has already publicized many cases where good parents have come under the suspicion and investigation of CYF
and police for light smacking, or not even smacking at all.
“As well as the many cases of good parents being investigated, here we have perfect evidence of wasted police resources
and time and a good family impacted by badly drafted legislation resulting in a good father being charged and dragged
“It is sad that it comes in a week where a step-father has been charged with the murder of 22-month-old Tokoroa boy
Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn, a woman has been charged with the murder of ten-month-old Jyniah Mary Te Awa from Manurewa, a
father has been charged with the murder of Otahuhu two-month-old Tahani Mahomed from Otahuhu last December, and two men
have already pleaded guilty to the gang-related drive-by shooting of Wanganui toddler Jhia Te Tua,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Sue Bradford was right. The anti-smacking law has done nothing to stop child abuse.”
Family First is demanding that the anti-smacking law be amended to protect good parenting, and that resources, policing
and policy is targeted at the real causes of child abuse. Family First’s 5-point Action Plan can be viewed at
“The promises made by Helen Clark and John Key have tragically, especially for this family but also for all NZ parents,
shown the law to be severely deficient,” says Mr McCoskrie.