Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Family Integrity # 163 -- URGENT - Section 59-Second Reading possibly in 4 Days-February 21

Family Integrity # 163 -- URGENT - Section 59-Second Reading possibly in 4 Days-February 21


SECTION 59 - Second Reading - Possibly in 4 Days time - February 21

Make your voice heard today

Fax, email, send letters and phone your MP or all MPs this week. This link will help you find all the relevant contact details:

There needs to be a ground swell of people writing to the MPs for it is they who will be voting on this bill. Let us swamp the MPs this week between today and Tuesday with Letters, emails, faxes and phoning the MPs office in Parliament. Let us all stand up this week and be counted and heard by the MPs. So.......

1. Let us all make one more concerted effort to write/visit/phone/fax our MPs. All MP contact details can be found at: Tell the MPs you are totally opposed to the repeal or the amendment of Section 59. Ask them to leave Section 59 just as it is and to simply dump Bradford's Bill as it is far too damaging to families.

2. Contact should be via:
EMAIL: Consider sending an email to all the MPs using this link: OR
LETTER: A very effective way to lobby, no stamp required for your own MP.
FAX: This costs a bit more and is time consuming but effective.
PHONING: This is much easier to do than it would seem. You just ring the MPs office and say "Please add my name to the list of people you have who are against the Repeal or amendment of Section 59". You have to give your name of course and that is it.
VISIT: This is by far the hardest to do for some people. But this is most certainly the most effective way to lobby. We are fast running out of time for visiting our MPs. Only one Saturday before February 21 now.

3. Take a look at this Family First website. Family First is calling for people to advertise in papers: Protect parents from Bradford's anti-smacking Bill. Would you be willing to SPONSOR one of these advertisements in your local newspaper OR in a major newspaper? Click here for more information

4. These are the days that Section 59 could come up in Parliament if the second reading vote is not February 21: March 14 and 28, May 2 and 16

5. Ex MP Larry Baldock is organising a Citizens Initiated Referendum opposing this Bill and needs people to help as local contacts and co-ordinators. If you'd like to be involved, please email him at:

6. We need to be Fasting and Praying for God's Will to be done. Let us set aside the 20th and 21st for Fasting and Praying for our Nation of New Zealand.

7. Forward this email and attachment to heaps of people - your friends, neighbours and relations.

We have a new brochure "Kiss your Children Goodbye" for passing out to people. Check it out here:

Please forward this to your friends, neighbours and family.

We would also like to be able to give 1000s of this brochure away for free to people. Are you able to help with this by donating towards this cause? If so, then please send your donation to: Family Integrity, P O Box 9064, Palmerston North and mark your donation to be used for the printing of the brochure "Kiss your Children Goodbye".

This brochure could be given out to everyone who signs Larry Baldock's CIR. If you are collecting signatures then please consider doing this.


Larry Baldock, with his wife Barbara, will be going around the South Island holding meetings to explain and promote his Citizens Initiated Referendum. The meetings will be approx. 45mins to 1 hour in length.

So, if you are in the South Island, then don't miss these meetings:

Blenheim Feb 19th 3.00pm St Christopher's Hall Lounge, 90 Weld Street Redwoodtown Opp-Supervalue.

Nelson Feb 19th 6.30pm Mission Fellowship 237 Trafalgar St, above Postie Plus enter through Buxton car park

Richmond Feb 19th 7.30pm Richmond New Life, 85 Wensley Road, Richmond

For more information go to:

DVD Sale:

DVDs now half price at $5.00 per DVD look for them half way down the home page

Thanks for co labouring with us in this.
Craig and Barbara Smith
4 Tawa Street
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Phone: (06) 357-4399
or (06) 354-7699
Fax: (06) 357-4399
web site:

PS. For those who have just been forwarded this email here is some important information:


The report of the Select Committee who considered this Bill to repeal Section 59 can be read at:

In the old Section 59 correction was the only motivation allowed in the use of reasonable force with children. With this proposed new Section 59, correction is the only motivation specifically prohibited in the use of reasonable force, while other motivations are specifically allowed!

It is clear: the real motivation behind this Bill is not to stop the use of force with children, but to stop parents from correcting their children.

For information on how a private members Bill progresses through Parliament read here:,,
According to this the earliest that the Bill will surface in Parliament is February 21. The second reading could be February 21.

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