Story: Family welfare

Support for the 'anti-smacking' legislation (2nd of 2)

Support for the 'anti-smacking' legislation

Me Poti Ae worked to end violence against Māori children, and urged people to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum on whether a smack as part of 'good parental correction' should be a criminal offence. In late July 2009 the Reverend Hone Kaa joined with a group of Māori members of Parliament outside the Beehive to promote voting ‘yes’ in the referendum.

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Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - Family welfare in the 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018