Smack­ing change

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS -

New Zealand First’s wish to hold a ref­er­en­dum on the anti-smack­ing law was dropped in coali­tion talks with Labour, new Min­is­ter for Chil­dren Tracey Martin says. The ref­er­en­dum was a bot­tom line for NZ First in the 2014 elec­tion. “That was one of the poli­cies that did not sur­vive the ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Martin told RNZ’s Check­point. “So let’s move on.” She ad­mit­ted she used to smack her chil­dren — “a smack on the leg, a smack on the hand” — when they re­fused to lis­ten to her, but had not since the 2007 law change.

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