The preliminary results of a new referendum are in. New Zealanders have voted to preserve a parents’ right to smack their children. The question put to voters – “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense in New Zealand?” – came back with a resounding “No” from nearly 90 per cent of responders, says the election commission. The quarrel began two years ago, when reports of New Zealand’s sky-high child abuse rates led to a new law banning “parental discipline” by force. But the results of the vote are non-binding. Prime Minister John Key says he has no plans to change the existing law. New Zealand is the 24th country to officially ban smacking.
To smack. Or not to smack.
New Zealanders vote to preserve a parents’ right to smack their kids