brief overview

We're not voting on whether 'assisted dying' or euthanasia should be legal. 

We're voting on a specific version, which is much riskier than overseas assisted dying laws. 

This Act would make it legal for doctors and nurse practitioners to administer a lethal dose of medication (euthanasia) or to give it to someone to self-administer (assisted suicide) - 

to die as early as 3 days after receiving a diagnosis...without having to see a specialist, without trying any treatment first, or being screened for depression...and without needing to tell any friends or family.

Why does the Diocese have an official position on this Act?

At our diocesan Synod in 2019 the following motion was passed:

“That this Synod reaffirms its decision of 2014 (Motion 4) and continues to oppose any move to legalise euthanasia or physician-assisted-suicide in New Zealand. Furthermore, it urges ministry units and individuals to:
i) Make submissions opposing the End of Life Choice Bill to their local MPs;
ii) Advocate increased spending on and resourcing for enhanced palliative and end-of-life care.” 

Our Diocesan Position is the result of this democratic process. As always, individuals are free to vote according to their conscience.

Events you can attend

  • July 25: Te Awamutu - Methodist Church, 37 Bank St - 2:00pm
  • July 30: Hamilton - Fairfield Baptist, 1101 Heaphy Tce: Family First (addressing both referenda) - 7:30pm
  • August 17: Alan Vink (interviewing Dr Lara Hoskins, and Caralise Trayes) at West Hamilton community church (27A Rifle Range Rd)
  • August 19: Matamata - All Saints, 8 Hohaia St - from 7:00pm
  • August 27: "Lively MP Debate" Fairfield Baptist Church 7.30pm: "National say they are the Government to lead the economic recovery - True or False" (in addition two Christian leaders will speak on the referenda)
  • August 28: "Meet the Candidates" 5.30pm - St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton
  • September 6: St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton at 6:00pm (tbc)

Introduction from Diocesan Response Team

As Christians our emphasis is upon celebrating life as a precious gift from God; to remember that all are created equal and in the image of God.

As humans our tendency is to ascribe different value to different lives, but Jesus reminds us that we are called to love the marginalised and protect the vulnerable.

Our tradition rejects murder and promotes compassion. Christ’s compassion—his capacity to suffer alongside us—defines much of his ministry. As Christians, we know that our God truly understands what it is to weep, to suffer, and to die. God does not ask us to celebrate such suffering; God simply asks us to respond with loving-kindness.

When we encounter questions of euthanasia and assisted-dying we bring all of this—and all our own experience of suffering, dying and death—to every conversation.

Therefore, the resources we offer you cannot hope to honour all of that. Instead, they simply ask you to reject the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (EOLCA) and invite you to discover some of the reasons why.

May God guide you as you make your choice in this year's referendum.

End of Life Choice Act Referendum Speaker

If you would someone to visit your community to learn more about this critical issue please consider this invitation from Heather Major.

I am grateful for opportunities to provide some education around the End of Life Choice referendum.  With just over 70 days till Election Day I hope to speak to hundreds of voters as the details of the Act we are voting on are not widely known.  I also hope that sharing our family's story about my late husband, who would have eligible for euthanasia several times if this had been law, helps to get people thinking about choice and public safety.

One man said to me after my talk at Coromandel Greypower, "Now I couldn't actually tell if you are for or against euthanasia in general".  That's actually positive for me, it means that in my talk I am sticking to the facts of the bill and the referendum decision which is NOT whether the terminally ill should suffer and is NOT whether euthanasia should be legalised.

The specific proposal is: should the "End of Life Choice Act 2019" come into force? Yes or no. 

45 minutes is the average time I take to tell a bit of our story, give all the important facts about the Act and referendum and allow time for questions but if there's less time offered I will still take it!  I am also available to speak online.

My email address has a 'j' in the middle which is important to stress. 0273156031

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Heather Major 0273156031