November 2004


EPOCH New Zealand has been operating for nearly eight years.  EPOCH New Zealand held its AGM recently and as well as reporting another year of steady work, celebrated the fact that support for change is growing.  It is satisfying that there are many new initiatives in support of ending physical punishment of children.  The Annual Report can be viewed here.But of course there are disappointments too and some of these are reflected in this newsletter:

  • The recent International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) held in Brisbane recently ignored physical punishment as a major theme.
  • A media analysis (background to a paper presented at ISPCAN) identifies rigid and misinformed attitudes held by some sections of New Zealand Society.
  • Other places, such as Ontario, Canada are doing a great deal better than New Zealand in recognising physical punishment of children as a public health issue and actively discouraging smacking.

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