18 Sep 2009

PM stands by anti-smacking stance

9:06 pm on 18 September 2009

The Prime Minister says he stands by his decision not to back down on the anti-smacking laws.

John Key was among more than 120 delegates representing about 70 family-focused organisations at the fourth annual Forum on the Family in Auckland.

Mr Key told the gathering, hosted by Family First New Zealand, that the new legislation is working and has yet to cause any problems. He said he is confident that parents will not be prosecuted or have their children taken away for lightly smacking them.

A review of the policies and procedures used by the police and Child, Youth and Family when investigating smacking is due to report back to the Government by 1 December.