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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts


This page is an overview of most of the information and research we have produced over the last four years…

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FAQ #1 | What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen


Assisted dying can take two forms: euthanasia or assisted suicide. Broadly, euthanasia describes the situation where the person who is…

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FAQ #2 | What is the current law?

By Danielle van Dalen


 Currently, it is not a crime to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide, but it is a crime to…

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FAQ #3 | If you don’t want to have assisted suicide, why not just allow the choice for others and don’t do it yourself?

By Danielle van Dalen


The principle of personal autonomy, or choice, is core to the functioning of a free society. Our laws that relate…

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FAQ #4 | Who would be eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide under the Act?

By Danielle van Dalen


A person is eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 if: They are…

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FAQ #5 | Is it possible to create a clear, immovable boundary between who should be eligible for assisted death and who is not?

By Danielle van Dalen


The evidence suggests not. Our current laws protect all human life equally. No-one’s life is treated under law as more…

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FAQ #6 | Where is euthanasia and/or assisted suicide currently legal?

By Danielle van Dalen


Of a total 252 jurisdictions worldwide, only 18 allow some combination of euthanasia and assisted suicide, with two additional jurisdictions…

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FAQ #7 | In places where forms of assisted dying are already legal, how many people actually choose it?

By Danielle van Dalen


International experience shows us that after euthanasia and/or assisted suicide has become law the number of people who choose to…

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FAQ #8 | If we vote in favour of the End of Life Choice Act, is that going to be the end of the debate?

By Danielle van Dalen


It is unlikely that proponents of assisted suicide will be satisfied with the End of Life Choice Act. As the…

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FAQ #9 | Can the End of Life Choice Act overcome the risks?

By Danielle van Dalen


Our research has found that assisted dying legislation poses significant risks, and that no piece of legislation has been able…

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FAQ #10 | Who is vulnerable to the risks of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation?

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities, the elderly, the chronically ill, and people with mental illness like depression are all groups that are…

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FAQ #11 | How do we currently care for people at the end of their life?

By Danielle van Dalen


The legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide is often framed as the only compassionate response to people with terminal illnesses…

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FAQ #12 | Have jurisdictions that said no to assisted dying legislation responded with alternative approaches to caring well for people at the end of life?

By Danielle van Dalen


In 2015 Scotland investigated a bill on assisted suicide. In their report, the Health and Sport Committee recommended the Scottish…

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FAQ #13 | Why are we having a referendum?

By Danielle van Dalen


The End of Life Choice Act passed Third Reading in Parliament in November 2019 with 61 MPs in favour and…

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FAQ #14 | What doesn’t count as euthanasia or assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen


Research shows that many people think that relatively normal medical decisions count as a form of euthanasia.[1] However, withdrawing treatment,…

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Migration Policy Paper: A Welcome That Works

By Julian Wood


Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has become over reliant on temporary work migration as a way to solve…

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open door opportunity work

Policy Paper | Creating Opportunity

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities are overlooked in the national conversation on poverty and overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty statistics. They face…

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Discussion Paper | Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


 People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those…

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Submission | Health Select Committee Inquiry into the ending of one’s life in New Zealand

By Jane Silloway Smith


Since late 2013, Maxim Institute has undertaken a stream of research into the legal and policy arguments regarding euthanasia and…

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Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

By Steve Thomas


New Zealand’s voting system is under review. We have the opportunity to let the Government know how we think it…

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