“Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?”

Every voter was faced with this question at the 2020 election. Maxim’s research from the last six years on the overseas experience of legal euthanasia, and our analysis of the risks of the End of Life Choice Act led us to the conclusion that New Zealanders should vote no.

To help you get up to speed with the thinking and evidence that sits behind that recommendation, we prepared this Short Cuts information page.

Below you’ll find short answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, a podcast with Dr Stephen Child and our researcher Danielle van Dalen, blogs, short video explainers, and the full text of both the End of Life Choice Bill and our submission on the Act at select committee stage.

If you have any feedback or questions about these resources, please feel free to get in touch with us at mail@maxim.org.nz.


On this podcast we take a deep dive into what the text of the End of Life Choice Act would look like when translated into real life, with Maxim Institute euthanasia researcher Danielle van Dalen, and Dr Stephen Child (former Chair of the NZMA from 2015-2017, and currently serving as an elected member of the New Zealand Medical Council).

Short Cut Videos

Featuring international and local experts from information events we have held over the last five years.

#1 – “Would you still oppose assisted suicide if it was your family member who wanted it?”

#2 – “How easy is it to say someone is likely to die within six months?”

#3 – “What does a “normal” death look like?”

#4 – “How laws can change culture”

#5 – “The blurred lines between euthanasia and suicide”

#6 – “Euthanasia is a change for everyone”

#7 – “Can you explain the gargling sound that people call the “death rattle?”


The best of our analysis and commentary on the End of Life Choice issue, published in news outlets around New Zealand.

Published Op Eds

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