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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 of work and communication on euthanasia and assisted suicide. As with all of our research, we’re making these resources publicly available to help inform public debate in the lead up to this year’s referendum that will ask if New Zealanders think the End of Life Choice Bill should become law in New Zealand.

On this page you’ll find short answers to your Frequently Asked Questions, 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


We asked euthanasia researcher Danielle van Dalen to answer some of the questions she’s heard the most over the last few years, and these are the results:

  1. What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?
  2. What is the current law?
  3. If you don’t want to have assisted suicide, why not just allow the choice for others and don’t do it yourself?
  4. Who would be eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide under the Act?
  5. Is it possible to create a clear, immovable boundary between who should be eligible for assisted death and who is not?
  6. Where is euthanasia and/or assisted suicide currently legal?
  7. In places where forms of assisted dying are already legal, how many people actually choose it?
  8. If we vote in favour of the End of Life Choice Act, is that going to be the end of the debate?
  9. Can the End of Life Choice Act overcome the risks?
  10. Who is vulnerable to the risks of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation?
  11. How do we currently care for people at the end of their life?
  12. Have jurisdictions that said no to assisted dying legislation responded with alternative approaches to caring well for people at the end of life?
  13. Why are we having a referendum?
  14. What doesn’t count as euthanasia or assisted suicide?



End of Life Choice Act


SHORT CUTS – featuring several international experts we’ve had in New Zealand over the past few years

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

#3 – “How many people would likely die by euthanasia or assisted suicide in NZ?”

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

#7 –
“What does a “normal” death look like?”

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

#4 –
“How laws can change culture.”

#6 –
“Euthanasia is a change for everyone”

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


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