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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts

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

Every voter will be faced with this question at this year’s 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 leads 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’ve 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


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?
  15. What do nurse and medical practitioners think of the End of Life Choice Act?
  16. What are the key arguments in favour of the End of Life Choice Act?



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

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

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

#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”



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