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Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

About Danielle van Dalen

Leading our current research project looking at the intersection of disability, employment, and poverty, Danielle joined our research team after completing her MSc in Political Science at Leiden University, Netherlands, where she focused on Conflict and Cooperation. Previously, she achieved a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria, University of Wellington.

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After lockdown, an opportunity for our elderly people

By Danielle van Dalen


It’s not very often that elderly New Zealanders attract our attention, but COVID-19 has seen the plight of some of…

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MIC 12 | From referendum to real life


THE END OF LIFE CHOICE ACT AND WHAT IT WOULD CHANGE This September, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum…

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Media Release | Government’s rushed COVID-19 Bill denies New Zealanders a say in their own future

Media Release | Government’s rushed COVID-19 Bill denies New Zealanders a say in their own future

By Danielle van Dalen


“New Zealanders deserve to have a say in their own future, and the Government’s use of urgency to pass the…

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Covid-19, media and democracy

By Danielle van Dalen


It’s easy to complain about the news and its stories of political mayhem, tragedy, and messy world affairs. It’s also…

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Danielle’s op-ed on our need to have an active trust in government

Danielle’s op-ed on our need to have an active trust in government


Danielle identifies the nations faithfulness in the governments response to Covid-19, but from here where do we go? She highlights…

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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 #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 #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 #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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Covid19 a community corrective to our culture of autonomous choice

By Danielle van Dalen


In my work as a researcher, I’ve noticed the influence of some powerful personal narratives—autonomy and individualism—that form significant foundational…

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The foundational message of assisted dying

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m sure many of us have had that moment, where we realise we’ve been talking about something and not realised…

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The peril of overriding personal conscience

By Danielle van Dalen


One of the non-blockbuster films of the summer is Terrence Malick’s latest project A Hidden Life. It’s based on the…

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Beware the cult of youth

By Danielle van Dalen


To get a vision of what society values, take a look at a magazine stand. Looking across the cover images…

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