Bob McCoskrie is the director of the New Zealand social conservative group Family First New Zealand.McCoskrie has a Masters degree in Commerce from the University of Auckland and is also a qualified teacher. He initially worked as a tertiary lecturer in subjects such as taxation policy and accounting at Manukau Polytechnic for four years (1986–1990) and then as the Director of Youth for Christ Auckland (1990–1994) before he founded the Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust in 1994. He worked as coordinator of that group until 2002, when he joined the Christian New Zealand radio station Radio Rhema as a talkback radio host and current affairs presenter on RBG's pay television Sky TV outlet, Shine TV. He also runs his own blog called "McBlog: Bob McCoskrie's Blog".
Family First New Zealand is a conservative Christian lobby group in New Zealand. It was founded in March 2006 with former Radio Rhema talkback host and South Auckland social-worker Bob McCoskrie as the national director. Its stated objectives are to "seek to influence public policy affecting the rights and protection of families and promote a culture that values the family".
The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.
Youth for Christ International (YFCI) is the name of a number of previously unaffiliated evangelical Protestant religious campaigns which led to the creation of Youth for Christ International in 1946. Youth for Christ is a worldwide Christian movement working with young people around the globe. The main purpose for the organization is evangelism, missionary work targeting young people.
In 2006, McCoskrie founded Family First New Zealand and has been that organisation's main spokesperson since that time. As Family First leader, he has been involved in unsuccessful campaigns against the legislative change that removed the justification of corporal punishment by parents in New Zealand; under the Crimes Act 1961. His organisation successfully advocated for non-binding referenda in New Zealand over the issue.In 2013, McCoskrie actively campaigned against the introduction of same-sex marriage in New Zealand, again unsuccessfully. He argued against the support of transgender students at Epsom Girls Grammar. McCoskrie has been called homophobic, racist, bigoted, and transphobic for his discriminatory articles.
The Crimes Amendment Act 2007 is an amendment to New Zealand's Crimes Act 1961 which removed the legal defence of "reasonable force" for parents prosecuted for assault on their children.
The Crimes Act 1961 is an Act of the Parliament of New Zealand that forms a leading part of the criminal law in New Zealand. It repeals the Crimes Act 1908, itself a successor of the Criminal Code Act 1893, and partially codifies the criminal law in New Zealand. Most crimes in New Zealand are created by the Crimes Act, but some are created elsewhere. All common law offences are abolished by section 9, as are all offences against Acts of the British Parliaments, but section 20 saves the old common law defences where they are not specifically altered.
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The Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand was a New Zealand political party espousing Christian values and conservative views on social policy. Although it never won seats in an election, it came close to doing so in 1996 as part of the Christian Coalition and briefly had a member in Parliament.
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This article discusses Christian politics in New Zealand.
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Rhema Media is a Christian media organisation in New Zealand. It owns radio networks Rhema, Life FM and Star, and television station Shine TV. It also publishes Bob Gass's quarterly devotional publication The Word For Today, and a youth version called The Word For You Today. Rhema Media is based in Newton, Auckland and is the founding organisation of United Christian Broadcasters (UCB).
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The New Zealand corporal punishment referendum, 2009 was held from 31 July to 21 August, and was a citizens-initiated referendum on parental corporal punishment. It asked:
Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?
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