Today marks the coming into effect of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. From today, Victorians at the end of a terminal illness who meet strict eligibility criteria will be able to access assistance to die. The End-of-Life Choice Society in New Zealand congratulates the state of Victoria for arriving at the culmination of its... Keep Reading
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As Parliament prepares to vote on the End of Life Choice Bill this month, a new poll shows a clear majority of New Zealanders want to allow doctors to help the terminally ill to die painlessly and with dignity. The Horizon Research poll confirmed consistent surveys showing that fewer than one-in-five voters oppose a law change. The poll, taken... Keep Reading
Media release from the End-of-Life Choice Society of NZ Inc. 9 April 2019 The End-of-Life Choice Society said Tuesday it was disappointed Parliament’s Justice Select Committee’s report into assisted dying was not bolder given the overwhelming support for a law change New Zealanders have consistently shown in reputable opin... Keep Reading
MP Maggie Barry has resorted to lying in her campaign to prevent a law change that would allow terminally ill patients to die peacefully in dignity with medical assistance, the End-of-Life Choice Society said on Tuesday. Barry, who is on Parliament’s Justice Select Committee considering the change, told TVNZ’s Q&A programme Monday night that... Keep Reading
Seventeen doctors who say too many New Zealanders die in severe pain and suffering have written to all MPs urging them to vote for a law change to allow medical assistance in dying (MAID). Parliament’s Justice Select Committee is due to report on ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill this month after considering a record... Keep Reading
The End-of-Life Choice Society has lodged a formal complaint about MP Maggie Barry, accusing her of being rude and aggressive in select committee hearings on assisted dying. The society’s president Maryan Street complained about Barry’s “trademark rudeness and discourtesy” in a letter to Justice Select Committee chairman Raymond Huo. It... Keep Reading
A prominent campaigner for assisted dying said Monday MP Maggie Barry should resign as deputy chair of the parliamentary committee considering the issue because she is blatantly biased and discourteous to submitters. Keep Reading
The End-of-Life Choice Society wants an apology from the police for an illegal roadside checkpoint and assurances that its campaign for a law change will not be targeted with unwarranted surveillance and intervention, its President Maryan Street said Thursday. The Independent Police Conduct Authority found that police acted unlawfully when... Keep Reading
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MPs have been delivered copies of a book which tells the stories of people whose loved ones died badly rather than being able to opt for voluntary euthanasia. Keep Reading
The majority of New Zealanders will be delighted that Parliament has today agreed to send David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill to a select committee for consideration, said the President of the End-of-Life Choice Society, Maryan Street. “New Zealanders will now have their first chance to make submissions on a law enabling people to... Keep Reading
The campaign for end of life choice begins in earnest MEDIA RELEASE: 12 December 2017 The campaign to persuade MPs to change the law to allow medically assisted dying in New Zealand is poised to start in earnest tomorrow (Wednesday 13 December) with the likelihood that David Seymour's End-of Life Choice Bill will get its first reading, ... Keep Reading
Medical aid in dying (MAID) is going to come and Palliative Care organisations in New Zealand need to start taking their heads out of the sand and join forces in establishing a good integrated system for end-of-life care to benefit terminally ill patients, retired intensive care specialist Dr Jack Havill, of Hamilton, said Monday. “After... Keep Reading
Cowardly Committee Report on assisted dying POSTED: 3 August 2017 The health select committee’s failure to make recommendations after its two-year inquiry into medically-assisted dying was cowardly and a wasted opportunity, Maryan Street, President of the End-of-Life Choice Society, said Thursday. She compared its report, tabled on We... Keep Reading