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
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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
Dr Michael Easther died last week. He was very well known in acting circles and produced hundreds of cryptic crosswords for the Waikato Times over many years. In addition he wrote poetry and was well known for writing small poems called ‘Flim Flam’ for the same paper. Several weeks before he died, he sent one example, published some years... 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
Three-quarters of New Zealand voters support a law change to allow the terminally ill and people with irreversible unbearable suffering to be helped to end their lives peacefully, according to a new poll released today. The Horizon poll was conducted nationwide last month (May 16-23) among 1,274 people aged 18 and over. The results were... Keep Reading
A visiting Belgian medical expert says New Zealand would be wise to adopt laws to control physician assisted dying if it is to put an end to the clandestine practices currently going on to help the terminally ill in this country. Professor Jan Bernheim, an oncologist, was among the founders of Continuing Care Community, the first palliative... Keep Reading
Fresh evidence that an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders favour medically assisted dying for the terminally ill should convince politicians to change the law, a spokesman for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, said Friday. Dr Jack Havill, VESNZ immediate past president, said Parliament’s health select committee, which is currently holding... Keep Reading