Allow light smacks, but leave the face - Conservative candidate
Giving children a "light smack" on "top of the legs" should be legal – but don't touch the face and leave the body, a Conservative Party candidate says
Paul Davie says the Anti-Smacking Law had taken away parents' right to teach children boundaries.
"Let's face it youth do not know their boundaries now and it's our belief that it's a direct result of the likes of the anti-smacking bill."
The candidate for the New Lynn electorate in west Auckland said the law needed to be repealed because it was "bad legislation".
"It hasn't made an iota of difference to the statistics, it hasn't stopped people who are abusing children from abusing children."
He said if the Conservative Party got into Government it would do away with the Anti-Smacking Law and revert back to the old legislation, which "may need to be reviewed", but worked for the most part.
He said he would never be in favour of hitting children on the face.
But those were not the only views Davie knew he would be challenged on. He said it did not matter to him because he was a politician, not a "popularist".
The 60-year-old said he wanted all race-based representation abolished.
"New Zealand is not Maori land, it's God's land."
And Te Reo should be made an elective subject just like any other language, he said.
The New Lynn candidate said he wanted to focus on what people needed to hear and not what they "wanted" to hear.
The man who had lived in Avondale for the past 16 years, said he was against abortion and euthanasia, and his position was "non-negotiable".
There was plenty wrong with the way the country was being run, he said.
The youth justice system "stinks" and was controlled by the cheque book.
Davie said the rise in crime and other "bad social indicators" boiled down to the breakdown of the family unit.
"A natural family unit is a mum and dad and children."
Did that mean de facto partnerships were not strong enough?
"Marriage is the most reliable, tried and tested form of a relationship," he said.
And what about same-sex couples?
"Same sex is fine, they can do whatever they like in their own houses. I don't believe that there is a requirement to statute that in the Marriage Act."
As for intercourse, Davie said his belief was that sex was primarily for procreation.
Closer to home, he said he was not happy with the housing situation in New Lynn.
Davie said the social infrastructure would not cope with the expected population rise in the electorate.
His top priority in Parliament would be to get binding citizens initiated referendum accepted as legislation.
Davie said if elected he would look at introducing relationship training at schools and tertiary institutions.
"They [youth] don't know how to bring up children, they don't know how to identify post-natal depression and that can be in either male or female."
He said young and unprepared parents were "ticking time bombs".
"It's no wonder we have the crime stats we do."
The Conservative Party received 1233 votes in New Lynn in the 2014 general election.