Strong Family,
Strong Nation

Family First NZ has quickly become a household name, advocating for families, and speaking common sense on a broad range of family issues in New Zealand. We believe that strong families and strong marriages are the foundation for a strong nation. Therefore we promote families, marriage, and the value of life, based on principles that have benefited New Zealand for generations.
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COVID Vaccine – Making an informed decision

We’re being asked on a regular basis – what’s Family First’s view of the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s some of the important questions …

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Oral Submissions – ‘Conversion Therapy’ & Birth Certificates

Here is a selection of oral submissions recently made to the Select Committee on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill …

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Strong Family,
Strong Nation

Family First NZ has quickly become a household name, advocating for families, and speaking common sense and values on a broad range of family issues in New Zealand. We believe that strong families and strong marriages are the foundation for a strong nation. Therefore we promote families, marriage, and the value of life, based on principles that have benefited New Zealand for generations.
Learn more >

COVID Vaccine – Making an informed decision

We’re being asked on a regular basis – what’s Family First’s view of the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s some of the important questions that we know …

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Family First TV

Watch the latest episodes of Bob McCoskrie's 5-min videos, and Family Matters - our video series where we explore the issues that really matter for kiwi families - parenting, free-speech, marriage, drugs, gender and many more topical issues. There's also ‘Pacifically Correct’, our new series where Nick Tuitasi explores the issues that affect Pasifika.

McBlog - Bob McCoskrie's latest 5-min videos

McBLOG: “Jessica then Tova” – the real background story

“Jessica then Tova” is now almost as much kiwi slang as the phrase “yeah right”. …

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McBLOG: The media think 1,200 is bigger than 87,000

Last week, three petitions were presented. One with 1200 signatures, one with 23,000, and one …

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McBLOG: Pew Research asked – what makes life meaningful?

What do people value in life? How much of what gives people satisfaction in their …

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‘Family Matters’ with Bob McCoskrie

FAMILY MATTERS: Why the prostitution law is failing New Zealand

If you listened to the government or the media, you would possibly think that the …

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FAMILY MATTERS: The ‘3 Strikes’ law protects families

Gang-related shootings and the use of firearms in general – including against our police – …

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FAMILY MATTERS: How to respond to the ‘transgender trend’

Stella O’Malley experienced gender dysphoria throughout her childhood and wanted to identify as a boy, …

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‘Pacifically Correct’ with Nick Tuitasi

“Pacifically Correct” – Poverty and Pasifika families

Nick discusses the issue of poverty and its effect on Pasifika families. How can families …

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“Pacifically Correct” – Tips to strengthen your marriage

Nick shares some down to earth common sense tips on marriage. Everything he shares, his …

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“Pacifically Correct” – Why the Three Strikes law protects families

The Government wants to scrap what is known as the Three Strikes Law. Since 2010, …

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Festival One forced to cancel

Festival One being forced to cancel is terribly sad, but was completely avoidable yet totally predictable. While 60,000 fans fill a soccer stadium every day …

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Research – Significant Association Between Cannabis Use and Psychotic Disorders

Researchers find that recreational use of cannabis was significantly associated with a diagnosis of psychotic disorder. Their findings have been published in The American Journal …

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Trans women athletes hold competitive edge, even after testosterone suppression

Scientists argue that transgender female athletes hold a competitive edge over their biologically female competitors that one year of testosterone suppression therapy cannot mitigate. You …

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Rise of vaping-addicted teens in NZ

One in five New Zealand secondary school students are now addicted to vaping according to research by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, which surveyed more …

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NZ Importer has 3.5 million rapid antigen tests but can’t get approval from Ministry of Health

Yesterday we shared that NZ health experts are now saying rapid antigen tests will be a critical tool for managing Covid-19 in New Zealand, with …

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Rapid antigen tests a “critical tool for managing Omicron”

For some time we’ve been advocating for the addition of rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the fight against Covid-19. Now even Dr Michael Baker is …

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Canada’s Conversion Therapy Ban – Consent by adults is now illegal

After two failed attempts, Canada has now banned conversion therapy. Advocates say it’s one of the most comprehensive (meaning it’s ‘extreme’) laws of its kind …

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MEDIA RELEASE – Three Strikes Debate Is Being Sidelined

Media Release 5 January 2022 Family First NZ says that debate is needed on the Government’s proposal to repeal the Three Strikes law, a law …

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Important Update – Judicial Review on Church Vaccine Mandates

APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW ON CHURCH VACCINE MANDATE As you will be aware, last week we presented a petition to Parliament with 87,000+ signatures, calling …

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Key Issues
Facing New Zealand

We believe that strong families are the foundation for a strong nation. There are many issues and events that are destabilising the kiwi family, so we believe these need to be identified and resolved so that our social foundations are strengthened not weakened. Family First is NOT a political party and has no intention to be one. Our role is to be a voice for families in the public domain, and to research and advocate for family and marriage issues. We want to fight for the soul of New Zealand.

Here are some of the core issues facing New Zealand.

Family & Marriage

Family First believes that strong families underpin a strong nation, and that conventional marriage – between a man and woman – is the foundation for a strong family. There is simply no need to re-invent marriage and families in New Zealand. We advocate for families and support the institution of marriage.

Freedom &
Rights

Freedom comes in many forms – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, political and civil liberties, parental freedom to do what’s best for their family. Family First will work tirelessly to protect these fundamental freedoms in our society. This includes opposing ‘conversion therapy’ bans and overreaching ‘hate speech’ laws.  

Drugs &
Alcohol

New Zealand is in the midst of a substance misuse epidemic, along with increased mental illness. It’s unsurprising there is a strong correlation between drug use and mental illness, domestic violence, work absenteeism, and other negative outcomes. Family First advocates against drug liberalisation and normalisation.

Gender

Many young people today are wondering if they were “born into the wrong body”, and activists are pushing an agenda that “you can choose your gender” and that the body should be remade to conform with feelings. This transgender trend conveys a confusing message to all children. We believe children should be allowed to grow without needing to question the sex they were born as.

Pro Life

We are anti-abortion, but we also love both the mother and her unborn child. We believe every human being, even the child in the womb, has the right to life. The unborn child has a fundamental human right and should be legally protected. A 2019 poll found strong support for the unborn child having human rights and being legally protected once a heartbeat is detected, and only a small minority thinking that life doesn’t begin until the child is born.

End of Life

Euthanasia and assisted suicide put many of us in danger.
Nothing in the new End of Life Choice Act guarantees the protection required for
vulnerable people, including the disabled, elderly, depressed
or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or
who are under financial pressure. The international evidence backs up these concerns

Schooling & Education

There can be no more important an issue than what is being taught to our children at schools. As our numeracy and literacy standards decline, we’re deeply concerned with increased teaching of highly controversial topics and ideologies such as gender theory and critical race theory. Many parents are simply unaware of what their children are being taught. This should be concerning to all parents and caregivers.

Media &
Content

The proliferation of the internet and digital technology have improved access to information. The media plays an important role, and is supposed to inform and educate people. But often the media are no longer reporting on the key issues, instead they’re promoting a certain opinion or ideology. The media is also supposed to be a watchdog, but maybe we need to be a watchdog on them. 

Porn &
Sex

Pornography has a damaging effect on intimacy, love, and respect. Porn can lead to sex role stereotyping, viewing persons as sexual objects, and family breakdown. If we want to tackle sexual violence, we must first investigate the role that pornography plays and the harm that it does to attitudes & actions. Porn is especially harmful to children and teens, who can easily view disturbing material online.

There are many other issues that Family First researches and comments on, including; * prostitution * gambling * screentime * daycare * child abuse * child poverty * imprisonment and law & order * alcohol abuse and the drinking age * importance of mothers and fathers * step-families & family structure * dinner time * and many more…. Check out our Research and Issues page.

Who We Are

In 2006 we formed Family First New Zealand, as a voice in the public domain – to champion strong and stable families, to promote the institution of marriage, and to protect life from conception through to natural death. We believe strong marriages and connected families lead to a strong nation. Sadly the reverse is true also. Family breakdown leads to significant social cost – both to individuals and to society. Family First advocates for families, and speaks common sense and values on a broad range of family issues. Watch our short video message.

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McBlog Video Series

As part of his McBlog channel, Bob McCoskrie has launched a new series of ‘bite-sized’ videos where he discusses the latest issues to do with media, politics, research, family issues, and important social debates. Expect Bob to pull no punches as he digs into the issues that matter.

Stay tuned as Bob will be releasing several episodes each week across all platforms – social media, youtube and both bobmccoskrie.com and familyfirst.org.nz

Family First Projects and Websites

These are just some of the projects which Family First is behind. A complete list can be found by visiting our ‘Partner Sites’ page.

You can make a difference

Join the grassroots movement to promote marriage, family and the value of life. Your financial support and membership will help Family First to promote these ideas and policies that have a lasting, positive influence on New Zealand society.

Gifts made to Family First NZ still qualify for the Donation Rebate.

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