Family Matters

Family Matters is our in-depth video series where we explore the issues that really matter for kiwi families – parenting, free-speech, marriage, drugs, gender and many more topical issues.

FAMILY MATTERS - The teen mental illness epidemic is international

FAMILY MATTERS: The teen mental illness epidemic is international

It is no secret that the mental health of teenagers and even younger children in New Zealand is deteriorating. The rates of suicide for young ...
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FAMILY MATTERS- Child psychiatrist Dr Jillian Spencer challenges gender ideology

FAMILY MATTERS: Child psychiatrist Dr Jillian Spencer challenges gender ideology

Dr Jillian Spencer is an expert in her field, with over 20 years of experience as a medical practitioner and 10 as a specialist psychiatrist. ...
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FAMILY MATTERS - Do two parents matter more than ever

FAMILY MATTERS: Do two parents matter more than ever?

Brad Wilcox is Professor of Sociology, Director of the National Marriage Project and is a Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. The Institute has ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Raising conservative kids in a woke city

FAMILY MATTERS: Raising conservative kids in a woke city

There's a new book entitled "Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City: Teaching Historical, Economic, and Biological Truth in a World of Lies." We speak ...
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FAMILY MATTERS - Explaining the wasted vote

FAMILY MATTERS: Explaining the “wasted vote” – Is it really wasted?

It’s General Election time - and because we operate under an MMP mixed member proportional voting system, the concept of the “wasted vote” always comes ...
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Fathers Matter

Why Fathers matter, on Father’s Day and year round

It's Father's Day this Sunday. Fathers matter, on Father's Day and year round. Here's a special message for Father's Day (previously released in 2021) - a short message ...
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FAMILY MATTERS - Anti-life is so popular

FAMILY MATTERS: Why is “anti-life” so popular in our culture at the moment?

What do abortion, euthanasia, transgenderism, toxic masculinity and ‘saving the planet’ all have in common? They are often labelled as ‘pro-choice’, but in fact, they ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Saving Children from Trans Ideology – A Mum’s Story

California mum, lawyer, a self-confessed “liberal-lefty” and long-time Democrat voter Erin Friday is a leader of the parent advocacy group "Our Duty"
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FAMILY MATTERS: The Government’s first step of controversial ‘hate speech’ laws

'Hate-speech' laws continue to be proposed by the Government under the pretence of ‘the public good’. But beneath the shiny veneer of good intentions lies ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Hate speech laws intersect with ‘progressive’ Christianity

The government is struggling to define exactly what 'hate speech' is. In this episode of Family Matters, Samuel Bilton argues that our government is happy ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: A chat with Rev. Franklin Graham

We had 15 minutes with Rev Franklin Graham just before he preached to a packed stadium in Auckland. We discuss many topics, incl. ‘cancel’ culture, ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Does the heart beat? Does truth exist? And other tricky questions…

How can we engage with the culture today on sensitive and emotionally charged topics such as abortion and transgenderism if something as fundamental as biological ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Is transgenderism contagious for young people?

In the previous episode, Family First’s Samuel Bilton investigated whether young people should be given the chance before their 18th birthday to attempt to change ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Solving the crime wave begins at home

Tune into New Zealand’s news channels, and you’ll be confronted with images and stories of youth offending involving ram raids, burglaries, violent attacks, and sexual ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Tattoos, puberty blockers & other permanent decisions

Family First’s Samuel Bilton investigates whether young people should be given the chance before their 18th birthday to attempt to change their sex, and permanently ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Effective conversations about the harms of porn

In 2017, the Ministry of Health acknowledged that “the content of pornography has changed significantly over the last 20 years and has become more extreme, ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: The importance of fathers

Samuel Bilton discusses the social effect of fatherlessness – both in families, but also displayed in the animal kingdom. Samuel questions why we don’t hear ...
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Family Matters Surrogacy

FAMILY MATTERS: Surrogacy – whose rights come first?

UK ethicist Gary Powell has been a gay rights activist for over forty years, and has been campaigning against surrogacy since 2014. He argues that ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Media shows significant bias in abortion discussion

Clara was the result of a teen pregnancy outside of wedlock. She is very thankful her mother chose life – her life. But as she ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Were there unintended consequences of vaccine policies?

  Vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, lockdowns and the “no jab no job” policy for COVID have significantly affected New Zealanders both positively and negatively – ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: How to respond to THAT question – what IS a woman?

One of the trickiest questions in the world today is “what is a woman?” The sex/gender distinction is one of the most influential ideas of ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: We should celebrate the death of Roe v Wade

Samuel Bilton is a qualified lawyer who is overseeing Family First’s legal research and advocacy. In this latest episode of Family Matters, Samuel explains why ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Outdoor Education or Outdoor Indoctrination

When you send your children on an outdoor adventure camp or programme, you’re probably expecting that the activities will be based around water safety, abseiling, ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: The importance of storytelling (and why parents need to be alert!)

Samuel Bilton reminds us that we live in a narrative culture, and that stories have the ability to shape how we feel and then what ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: The new sexual morality & its impact on culture

Bob McCoskrie talks to Canadian scientist, engineer & philosopher Dr Kirk Durston about the work of JD Unwin, a 1930s Oxford anthropologist who studied 86 ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Should we be making surrogacy easier in New Zealand?

June 2022: The Law Commission has just released its review of surrogacy laws in New Zealand, and argues that surrogacy and sperm & egg donation ...
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FAMILY MATTERS_ Child psychiatrist calls out harmful transgender ideology

FAMILY MATTERS: Child psychiatrist calls out harmful transgender ideology

Bob McCoskrie discusses the harms of transgender ideology for children & young people with US child psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman. Topics covered include: What is ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Exposed! Radical Sexuality & Gender Indoctrination in NZ Schools

If you’re a parent or guardian of a young child, this could be one of the most important episodes of Family Matters that you watch. ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: We need a media we can trust

Trust in our mainstream media has decreased significantly over the last couple of years – according to a new AUT analysis. Should that concern us? ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: The Myth of ‘Banning’ Conversion (Joe Dallas)

Bob McCoskrie discusses the recent ‘conversion therapy’ ban law with author, conference speaker, and ordained pastoral counselor Joe Dallas from the US. Joe Dallas argues ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: The media’s woeful coverage of the ‘conversion therapy’ debate

An in-depth analysis of the media coverage of the ‘conversion therapy’ bill which was passed in Parliament in February has found that support for the ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: 3 Strikes – Prison, Rehabilitation, Deterrence & Justice

The government wants to repeal the Three Strikes legislation which targets repeat violent offenders. Three Strikes operates on 2 angles – to those it can ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Sex education gets more extreme

If you as a parent / guardian are already alarmed at the radical gender ideologies & sex education material being recommended by the Ministry of ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Keep going, even if…

The new law banning ‘conversion therapy’ which was passed in Parliament this week will criminalise certain expressions of parental love, prayer, personal choice and preaching, ...
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WATCH: Top Family Issues 2022 

Parliament is back in session this week for the first time in 2022. Now you might rightly think that the priorities for the Government are ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Euthanasia & The Risk For Vulnerable Populations

Euthanasia is now legal in New Zealand. In this episode of “Family Matters”, Bob McCoskrie spoke to Professor David Kissane, an Australian cancer psychiatrist whose ...
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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 decriminalisation of prostitution in 2003 was fantastic for women, and ...
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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 – have become disturbingly normal. In 2020, gun crime hit a ...
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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, but when she hit puberty, she realised that biology was ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: What you need to know about surrogacy

The Law Commission is currently reviewing surrogacy laws in New Zealand – and a private members bill by Labour MP Tamati Coffey to make surrogacy ...
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FAMILY MATTERS_ What you need to know about the new euthanasia law

FAMILY MATTERS: What you need to know about the new euthanasia law

7th November 2021 will be a sad day in New Zealand’s history. It is the day when euthanasia and assisted suicide become officially legal in ...
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FAMILY MATTERS – Keys to understanding the media

Join the conversation as Brendan Malone and Bob McCoskrie give you 11 keys to understanding the media. You'll learn how to exercise discernment around what ...
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FAMILY MATTERS – Why Fathers Matter

It's Father's Day on Sunday. And that's a great opportunity to honour fathers, and acknowledge their important role in families and in society. In the ...
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‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban – Criminalising Parents, Carers and Counsellors

The Labour government has introduced the “Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill” which is a proposed law to ban ‘conversion therapy’. It is vital that families, ...
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FAMILY MATTERS: Hate speech laws – and why you must speak up

The Government has released its plan for laws governing ‘hate speech’, and it is now vital that families and faith communities understand what is really ...
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