Media Release 27th August 2017
The Government’s Charities Board has advised Family First that the Board intends to deregister the Society as a charity. The Board believes in relation to Family First that, “it has an independent purpose to promote and protect the traditional family- and this is not charitable. Family First does not advance religion or education, nor promote a benefit to all New Zealanders, its opinions are fairly described as controversial in contemporary NZ society.”
This is an appalling decision that is both unjust and destructive for society. The state is at the service of the natural family. The natural family is an institution that our Creator in His infinite wisdom and love for mankind has devised for the happiness of man and for the pro-creation of the human race. It is in the union of exclusively one man and one woman that our Creator invites man to cooperate with Him in the birth and nurturing of the next generation. Marriage of exclusively one man and one woman predates the state. Mankind from the dawn of creation has known that the natural family is the foundation of a healthy society. History is resplendent with the wreckage and destruction of societies that have challenged this fundamental truth.
The natural family of exclusively one man and one woman is the foundation of a healthy society. It is the natural family that produces the next generation to ensure that our nation does not perish. New Zealand was founded by courageous and industrious families who colonized and developed this land. New Zealand is fortunate to have Family First speaking up in defense of the natural family. They deserve the full support of our community. New Zealand has a birth rate of 1.85, the replacement level is 2.1. We have a present and growing demographic crisis. Our natural families desperately need protection and promotion and the support of the government and the Charities Board.
As the Minister is responsible for appointing the three members of the Charities Board, the government must ultimately accept responsibility for the Charities Board’s attack on Family First.
Right to Life wrote to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector the Hon Alfred Ngaro, on 6th June, expressing our concern at the proposal of the Charities Board to deregister Family First,. We also requested that in making future appointments to the Board that the Minister appoint only persons who recognize the importance of the natural family, as the foundation of our nation and who are prepared to defend and promote the natural family. The Minister responded on 19th June stating,” I have confidence that the current Board has the range of knowledge and experience and is fulfilling its role as set out in the Act.”
This confidence is clearly misplaced. The Minister is married and has four children. The Minister should reflect that the Board is effectively saying to the Minister that your marriage is not providing a benefit to society and that your natural family is controversial in today’s society. Family First is challenging the unjust decision of the Charities Board in the High Court.
Right to Life