The Police deserve the commendation and support of the community for their efforts to protect vulnerable and elderly New Zealanders who are members of Exit International . Philip Nitschke a disgraced medical practitioner the founder of Exit has been responsible for encouraging and assisting in the suicide of many vulnerable persons both young and old. He has also encouraged members to break the law by purchasing Nembutal a Class C drug from Mexico and by joining his organized groups that travel with him to Mexico to purchase the deadly drug.
Importing a Class C drug is a serious crime and violation of the Misuse of Drug Act 1975. On conviction the offender may be fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to three years in prison. To incite, counsel or assist in suicide is a violation of the Crimes Act section 179. On conviction the offender may be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
The Police have a duty to help vulnerable people who are likely to harm themselves to be placed in a place of appropriate care. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of suicide in the OECD. The Chief Coroner recently advised that 579 New Zealanders in the 2015/2016 year, killed themselves. the highest ever recorded in New Zealand.This is a tragedy and the Police are to be commended for trying to bring this horrific total down. The Police also have a duty to prosecute those regardless of age, who break the law by illegally importing or smuggling dangerous Class C drugs.
It is disappointing that David Seymour MP, a member of Parliament, the leader of ACT and a member of government, opposes the activities of the Police and irrationally claims that the visits to homes of members of Exit by members of the Police in Operation Painter is politically motivated. This is a very serious accusation to make and infers that the Police are acting on instructions from government.