New Zealand VAD referendum:
Help them to help us

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In September 2020, New Zealanders vote in a referendum to approve their End of Life Choice Act. As Australians, we must help ensure this referendum succeeds. If it fails, it would undermine the cause of similar reforms here in Australia. Voting is not compulsory in NZ and we need to make sure all Kiwi supporters of VAD have their say at the ballot box.

How can you help?

Are you a Kiwi living in Australia?

New Zealanders living in Australia may be entitled to register as an overseas voter. Click here to find out more.

Do you have friends and family in NZ?

Please get in touch with them and encourage them to get out and vote. Click here for information you could send them.

Could you make a financial contribution to help the NZ Yes Campaign? 

They are desperately short of money, so any amount will help their cause.

Go here to make a donation.

Remember, we need this referendum to pass or it will be a big setback to the future passage of assisted dying laws in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and NSW!

The New Zealand Parliament passed the End of Life Choice Bill at its third reading in 2019. At NZ First’s insistence, it is being put to the public in a referendum to be ratified — or not — before it can come into force.

On Tuesday 28 July Yes for Compassion (Campaign in NZ hosted an online panel discussion about the End of Life Choice referendum. You can watch the recording here. 

Additional Notes

  • Voting is not compulsory in NZ, so it will be important to encourage all supporters of VAD to vote!
  • The referendum is being held alongside the General Election on Saturday 19 September.
  • You must be enrolled to vote.
  • Advance voting starts on Saturday 5 September for eligible voters in NZ and on Wednesday 2 September for those overseas.

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