Position Statements of Parents Centre New Zealand Inc.

RESPONSIVE PARENTING 2014

Parents Centres believe in sensitive, responsive parenting throughout all stages of a child’s life.  Children parented in this way form secure attachments and enjoy better mental and physical health.  Parents Centres endorse flexible feeding and/or sleeping routines that are responsive to babies and family’s needs.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE 2011

Parents Centres believes that to build an inclusive and safe New Zealand, the principle focus of the criminal justice system should be on restorative justice.  It should punish and incarcerate those offenders whom it is truly necessary to remove from the community but recognize that effective justice which contributes to a safer New Zealand should emphasise rehabilitation and reintegration.

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD 2002

Parents Centre New Zealand supports the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

LABELLING OF FOOD PRODUCTS 2002

Parents Centre New Zealand supports full labelling of all food products.

SECTION 59 OF THE CRIMES ACT 2002

Parents Centres New Zealand supports the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act.

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 2001

Parents Centres New Zealand is committed to promoting positive, non-violent methods of disciplining children.

BABY FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE 2001

Parents Centres New Zealand full supports the implementation of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative’s “Ten steps to successful breastfeeding” in all maternity facilities in New Zealand.

CHILD ABUSE 2000

Parents Centres New Zealand strongly opposes all forms of child abuse.

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 2001

Parents Centres New Zealand is committed to promoting positive, non-violent methods of disciplining children.

BABY FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE 2001

Parents Centres New Zealand full supports the implementation of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative’s “Ten steps to successful breastfeeding” in all maternity facilities in New Zealand.

CHILD ABUSE 2000

Parents Centres New Zealand strongly opposes all forms of child abuse.

INDIVIDUALISED CARE DURING PREGNANCY AND BIRTH 1995

Parents Centres New Zealand believes that the administration of any test, treatment or procedure during pregnancy and childbirth should occur only with the informed consent of the woman.

INFORMED CHOICE FOR IMMUNISATION 1995

Parents Centres New Zealand believes that all parents have the right to be fully informed about the advantages and disadvantages of immunization which would enable them to make an informed decision on behalf of their children.

FINLAY REPORT 1994

That PCNZ rescinds the June 1960 position statement on the Finlay Report.

BICULTURALISM 1991

PCNZ is committed to biculturalism and endorses the principles inherent in the Treaty of Waitangi.

PORNOGRAPHY 1991

Parents Centres New Zealand strongly opposes all pornography especially that which exploits children and/or pregnant or lactating women.  As an organisation which values families we believe all pornography should be banned.

USE OF ULTRASOUND 1990

Parents Centres New Zealand believes that the use of ultrasound in pregnancy should be limited to medically indicated cases.  Because of the uncertainty which still surrounds possible long-term adverse effects we do not support the routine use of ultrasound during pregnancy.

BREASTFEEDING 1987

Parents Centre believe that breastfeeding is the best form of infant feeding and will promote this position as breastfeeding has nutritional, immunological and psychological benefits to the infant.

Parents Centre holds the position that it will educate parents to enable them to make an informed decision about infant feeding and support them in their choice.

CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS 1987

That the Federation of New Zealand Parents Centres encourages its members to restrict their usage of products containing chlorofluorocarbons.

CHILDCARE 1986

That the Federation of New Zealand Parents Centres rescinds its April 1972 policy statement on child care Centres and adopts the following as a new position statement on child care:

That the Federation of New Zealand Parents Centres supports the provision of child care services for 0-5 years old and 5-14 year olds provided the care is of high quality with trained staff and low child/staff ratios.  The Federation of New Zealand Parents Centres recognises the potential of child care services to contribute to the support of families, enabling participating in society by all parents in whatever manner they choose and in doing so, providing an enriched, nurturing environment for children.

WAR TOYS 1986

The Federation of New Zealand Parents Centres strongly resists the promotion and sale of any toy that encourages the acceptance of violence and aggressiveness and the glorification of war.

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE 1983

That recognizing the threat of nuclear war is the ultimate parenting issue, this Conference calls on the Government to declare New Zealand a Nuclear Free Zone.  In addition that it advocates total world nuclear disarmament.

ABORTION 1979

We believe in measures that promote healthy family life.  We want every child to be a wanted child and feel the question of abortion is a private matter and the privacy of the individual should be respected.  Consequently as an organisation we do not have, and do not wish to take an official position on the abortion issue.

HOME BIRTHS 1978

Parents have a right to make an informed decision in conjunction with their medical advisers on where their baby is to be born.  We consider that antenatal care and instruction are an essential part of that decision.

CHILDCARE 1972 – RESCINDED 1986

This conference views with grave concern the uninformed public pressure to establish a network of child care Centres without adequate safeguards.  While recognizing the need of many unsupported mothers for this kind of help, world-wide research has clearly shown that the child under 3 years is emotionally at risk when separated from its mother – only staff training of a high standard, together with a low child-staff ratio, will mitigate some of the negative aspects of substitute care.

FINLAY REPORT 1960 – RESCINDED 1994

This conference expresses strong support for the Finlay Report, particularly its recommendation that an independent child health council be established, and asks the Government for the earliest implementation of the report.  It further reaffirms its belief in the value of voluntary social work and strongly supports the Plunket Society in its attempts to achieve self-determination along the lines recommended by the Finlay report.

ROOMING IN 1958

The New Zealand Federation of Parents Centres would like to draw attention to the success which has attended rooming-in practices both in New Zealand and overseas, in accordance with the recommendations of the W.H.O.’s Expert Committee on Maternity Care and Mental Health.  The Federation urges the extension of the type of rooming-in which enables any mother who wishes it and whose doctor approves to have her baby near her, to feed her baby on a flexible schedule and to receive from a suitably trained staff encouragement, supervision and assistance.  Such rooming-in can be particularly helpful in enabling a mother to get to know her first baby, but it should be noted that to be successful the scheme must be flexible.  For example, there should be provision for the child to be cared for in a nursery if the mother is tired or unwell.

DOMICILIARY HELP AFTER EARLY DISCHARGE 1958

In view of the current trend towards earlier return home from maternity hospitals, which arises both from pressure on maternity beds and the desire of some mothers to be reunited with their families, the Federation of New Zealand parents Centres wishes to stress the need for provision of more domiciliary nursing and domestic help for those mothers whose early return home is approved by the doctor in charge.