After receiving an unprecedented number of submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill, the Justice Committee will be travelling around New Zealand to hear people's thoughts on the bill.
The Justice Committee will travel to more than a dozen locations across the country to help as many people as possible have their say on the End of Life Choice bill.
The member’s bill, currently being considered by Parliament’s Justice Committee, seeks to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.
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The End of Life Choice Bill seeks to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.
The committee received more than 35,000 written submissions on the bill. About 10 percent of people have indicated they also want to speak to the committee.
The committee has already heard oral submissions from many national organisations. Due to the unprecedented interest in this important and complex matter, Justice sub-committees will now hold meetings across New Zealand to hear from individuals, community groups, and regional organisations, who asked to share their views with the committee in person.
Committee staff will be in touch with individuals and organisations who made submissions and asked to be heard, to assist them with times and venues. Hearings will be advertised on the Parliament website and communicated to the public via social media.
Hearings are open to the public and media, and where possible, will be livestreamed to the Justice Committee’s Facebook page.
Submissions will be published on the Justice Committee’s page on the New Zealand Parliament website as they are processed.
Below is the indicative hearing schedule. It may change at short notice due to urgent parliamentary commitments.
Auckland Thursday 28 June 2018 (full committee, national organisations based in Auckland) Rydges Hotel Auckland, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Auckland Friday 29 June 2018 Rydges Hotel Auckland, 9.00am - 4.00pm
Christchurch (morning) Monday 2 July 2018 (full committee, national organisations based in Canterbury) The George
Hotel Christchurch, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Nelson (afternoon) Monday 2 July 2018 The Rutherford Hotel, 4.30pm - 9.00pm
New Plymouth Tuesday 17 July 2018 The Copthorne Grand Central, 10.30am - 3.00pm
Napier Thursday 19 July 2018 The Crown Hotel Napier, 10.30am - 3.00pm
Auckland Friday 20 July 2018
Tauranga Monday 23 July 2018
Wellington Monday 23 July 2018
Auckland Friday 27 July 2018
Auckland Monday 30 July 2018
Rotorua Monday 30 July 2018
Wellington Monday 30 July 2018
West Coast Monday 30 July 2018
Auckland Friday 3 August 2018
Whangarei Monday 6 August 2018
Invercargill Monday 6 August 2018
Dunedin Monday 6 August 2018
Auckland Monday 6 August 2018
Auckland Friday 10 August 2018
Hamilton Monday 13 August 2018
Wellington Monday 13 August 2018
Palmerston North Thursday 23 August 2018
Whanganui Tuesday 28 August 2018
Christchurch Monday 3 September 2018