Sustaining peace after New Lynn attack

We are dismayed about what took place in New Lynn yesterday.  This was a despicable attack on innocent people. Our thoughts are particularly with the injured and their families, and we send our wishes for healing to all affected.

Countdown New Lynn is the local supermarket for many in our communities, who are left feeling threatened by this. We stand with them and the wider West Auckland community.

This attack is on our way of life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Violent extremism conflicts with our core values.

We remain grateful for the genuine teaching concerning peace that came from Muslim communities in the aftermath of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, and how they followed through on that. Since those attacks New Zealand society has seen attempts at great social inclusion.  Strong expressions of openness and aroha have been shared and it is in those that the enduring antidote to violence and hostility is to be found.

We hope that the great faiths practiced in this country will all help work to mitigate any damage to the fabric of trust from this terrorist deed.

May our shared values and humanity keep us together.

Statement on End of Life Choice Act

The NZ Buddhist Council is not in favour of euthanasia. The first principle of Buddhism is not to harm sentient life and the extreme form of harm is causing death. Buddhists try to motivate all their actions with compassion. Seeing suffering urges a Buddhist to respond in the most skillful way that one can. When someone requests euthanasia they are crying out for help because their pain and other symptoms that are not well controlled. This is a call for urgent, more skillful help, not an intervention to bring on death. We think the focus should be on training and improving palliative care for all medical staff and related assistants and better access to these professionals everywhere in NZ. Good palliative care offers quality physical, mental, and spiritual support. This is what our government should provide. Not a quick unnecessary fix.

We have read this bill and have found that it is not well-drafted and could be dangerous for vulnerable people. We agree with Hospice NZ

This referendum is not about whether NZers agree with euthanasia. It is about this bill specifically, and with reference to causing no harm, it is the opinion of NZBC that it would not keep all NZers safe.