At the 2020 General Election, New Zealanders had the opportunity to vote in a referendum on the End of Life Choice Bill, where people suffering a terminal illness have the option of assisted dying. A majority of voters supported the bill, which is expected to come into force as an Act on 7 November 2021 making assisted dying or euthanasia legal.
We want to assist people with understanding our position on the End of Life Act and our concerns.
Hospice Southland will continue to support people regardless of their desire for euthanasia. This is a complex, emotional and challenging topic and we acknowledge the range of individual opinions that exist.
Everyone living in Southland and the Wakatipu Basin has access to the highest quality palliative care.