2017 election

3 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Bill English, Jacinda Ardern, James Shaw, David Seymour, Marama fox, Peter Dunne, Winston Peters

My 12-year-old needs urgent help for her genetic eating disorder, she could have died

Bill English; my 12-year-old daughter needs urgent help for her genetic eating disorder, she could have died. My daughter was 10 when I noticed her starting to lose weight fast - it was frightening.  My gorgeous girl was melting away before my eyes. I desperately sought help from our GP and mental health service, but it took weeks before she was seen. She became so ill she had to be airlifted to Dunedin Hospital with life-threatening heart complications and organ failure. Earlier intervention could have prevented this. I discovered a shocking reality - just one eating disorder facility in the whole country looks after children aged under 14 at the Starship Hospital in Auckland. It contains only a few beds for the sickest. No referrals are accepted from the South Island. Instead, she was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. Not only was the building earthquake damaged and appallingly dilapidated, but she was also sent to the psychiatric unit, not an eating disorder ward. The staff did their best, but they didn’t have the training or equipment for treating eating disorders. She now sufferers nightmares and PTSD as a result of this experience and an attack by a male patient at the unit. All I want is the right care for my daughter, but the government does not recognise this need or fund it. I am fighting to give my daughter back the normal life she deserves. She has been horribly ill for 2.5 years, and I’m exhausted from trying to get her the help she needs. The health system does not have the resources to treat her, so they are leaving her in limbo. We have been forced to sell our family home and move into a small cottage as I now have to care for her full-time. I have been forced to sell one of my businesses and mothball the other. I'm a single parent, and I've worked hard to build them, now I've lost our means of support. We now face homelessness as I don't have enough money coming in to cover our family’s bills and the high expenses of her illness. My happy, bubbly, sunshine child has disappeared - and I can’t get her the help she desperately needs. Please ask the Government and Opposition to urgently commit more resources for GP training and to eating disorder facilities for my daughter and all our children in need.  

Sarah Rowland
14,144 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Bill English

Pass "End Of Life Choice" Bill Allowing Assisted Dying For Terminally Ill

The End of Life Choice Bill will allow New Zealand citizens who are suffering from an incurable and insufferable possibly terminal condition can choose to end their life with the assistance of a doctor. The direct quote from the bill being "that the person suffers from a terminal illness which is likely to cause death within 12 months, or from an irreversible physical or mental condition that, in the person’s view, renders his or her life unbearable". This bill will require the person to be sound of mind and have been consulted by two medical professionals before being allowed to continue. a recent Horizon poll states that 75% of New Zealand people support the bill. This bill is about giving New Zealand people their right to choose to die with dignity and not be forced to live in pain as family and friends watch the person's quality of life diminish before their eyes. this bill is calling for compassion, care, and dignity for those suffering in New Zealand. By signing this petition you are showing your support for people who are suffering from debilitating illness to finally be free from suffering and take control of their choices to life again.    We are year 13 Social Studies students at Horowhenua College seeking to influence policy change as a part of AS:91599. We are both incredibly passionate about this issue and believe that this policy should be brought into New Zealand law. Please support us in this effort by signing this petition and following us on social media through our Facebook page: Students For End Of Life Choice NZ

Students for End of Life Choice NZ
1,345 supporters