The Herald reports:
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he still smacks his children “just like two thirds of New Zealand parents”.
The party is a possible coalition partner with the National Party after this year’s general election.
Mr Craig told RadioLive today he wanted the issue of repealing the anti-smacking law to be “on the table” for future negotiations with National.
Asked if he would start smacking his own children if the law was reversed, Mr Craig said: “I occasionally do it right now”.
“Like two thirds of New Zealand parents I don’t go putting the good raising of a child behind a silly law.
This is a smart move by Craig. By admitting he smacks his own kids, he turns the issue into a more high profile one. If he is really lucky some one will call for him to be arrested and charged, and then that will give him even more publicity.
It isn’t a huge issue for most voters, but the Conservative only need 5%.
He said mostly his discipline consisted of “a flick of a finger on the back of a knuckle”.
“It’s hurts for a moment,” he said.
But the vast majority of discipline he used was not physical, he said.
As it should be.