2015 AGM Guest Speaker for Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc.
Bob McCoskrie -Director of Family First NZ
Time/Date: 7.30 pm Monday 25th May 2015
Venue: Central Baptist Church (Lower Hall), 46 Boulcott St, Wellington #
Topic: “A Voice for Family in the NZ media: speaking up on issues affecting families”
Followed by questions and supper
# Note: Free Parking available across the road from church in the Tournament car park (see sign marker on roadway).
Enquiries: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob McCoskrie was born and bred in South Auckland.
He gained a Diploma of Teaching at Auckland College of Education, and completed his Masters of Commerce at Auckland University. He lectured in a tertiary institute in accounting and tax law for four years. In 1990 he became Director of South Auckland Youth for Christ.
In 1994, he set up the Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust (PACT) working with at-risk youth and their families in schools and the South Auckland community.
In 1996 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace.
In 2002, he joined the Rhema Broadcasting Group as Breakfast / Talkback Host on their nationwide radio programme, and Television presenter on their Current Affairs show “N-Zone Focus”.
In 2006 he established Family First NZ, and is the National Director.
Family First NZ has quickly become a household name, advocating for families, and speaking common sense and values on a broad range of family issues in New Zealand. It seeks to promote strong families, marriage, and the value of life, based on principles that have benefited New Zealand for generations. As well as being a dominant voice for family values in the media, Family First also provides:
Research – promoting and advancing policies which support marriage, families, and safe communities as foundational to a strong and enduring society. Research published to date includes the medical research relating to the drinking age, the fiscal cost of family breakdown and decreasing marriage rates, the effects of extended daycare, the problem with the sex education resources being targeted at young people, and a summary of research relating to marriage. A paper evaluating research on screen time will be published soon.
Education – hosting conferences and providing forums for international family experts; producing and publishing relevant and well-written newspaper articles.
Family First NZ has been the leading pro-family voice on a number of major public-policy debates in New Zealand recently, including leading the opposition to an anti-smacking law which was introduced in 2007 (a Referendum on the issue resulted in 87% opposition to the law, which the National-led government subsequently ignored) and the same-sex marriage bill. Despite Family First’s campaign reducing the level of support for redefining marriage to less than 50% (from a high of 2/3’rds support when the campaign started), the politicians once again ignored public sentiment and proceeded with their own agenda.
You can see some of their work at various websites that they host:
www.familyfirst.org.nz – main website
www.protectmarriage.org.nz – ‘same-sex marriage’ website
www.valueyourvote.org.nz – Voter guide
www.nzmarriage.org.nz – NZ Marriage Coalition
www.voteno.org.nz – Referendum on anti-smacking law
www.protectgoodparents.org.nz – research on effects of anti-smacking law, and support for parents