Dawn Picken "

" and her choice of the word "beating" misrepresents the real issue surrounding good parenting and how the state has undermined the role of parents, and now teachers.

In our 2016 analysis "Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand's 2007 Anti-Smacking Law ", Government statistics showed that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the anti-smacking law in 2007. Instead, there had been a 136 per cent increase in physical abuse, 43 per cent increase in