Māori back End of Life Choice Bill - poll

  • 08/03/2020

Seventy-two percent of Māori say they will vote in support of the End of Life Choice Bill at this year's referendum, according to a new poll revealed by The Hui on Sunday.

The has been controversial, with MPs casting conscience votes on whether or not the Bill - which would legalise euthanasia under strict circumstances - should progress. 

For Māori MPs, one of the most divisive discussion points was whether or not assisted euthanasia is a transgression of tikanga Māori. 

The Hui's poll, which was undertaken by Horizon Research, shows that 58 percent of respondents did not believe the End of Life Choice Bill was incompatible with tikanga Māori, and 55 percent felt that for the terminally ill, choosing to die was an act of tino rangatira/self determination.

The poll surveyed 543 Māori and has a margin of error of ±4.3 percent.

To discuss the implications of assisted euthanasia for Māori, The Hui's Mihingarangi Forbes spoke with Hāpai Te Hauora CEO Selah Hart, Anglican minister Reverend Chris Huriwai, Cantebury University senior lecturer Te Hurinui Clarke and Māori lawyer and advocate Kingi Snelgar.

Watch the video.