The Ministry of Health was expecting about 1100 patients to request to end their lives in the first year of New Zealand's assisted dying regime, although it was predicting only about a third of those would carry through with euthanasia.
Palliative care experts say we are woefully unprepared to introduce assisted dying.
The Medical Council confirmed health practitioners won't be required to have specialist skills to provide euthanasia.
He was convicted of three murders in South Africa in 2019.
Leaders of both religions will meet over the next year to discuss what to do ahead of its legalisation.
New Zealanders voted in favour of legalising euthanasia, according to preliminary results.
It follows New Zealanders voting overwhelmingly in favour of the End of Life Choice Bill.
The majority of Kiwis voted 'yes' in the referendum, preliminary results showed.
Preliminary results showed 65 percent of Kiwis voted 'yes' in the referendum.
Dr Sinead Donnelly, a palliative care specialist who rallied against the End of Life Choice Act, is devastated.
The Director-General of Health has a list of priorities to get through before new laws come into force next year.
We'll still be waiting a long time for an official law change.
It means assisted dying will be legal from November next year.
The preliminary results will be released on Friday.
"You can be disabled and have a condition that makes you eligible."
But others don't want euthanasia as an option for vulnerable New Zealanders.
"When Blair was diagnosed he was given 6-8 weeks to live and we had many, many great memories where he lived longer."
"She didn't have a clue who I was at the end of it."
More than a dozen voters reported receiving VoteSafe flyers inside their EasyVote packs.
"I don't know if I will use it or not. I just want the choice."
The commission is investigating how the pamphlets ended up in EasyVote packages distributed to a Northland family.
Almost two-thirds of Kiwis are planning to vote yes, according to a recent poll.
While an opponent has claimed people in Victoria have been rushing to end their own lives before COVID-19 does.
While some see assisted dying as the compassionate approach, to others it's a threat to the sanctity of life.
A televised debate on the upcoming euthanasia referendum turned nasty on Saturday.
ACT Leader David Seymour said the group is trying to spook the public.
Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere won't be voting 'yes' in the euthanasia referendum.
Ardern has never said whether she's in favour of legalising recreational use of cannabis.
"If you're thinking of voting against it, you're denying people choice. Why would you do that?"
"It was a devastating end to a very good life, and it could have been so much better."