In October you will be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' in a national referendum on the End of Life Choice Act 2019. This is an important decision. Research shows that only 33% of Kiwis know there is a referendum. Even fewer know what is in this Act. Yet it will become law if gets a simple majority. We believe that this Act is badly constructed, has too few safeguards and will result in many wrongful deaths. Please vote ‘no’ this October and stop this dangerous Act.

‘Vote No to the End of Life Act’ is a non-profit Incorporated Society set up to inform the voting public about the risks of this dangerous Act.

We have 22 members who are professionally qualified in medicine, hospice and palliative care, nursing, law, disability, ethics, advocacy, and social policy.


We are not aligned to religious, civic or professional organisations. We have come to together as concerned individuals to oppose this Act. The Society is funded by donations sought from private individuals.

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Prof. Peter Thirkell (Chair)

Peter is an Emeritus Professor at Victoria University of Wellington and his professional background is in business education and research specialising in marketing. Peter has a keen interest in advocating for the highest standards of safe care for people approaching the end of their lives, and he works as a volunteer on community projects.

Dr Greg Coyle

Greg is the Principal Advisor for the Salvation Army Social Programme in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. He has previously held a senior position in the health faculty at the Auckland University of Technology, and stakeholder management and financial monitoring roles at the Tertiary Education Commission.

Dr Amanda Landers

Amanda is a palliative care doctor with ten years front-line experience in community practice, which took her into the homes of thousands of people preparing them for death in a way that enriched both their lives and the lives of whanau and friends. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, and enrolled in a PhD researching the experiences of patients with a particular medical condition.

Dr John Thwaites

John is a Consultant Physician and Specialist Geriatrician.  His scope of medical practice  includes older people with a wide range of clinical conditions including those patients with multiple illnesses, frailty, cancer, amputees, disability and those suffering from elder abuse. He has leadership roles in the training of junior doctors and is very passionate about the education and training of doctors to ensure excellence in the care given to every patient who is in need.

Separating fact from fallacy, Kiwi journalist Caralise Trayes shares her amazing journey on her hunt for the truth around assisted dying

Final Choice the book, and its author - Caralise Trayes - are not in any way affiliated with Vote No to the End of Life Act

Dame Sue Bagshaw
Dr Phil Bagshaw
Dr Helen Bichan

Prof Jonathan Boston
Claire Freeman

Dr Christopher Gale
Dr Andrew Germann
Tim Goulding
Dion Howard

Dr Hanneke Lewthwaite
Dr Salina Lupati
Rev Dr Graham O’Brien
Dr Helen Rook

Dr Mamari Stevens
Martin Sullivan
Dr David Tripp

Dr Tupu Ioane-Cleverly


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