Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a submission?


I made a submission to the Health Select Committee 2 years ago...

If you wrote to the Health Select Committee two years ago, you need to write to the current Justice Committee also.

That inquiry was about people’s attitudes to the issues of suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia in general. The Committee’s report is available here and great to quote from. About 80% of submissions were opposed to changing the law and some video excerpts can be viewed here.

The current Parliament’s Justice Committee inquiry is specifically about David Seymour’s End of life Choice Bill.

In your new submission you can include the same content as what you sent to the Health Committee earlier, BUT you will need to change it so your new submission will be specifically about the End of Life Choice Bill.

To find your submission to the previous inquiry, go to the link and type your name in the search box at the top right. For help, phone us at 0800 42 76 42.

What is a submission?

A submission is a letter or email about a specific bill or issue. It’s an opportunity to present your opinions, observations and recommendations to a Parliamentary Select Committee.

What should I include in my submission?


State clearly that you oppose the End of Life Choice Bill, give a reason why you oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, and include a story if you can.

If you want to, you could add comments about specific clauses of the Bill. Read the Bill at

You could also make a recommendation that the Bill be rejected.

Please choose YES to speak to the Committee later (more details below). Sign up here for support.


Who can make a submission?

Anyone! There are no restrictions.

What is the closing date for submissions?

Midnight, Tuesday 20 February 2018 (NZDT)

May I use a language other than English?

You may also use Māori. Sign language can be used for your oral submission.

What is the submission process?

The first step is to send in a written submission. It is possible to either submit online, submit by email or submit by post.  In this submission you have the opportunity to say whether you also want to speak to the Committee. If the Committee decides to hear you speak, the Clerk of the Committee will contact you to arrange a time.

What is an oral submission? Why is it recommended?

Oral submissions involve speaking to the Committee for about 5 or 10 minutes, in addition to making a written submission. Oral submissions may have more impact than written submissions. When you speak to the Committee it gives you the opportunity to add more information. It also gives the Committee the opportunity to clarify something with you. Sign up here to receive support from us.

Would I need to travel to Wellington to speak to the Committee?

Not necessarily. If you can’t travel to Wellington, state that in the personal details section of your written submission. The Committee may decide to travel to a town or city near you, depending on the number of submissions they receive from that area. They may also decide to hear submitters by telephone.

Will my submission be made public?

Submissions are published on Parliament’s website.

If you want yours to be anonymous, contact Andy Gardner at 04 817 9520 before you send yours.

Your contact details will not be published, provided they are in a separate section of your email or on a separate page of your posted submission.

Oral submissions are open to the public, unless you ask for yours to be in private.

Who are the members of Parliament's Justice Committee?

Raymond Huo (Labour Party) – Chair

Hon Amy Adams (National Party) – Deputy Chair

Virginia Andersen (Labour Party)

Chris Bishop (National Party)

Andrew Falloon (National Party)

Matt King (National Party)

Greg O’Connor (Labour Party)

Priyanca Rhadhakrisnan (Labour Party)

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