The young people of New Zealand will look back on the law change as a pivotal seachange in our country’s culture, Mrs Turei said.
But will it be a change for the better?
In Christchurch, for the first time to my knowledge, we have reports of a rise in children abusing their parents.
Herbert said the [Battered Women's] trust had also noticed more parents being abused by their children.
"The number is not large, but it's definitely increasing. With teenagers, it's both boys and girls, and there are also cases of children who are even younger."