What is the harm in polygamy?




Polygamy existed in traditional M?ori society to a limited extent, mostly practiced by rangatira (tribal chiefs).When New Zealand was annexed into the British Empire in 1840, British law took effect that prohibited polygamous marriage. Colonial law permitted M?ori to marry under their own marriage customs, which continued until 1888 (although polygamy was practiced in M?ori society ? legally or otherwise ? well into the 20th century).But in general, polygamy has remained prohibited in New Zealand law.

Polygamy New Zealand law:

Polygamous marriages may not be performed in New Zealand. A married person who enters into another marriage in New Zealand is guilty of the crime of bigamy. Similar rules apply for civil unions, which have been legal in New Zealand since 2005. However, polygamous marriages legally performed in another country have limited recognition in New Zealand law, provided that no person involved was living in New Zealand at the time of the union.

Advocacy for full legalisation of polygamy in New Zealand has come from some libertarian individuals and from individual members of non-Christian religious groups. However, polygamy has little public support among New Zealanders, and no major political party has endorsed its legalisation.




Larry Pickering, an Australian political cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator of books and calendars at?blogspot.co.nz has an answer to ex-JAFA’s question and it has nothing to do with morals and everything to do with money. He uses as an example what is happening in Australia. His post was written in 2014 but is still relevant two years later. His example shows us what happens when a Muslim man who has multiple wives and children arrives in Australia and applies for welfare support.


..First thing a Muslim immigrant does on arrival is call the local friendly Islamic doctor and get himself on a disability pension. His disability is usually no more an aversion to work. Then he needs to get his wives and nine kids here, family reunions are an Islamic gold mine.

Now he needs to apply for housing somewhere near all the other Muslim families and this is where it gets interesting. The mother(s) of his kids apply to Child Welfare authorities complaining of not being able to care for the children and she needs assistance, but she has this terrific idea… ?there?s ?a lady up the road who?would make a wonderful carer, and guess what? She is my sister and she?already knows the children.? ?You can?t get better than that eh?

So now, on paper at least, the sister up the road is bedevilled by 18 kids and needs to offload 9 of them so she complains to child welfare that she too can?t cope, ?but there?s another lady up theroad who would make a wonderful carer….?. Get the idea? ?I mean the Government hands over $200 per child, per week, in this merry-go-round of welfare fraud and everyone?s happy.

By the time this scam goes up and down just one western Sydney or Brisbane street there are financially secure Islamic families everywhere, and all on a total of at least $3,000 a week! Why wouldn?t Australia be their port of preference?

But why aren?t they always caught defrauding the system? Well, that has a simple answer too. They swap their cars and swap their names… Muslims have multiple names to defraud authorities anyway. And if the authorities try to clamp down on the scam there?s always a friendly Islam sympathetic solicitor who will recommend some free legal aid. In the meantime nothing has changed in the street except the level of social benefits has skyrocketed.

The Federal welfare budget on these thieves has now exploded at the expense of needy Aussies.



Even when there are no rorts, a polygamous family on welfare is a huge expense to the taxpayer. This is how much it currently costs the taxpayer in Britain.

Men with more than one wife will qualify for extra benefits under the new welfare system, according to official House of Commons research.

Under the universal credit welfare system, which is not expected to be fully introduced until 2021, polygamous households will be rewarded with higher benefits, The Sunday Times reports.

In the UK, it is illegal to marry more than one person.

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are only recognised in Britain if they took place in countries where they are legal, such as Middle Eastern states, Pakistan and Zambia.

There no official figures but it is estimated that there may be as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages in the British Muslim community.

Currently, a husband and his first wife are paid up to ?114.85 a week. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive around ?40 each.

Under the new system of Universal Credit, which is not expected to be fully introduced until 2021, polygamous marriages will not be recognised at all.

The standard allowance is about ?498.89 a month for couples, but single people can claim about ?317.83.

That means the husband and his first wife will be able to claim the married couples’ allowance and subsequent wives will be able to claim a single person’s allowance.