How many victims missing out on protection?

May 25, 2015 Comments Off on How many victims missing out on protection? Barbara Ward

Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for the purposes of getting a protection order, had their applications turned down. “A protection ...

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Budget silent on small business

May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Budget silent on small business Barbara Ward

The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by SMEs last year - no government should take that for granted. “If we are to ...

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Big risks as CYF checks stopped

May 20, 2015 Comments Off on Big risks as CYF checks stopped Barbara Ward

Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees places enormous pressure on organisations working with children and it puts children at risk. “It ...

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Historic abuse victims deserve real justice

May 7, 2015 Comments Off on Historic abuse victims deserve real justice Barbara Ward

Victims who have been abused while in state care and have waited years for resolution will not find it in today’s announcement from Anne Tolley, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The Government’s ‘fast tracked’ process for historic abuse claims comes with some enormous caveats. “Anyone who signs up to it will have their ...

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No golden age for books

Apr 30, 2015 Comments Off on No golden age for books Barbara Ward

The ‘indefinite’ postponement of an initiative designed to encourage people to read Kiwi books will be a major blow to local authors, publishers and booksellers, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. News that the annual NZ Book Month event is likely to be canned this year follows hard on the heels of ...

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Plenty left to do on human rights

Apr 2, 2015 Comments Off on Plenty left to do on human rights Barbara Ward

Labour is backing calls to have a Parliamentary Select Committee take responsibility for overseeing and monitoring human rights issues. “A just released three-year study into New Zealand’s track record on human rights, funded by the Law Society, makes uneasy reading,” Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “It offers some very good reasons as to why the ...

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Real changes must come from CYF review

Apr 1, 2015 Comments Off on Real changes must come from CYF review Barbara Ward

A well-overdue revamp of Child, Youth and Family cannot be just another cost cutting exercise, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour has been pushing for a review for some time. It was part of our policy at the election. “Any number of concerns have been raised, not only about ongoing resourcing issues, but also ...

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Alarm bells over disability support

Mar 19, 2015 Comments Off on Alarm bells over disability support Barbara Ward

Jacinda ARDERN Children’s Spokesperson 19 March 2015 ...

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Report sets out litany of mistakes

Mar 19, 2015 Comments Off on Report sets out litany of mistakes Barbara Ward

Jacinda ARDERN Justice Spokesperson 19 March 2015 ...

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Minister should talk to the hand that feeds

Mar 16, 2015 Comments Off on Minister should talk to the hand that feeds Barbara Ward

Minister should talk to the hand that feeds Craig Foss needs to leave his office and consult with those most affected by over-the-top ACC levies – small businesses, Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Jacinda Ardern says. “The Government has its own Small Business Development Group whose purpose, according to its website, is to ‘advise Government ...

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