Time has come for state apology on abuse

Aug 25, 2016 Comments Off on Time has come for state apology on abuse Barbara Ward

Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says many victims feel the state has never fully acknowledged what has happened to ...

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New ministry should look after all children

Aug 18, 2016 Comments Off on New ministry should look after all children Barbara Ward

The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says. “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft have warned such a name will stigmatise the very kids it is trying to help. ...

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Covenant promises new deal for our children

Aug 5, 2016 Comments Off on Covenant promises new deal for our children Barbara Ward

A covenant drawn up by Judge Carolyn Henwood promises an important new deal for New Zealand’s children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern. “It’s important that this covenant is a pledge to all children in this country. “The covenant is inclusive and it defines the start in life that all Kiwi kids should ...

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Empty coffers leave at risk children’s teams at risk

Aug 1, 2016 Comments Off on Empty coffers leave at risk children’s teams at risk Barbara Ward

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has hailed children's teams as the early intervention panacea, but left the kitty empty when it comes to resourcing them, Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Anne Tolley’s intention was for these children's teams to identify and support up to 20,000 at risk children who don't meet the threshold for a ...

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Children’s ministry, but only for some

Jul 28, 2016 Comments Off on Children’s ministry, but only for some Barbara Ward

The Government is stigmatising a whole cohort of young New Zealanders while leaving others behind with its creation of a Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Confirmation of the move by Hekia Parata, an acting Minister, was clearly unplanned. This is, after all, part of the Government’s flagship reforms of CYF. ...

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Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition

Jun 21, 2016 Comments Off on Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition Barbara Ward

The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ‘State of Care Report’ as an opportunity to welcome the pending reforms of Child Youth ...

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More homeless in city a symptom of crisis

Jun 8, 2016 Comments Off on More homeless in city a symptom of crisis Barbara Ward

A survey showing the number of homeless people in Central Auckland has more than doubled in just three years is appalling, but will come as no surprise to the agencies confronted by the problem on a daily basis, Labour MP Jacinda Ardern says. “The Government’s inaction in response to the housing crisis is at the heart ...

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Minister celebrates while arts organisations face cuts

May 30, 2016 Comments Off on Minister celebrates while arts organisations face cuts Barbara Ward

Maggie Barry was full of self-congratulations for her small arts announcement in the budget, ignoring the pain that a large number of organisations are facing due to her inaction, says Arts, Culture, Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “The Budget delivered a total of $2.9 million in 2016/17 for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand ...

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Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal

May 17, 2016 Comments Off on Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal Barbara Ward

Confirmation again yesterday that the manslaughter charge in the Moko Rangitoheriri case was a deal done by the Crown Prosecution Service is justifiably the cause of outrage, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “This should never have been a case where a plea deal was done. I have looked over 40 cases of child abuse ...

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Symonds Street social housing sold for a song

May 12, 2016 Comments Off on Symonds Street social housing sold for a song Barbara Ward

Housing NZ must explain why it practically gave away desperately needed social housing on Symonds Street in central Auckland, Labour’s Auckland Central-based list MP Jacinda Ardern says. “Information obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act shows the 45-unit apartment block built in 1948 has been sold to Auckland University for $2.5 million. The land ...

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