Resignation rates among cops soar

Apr 17, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have tripled. “That must surely sound alarm bells for Anne Tolley, a Minister who claims that ...

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Crime stats not all they’re cracked up to

Apr 1, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

New crime statistics out today which show an increase in the number of sexual assaults, murders and property-based crime should concern all New Zealanders, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Sexual assault rates have jumped by 10 per cent and homicide and related offences are up 18 per cent. “These are serious crimes and they ...

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National would be best to pick up Labour’s policy

Apr 1, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

A denied Official Information Act request is the strongest hint yet that the Government will announce a package aimed at new parents in the upcoming budget despite slapping down similar policy from Labour, says Labour's spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern “There is a mountain of evidence that we need to focus on children's early years ...

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Community deserves voice on heritage

Mar 27, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

Cantabrian's deserve to have their voices heard when it comes to the future of heritage buildings, says Labour's Spokesperson for Arts Culture and Heritage, Jacinda Ardern. “In the aftermath of the quakes, extraordinary powers were given to CERA through section 38 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act to demolish damaged heritage buildings without consultation. “Three ...

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Crime fund used to rescue broke Police budget

Feb 19, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

Police budgets are so stretched they have been forced to dip into a crime-fighting fund to pay for redundancies, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Documents released to Labour under the Official Information Act reveal $12 million from the Justice Sector Fund has been used to meet Police HR redundancy costs. “That fund is for ...

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Kiwi children still getting a raw deal

Feb 12, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

National can no longer deny radical action is needed on child poverty and child abuse following the release of a report criticising progress on improving the lot of kids in New Zealand, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The Salvation Army’s seventh State of the Nation report not only highlights unacceptable levels of child abuse ...

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Time for Tolley to explain no response directive

Jan 21, 2014 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

Claims that Government cuts have put pressure on police to save resources by not pursuing and prosecuting cases require an immediate response from Anne Tolley, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Her comments follow concerns raised by Otago University law expert, Mark Henaghan, about reports that a neighbour of Dunedin man, Edward Livingstone, told ...

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Screen industry announcement good first step

Dec 16, 2013 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

After months of calling for the Government to act, todays screen industry announcement is a much needed life line, says Labour’s spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern. “It’s fantastic to see the Government acknowledge the crisis that the industry is in. For some, this announcement may sadly have come too late. Labour had ...

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Poverty monitor reveals real story

Dec 9, 2013 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

A landmark report which shows child poverty in New Zealand is now almost twice the rate it was in the 1980s is another critical call for action, and one the Government cannot ignore says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. The Child Poverty Monitor 2013, funded by the J R McKenzie Trust, in collaboration with ...

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Report slams Government inaction on protecting our kids

Dec 5, 2013 Comments Off Jacinda Ardern

The Government has to stop making excuses about its failure to address child poverty and actually start doing something to remedy it, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Kids Missing Out, a Unicef report released today, criticises the government for not making children a priority and points out that in some instances law changes have ...

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