Time to take real care of our kids

Feb 25, 2015 Comments Off Barbara Ward

25 February 2014 ...

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Hardship report highlights daily realities

Feb 11, 2015 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A new Salvation Army report provides compelling evidence of the Government’s lack of progress in tackling New Zealand’s appalling rates of violence against children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The eighth ‘State of the Nation’ report once again highlights the absence of leadership on vital social issues that have a significant impact on New Zealand ...

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Labour lends voice to teachers’ call to can library plan

Feb 4, 2015 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Labour is calling on the Government to reverse a decision to cut teacher and student access to specialist non-fiction National Library books amid fears it will have a detrimental effect on learning, especially for smaller schools and those that do not have full access to online resources. The Government is getting rid of the current print ...

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Perception everything when it comes to corruption

Dec 4, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Transparency International’s latest report that shows New Zealand’s reputation as one of the least corrupt countries has taken a hit is a timely warning about becoming too complacent, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 ranks the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians of ...

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Second Child Poverty Monitor another call for a new direction

Dec 2, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The Children's Commissioner’s second Child Poverty Monitor is a further call for parties across the political divide to cooperate on finding solutions to child poverty, Labour's Children's spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Today’s report shows that not only is the number of children living in severe poverty still shamefully high, but that poverty-related conditions continue to ...

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Bold response required to Blueprint

Nov 28, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The ‘one family, one judge’ court concept, where the same judge provides continuity by hearing all matters involving a particular ...

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Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform

Nov 25, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has today ordered the recommencement of the Law Commission’s work in this area after former minister Judith ...

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Family safety paramount, then urgent review

Nov 10, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Phillip John Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder of a man ...

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Labour: Creating opportunities

Aug 7, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A Labour government will boost career opportunities in the cultural sector by establishing 200 new creative apprenticeships, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Releasing Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage policy this afternoon she said the apprenticeships offer the kind of flexible, open-minded and innovative approach to training New Zealand’s creative industries are known ...

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Healthy contribution from creative sector

Jul 10, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A report prepared for a newly formed group that champions New Zealand’s creative industries highlights the contribution they make to the economy, and proves the sector is not a 'nice to have' that should only be supported in good times, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealanders have long understood the role ...

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