Courthouse closures hitting regions

Jun 26, 2015 Comments Off on Courthouse closures hitting regions Barbara Ward

The Government’s decision to shut down up to eight regional courthouses, some supposedly only temporarily for seismic reasons, looks unlikely to be reversed, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The move has hit these regions hard, but appears to be a cost cutting exercise rather than a ‘re-strengthening’ one. “Since coming into office, the Government ...

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Straight answers needed on CYF role

Jun 24, 2015 Comments Off on Straight answers needed on CYF role Barbara Ward

The Government needs to explain the role that Child, Youth and Family plays in cases where there is evidence that family violence was flagged as a concern, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says. “The fact that CYF is refusing to share how involved the agency was – or wasn’t –in the lives of the children ...

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Pressure forces Government’s hand on CYF care

Jun 11, 2015 Comments Off on Pressure forces Government’s hand on CYF care Barbara Ward

The Government’s sudden proposition to finally raise the age of young people under CYF care comes just months after it voted down attempts to do exactly that, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “It also comes just days after a petition calling for an increase attracted thousands of signatures. “It is pleasing but somewhat bizarre that ...

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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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