Child abuse apology needed

Nov 30, 2016 Comments Off on Child abuse apology needed Barbara Ward

The Government's failure to act on recommendations from Judge Henwood, based on years of work by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS) will further undermine any faith victims may have put into the process, says Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda Arden. “Last year the final report from the Confidential Listening and Advice was released after 7 ...

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New survey shows small business would benefit from 3 years free training

Nov 8, 2016 Comments Off on New survey shows small business would benefit from 3 years free training Barbara Ward

A new survey which says 44 per cent of small businesses don’t think the education system gives graduates the skills their business needs shows the positive impact Labour’s three years free training policy would have on our economy, says Labour’s small business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Right now, too many businesses are struggling to find the ...

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Raising the age the right thing to do

Oct 19, 2016 Comments Off on Raising the age the right thing to do Barbara Ward

The announcement today that the Government will leave the door open for young people leaving state care still means there is a lot of work to do, says Labour's Spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern "The Government indicated some time ago that they were going to look at a further increase in the age young people in ...

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Community law centres get much needed support from banks

Oct 13, 2016 Comments Off on Community law centres get much needed support from banks Barbara Ward

New Zealand’s network of community law centres, who operate out of more than 140 locations across the country, have today received a much needed boost, says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “After more than 8 years of static funding from the Government, several banks have stepped in to help fill the funding shortfall. “Most MPs ...

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UN concludes NZ must take systemic approach

Oct 10, 2016 Comments Off on UN concludes NZ must take systemic approach Barbara Ward

Ending child poverty does require a systemic approach and the Government must do more to help babies living in horrible and unacceptable conditions, says Labour’s spokesperson for children Jacinda Ardern. “The United Nation’s recently released analysis follows intense scrutiny of the Minister and officials in Geneva. The committee has found that child poverty requires a systemic ...

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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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