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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Thousands of invalid votes likely after National refuses to change rules

Apr 26, 2016 Comments Off on Thousands of invalid votes likely after National refuses to change rules Barbara Ward

National’s refusal to make it easier to enrol and vote could result in tens of thousands of votes continuing to be ruled invalid at general elections, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. The Justice and Electoral select committee today released its report into the 2014 general election. “While Labour is pleased with many of the report’s recommendations, ...

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Buying Lotto is not an arts funding strategy

Apr 26, 2016 Comments Off on Buying Lotto is not an arts funding strategy Barbara Ward

The Government must rethink the way the arts are funded after falling Lotto sales has left the sector with declining resources and increasingly vulnerable, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Our arts sector is in a sorry state when it is dependent on people buying Lotto tickets at a time when more ...

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NZ’s film reputation at risk after visa decision

Apr 19, 2016 Comments Off on NZ’s film reputation at risk after visa decision Barbara Ward

The Government should reconsider reputational risk after denying a visa to internationally acclaimed film-maker Rokhasareh Ghaemmaghami, says Labour’s Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “I’ve written to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse asking for the decision to be reviewed. I appreciate that immigration cases often contain information that the public is not privy to ...

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Provisional tax reforms don’t go far enough

Apr 14, 2016 Comments Off on Provisional tax reforms don’t go far enough Barbara Ward

The Government’s provisional tax regime fails to go far enough in reducing the burden of provisional tax, and provides a potential tax avoidance opportunity for large businesses, say Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern and Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “In 2015, Labour released a policy that allowed businesses to treat their tax more like an ...

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CYF report should only be the start of reforms

Apr 7, 2016 Comments Off on CYF report should only be the start of reforms Barbara Ward

If the Government is truly determined to protect our most vulnerable children recommendations in a report into Child, Youth and Family need to be backed up with proper resourcing, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says. “The independent panel tasked with overhauling our child protection agency has come up with some useful solutions, but they ...

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