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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Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions

Jul 8, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers to reduce the number of charges they lay to meet the Government's targets,” Justice spokesperson Andrew ...

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Unique heritage needs protecting

Jul 3, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A Labour government will repeal legislation which has allowed dozens of Christchurch’s most important and significant buildings to be bulldozed without community consultation following the Canterbury earthquakes, and ensure Cantabrians have their say on the future of iconic buildings like the Christchurch Cathedral. “Almost half of the central city’s heritage-listed buildings have been lost as a ...

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Aging cop cars another concern for Police

Jun 26, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The current state of the Police road fleet is further evidence of how budget cuts are having an impact on frontline policing, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Material released under the Official Information Act shows 71 police vehicles failed their warrant of fitness tests in the last year. “Given 58 vehicles have more than ...

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