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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Dairy’s troubles hitting SMEs across NZ

Mar 15, 2016 Comments Off on Dairy’s troubles hitting SMEs across NZ Barbara Ward

With a fifth of small businesses hit by the fall in the dairy price it’s time the Government stopped being so complacent about the effects on the economy, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “MYOB’s latest Business Monitor shows 21 per cent of SMEs are feeling the effects of the fall in dairy prices. ...

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Fonterra must pay contractors on time

Mar 8, 2016 Comments Off on Fonterra must pay contractors on time Barbara Ward

Fonterra’s decision to extend its payment period for contractors is a blow to small businesses already struggling due to the plunging payout’s effect on farmers and rural communities, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “It’s a tough time for small business contractors, especially those working in the rural sector. Cashflow is king for these ...

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Minister must fast track family law review

Mar 2, 2016 Comments Off on Minister must fast track family law review Barbara Ward

The Justice Minister must immediately bring forward her review of Family Court law reforms to stop the massive disparities and delays they’ve caused for families and children, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour raised concerns with Amy Adams almost a year ago about a dramatic increase in urgent applications to the court, the huge ...

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Commissioner fears for children in residences

Feb 17, 2016 Comments Off on Commissioner fears for children in residences Barbara Ward

The Children’s Commissioner today admitted the current monitoring and inspection of Child, Youth and Family residences is insufficient and could be putting children at risk, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Dr Russell Wills today told a select committee that ongoing financial constraints last year meant annual inspections had dropped back to every 18 months – ...

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Why is CYFs investigating less child abuse?

Feb 17, 2016 Comments Off on Why is CYFs investigating less child abuse? Barbara Ward

Child, Youth and Family needs to explain why it is investigating 12 per cent less child abuse cases when notifications haven’t fallen, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “In the last year, 150,905 child welfare concerns were reported. “The Salvation Army’s annual state of the nation report Moving Targets found that in 2015 CYFs undertook further investigation ...

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