Key’s comments irresponsible and wrong

Dec 16, 2015 Comments Off on Key’s comments irresponsible and wrong Barbara Ward

Inflammatory claims by John Key that drug abuse is a major contributor to child poverty are not only wrong, but irresponsible, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern “The Prime Minister has been taken to task over his Government’s inability to tackle child poverty and his knee-jerk response is to attack the very people he is failing. “His remarks ...

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Poverty grim reality for many Kiwi kids

Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on Poverty grim reality for many Kiwi kids Barbara Ward

A report out today is a stark reminder of New Zealand’s lack of progress on tackling child poverty, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The Children’s Commissioner’s annual child poverty monitor not only reveals a significant increase in the number of kids being admitted to hospital with poverty-related health problems, but also confirms a substantial increase ...

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Nick Smith misleads Parliament over pool laws

Dec 4, 2015 Comments Off on Nick Smith misleads Parliament over pool laws Barbara Ward

The Government is ploughing ahead with changes to pool safety laws despite being told they could lead to more children drowning, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Pool safety laws were hard fought for, and have been credited with reducing the number of young children drowning in home pools from around 10 deaths a year to ...

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Debate over responsibility lets kids down

Dec 4, 2015 Comments Off on Debate over responsibility lets kids down Barbara Ward

A review into how Child Youth and Family handled the ‘roastbusters’ case highlights how the victims were overlooked while agencies debated whose role it was to intervene and on what basis, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “There has obviously been a major breakdown in communication between CYFS and the police. Even if the ...

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Data withheld to stymie research

Nov 25, 2015 Comments Off on Data withheld to stymie research Barbara Ward

A university lecturer and author of an award winning book on the history of patched gangs in New Zealand who has had requests for information denied by police is owed both an explanation and apology, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Jarrod Gilbert is known in academic circles around the world for his work on gang ...

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Big gaps in rushed returning offenders law

Nov 18, 2015 Comments Off on Big gaps in rushed returning offenders law Barbara Ward

Legislation passed under urgency to have New Zealanders with criminal records monitored when they're sent back from Australia contains some glaring holes, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “We have a plane load of 20 deportees arriving back in New Zealand this week, and here we are debating a hastily drafted bill, that will have ...

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Hardship tailored to suit government coffers

Nov 13, 2015 Comments Off on Hardship tailored to suit government coffers Barbara Ward

The Government appears to have magic-ed a figure out of a hat to base its child poverty policy on, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Official figures show there are 305,000 New Zealand children now living in poverty, based on their family’s income. “National made a big song and dance about helping these kids when ...

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Children’s teams left high and dry

Oct 13, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s teams left high and dry Barbara Ward

A cornerstone Government initiative to help our most vulnerable kids has come unstuck with Treasury raising major concerns about its effectiveness and key stakeholders describing it as unmanageable, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New material obtained by Labour shows the agencies tasked with running children’s teams are struggling to staff them and are having ...

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Chain of failures leads to paedophile’s escape

Oct 1, 2015 Comments Off on Chain of failures leads to paedophile’s escape Barbara Ward

An inquiry into the escape of convicted paedophile and murderer Phillip John Smith shows a chain of failures by government departments enabled him to flee to Brazil, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Corrections underestimated Smith because they didn’t properly take into account the troubling psychological evaluations of him presented to the Parole Board. “The ...

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No excuse for teen’s lengthy cell lock-up

Sep 28, 2015 Comments Off on No excuse for teen’s lengthy cell lock-up Barbara Ward

A planned overhaul of CYF must include an evaluation of the availability of placements for youngsters caught up in the youth justice system, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The fact Child Youth and Family had nowhere to put an Auckland teenager is extraordinary. “There are laws around holding young people in police ...

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