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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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