Children’s ministry, but only for some

Jul 28, 2016 Comments Off on Children’s ministry, but only for some Barbara Ward

The Government is stigmatising a whole cohort of young New Zealanders while leaving others behind with its creation of a Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Confirmation of the move by Hekia Parata, an acting Minister, was clearly unplanned. This is, after all, part of the Government’s flagship reforms of CYF. ...

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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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