New Zealand Labour Party

Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day

Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says.

“Labour has a proud track record of achieving change for New Zealand women.

“We believe a new Labour Government can make an even greater difference in the lives of women.

 “That’s why we will extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks, raise the minimum wage by $2 an hour to help address the gender pay gap, provide a $60 a week Best Start payment to new parents and give pregnant women free dental care.

 “Labour will take decisive action to stop the unacceptable rates of violence against women and children.

 “To do this we will adopt a collaborative, long-term action plan in consultation with other parties and the sector.

 “Labour will also make sure there are greater resources for frontline support services, primary prevention and education. And we will reform the justice system to better provide for survivors, including reviewing the operation of protection orders.

 “We will ensure all women have full and equal access to opportunities to develop and progress in the workforce and in society.

 “Labour stands for real equality, real opportunity and real choices for all women,” Carol Beaumont says.