More funding and more independence is required for the Children’s Commissioner to function more effectively in the best interests of Kiwi kids in State care, says Labour’s spokesperson for children Jacinda Ardern.
Revelations today that a young person under the care of the Ministry For Vulnerable Children was placed in a hotel is just plain wrong – and it isn’t a one-off, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern.
Minister Anne Tolley handed a double whammy to victims of historic abuse in state care, defending the spend on a Queen’s Counsel hired by the Government to fight their claims, while also refusing to hold a proper inquiry says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern.
It’s time the Government listened to the growing chorus of leading opinion calling for an apology and an independent inquiry into historical abuse claims of children in state care, says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
The second round of proposed Child Youth and Family reforms will see New Zealand lose its status as having world leading legislation, and is counter to research and evidence says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
The Government's failure to act on recommendations from Judge Henwood, based on years of work by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS) will further undermine any faith victims may have put into the process, says Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda Arden.
The Minister for Social Development today confirmed that her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children is essentially a rebrand of CYFS making this a squandered opportunity to better the lives of New Zealand children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern.
“Anne Tolley has led the public to believe that this new ministry would have what she described as a “much wider brief.” But when asked today in Parliament whether the Ministry would be required to develop a plan to reduce child poverty, the answer was a clear no.
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 them.
Auckland Council must move to ensure there are heritage protections in place following recommendations that demolition restrictions be tossed out, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
The panel considering the Unitary Plan has recommended removing partial protections for neighbourhoods with houses built before 1944.