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.
The Ministry of Social Development is sitting on a ticking time bomb with Child, Youth and Family out of pocket by $56 million despite increased demand for its services, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The new entity that’s replacing CYF is supposed to be in place by the end of March 2017. Its core focus will be on prevention, intensive intervention, care support, youth justice and transition support.
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 of this growing problem. In recent weeks we have even seen them go so far as to denigrate and blame people who are sleeping rough.
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 cases, and while manslaughter is a charge that features, it’s unfathomable that the Crown Prosecutors used it in this case.
Housing NZ must explain why it practically gave away desperately needed social housing on Symonds Street in central Auckland, Labour’s Auckland Central-based list MP Jacinda Ardern says.
“Information obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act shows the 45-unit apartment block built in 1948 has been sold to Auckland University for $2.5 million. The land alone was valued by the Auckland Council at $7.6 million.
The Government should reconsider reputational risk after denying a visa to internationally acclaimed film-maker Rokhasareh Ghaemmaghami, says Labour’s Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
If the Government is truly determined to protect our most vulnerable children recommendations in a report into Child, Youth and Family need to be backed up with proper resourcing, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.
With a fifth of small businesses hit by the fall in the dairy price it’s time the Government stopped being so complacent about the effects on the economy, says Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“MYOB’s latest Business Monitor shows 21 per cent of SMEs are feeling the effects of the fall in dairy prices. In rural areas this is 34 per cent but even Auckland and Christchurch are feeling the effects.
A Human Rights Tribunal ruling that New Zealand’s adoption laws are discriminatory is yet another reason why the Government needs to act urgently to reform the 60-year-old law, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Adoption Action took a case to the tribunal in 2013 and this week the Human Rights Tribunal agreed that in six areas the 1955 Act was discriminatory and contrary to the Human Rights Act and Bill of Rights Act.