Labour firmly supports the call by UNICEF today to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an agreement we signed 22 years ago, but are a long way from fulfilling, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“UNICEF has highlighted New Zealand’s failings with a powerful campaign titled ‘Make my Future Fair.’
The Government must reverse the trend of women going backwards and immediately implement the National Council of Women’s recommendations for a gender equal New Zealand, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“National’s disregard for the experiences of women has been outed by its actions and John Key’s extreme behaviour this week.
It is deeply ironic that the Government is happy to tell pregnant women and new mothers what to eat but won’t extend paid parental leave to support breastfeeding for six months – an important tool in reducing childhood obesity, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“According to the World Health Organisation, there is a ‘mounting body of evidence’ showing breastfeeding plays a role in protecting children against obesity.
A cornerstone Government initiative to help our most vulnerable kids has come unstuck with Treasury raising major concerns about its effectiveness and key stakeholders describing it as unmanageable, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“New material obtained by Labour shows the agencies tasked with running children’s teams are struggling to staff them and are having to postpone referrals because of it.
A planned overhaul of CYF must include an evaluation of the availability of placements for youngsters caught up in the youth justice system, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The fact Child Youth and Family had nowhere to put an Auckland teenager is extraordinary.
A report into Child Youth and Family confirms there are staggering issues with child protection in New Zealand, but has few long term solutions to help our most vulnerable kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“It’s clear that CYF has seen a huge increase in demand for its services, and that has come with little additional support or resources. At the same time there has been a focus on responding to ‘incidents’ and short term solutions, rather than looking at children’s overall environments.
The Government’s mishandling of tax status for charitable community housing providers is jeopardising projects to house some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable families, Labour’s Associate Housing and Community and Voluntary sector spokesperson Poto Williams says.
“National has allowed this confusion to continue for almost two years. Their latest move, rules that mean Far North Iwi He Korowai Trust will lose its charitable status if it allows families to pay off their homes, is simply nuts.
As we celebrate 122 years of women having the vote in New Zealand tomorrow, court battles to ensure women get paid the same as men show there is still a long way to go, Labour’s Woman’s Caucus chair Poto Williams says.
“It is a shame in this day and age that female aged care workers are paid $7 less an hour than prison guards – a job considered comparable.
National has resorted to its last desperate tactic to defeat Labour’s plan to help more families with new babies, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“The public will have the chance to voice their support for extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks after my Member’s Bill last night passed its first reading and will be considered by a select committee.