It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa Wall.
It is estimated they serve over 7000 New Zealanders, of which over 1000 are Cantabrians receiving earthquake-recovery counselling, families requiring abuse and family violence counselling and vulnerable youth. My concern is for their health and wellbeing and this should be the government's priority too.
The Government is being urged to extend the Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme to help families in the most severely-damaged islands of Vanuatu, following Cyclone Pam.
“Allowing a further 300 people to take up seasonal employment in New Zealand under the successful scheme is a practical way of providing support to those who have suffered the most,” says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson, Sue Moroney.
The Government must clarify where and when Sikhs can wear a kirpan – a ceremonial dagger which their religion requires them to always carry, Labour’s spokesperson for Ethnic Communities Phil Goff says.
“While I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure that Sikhs are not discriminated against in being prevented from wearing the kirpan in public, clearly more weight will attach to legislation allowing this than a statement at a press conference.
A successful court case that paves the way for better pay for work performed predominantly by women is in no way a justification for the Government to weaken laws around equal pay, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
"Sunday is International Women's Day and the best gift this Government could give New Zealand women is a promise that it won't tamper with the law to stop women like rest home worker Kristine Bartlett from getting paid what their work is worth.
Labour will hold National to its promise to increase the support given to new parents of premature, multiple birth and babies born with disabilities, Labour’s paid parental leave campaigner Sue Moroney says.
"I am naturally disappointed that after battling for three years to extend paid parental leave, tonight my Member’s Bill will be defeated.