Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Best Start Policy a good start for children

27 Jan 2014:

Labour's Best Start proposal announced today represents a very significant step forward. CPAG welcomes the acknowledgement that New Zealand doesn't want to be a World Vision society where poor children get their basics from charity.

CPAG is delighted to see this recognition that a new approach is needed. Child poverty cannot be addressed without cost and bold moves are needed.

Spokesperson Susan St John says, "Children aged 0-3 years would get a substantial and much needed boost through 'Best Start'. This would impact significantly on the child poverty rate for this group, which is currently higher than for children as a whole. It is strongly child-related, so families with two children under 3 would gain a maximum of $120 a week and removes work-based discrimination."

"It also recognises the work of caregivers in these early years and closes some of the gap for those who miss out on paid parental leave. This policy is significantly more inclusive than exists currently and it would also bring us more in line with the Australian situation. The increased investment in early childhood education for all is most welcome and would have a very positive impact.

Dr St John says, "This is just the beginning of a long overdue reform process - there is still much to do. Struggling families with older children are also desperately in need of assistance. However, a start has to be made and CPAG congratulates Labour for not turning its back on this issue in favour of empty, work-based rhetoric."

CPAG says the three State of the Nation speeches this week show welcome signs of a growing focus on the needs of children.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news