Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Big Boost For Children's Rights

Big Boost For Commissioner To Promote Children's Rights

The annual budget of the Commissioner for Children's office will almost double within two years to enable him to better promote the rights of children and to monitor our compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today.

The Commissioner's Office will receive an additional $2.8m over four years - $400,000 in 2001/02 and $800,000 in subsequent years - in Thursday's Budget. The funding will enable the Commissioner to take on a significantly wider role to advance the rights and interests of children, including improved public awareness campaigns, the establishment of a Youth Advisory Council and increased resources for research on children's rights issues in New Zealand.

Mr Maharey said the Government wanted to reassert New Zealand's position as a great place to be a child.

"Every child deserves a good start in life yet too many young New Zealanders have their potential cut short by abusive or neglectful adults or unresponsive public services.

"Since 1989 the Commissioner for Children has had the job of monitoring the law relating to children and promoting their interests and welfare. The Government believes this role should be strengthened and that the Office should also monitor compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"The new funding the Commissioner will receive will enable his Office to significantly boost its services. This includes:

- extension of the Office's advocacy services nationwide, and in particular to children in rural and provincal communities;

- the establishment of a Youth Advisory Council to give the Commissioner advice on how he should go about his job;

- publication of a new annual status report on children's well-being in New Zealand;

- coordination of Children's Day activities;

- production of resource kit on children's rights;

- an improved website; and,

- increased funding to enable the Commissioner's Office to meet growing demand for assistance.

"It is expected that the Commissioner for Children Bill currently before Parliament will be passed and come into force over the coming year. The increased allocation also reflects the increased role the bill envisages for the Commissioner's Office,"Steve Maharey said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news