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


Making sure every child gets a good start

Bill English National Party Leader

14 March 2002

Making sure every child gets a good start

National wants every child to get a good start which can only be achieved by improving the outcomes for all children, says National Party Leader Bill English.

"I feel passionate about this. I know how hard it is to raise a family and I know I am luckier than most. I have nothing but admiration for the many families who are doing a first class job of raising their children.

" In the future we will get the country we deserve. If we look after our children well now, then that will provide a sound framework for how they act and behave in the future. We must create an environment where children are valued.

"Today I am releasing a discussion document that outlines some of the ideas that National thinks will make a difference to the future of this country and its children. Raising children requires skill and cash. National wants to assist with both.

"National also wants to send a clear message that violence toward children is never acceptable. Too many innocent lives have been lost. We must not let any more suffer. This is not just a challenge to National but also a challenge to every adult in this country.

"The social cost if we don't is too great as this present Government is finding out. It's fine for the Prime Minister to grandstand on the international stage but what is she doing to raise the standards for New Zealand children? Absolutely nothing.

"I want the best for my children, I want the best for all children and a Government lead by myself will do just that.

"In releasing this document I appeal to everyone interested in the future of our children to read it carefully and give us feedback on what they think. National wants to get this right.

"Children are a nation's most important asset, so I look forward to hearing from interested parties about what they think of our plan to give every child a good start," says Mr English.

The discussion document will focus on several key areas that are under consideration.

* Simplify family assistance.
* Pay family assistance in the wage packet.
* Make home visitation programmes available to many more families
* Get Government and community agencies working together to reduce transience.
* Expand Kidznet to ensure services are getting to the children who need them most
* Get community agencies more involved in the care and protection of children.
* Increase financial support for foster parents, improve training and social work support for foster parents, and ensure that foster parents aren't left paying large bills for damage done to their homes.
* Encourage CYFS to place children permanently within two years, review current practice and law affecting the long term care of children.
* Increase public education aimed at reducing violence towards children. Amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act- remove infanticide and review sentencing for offences against children.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news