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


Keep our children safe this summer - Mahuta

Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Youth Affairs

4 January 2008 Media Statement
Keep our children safe this summer - Mahuta

Youth Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta is urging parents to keep their children safe this summer.

“The festive season is a time to celebrate and spend precious time with our families and young ones. It also means that we must take extra care when watching our children this summer,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

“If you’re going to the beach, make sure your children are supervised at all times when they’re in the water, and ensure they swim between the safety flags,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

“The same goes for general safety. With school out, more kids will be seen on the streets, and it is a matter of being extra cautious at intersections, or on what would normally be deemed quiet roads during the day.

“If you’re travelling, make sure everyone in the car wears a seat belt, and ensure that young ones are buckled in. All too often there are instances where young children are seen standing up in the back of cars with no restraints,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

“Already there have been 17 lives lost on our roads in the Christmas period alone, and we don’t want any more families suffering.”

Nanaia Mahuta is encouraging Kiwis to make regular stops on their summer travels.

“Families are travelling around Aotearoa/New Zealand to visit loved ones, and therefore we must take personal responsibility for our children, because they are the most vulnerable,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

“Drivers carry an enormous amount of responsibility, so it’s good to make sure to plan trips with plenty of stops so they can rest and re-energize. I want our young people and their parents to keep safe and enjoy their summer holidays.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog