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


Big Party Crime Speeches Short Change Families

Gordon Copeland Press Release
For Immediate Release
Thursday, 31st January 2008

Big Party Crime Speeches Short Change Families

An Independent MP says the big political parties are not addressing the real cause of “mad January’s” violent crime wave.

Gordon Copeland welcomes Helen Clark’s and John Key’s intentions but says their initiatives shut the door after the horse has bolted.

“It is ironic that with the country now facing an unprecedented upward spiral of violence, that the big parties are still resorting to an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach,” said Mr Copeland.

“Whilst it is important to do more for 16 and 17 year olds, neither party is actually getting back to the root cause of the problem which is the initial formative years of a child’s life.”

He says the country is paying the price of successive National and Labour neglect of support for families and the parenting of young children.

“I have been advocating strategies that address the root cause; namely the need to up-skill parents starting before a child is born and then continuing and refreshing that right through the child’s formative years.”

Mr Copeland, who will be standing for the Kiwi Party in this year’s election, says research shows the first seven years of a child’s life are the most important. “They are the learning years which set the course for their future.” Literacy was also a key issue. Mr Copeland says “The top 20 per cent of students that are leaving our schools are world class but the bottom 20 percent are functionally illiterate.”

His policy had four key points: “Address the issues of fatherlessness, up-skill marriages, empower parents and teachers, and get back to discipline and respect.” He would implement those via government funded courses which would continue through all school years – not just early childhood. Organisations with a good grasp of the issues such as faith based communities and iwi, would be funded to deliver these courses, he says.

Supporting Mr Copeland’s position, Plunket this week also called on political parties to focus on early years. Their CEO Paul Baigent announced that focussing investment in early childhood was vital for society “We have to commit to it now - every single one of us.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




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. 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