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

 


Greens launch Green Paper on work- life balance

Embargoed till 6am:

01 April 2013

Greens launch Green Paper on work- life balance

The Green Party today launched a discussion paper to promote better work-life balance for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

“New Zealander’s work some of the longest hours in the world and it’s something we need to address if we are serious about promoting NZ as a place to have a great life style, said Holly Walker, Green Party Work-Life balance spokesperson.

“We also have a real issue with brain drain in this country - we can’t compete on wages with bigger economies but we could. For this to be real we need address a work culture of long hours.”

OECD research shows that Kiwis work on average 10 hours a week more than the average for OECD countries.

The Green Party discussion paper covers three main areas:

· Promotion campaign and resources for work-life balance

· Development of at least 8 additional statutory holidays to ensure coverage throughout the year.

· Provision for space in work places for naps, mediatation, yoga and other stress relief techniques.

“Firstly, the message needs to get out there to the public, this could involve a website and resources being available in all work places.

“We also need lots of billboards everywhere to promote that its ok to work normal hours. They could say things like – “work to live, or live to work?” “take a break, take it easy”, said Ms Walker, “we are open to other suggestions”.

“I also think that high profile people such as MPs, broadcasters and sport stars need to take the lead and promote cultural change. by wearing t-shirts or placards with appropriate messages like “Samuel Parnell says - 40 hours is cool”, and “Be a winner and have a nap!

“Personally, I’m going to get a shirt and maybe a sign that says you’ll be dead one day, enjoy today!

Green Party Meditation spokesperson Catherine Delahunty, “Parliament would be so much better off if we could all do some mediation and yoga together, and I think that’s true for everyone. It’s about stress relief and positive vibes. People will be cynical but, man, it could make a real difference. Just give it a go I say.”

Green Party Holidays spokesperson Gareth Hughes added “We also need more statutory holidays and plenty of them! Everyone loves holidays, and they are good for the environment, economy and people. It’s a win-win-win proposal, and those are the best kind!

The Green Party MPs have chosen to sponsor the following holidays in the consultation process.

Proposed additional statutory holidays

· March 24: Look after the environment day (all)

· April 16 – Rebirth the Earth (Catherine Delahunty)

· May 5 - Buy local, Eat local day (Eugenie Sage)

· May 11: Bob Marley’s commemoration day (all)

· June 20: Love your cycle (not in a dirty way) day (Julie Anne Genter)

· July 12: Bigger words are better day (Kennedy Graham/Eugenie Sage)

· September 20: Dave’s dancing day (David Clendon)

· October 11: Dolphin love day (Gareth Hughes)

· April 1: April’s fool’s day (all)

All days would be Mondayised or Fridayised as appropriate

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news