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

 


Government must do more for vulnerable whanau

Nanaia
MAHUTA
Maori Social Development Spokesperson

10 April 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Government must do more for vulnerable whanau

The Government needs to reconcile its rhetoric on vulnerable children with action that really makes a difference in their lives, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

The UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 11 is a stark reminder that while we think our country is a great place to bring up children, New Zealand ranks 21 out of 35 countries for levels of child poverty, and nearly the bottom of all measured countries for the percentage of young people not in education, training or employment.

“Just last night the Government antagonised the situation by passing social security legislation which forces single mums to work without recognising the need to up-skill and train them.

“There are far too many Kiwi children living in poverty and for a small country like ours, it doesn’t need to be that way.

“The sooner National recognises that a whole of Government approach is required to improve the lives of vulnerable children, the sooner New Zealand can again hold its head high in the international community.

“Over 48% of parents on the DPB have no formal educational qualifications. Supporting their education, training and employment opportunities will significantly enhance their employment opportunities and the type of job that they can apply for.

“The Government needs to step up to the plate and recognise that by improving training and employment opportunities for parents, it is also helping to improve the lives of our vulnerable children.

“It’s a simple formula that requires urgent attention. New Zealand’s children deserve better.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news