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

 


Best Start for children under Labour

David Cunliffe
Labour Leader

27 January 2014

Best Start for children under Labour

Kiwi kids will get the best start towards a happy, healthy and successful life under the next Labour government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Our Best Start package will focus on the first five years of a child’s life and help families struggling to meet the rising costs of living.

“It will give 59,000 families with new-borns a $60 a week payment through to their baby’s first birthday. That investment will continue for parents on modest and middle incomes until their child turns three.

“Sixty dollars will make a real difference to the lives of struggling parents. For example, it will pay for a weekly supply of nappies and baby food.

“There will also be free antenatal classes for all first time mothers and early home visits.

“Free early childhood education for three, four and five year old children will be expanded from 20 to 25 hours a week, and paid parental leave will be extended from 14 to 26 weeks as set out in Sue Moroney’s Member’s Bill.

“These are tough times for New Zealand families. This package is a first step in Labour's overall programme of reform which includes education, health, housing, and economic development.

“With the best start in life, all our kids will do better in school, achieve more and contribute to our country's future.

“We all benefit from living in a society where everyone can reach their full potential. These policies make that possible from the start. The Best Start payment is in line with similar schemes in other OECD countries.

“I am a proud father of two boys. Like every parent, I want the best for my children.

“That is why I promise that as Prime Minister, my government will stand with parents to give their kids the best possible start in life,” David Cunliffe says.

For more information:
Best Start fact sheet
Fiscals fact sheet

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news