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

 


Thousands expected to celebrate children this Children’s Day

Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development

28 February 2014

Thousands expected to celebrate children this Children’s Day

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett will be among tens of thousands of New Zealanders celebrating Children’s Day this weekend.

This Sunday marks the 14th annual Children’s Day, and around 150 events will be held around the country all weekend.

“Children’s Day is a great time for families to have a bit of time out and fun together,” Mrs Bennett said.

Events being held include the South Waikato Community Collective in Tokoroa, with activities and competitions for children and teenagers, and an appearance by Waikato Chiefs rugby players.

Christchurch is holding a Children’s Day event at the Ferrymead Heritage Park with over 10,000 expected to attend.

“All the exciting events lined up embody the Children’s Day theme of treasuring our children, with plenty of fun and colourful activities, games and performances for families to get involved in.”

“The most important thing about Children’s Day is spending time with them, whether that’s at an event, an outing or at home.”

“It’s a chance to celebrate the important place children have in all communities, and to focus on ways we can build stronger, more resilient families so children have the best opportunity to thrive.”

Children’s Day is also a time for New Zealanders to pause and think about those children who don’t receive the love and support they need to grow up healthy and happy.

The Children’s Action Plan contains more than 30 initiatives, each aimed at protecting and nurturing vulnerable children, and preventing abuse and neglect.

That includes Children’s Teams, with two already working in Whangarei and Rotorua, and the changes introduced in the Vulnerable Children Bill, which is currently at Select Committee.

“This Government is firmly invested in supporting vulnerable children, and we’re working right alongside communities to make a difference in their lives,” Mrs Bennett said.

“There are over 12,000 fewer children living in benefit-dependent homes compared to 2012, which means a much brighter future for them and their families.”

“Children’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate the biggest treasure in our lives – our children.”

For information on Children’s Day events around the country visit www.childrensday.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news