Parliament

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

 

Taking Best Start on the road

Taking Best Start on the road

Labour is taking its Best Start package to the people, with a series of community meetings planned around the country.

MPs Jacinda Ardern, Annette King, Chris Hipkins and Sue Moroney will be promoting Best Start in regional and metropolitan centres, starting in Christchurch later this month and winding up in Northland in June.

“There’s often a disconnect between Parliament and the communities politicians are elected to represent,” Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern said.

“By taking it on the road we hope to talk to as many parents as we possibly can and answer any questions they may have.

She said today - Children’s Day - was a perfect time for all of us to reflect on how important kids are to the future of a country.

“Our Best Start policy is about giving every New Zealand child the opportunities they deserve right from the start.

“We know every family is unique, and that this package won’t solve everything. But we also know the first years of a child’s life are the most important and that $60 a week for the first 12 months will make a real difference for many Kiwi parents,” she said.

Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins said Labour would also boost the number of hours of free early childhood education for three to five year olds - by five hours to 25 hours a week - and establish more ECE centres in high need areas to ensure there are enough places for kids who need them.

Best Start would also see around 26,000 families each year benefit from a plan to extend paid parental leave to six months, Sue Moroney, Social Development spokesperson and sponsor of a Bill to extend leave provisions said.

“That's a real commitment to supporting bonding and breastfeeding in those precious early months.”

Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King said Best Start also provided more options for new mums, something the Government had promised, but not delivered.

“Having a child changes your life. In today’s mobile world prospective new parents often don’t have the support they need. That support is crucial, even before baby is born.

“Labour will ensure new mums’ programmes will be available nationwide, along with access to free antenatal care. Well Child/Tamariki Ora visits will be extended so that those who most need help receive it.

“Our road trip is a chance for communities to get involved and give all our kids the best start in life,” Annette King said.

Ends

© 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>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

(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>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog