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

 


Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis

Louisa
WALL

Youth Affairs Spokesperson

5 September 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis


A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall says.

“The global financial crisis hit young people particularly hard. In some regions as many as 22.5 per cent of young New Zealanders between 15 and 24 either don’t have jobs or are not learning. That is such a waste of talent and it has long-term consequences.

“Labour will ensure all New Zealanders under 20 are in work, education, or training through a comprehensive youth employment package that includes paying the equivalent of the dole to employers willing to offer a permanent fulltime job and providing intensive support to school leavers who have been out of work or training for more than six months.

“Because we know how important the environment is to young Kiwis and how concerned they are about it, we’ll include young people in environmental decision making. Alongside that Labour will add to the available pool of conservation rangers, planners and biodiversity specialists by developing a conservation apprenticeship programme.

“For many young people tertiary education is a ticket to social, cultural and economic success. That means we need to make sure all our young Kiwis have access to world-class tertiary learning, without having to take on massive debt.

“A Labour Government will review the student support system including allowances, loans, and scholarships with an aim to increasing access to tertiary education that is fair, transparent and sustainable.

“In conjunction with that we will support and extend programmes such as StarPath and the Maori and Pacific Admission Scheme that allow young Maori and Pasifika people to realise their learning potential and contribute to their families and communities.

“Adopting a comprehensive and evidence-based strategy to support youth mental health and sexual and reproductive health and education will be a priority for Labour. We will restore and strengthen anti-bullying initiatives to ensure all young people have the tools to make informed decisions about how they live their lives.

“Our young people are the future. They deserve to be valued and their dreams and aspirations supported. A Labour Government will do that,” Louisa Wall said.

Young_People_policy.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news