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


Dowie named spokesperson for Early Childhood Education

Sarah Dowie
National MP for Invercargill

Media statement
2 November 2017

Dowie named spokesperson for Early Childhood Education

Sarah Dowie, MP for Invercargill, has been appointed spokesperson for Early Childhood Education by National Party Leader Bill English.

“Early Childhood Education is a portfolio I am passionate about. As the mother of two young children I am a strong advocate for the benefits of Early Childhood Education,” Ms Dowie says.

“I will hold the Government to account and ensure the settings are right to give our children the best start. The first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most important for their development and Early Childhood Education is such a vital part of that development.

“The number of children participating in Early Childhood Education before starting school increased under National to 96.7 per cent in 2016 – an increase of 2 per cent since March 2011. I will be pushing the Government to maintain that success.

“I am proud to be part of a strong and loyal Opposition. I continue to be ambitious for New Zealand – and the National Party remains committed to building a stronger, more confident and more prosperous nation.

“I will work tirelessly to ensure young children can achieve their hopes and dreams. This is only possible if New Zealand continues to succeed and New Zealanders continue to get ahead. I will hold the current Government to account on any decisions that place that progress at risk.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election