Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Women's Support for ACT Rising Dramatically

Women's Support for ACT Rising Dramatically

Thursday 18 Jul 2002

ACT's anti-NCEA stance endorsed by independent survey

ACT New Zealand President Catherine Judd said today the party's polling shows a dramatic increase in support for ACT from women. "Among those intending to vote for ACT in this election 41.7% are women. Also, among those identified as ACT potential voters 46% are women. This compares with just 16% at the 1999 election," Ms Judd said.

"One of my objectives when I became President was to attract more women to support ACT and it is clear we have achieved that. "I believe we have achieved this by focusing on the issues during the campaign that are important to women and their families and presenting them in ways that are honest and clear," she said.

"Our Zero Tolerance for Crime and Truth-in-Sentencing policies in relation to the current violent crime wave is something that women are particularly concerned about. They want to know that it is safe for them and their children to go walking on our streets.

"ACT's specific commitment to address falling standards in education and to scrap the NCEA has also clearly resonated with women. I have personally been running a parents' campaign on this issue because it is one that I've taken a strong personal interest in over several years, as a parent and a school trustee."

"ACT's concerns about the NCEA have been strongly reinforced by a new nationwide survey of teachers released yesterday by Christchurch teacher David Newton. It shows that 83% of teachers do not think the NCEA should continue to be implemented in its present form, 71% say the NCEA workload is such that they are seriously considering leaving the teaching profession, and 80% do not think the NCEA will be recognised as a valid and robust system by students, parents, employers and educationalists here or overseas.

"The survey covers 1540 teachers from 89 schools.

"Promoting world-class education has always been a key ACT policy, as our members and supporters have always understood its importance to our children's future and New Zealand's growth and prosperity."

"Women also know that growing the economy is the only way for them, their families and New Zealand to get ahead in the world. We must have a first world economy to pay for first world health care and education.

"Women know that a Tax Cut For Every Worker will mean more money in their pockets. It is the mothers that also know that by cutting taxes, reducing red-tape to grow the New Zealand economy is how we will encourage our children overseas to come back," Ms Judd said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news