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


Budget leaves some elder abuse victims unsupported

Age Concern New Zealand media release

Budget – 17 May 2007

Budget leaves some elder abuse victims unsupported

Extra funding in today’s Budget will benefit some older people, says Age Concern New Zealand, but there’s nothing new to combat the scourge of elder abuse and neglect.

Age Concern provides most of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention (EANP) services around New Zealand.

“Elder abuse in resthomes is in the news at the moment,” says Jayne McKendry, Age Concern’s New Zealand’s EANP professional adviser.

“All our stats say it’s much wider than that. Most elder abuse happens in older people’s own homes, and is committed by members of their own families.

“Yet parts of New Zealand still don’t have any services to help them.

“Extra Budget funding for Ministry of Health services will help older people, but we’re disappointed that the Minister of Social Development doesn’t seem to see abused older people as a priority.”

Age Concern is seeking to expand elder abuse and neglect prevention services into parts of the country that currently have no cover.

Currently older people in Thames-Coromandel, Rotorua, the Far North and Grey District, along with parts of the main centres and rural communities are unsupported.

“The government’s Positive Ageing Strategy for older people has a goal that older people feel safe and secure,” Jayne McKendry says. “The strategy says protection from elder abuse and neglect is a vital part of older people’s health and well-being, but we’re not seeing additional support for it in this year’s Budget.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election