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

 


Jigsaw: We Need to Get Serious About Valuing Our Children

MEDIA RELEASE
27 February 2013

Jigsaw Says We Need to Get Serious About Valuing Our Children

Jigsaw Family Services says New Zealanders need to get serious about treasuring our tamariki and realise that they are our future.

Chief Executive Sally Christie says that Children’s Day, this Sunday 3rd March, is a prime time for us all to refocus on getting things right for children.

“That means our community, business and national leaders need to be looking at the world through children’s eyes in every decision we make. From designing the Christchurch rebuild, through to deciding on ways to tackle issues of poverty and affordable housing,” Sally says.

“Children are affected by all these decisions, yet they have little or no say about their future. We need to make sure children’s needs are always considered.”

Many of the organisations that belong to Jigsaw’s network are putting on special events and activities for parents and children this weekend to celebrate the importance of our tamariki.

One such event is the Toddler Day Out and Great Parenting Fair in West Auckland. The organiser, Violence Free Waitakere Chief Executive, Elaine Dyer, says the event is a mixture of children’s entertainment and providing parenting information. This year there is also a focus on healthy eating and laying down the foundations for growing happy, healthy children.

“Children’s Day is a natural opportunity to say that if we all care about our future we have to be putting our children at the forefront of our concerns,” Elaine says.

Jigsaw acknowledges that being a parent can be quite hard at times. It can be frustrating and stressful, but is also extremely rewarding. Children’s Day can be a time to sit down, relax and play with your kids.

ends
Contact: Jigsaw Media and Communications Leigh-Anne Wiig 021 971 195.

Jigsaw Family Services is a national network of 44 organisations throughout New Zealand working to end child abuse and family violence so that children can thrive and families flourish.

Jigsaw’s partner agencies are holding a variety of events throughout the country. They include:

Homebuilders Westport is holding a big Family Picnic Fun Day in Westport;

KidPower is running self-defence workshops for young people in Auckland and puppet shows in Motueka.

Jigsaw’s partner Footsteps is holding a farm trip in Mt Albert, a treasure hunt and children’s fun day at Papakura.; a fun day at the Historic Village in Tauranga; and the ‘Big Play Out’ at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.

For more information about Children’s Day events please contact Leigh-Anne or visit www.childrensday.org.nz/


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news