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


Labour committed to 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

Sue Moroney
List MP based in Hamilton

Labour committed to 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

New Zealanders know they can trust Labour on Paid Parental Leave, not Bill English, who blocked an extension to 26 weeks just last year, says Labour MP Sue Moroney.

“After vetoing 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave, which the majority of Parliament voted for, Bill English has no credibility promising more weeks now.

“I’m really proud that Jacinda Ardern has pledged to pass 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave into law within the first hundred days of her government. It will be part of a Families Package that will boost incomes for families with kids and give them more options.

“English got it wrong when he vetoed my Bill. He claimed the cost was four times higher than it really was. Reversing course now is too little, too late.

"Bill English needs to apologise to all the families of babies born since April 1 this year who would have already be entitled to 22 weeks paid parental leave, if he hadn't blocked it."

“National are clearly feeling under pressure as their polls worsen, and are putting out half-baked, halfway house policies to try to halt their slide.

“Kiwis know that Labour is truly committed to Paid Parental Leave while National is just pandering during an election campaign.

“Parents and babies deserve the best start in life, and Labour will deliver it,” says Sue Moroney.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day Results

2017 General Election - Preliminary Count

National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%.

NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%.

ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs.

The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament.

There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government.

The Greens can not contemplate a deal with National.

So, Winston Peters will have to make a choice and could back National or a combined Labour/Green coalition.

The most likely result is National and NZ First will reach some sort of deal to form the next government.

Election Night Results

Advance Voting Statistics

General Election Information: Voters - Who, When And Where


From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament

"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>


Children With Disabilities: Education Crisis Unaddressed

In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>


Suffrage Day: PSA National Secretaries Vote For Equal Pay

PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. More>>


Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People

Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>


Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy

Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog