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


Government wants the best for all NZ families

3 December 2003 Media Statement

Maharey: Government wants the best for all New Zealand families

Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey has told an international conference on families that government policies are directed at getting the best outcomes possible from the increasingly diverse range of New Zealand families.

Opening the Strengthening Families conference in Wellington this morning, Steve Maharey said that the traditional New Zealand family, with a father in full-time work supporting a wife at home and their children, is no longer the dominant model.

“New Zealanders now live in very different family arrangements and it is the government’s role to support them to ensure the best outcomes for children, women and men.

“We are not about to buy into the argument put forward by some people that we should be forcing New Zealanders back into the ‘traditional nuclear family’. This argument would see women forced out of the workforce and violent families kept together.”

“It is obvious that children benefit from being bought up by both of their parents if they can live together in harmony. But we also have to pay attention to the many families where this is not the situation.”

Steve Maharey outlined government policies to assist families, which are now achieving good results including:
- early results from the package of benefit reforms targeted at helping parents into employment which reveal that 80 percent of sole-parent beneficiaries have now completed a personal development and employment plan, with a third committing themselves to undertaking education and training. This figure rises to 40 percent for parents of children aged between 1 and 7;
- the introduction of paid parental leave which has allowed more mothers to breastfeed their children. All available evidence shows breastfeeding has a long-term positive health impact on children; and
- the reduction in unemployment rolls which has seen the number of couple families with children reliant on a benefit falling by 36 percent over the past 5 years.

“These are important and practical achievements which we intend to build upon in next year’s Budget to ensure New Zealand families are able to stand up the riggers of modern life,” Steve Mahaery said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On That $4 Billion Hit To National’s Economic Cred

National released its economic and tax policy last Friday. Weirdly, the plan was announced right at the end of the news week, when whatever impact it managed to generate would be likely to dissipate over the weekend. Well…. that now seems all for the best. The plan is now known to have a $4 billion hole in it. Apparently, National used outdated figures for the amount it stood to save from NOT paying into the Super Fund. Amusingly, the $4 billion mistake was almost exactly the same size as the $4.7 billion that National still promises to give away in tax cuts... More>>


PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>


Labour: Supporting Workers And Valuing Their Contribution

Making sure working New Zealanders are safe, healthy and that their contribution to the economy is valued is at the heart of Labour’s Workplace Relations Policy.
“This is Labour demonstrating its commitment to helping working New Zealanders by increasing sick leave, raising wages, protecting them while they are at work, growing jobs and investing in the economy,”... More>>


PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>


Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels