Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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


Seven Years on And National is in No Rush to Help Children

Seven Years on And National is in No Rush to Help Children

Seven years under a National government has done nothing to improve the appalling outcomes for New Zealand children in state care, says New Zealand First.

“We join New Zealanders who are fed up with endless reviews, green papers, white papers, consultations and overhauls by this government, and we sit in a state of disbelief at the number of children still being abused in Child Youth and Family care,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Social Development Darroch Ball.

“We can no longer trust Child Youth and Family to look after vulnerable kids. That this has knowingly been the case for too long is unacceptable.

“The Children Commissioner’s report claims that the longer a child spends in CYF care they are more likely to come to harm.

“Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley agreed in Parliament today that the system wasn’t working.

“New Zealand First has no confidence in the emerging system either and we are concerned at reports that the new Children’s Teams are malfunctioning under many limitations, including lack of additional funding and ‘a design as we go’ approach to their structure.

“It is clear that many of the 5000 children in care at any given time are at risk and the government has turned a blind eye while funding an endless barrage of reports, expert groups and papers,” says Mr Ball.

“These children can’t wait for another Rebstock revolution to nowhere.”

(Paula Rebstock was appointed by the government to lead an expert panel to overhaul CYF).


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.