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

 

Winston Practises Plagiarism!

27 November 2000

Graham Capill
Party Leader

“The recent attack on the Government’s ‘closing the gaps’ policies by New Zealand First is shamefully opportunistic. Their new policy philosophies also are suspiciously similar to the consistent welfare and family policies of the Christian Heritage Party,” Rosemarie Thomas, Welfare Spokesperson for the Christian Heritage Party said.

“It is ridiculously ironic that Winston Peters now condemns policies that aim to improve conditions for Maori and Pacific peoples, since in 1991 when he was Minister of Maori Affairs, he enthusiastically released the Ka Awatea report. This report exposed the realities experienced by the Maori population and the incapacities of welfare institutions to meet their needs, resulting in the formation of Te Puni Kokiri. “It seems to be just a ‘race’ game in politics for Mr Peters, rather than dealing with real issues,” claims Rosemarie Thomas.

As for his apparent ‘new’ found family values, such as, the importance of marriage, security and protection of children, and tax incentives for families, Rosemarie Thomas argues that these have been the foundations of Christian Heritage Party Policy since its creation. As stated in its manifestos, Christian Heritage Party has always been committed to these values. “The Christian Heritage Party believes in its ability to make a difference – not just get votes! We refuse to adopt simplistic and political excuses for the condition of our nation and truly believe we can make a difference to the welfare of our people,” she said.

Commenting on the recent statement from Mr Charles Waldgrave of the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, Rosemarie Thomas agrees that the existence of poverty in this country is a sign of social and economic policy failures. In fact, many problems remain as a result of political haggling, rushed policies and insufficient planning and implementation of policies. “Even though these are complex problems that have no simple answers, if the genetic code can be broken, surely so can social codes.” Time, effort and will, can manage or resolve many problems in New Zealand.

Rosemarie Thomas comments that the effectiveness of policies such as “closing the gaps” will take longer than an election term to unfold, but like many other policies in the history of this nation, will be terminated by a following government. “This type of politics and short-sightedness makes the policy environment in New Zealand a disaster, not for politicians, but for ordinary people and families who deserve better. This lack of consistency has been a hazard that Christian Heritage has avoided by standing firmly with the Party’s time-proven values and standards,” she said.

Rosemarie Thomas cautions voters to analyse carefully the political games played by parties such as New Zealand First. Its new family values may attract attention but voters can find their origin in Christian Heritage Party Policy. The Party’s values will not be changing according to the political climate. Christian Heritage has proved its faithfulness to its values and will continue to push for the welfare of families as a means to strengthen this nation,” she concluded.

Contact: Social Policy Spokesperson: Rosemarie Thomas: (025) 846 627
Party Leader: Graham Capill: Direct Line: (03) 352 6720 Mobile: (021) 661 766

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... 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>>

ALSO:


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>>

ALSO:

Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels