The Privy Council’s decision to quash Teina Pora’s convictions for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett could be the final chapter in a case that should have been closed years ago, Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Teina Pora has spent more than 20 years in prison, despite overwhelming public evidence that a miscarriage of justice occurred.
An Amnesty International report has once again criticised New Zealand’s track record on looking after our kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
The annual report, which looks at global human rights abuses highlights not only the fact that high numbers of New Zealand children continue to live in poverty but also raises concerns around the legal status of 17 year olds.
A new Salvation Army report provides compelling evidence of the Government’s lack of progress in tackling New Zealand’s appalling rates of violence against children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The eighth ‘State of the Nation’ report once again highlights the absence of leadership on vital social issues that have a significant impact on New Zealand children.
Labour is calling on the Government to reverse a decision to cut teacher and student access to specialist non-fiction National Library books amid fears it will have a detrimental effect on learning, especially for smaller schools and those that do not have full access to online resources.
The Government is getting rid of the current print lending service and replacing it with a new ‘reading engagement service’, meaning teachers will no longer be able to order books for specialist topic studies.
Laws which see young people under the care of CYFS abandoned once they turn 17 will mean at least a dozen young Kiwis will be left to fend for themselves over the December festive season, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Under current laws a 17-year-old is regarded as no longer being a child and no longer in need of care and protection.