The Government’s sudden proposition to finally raise the age of young people under CYF care comes just months after it voted down attempts to do exactly that, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“It also comes just days after a petition calling for an increase attracted thousands of signatures.
Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees places enormous pressure on organisations working with children and it puts children at risk.
The ‘indefinite’ postponement of an initiative designed to encourage people to read Kiwi books will be a major blow to local authors, publishers and booksellers, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
News that the annual NZ Book Month event is likely to be canned this year follows hard on the heels of rumours that the New Zealand Book Awards are also in trouble and are unlikely to be held this year either.
A report in to the police handling of the “Roastbusters”, which highlights massive deficiencies in the way multiple complaints were handled and questions why police did not hold the young men involved to account, should be required reading for every officer dealing with similar cases, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
Ms Ardern, who prompted the IPCA review of the case, said the report was damning