Green Party Māori focused matters This election the Green Party is the only ‘mainstream’ political party to produce clear Māori specific policy. It is noteworthy that both National and Labour have, since the last election, jettisoned specific Māori-related policy documentation. We consider the size of the Māori voting electorate (15%), and the significance of issues [...]
On Tuesday the Government announced their support of a parliamentary inquiry into milk pricing. Last week the Commerce Commission ruled conducting a full inquiry of its own this lead to public outcry and opposition parties pushing for a Parliamentary investigation into milk pricing . The Commerce Select Committee which will lead the inquiry will be chaired by Labour [...]
Last week the Māori Affairs Select Committee decided that it will undertake an inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Māori and Pacific children. It will look at social, health and education and social factors affecting the groups.
Hawke’s Bay based paediatrician Dr Russell Wills will replace John Angus taking over the position Childrens Commissioner on July 1. Dr Wills who is Head of Paediatric Hawke’s Bay DHB is well known for his work within both primary and secondary settings, says his focus will be on child poverty, teen parenting, family violence and risks facing teenagers.
Hospitalisations for childhood skin infections in New Zealand have increased by 61% in recent years and are currently double those of Australia and the United States of America . While the overall hospital admissions for skin infections for all New Zealand children are high compared to other OECD nations (60,000 per year) , hospitalisation rates [...]
The coroner who investigated the death of a pre-schooler, who died of smoke inhalation in a fire at her home in Porirua in 2008. Is urging that the Department of Building and Housing requires all landlords ensure working smoke alarms are installed in rented properties. Coroner Ian Smith says housing regulations are out of date [...]
The Working Welfare Reform group have presented 43 recommendations in its final report to government. The recommendations are focused on eight key reform themes to improve life time outcomes for people at risk of long-term welfare dependency.
Vaccination rates have risen 14% over the past two years with 85% of tamariki Māori fully immunised by the time they are two. Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson says that will have long term benefits. She says the improvement in the vaccination rate is the result of work by many different groups; such as the [...]
Northland based Manaia Health- Primary Health Organisation, Chief executive Chris Farrelly has expressed his concern regarding the rising costs of Milk and other dairy products. Mr Farrelly of the says the cheapest milk in a Whangarei supermarket is now $NZ3.65 for two litres, while families in Australia pay $A2.
Yesterday Simon Power announced that legislation will be passed to prevent child abuse. Under the new law it will be a criminal offence if adults do not report acts of abuse against a child. The legislation is an outcome from a commissioner’s report following the 2007 deaths of the Kahui Twins. The legislation is set to be [...]
Last week, New Zealand government officials met with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss findings from the combined third and fourth periodic report of New Zealand on how it is implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has appointed former Ombudsman Mel Smith to lead a Ministerial inquiry, investigating matters relating to a serious case of child abuse against a nine year old Māori girl, living in West Auckland.
Māori health researcher Dr Marewa Glover says baby formula manufacturers have behaved like tobacco companies in the way they have used marketing to manipulated women into using their products.
In a push to equip frontline workers with skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to child abuse the Deputy minister of Social Development, Judy Collins announced that CYFS and child protection trainers ‘Child Matters’ will deliver free workshops to 800 professionals who work with children.
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