‘A budget for all mothers’

Metiria Turei will be interviewed on Q+A this morning.

She is launching a new Green Party policy: Budget for all Mothers

We want to help parents when they need it the most, by ensuring they have time and money to focus on raising happy, healthy kids.

Too many parents in Aotearoa are struggling to pay the bills and juggle work and family commitments. Every single Kiwi kid should have a great start in life – regardless of what their parents earn or whether they work or not. To make that a reality, their parents need more time, more financial support, and more flexible work arrangements. Well-supported kids turn into happy and healthy adults.

Our Budget for all Mothers will help by:

  • Making the $220 per week Parental Tax Credit available to all families who don’t get paid parental leave. This ensures every baby born in New Zealand gets the same support and makes the system simpler.

Not means tested.

  • Extend sick leave to be a minimum of 10 days a year, so that parents and whanau have time to look after sick kids
  • Ensuring the OSCAR subsidy for after school and holiday programmes is available to all kids from low-income families.
  • Give every new born baby a Wahakura – Baby Pod, which includes a safe sleeping place as well as clothes, nappies and bedding

The Green Party believes that parenting is one of the hardest and most important jobs in the world. As a country, we all benefit when parents are supported to give their kids the love and attention they deserve.

We know that something as simple as raising a family’s income can be transformative for a child’s life prospects. It’s crucial that we support every Kiwi kid in their early years, rather than pick and choose the kids that get Government support, as successive Governments have done with damaging consequences for our poorest children.

We all want to live in a society where every child gets a great start to life. This is just the first step towards a better, fairer New Zealand.

For a party supposedly big on equality this is a curious approach. What about fathers?

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  1. Corky

     /  May 21, 2017

    Fathers!!!! They are men….men are males…males are bad…..they and misogynists and abusers. They deserve nothing but odium. Especially those horrid white males.

    What the Greens propose, as do all political parties to varying degrees, is other peoples money to support our national breeding programme. We already spend enough on endangered birds and deadbeats. Enough is enough.

  2. Zedd

     /  May 21, 2017

    Good interview.. the Greens are actually looking to address the issues, rather than look for ‘financial constraints’ as an excuse to NOT provide better public services.

    This election is not all about, promising tax cuts to the wealthy !

    • Corky

       /  May 21, 2017

      Hey Zedd%….why do you always think National is about the wealthy? The Greens problem is they wouldn’t know when to stop funding public services. It’s not in their DNA. They like to scratch every social itch. Then we’d move on to the ‘The Greek Experience,” because the country is bankrupt. The Rock Star would be on the first plane out under the Greens.

      • Zedd

         /  May 21, 2017

        Natz are always about the wealthy.. no dispute, to my mind ? Its their main agenda item, after their efforts to misinform the 50.1%, to remain in power.. 😀

      • Blazer

         /  May 21, 2017

        where did you get your…money’ from..Corky?

    • PDB

       /  May 21, 2017

      It’s delusionist far left-wingers who have some sort of quaint, old fashioned view of where the National party sits on the political spectrum. A simple look at what National have implemented in their time in govt this term would clearly show a centre, some would say ‘centre-left’ agenda that is hardly ‘always about the wealthy’.

      Hence why National has as many detractors on the far-right as they have on the far-left.

      Zedd: “Greens are actually looking to address the issues” – encouraging people who can’t afford to look after the kids they already have (and are not working) have even more kids is far from addressing any issues.

  3. alloytoo

     /  May 21, 2017

    I find myself at first amused and second angered whenever the Greens talk about “Fairness”, something they don’t understand and hence cannot practice.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 21, 2017

    Socialist Greens promoting aspirational nirvana as usual.

  5. Breed them, feed them – your bloody self!

  6. How on Earth does a “budget for all Mothers” necessarily exclude Fathers?

    Such an interpretation is like missing-the-point in pedantic-contrariness of the most infantile kind … [popular with Righties I’ve noticed] …

    “Making the $220 per week Parental Tax Credit available to all families who don’t get paid parental leave.” Note the words “ALL FAMILIES” … ?

    Considering the amount of searching I’m prepared to do, I find it incredibly difficult to simply discover – What proportion of NZ families are Two Parent and what proportion Sole-Parent? It’s as though this information is hidden!?

    But here’s stats on a bunch of other stuff … including evidence that Sole-Parent families have fewer children that Two Parent families … Low Decile children are more often raised in Sole-Parent families … and … GUESS WHAT … in Sole-Parent families the sole-parent is most often the Mother … 84.2% in 2013 …

    Hence … logically … [Oh Jesus why am I even saying this] … Who would you address about improving this situation if you were a political party dedicated to equanimous social improvement? Especially positive outcomes for ALL children …?

    The last seven words of my last-but-one sentence rules out National, incidentally, who, in the name of ‘cronie prosperity’, “trickle down” and other ethically dubious concepts, are actually dedicated to the maintenance of unequal social disjuncture.



    • Here’s another way of looking at that … If NZ politics is a ‘family’ – the body politic – National is the absent, divorcee father who purposely reneges on part of his child maintenance …

      • Corky

         /  May 21, 2017

        That perception is about to be put to the test…big time. Are your perceptions insular, pertaining to yourself and a small band of folk who think like you…or has New Zealand society changed with my dinosaur beliefs about to slide into eternity? Stay tuned folks.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 21, 2017

        How much tax do you pay, PZ? Since you accuse others of reneging?

      • David

         /  May 22, 2017

        Since when was child maintenance a responsibility for the state?