As Kiwis, we often talk about what a great place New Zealand is to raise children. With lots of wide open spaces and safe streets and parks, our kids have the room to move and grow. But are we doing all that we can to ensure that they actually get the best possible start in life? I hope that answering that question is going to be a major focus of attention during this year’s general election campaign.
At the annual Labour Party conference in October last year, our Deputy Leader Annette King announced a six-year agenda for change that will put children firmly at the centre of investment in social service delivery. We’re going to pick up the best ideas from here at home and around the world and turn them into an action plan to give all Kiwi children the best possible start in life. (more…)