Parental leave policy leaves kids in need behind

National’s parental leave policy is a last minute U-turn that still leaves tens of thousands of new parents and babies without support, the Green Party today.

Today Bill English announced the Government’s support for 22 weeks paid parental leave, after vetoing Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill proposing 26 weeks leave last year.

“It’s high time that New Zealand families got better support to raise kids, but this new policy still leaves thousands of families without financial help when their children are born,” said Green Party Inequality spokesperson Marama Davison.

“If we want good outcomes for all babies born in New Zealand, we need to make sure all new parents – whether they’re in work or not - are given time and money to focus on caring for their babies.

“The parents of almost 20,000 babies born every year in New Zealand aren’t eligible for any financial support at all when their baby is first born.

“The Green Party would ensure that every family with a new child has financial support in those crucial first months, by making the $220 per week Parental Tax Credit available to all families who don’t get paid parental leave.

“Our Budget for All Mothers policy recognises that as a society, we all benefit when parents are supported to give their kids the love and attention they deserve.

“Low income families who don’t qualify for paid parental leave should not be left behind. A Green Government will make sure all children get a great start to life,” said Ms Davidson

Latest Children Announcements


Significant power shift vital for our mokopuna

The Green Party and its Te Mātāwaka caucus welcomes the release of the Oranga Tamariki ministerial advisory board’s report, which echoes what many ...
Read More


Grainne Moss’ resignation welcome, it must pave way for Māori leadership at OT

The Green Party welcomes the resignation of Grainne Moss as Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki.
Read More


Oranga Tamariki head should question whether she has trust of Māori communities

“When considering whether to resign, Oranga Tamariki head Grainne Moss should question whether communities on the ground, particularly Māori, have ...
Read More


The wellbeing of children and young people is best secured by ensuring their whānau and communities have what they need. A prosperous and successfu...
Read More


Children's Policy

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Children All children in Aotearoa New Zealand deserve the best possible start in life. Children sh...
See More


Food in Schools: caring for our children’s future

The Green Party is welcoming today’s announcement of a pilot programme to provide school lunches in 30 schools, expanding to 120 schools by 2021. “...
Read More