Green Party Budget for All Mothers

What would make your life easier?

Latest Supporters

  • In the 40’s and 50’s thousands of returned servicemen were helped into homes with their families. Some through being allowed to buy their state house and others through some sort of loan without a deposit. The government even capped prices to prevent inflation. They set up fast track courses to train carpenters etcetera. Houses were going up everywhere and it was brilliant. We can do the same again.
    If Kiwis were mostly homeowners again Government costs would go down and in the long run the economy would be much better off. We could stop paying accommodation support to the final recipients (landlords)
    As long as people rent they will be poor and treated as second class citizens. They will probably move a lot at the whim of landladies/lords. They will be subject to home checks which are degrading even if your home is immaculate. Their rent always goes up and never down as a mortgage does. When they grow old they may have to flat with strangers as super is geared to the mortgage free. This means they will not be able to support their children by storing their stuff while they are studying or take in one who has gone through a marriage break up or mental illness or a car accident or…
    They cannot take out a loan on their mortgage if a family member needs medical treatment or a lawyer or whatever. They cannot run a business from their home or take in boarders or do child care. They often cannot plant a vege garden (this is common) have a compost bin or plant fruit trees. They cannot build a cupboard or change the layout to suit a growing family. They cannot build a tree hut or let the grass grow long and make a mower path through it so their kids can have an a’maze’ing birthday party game. They cannot say "this is our home kids – it’s not flash but it’s ours.
    Victoria 2017-08-18 09:33:29 +1200
  • I’m a mother and am currently studying to be a teacher. The studylink road is ridiculously hard. I work as many shifts as possible each week without jeopardizing my studies, however when it comes to placements there is little support. I also find there is no allowance for the amount of children you have to support. I may have done things backwards by studying later in life, but I am trying to better myself and the stress of this whole studying effects concentration and outcomes. A review of studylink allowances would be very helpful.
    Rebekah 2017-08-17 18:14:36 +1200
  • Healthier, easier commuting. We spend around an hour each day in the car, an hour we could be spending with our son before and after daycare. We live too far away from work to cycle regularly (“affordable” houses are further out), public transport is more expensive (twice the price of petrol) and takes even longer. We want an electric car, but cannot afford the change.
    Rachel 2017-08-11 23:36:01 +1200
  • I think mothers (or fathers) should not feel pressured to go back to work in the first couple of years of a child’s life. Young children need love and time with calm parents, who are not unduly stressed and worried. While it may be unrealistic for an employer to hold a job position for longer than a year (I am not suggesting an increase in maternity leave), I would like to see some universal financial support for all chidren to remove the pressure for them to be spending long hours in childcare in their early years. I fully respect women who chose to do so, but I think parents need to have that choice. I would like to see longer PPL, or a reasonable tax credit for parents living on one income while caring for young children. And pressure taken off ALL mothers who chose to care for their own young children over placing them in daycare in order to work. I would really like to see a change in culture, where we value parenting as much as every other profession.
    Barbara 2017-08-11 22:27:06 +1200
  • Continued funding of Plunketline and free medical checks for kids.

    Better pay for midwives so they can offer better support.

    Emma 2017-08-10 07:52:45 +1200
  • Rosheen 2017-08-08 09:26:36 +1200
  • Holding EQC to account for its negligence in correctly assessing damage to homes….6 years ago.
    Louisa 2017-08-07 18:17:45 +1200
  • Longer, better paid maternity leave, including for self-employed parents.

    Easier applications with WINZ for things like accomodation supplement, and better access to information about what you might be entitled to.
    Amy 2017-08-07 14:02:04 +1200
  • More paid parental leave and more money while on leave. Also, the ability for both parents to take time off to spend with their new baby. Two weeks for Dad (or other partner) is simply not enough!

    Make it easier to live green: home composting help, taxes on excess packaging, etc.

    Sarah 2017-08-07 09:36:55 +1200
  • Things that would make my life easier
    • 1. Affordable fresh fruit and veges or a system where by people had Access to local private owned fruit trees like how it used to be ask the neighbour for a bag of feijoas or oranges.
    • 2. Not having an lifetime allocation of 200 weeks availability for study, and it shouldn’t decrease when your older it should INCREASE!!

    3. Not having to buy tampons or pads, having an option for reusable sanitary items available on script ( mooncups etc)

    4. Cheaper scripts it still costs under low income pho prices $17.50 to see a doctor and if you have an ear and chest infection you could have another $20-$25 worth of scripts and people on low incomes don’t have $42.50 that could be half their food budget for the week

    5.long term leases 10 year or more and the tenant has the right to own animals and paint and decorate as they wish and spit feels like their home not like a guest using the guest house
    Laura 2017-08-07 00:55:13 +1200

The Green Party wants to help parents when they need it the most, by ensuring they have time and money to focus on raising happy, healthy kids.  

We were going to put up a big long survey to find out what you think, but we know you don’t have time for that.

So just tell us what would make your life easier and let us take care of the rest.

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