We were on our first visit to the Oparara Basin, on the Karamea side of Kahurangi National park, famous for its large natural rock arches.
Special needs and early intervention in education has been topical recently. So I really appreciated the opportunity to visit the Champion Centre at Burwood Hospital last week to learn more about how it operates and its philosophy. The Champion Centre us New Zealand’s largest early intervention centre, serving nearly 160 children with disabilities between 0-6 years […]
I’ve heard the numbers before – 43,000 people homeless or experiencing severe housing deprivation – but I was still unprepared for the raw stories told by mothers and other submitters.
It is great to see that four of New Zealand’s largest zoos have now thrown their weight behind the Australasian campaign for mandatory palm oil labelling.
The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.
In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the live captioning of the Rio Olympic Games. I had earlier put out a call for […]
I am absolutely thrilled that today Parliament launched its live closed captioning service. For the first time since my election, I am finally able to follow the debate in the house from my office!
This week SAFE and the SPCA presented a very strong, well-researched submission to the Primary Production Select Committee in support of their petition signed by over 62,000 people calling for an end to rodeo. They pointed out that rodeo relies on the use of a range of painful devices and practices in order to force […]
On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect.
Improving access to digital information including news, current affairs, sports and popular shows through captioning, is something I am personally very passionate about.