Flash mob pushes paid parental leave
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:38p.m.
By Imogen Crispe
Mothers, fathers, children and babies danced, cheered and took a train ride to show support for a bill to extend paid parental leave.
About 80 people descended on Britomart Train Station this morning, decked out in yellow t-shirts as part of the “Get on Board” campaign supporting Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. The bill passed its first reading in July and is now before the select committee.
Lots of parents brought along their young children for the event, many of them wearing the “Get on Board” t-shirts.
Marion Woodley brought her 10-week-old son and her 3-year-old daughter. She is currently on maternity leave, and does not feel ready to go back to work in a few week’s time.
“I’m going to have to go back to work in two weeks because we have a mortgage and if you have a mortgage in Auckland you need an income.
“We both have degrees and are sensible with money, but I can’t afford to stay home.”
She says there should be more options for mothers.
“I think mums should have the choice to stay with their kids for at least six months.
“I think if you value children you can’t say you want to do something about it and not do something for parents.”
The flash mob was led by TV personality and mum Jacquie Brown, who also feels strongly about the cause, and says 14 weeks is not enough time.
“I think a baby’s life is very important and for parents to get their heads around being parents, it’s not something that can be done quickly.
“We’re not going to sit on our bums and eat Tim Tams. It’s such a crucial time.”
She hopes today’s flash mob will raise awareness of the issue.
“We all think it’s important and letting people know mums care about this, dads care about this.”
Georgia Bates organised the flash mob and hopes it will draw attention to the issue.
“We just wanted to do something really fun and really energetic and really Auckland, right in the heart of the city.”
She says she wanted to get involved because she is of an age where her peers are starting to have children and she and her partner would like to start a family at some point.
“People are really struggling in the economic climate to actually take the time and do what’s needed in terms of looking after babies.
“My partner and I would really like a baby but we’ve got massive student loans and we’re trying to buy a house.”
Labour MP Darien Fenton was also there to show her support.
The group began the flash mob at the back entrance to Britomart, then danced and sang their way down to the platforms where they “got on board” a train to Newmarket. When they got to Newmarket the group collected 40 submission forms to send to the select committee.
Ms Bates says the morning was a success and everyone had a good time.
“It was great…the kids had lots of fun.”
Public submissions on the bill are open until October 5.
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
2/10/2012 5:31:26 p.m.
Michael W Evans wrote:
Y'all need video of this event!
30/09/2012 4:50:58 a.m.
Eddy the housecost mid $400k which is cheap for Auckland. Oh and i am up commenting at 4am cause i am feeding my son, every 2 hours. And in 2 weeks i Will be heading to work in the morning. Not great for productivity i would have thought.
29/09/2012 10:02:07 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE 1: "About 80 people descended on Britomart Train Station this morning, decked out in yellow t-shirts as part of the “Get on Board” campaign supporting Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. The bill passed its first reading in July and is now before the select committee.
QUOTE 2: "Labour MP Darien Fenton was also there to show her support
This is TYPICAL LABOUR PARTY hypocracy. They were in Government for nine years and didnt bother to "get on Board" with extending the Paid Parental leave from 14 to 26 weeks. WHY NOT? Now that they are in opposition they now think that NZ can easily afford this avoidable and unnecessary cost. Labour is certainly promising a lot - Free breakfasts and lunches at decile 1 to 4 schools, paying school fees for a free education, removing gst off food, increasing the age of pension entitlement, managing the exchange rate and introducing capital gains taxes - without any costings or clues as to where the money is going to come from. True Labour Party DNA, keep them coming.
29/09/2012 9:49:28 a.m.
BG and Chris: Employers need families to provide their future workforce and they need to keep women and their skills , so this helps companies too. And it is Government-funded, not paid for by employers, so it is a huge support for business as well as families. A great win/win.
29/09/2012 12:01:27 a.m.
That's quiet a bet you are making there, Eddie, about the value of Marion's home. I'll bet you are wrong. You name the stake.
28/09/2012 11:02:49 p.m.
"I’m going to have to go back to work in two weeks because we have a mortgage and if you have a mortgage in Auckland you need an income.“We both have degrees and are sensible with money, but I can’t afford to stay home.”Betchya she has a 700/800 thousand, perhaps a million dollar home...buy the big house, Govt will help pay the mortgage...Insert Tui ad here...
28/09/2012 8:03:44 p.m.
Chris Paid Parental Leave is not paid by employess, it is paid for by the government. It does not make any difference to a mother's ability to get back to her original job and the employer has to hold it open for her for one year. All extended Paid Parental Leave does is reduce the stress in the family, give the parents longer quality time with their new baby and enable the mother to breast feed for longer which is better for the baby. If the only people who had babies were the ones who could afford to live on one income instead of two long term then there would be a massive decline in the population therefore increasing the need to import employees in greater numbers. Would you rather that happened? I think Increasing the Paid Parental Leave should be a gradual incremental increase.
28/09/2012 7:36:32 p.m.
Any paid parental leave at all is anathema to me - if you want kids, you do what you need to do to bringing them up. You are creating even more problems for employers !
28/09/2012 5:37:38 p.m.
All those people need to grow up and actually look at the bigger picture.
First of all dont have children if money from a few weeks wages is such a big problem you cant miss out on.
Woman will find it alot harder to get a job or keep the one they are at.
Make it harder for companys to afford new employees or pay rises for actual hard working staff who deserve it.
The unemployment will skyrocket in NZ if this ever goes ahead.
On the June 6, after rugby training, someone hit Stephen Dud...
New Zealanders are today bracing for a polar blast which wil...
New Zealanders are preparing for the worst as an oncoming po...
ACC levies have gone down under this government, but at what...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.