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Petition to Maori Affairs Select Committee

Joint Submission - Electoral (Entrenchment of Maori Seats) Amendment Bill

We, the undersigned support Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene's private members’ Electoral (Entrenchment of Maori Seats) Amendment Bill, which is currently before the Maori Affairs Select Committee in Parliament. This bill affects the mana of Maori seats and the mana of Maori people. The bill entrenches the Maori seats - that means no changes can be made to them unless 75 per cent of all the members of Parliament agree. Our support of this bill is based on equity and fairness. Aotearoa New Zealand is a 50-50 partnership between Maori and the Crown, representing the public of New Zealand. The Maori seats recognise this. It is important that Maori electorate seats be treated the same way as General electorate seats. That they are not now is is an inequity to be corrected. The Maori electorate seats are an important vehicle for Maori views and perspective to be heard in the House of Representatives. This is important for all New Zealanders, as all the voices of our people should be heard - but it is most important for a Treaty partner’s voice to be clearly heard. Maori seats provide a way for Maori to develop their talents and provides a career path for leaders to display their skills in ways that might not have been possible in any other way, as shown by Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir Eruera Tirikatane, Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, and Sir James Carroll. Maori seats are as important to representation as the South Island seats are, and they should be treated the same way - with it taking 75 per cent of all members of Parliament to change the rules about them.  

Lynda McGregor
247 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Greg Hunt MP

Australia’s newborn babies don’t count as patients in hospitals, help change this now.

As it stands today babies born in hospital in Australia are admitted but not as patients and the hospital does not receive any individual funding for their care.  This is based on the premise that they will be cared for by their mother.  Even well babies born in hospitals though, will need specialised observations, investigations and often treatment that can only be provided by Registered Midwives or Registered Nurses.  Blood glucose monitoring for babies of mothers with diabetes, IV antibiotics, neonatal medications, blood tests, phototherapy for jaundice, specialised observations for sepsis risk/meconium aspiration/drug withdrawal are all common in high risk hospital environments.  And becoming more and more so.  These tasks have been added to the workloads of Midwives over the years, and with the growing number of women with complicated pregnancies the workloads are becoming increasingly unmanageable.  Midwives are are expected to care for the same number of women as always, but the babies don’t count in their patient load. This needs to change now. These babies need to be recognised as patients in their own right and funded as such.   Midwives need time to provide these additional cares to the babies without compromising their ability to provide care for women’s physical, psychological and emotional health as they adjust to motherhood and recover from the birth of their baby.  We need to provide important breastfeeding support, newborn care education, safety education, discharge planning etc. We want the government to change the way babies are classified in hospitals where they receive clinical care like any other human being.  My letter to the health ministers explains in more detail what and why we need change to happen now.  I am hoping for a response to that and to this petition ASAP. Maybe by the time International day of the Midwife arrives in May we can get this through. We need parents and parents-to-be to partner with us. Please add your voice to our cause and sign the petition. The change has to come from the federal health department, which is why this petition is directed to the Minister and Shadow Minister for Health.    

Kelly-Anne Grace
39,278 supporters