New Conservative values children and youth and recognises the vital role parents play in their lives and decision making. Parents must be honoured as the primary caregivers and be afforded the opportunity to decide what is best for their child. We believe that parents should be notified for all medical procedures on their children 16 years and under, including but not limited to abortion and immunisations, etc.
New Conservative believes that all parents should be eligible for a tax rebate equivalent to 20 hours per week of childcare subsidies regardless of whether they choose to stay at home to care for their child or use those funds for childcare services.
New Conservative has called for the formation of an Independent Ministry Children, Oranga Tamariki (MCOT) Complaints Authority to investigate all MCOT complaints and concerns.
New Conservative believes that a study on youth behaviour should be undertaken with a view to whether or not concepts like curfews, improved sport funding, and increased family time initiatives would be effective in curbing unhealthy behaviour.
New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world. It is a statistic which cannot be ignored. New Conservative is committed to exploring the causes of, and implementing measures needed in order to tackle our suicide epidemic within New Zealand.