MPs to talk about kids

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En­sur­ing chil­dren get the best start in life will be the topic of dis­cus­sion when Labour’s spokesper­son on chil­dren, Jacinda Ardern, speaks at a pub­lic meet­ing in Mt Roskill on Mon­day.

Her cau­cus col­league and Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff says chil­dren should be at the fore­front of de­bate as the gen­eral elec­tion looms.

‘‘It’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant to New Zealand that no child is left be­hind,’’ he says.

‘‘We want ev­ery child to achieve to his or her full po­ten­tial and to con­trib­ute all they can to our com­mu­nity.

‘‘The key to this lies in both their fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and in ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity. Our kids need to grow up in sta­ble, sup­port­ive homes with the best health care and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties we can pro­vide.

‘‘Jacinda will ad­dress these is­sues and the way that we can en­sure that the 240,000 chil­dren that live in rel­a­tive poverty can en­joy the op­por­tu­ni­ties that we want for our own chil­dren.’’

The meet­ing will be held at the Win­stone Ten­nis Club, 17 Akarana Ave, at 7pm.

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