The election and paid parental leave

One Stuff reader asks political parties about their policies on paid parental leave.

What do you think?

Here is an interesting point to mull over… as things currently stand paid parental leave is provided only to mothers/parents in paid work. On the surface of it this makes sense – the rationale being that they are being compensated for the paid work they cannot do while caring for their children. However this means that families who choose to have a parent at home full time (particularly in the case of subsequent children) are financially penalised for this choice. Does this send a message that we see ‘at home parents’ as second class citizens? Or that the work they do is not valuable? Would our society look different if we offered (for example) a paid parental stipend to ALL parents for the first 13 weeks (or longer)?

A few more articles on the topic…


We’re interested in your thoughts and experiences.

Did you access paid parental leave?

Have you returned to work? Why? Why not?

Do you think New Zealand’s current parental leave provisions are adequate?

What would you like to see change?

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Posted on November 8, 2011, in Current issues. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Did you access paid parental leave?
    Yes, I got 13 weeks govt and 6 weeks from my employer (enlightened lot they are!),

    Have you returned to work? Why? Why not?
    Just finished work but intending on returning – its parttime role

    Do you think New Zealand’s current parental leave provisions are adequate?
    Good basic level for mothers (still better if it was longer), but I think there could definitely be better changes.

    What would you like to see change?

    I passionately believe (after surviving the first week) that what is needed in addition to the current is a provision for paid leave for a partner or another support person. The initial period is so key, if you think about it, physically and emotionally mothers are in recovery from a major event that requires help much like having an operation or a bit of a breakdown, plus have to cope with physical & hormonal changes & toll of milk production etc, let alone caring for a tiny being.

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