February 1, 2023

Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill: A few more days for lobbying

Families Children and Parents TogetherParliament is not sitting again until April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18

This is a wonderful time to be contacting them in their local office. Please email, phone and VISIT them over the next few days.

If you are in their electorate or in a neighbouring electorate please make every effort to visit Peter Dunne and John Banks. One MP told me that if they get 3 visits about an issue then it means that people are really concerned about the issue. It would be wonderful if we could get 10 different families visiting them over the next few days. So if you are at all able to visit them then please do. Please also keep trying to ring them. The more people who ring the better. We might even get to talk with them in their electorate office.

Until 9 April:
Epsom –  John Banks, Office 2.4, Level 2, 27 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket, (09) 522 7464
Ohariu – Peter Dunne, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington, (04) 478 0076
Dr Sarah-Eve Farquar has just released her lastest research yesterday on ECE in New Zealand. Please read this and use it as appropriate. It is published at this link:  http://www.childforum.com/policy-issues/funding/994-ece-social-obligation.html
From Dr Farquar’s latest report:
 The NZ Herald reported that “Ms Bennett, a solo mother herself, went back on the domestic purposes benefit (DPB) when she “fell apart” with exhaustion trying to do two jobs in about 1989 when her then 2-year-old daughter was in childcare”.
It is sad to think that other parents are going to be denied the choice Ms Bennett had to go on a benefit and use the time to be a great parent and the choice when to use childcare or kindy or any kind of ECE service.
Dr Farquar’s research we have been using since the beginning of this Bill:


If you have not emailed and/or rung Peter Dunne and John Banks this week please do so immediately.

Peter Dunne: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz, ohariu.mp@parliament.govt.nz

John Banks: johnbanks.epsom@parliament.govt.nz, john.banks@act.org.nz

Put in your subject line as the MPs might not be able to read every email if they get a lot of emails: Please vote against the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

My emails for you to use as a guide targeting their stand on this issue from their Party ideals:

Peter Dunne: https://hef.org.nz/2013/home-education-foundations-email-to-peter-dunne/

John Banks: https://hef.org.nz/2013/home-education-foundations-email-to-john-banks/

Please also ring the MPs. You will probably not be able to talk to the MPs. I have been trying to ring them for several days and I only get their secretaries. When you ring them please make sure you tell the secretaries that you want the MP to vote against the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill while the Social and Work Obligations and Sanctions are still in the Bill.

While at Parliament:

ACT:  John Banks  (04) 817 9999  (corrected phone number-you will be transferred to his office)

United Future:  Peter Dunne 04 817 6827

Until 9 April:

Epsom –  John Banks, Office 2.4, Level 2, 27 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket, (09) 522 7464

Ohariu – Peter Dunne, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington, (04) 478 0076

THE ISSUES as I see them again:

We will fight this Bill:

1. While ECE is compulsory for any 3 and 4 year old child

2. While the Government is making it compulsory for any mother to have to go to work while she still has children at home

3. While it is compulsory for any child to have to complete the Well Child Checks

4. While our freedoms are slowly being taken from us


Peter Dunne has changed his vote in the past at the 3rd Reading. So although it is very rare for a Bill to have a different outcome at the 3rd Reading from the 2nd Reading we have lots of hope that this Bill will be one of those rare Bills to change at the 3rd Reading.

So please, please, please write emails and ring these two MPs. It will be the volumne of emails and phone calls that will sway these MPs.

Thankyou to everyone who writes an email and/or rings Peter Dunne and/or John Banks.

In 1877 New Zealanders lost the freedom to educate our children at home without applying for permission. Our forefathers let us down by not standing up for their rights.

In 2013, will we be the generation that begins to lose the freedom to preschool our own children, to make our own decisions about health care, or to invest our time in our families above a job?

We say NO

Let us protect the children of Beneficiaries

Because this could extend to ALL children

if this passes



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Please do so with the whole post. Thankyou


Related Links:


From the Smiths:


Updated 5 October 2012:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:



Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:




This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: https://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/


Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill



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