I’m not just saying this because I suggested exactly this policy three months ago on Twitter, though it is always satisfying to see great minds thinking alike!
The Greens’ Welcome Pack for newborn babies is modelled on Finnish baby boxes – a basic kitset of stuff which every baby needs, delivered in a box – or in the case of NZ, a wahakura – which doubles as a safe/separate sleeping pod.
It provides financial relief to families just when they get the wonderful fresh-smelling bundle of new expenses that is a baby, it ensures babies have everything they need, including a place to sleep. In Finland it’s helped the environment by providing new parents with reusable nappies, reducing the number of disposables used and thrown into landfill. And, ideally, it’s stocked with New Zealand-manufactured baby goods, creating a steady market for Kiwi-made products and creating jobs.
And it shows that we value every newborn baby and think every New Zealand-born child deserves to have their basic needs met, and a happy, healthy start to life.
So it’s good for babies, it’s good for families, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for the economy. Who could possibly argue with that?
“This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.