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NZ ​Labour Party suspends all Young Labour Party events

14 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Suausi Vienna Richards -

The New Zealand Labour Party has announced it is suspending all Young Labour events.

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This follows allegations of sexual assault of four 16-year-olds by a 20-year-old male at a Young Labour summer camp last month in Waihi.  

The allegations, which include underage drinking at the camp organised by Labour's youth wing, are now the subject of a police investigation. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Labour Party President Nigel Haworth fronted for media this afternoon after announcing its suspension of all Labour Party's youth wing events.

“We need to take the time to properly review issues around how best to create the safest possible environment at all our events," says Mr Haworth.

“A comprehensive external review will be undertaken by a respected independent person shortly working alongside the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. This will review our policies and procedures in relation to these events including those by Labour’s sector groups, and also Waihi."

Labour is also banning alcohol from all Young Labour events and says they will ensure that a senior member of the Labour party will be present at any youth wing events.

"We're also going to talk to everyone that was in Waihi at the camp to make sure that they are sufficiently supported," says Mr Haworth. 

"I think we recognise that we gave to the young Labour leadership in that camp a lot of responsibility. And, in fact, events overtook that responsibility and we have to be clear that they have been supported as they look at the outcome of this process."

"We're taking this extremely serious. This is the most comprehensive review in this area that any political party has put into place."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Labour will not run summer camps anymore.

Assistant Police Commissioner (Investigations) Richard Chambers says the police investigation will be overseen by Detective Superintendent Chris Page. 

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