We have a chance to make a real impact in the lives of our children, by extending the time parents are supported to spend with their new baby. There is a new Paid Parental Leave Bill currently before a Parliamentary Select Committee which would increase paid parental leave by 8 more weeks to the important number of 26 weeks.
The Bill has passed it's first hurdle as it passed it's first reading in the house with 61 votes. The Bill is now before a Select Committee and is open to public feedback.
We need to show politicians how popular, affordable and essential for babies these 8 more weeks will be, and how we expect them to do the right thing for Kiwi families. Use our quick submission form on the right to make a quick submission now and add your voice to thousands of others who are demanding an increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks
Why is it so important to get to 26 weeks? Research shows that longer paid parental leave means better health for the mother and child, women are able to participate better in the workforce and supports families through a hard time with financial support - this is good for babies, their family and the communities they live in. It makes it so much easier for mums to breastfeed babies for the six months recommended by the World Health Organisation, and allows babies the attachment with their parents that is crucial for their brain development. 
New Zealand is lagging behind other countries in terms of the paid parental leave we offer. In the UK, all female employees are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity (or adoption) leave, 40 weeks of which is paid, with the first six weeks paid at 90% of full pay and the remainder at a fixed rate. This ensures families can have the quality time they need caring for their new born baby. In Sweden, parents receive 16 months paid parental leave. 
We can catch up with other countries and do better for babies by ensuring the Paid Parental Leave Bill flies through select committee so submit now.
- Supporters urge National not to veto paid parental leave bill, NZ Herald, Aug 26, 2015
Exclusive breastfeeding, World Health Organisation
- NZ behind in paid parental leave, stuff.co.nz, April 1 2015