Your views on paid parental leave

Last updated 11:00 13/06/2016

Should parents be paid to stay home with their newborn?

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Paid parental leave is currently 18 weeks in New Zealand, but compared with parents in other developed countries Kiwi familes are getting a rough deal.

Labour MP Sue Moroney has spearheaded a push for 26 weeks paid parental leave, which recently passed committee stage in Parliament, however Finance Minister Bill English has said he will veto the bill.

Where do you sit on this issue? Should parents be paid to stay home with their newborn? What are the benefits?

Or do you believe extra paid parental leave places an unfair burden on taxpayers?

How long did you take off to spend with your child or children?

Was it long enough?

What factors affected whether or when you returned to work? 

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