My husband Shane was killed at work.
He was working for a small crew on a forestry site on the Napier-Taupo road when it happened. It has changed my life, and the life of my beautiful daughter Skyla, forever.
She wasn’t even two years old when Shane died. Now as she gets older and understands more of what happened it just gets even harder. It’s something no family should ever have to go through.
But it happens to dozens of families every year. That’s why I’m never going to stop fighting for better health and safety laws. It’s why I’m putting my name, and Skyla’s name, to Labour’s changes to fix National’s weakened health and safety bill.
I want you to join us. Together we can make MPs like Peter Dunne and the Maori Party understand that they need to back these changes too. We can tell them how important this is to so many New Zealanders. We can get them to fix the law and help make all of us and our loved ones safer at work.
I sat in the public gallery at Parliament last Thursday while the government debated this law. They kept using the word “balance”, like there was some kind of acceptable number of people killed at work that you could “balance” against companies making more profit.
That’s wrong – everyone should be able to go to work and know that their lives aren’t at risk just because the government put making money ahead of their safety.
Mother and health and safety campaigner
If you want to add your support to Labour’s proposed changes the electronic petition is here.