Mike Williams: Ardern proves Labour youth camps should stay

Author
Michael Sergel,
Publish Date
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 8:48AM
Former Labour Party president Mike Williams says Jacinda Ardern's success is proof Labour's youth camps should stay. (Photo \ NZ Herald)

Mike Williams: Ardern proves Labour youth camps should stay

Author
Michael Sergel,
Publish Date
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 8:48AM

The founder of Labour's youth camp programme says he's never heard of harassment at camps before.

Labour has apologised to four teenagers who were allegedly assaulted or harassed by a 20-year-old at a Young Labour summer camp last month.

It's also investigating reports of children as young as 15 drinking alcohol at the camp.

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Former Labour Party president Mike Williams told Mike Hosking the alleged behaviour is unacceptable and unprecedented.ā”

"This is the first time there has been any sort of problem whatsoever and [the camps] don't happen once a year - they happen twice a year."

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However, Williams doesn't believe the camps should end, and points to Jacinda Ardern's success since attending a camp as a young person.

"We set these up years ago in the hopes of producing another Helen Clark and frankly, we did it!"

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