Auckland, September 17, 2020
New Conservative Party has announced Primary School Teacher Helen Houghton as its candidate in the ensuing general election.
Founding Director Women’s Open Home Charitable Trust, an NGO Charitable Organisation supporting women and families, she is Education Spokesperson of the Party and has been working to support vulnerable children using trauma-based therapy in her roles as foster caregiver and community support worker.
New Conservative Chair Simon Gutschlag said that as a teacher, Ms Houghton recognises that New Zealand has a top education system with quality teaching and support staff who dedicate their lives to educate our young.
“She has become increasingly concerned with the inclusion of some controversial content into the curriculum and the erosion of the fundamental rights of parents to be engaged with curriculum changes and what their children are being taught,” he said.
Mr Gutschlag said that Ms Houghton recognises the importance of the family unit and claimed that New Conservative is the only Party that has prioritised the family within its policies.
“She is dedicated to protecting children and providing parents with sustainable tools to change generational cycles of dysfunction. She stood out for her commitment to protecting children in education when she led the petition to remove gender ideology from education. Her motivation to make sure that children are provided a safe and healthy place for learning drove her to be a voice of balance and reason recognised for her efforts by Family First,” he said.