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National consistently reviews its policies to keep Young Nats safe

Abbey Wakefield

The National party is continuing to review and updates its policies to keep Young Nats safe, in light of Labour's tough week of sexual abuse and sexual harassment claims.

Young National's President Stefan Sunde said, "No organisation is immune from people making bad choices, but we take every step possible to ensure that member and volunteer safety is at the forefront of our approach for all events."

There are very few members under the age of 18 in Young Nats and at those events alcohol is only available to those over the age of 18 years, which has been a longstanding rule in the party.

National's Communications Campaign Manager Mark Nicholson said Health & Safety policies are regularly reviewed and National always works to comply with the law, including the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012.

Although National does not do police checks on volunteers, Stefan Sunde is confident the party has the right processes in place to protect young volunteers and members.

The Labour Party currently has two investigations underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a Young Labour camp in Waihi.