Parliament voted down Ms Moroney’s bill to extend paid leave to 26 weeks.
Act leader David Seymour voted with the Government to reject the bill.
“I’m naturally disappointed that after battling for three years to extend paid parental leave, my Member’s Bill was defeated,” Ms Moroney says.
“It’s disappointing for these New Zealand families that they will have to wait longer for extended paid parental leave just because National won’t vote for a Labour Bill.
“It is mean-spirited of the Government to play politics with people’s lives, when those families need that support now,” she says.
National MP Michael Woodhouse’s comments that he may consider extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks for parents of premature babies, multiple birth babies and babies born with disabilities has “buoyed” Ms Moroney.