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The Supreme Award in Governance at the 2016 Women in Governance Awards

By   /  December 20, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on The Supreme Award in Governance at the 2016 Women in Governance Awards

In June Professor Judy McGregor received the Supreme Award in Governance at the 2016 Women in Governance Awards. The Supreme Award recognises a New Zealand woman who has achieved excellence in governance through a lifetime commitment to the promotion, support and mentoring.

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The Authorised Dying Bill and why I support it

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

An ethical question this process seeks to address is can society do harm to a person with a terminal illness who is facing death by allowing them to choose when and how they die with the support of an authorised medical practitioner?

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Better People Make Better All Blacks

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

For Coach Graham Henry, who during his tenure began to rebuild the world’s most successful sporting team from the inside out, the emphasis was on individual character and personal leadership. That is, ‘Better People Make Better All Blacks’.

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No one ever complains when Federated Farmers are on Council…

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Last week New Zealand First chose to Party Vote against the proposed Taranaki iwi membership of these committees by highlighting the May 2015 vote in New Plymouth that rejected the Council decision to have a Maori ward as justification for their opposition.

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Our Housing Crisis breaches our Human Rights Obligations

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

The UN Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 25 that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for their and their family’s health and well-being including housing. As a signatory to the Universal Declaration and a number of human rights treaties the New Zealand Government is bound to ensure every citizen has the human right to adequate housing

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30 years of Homosexual law reform

By   /  June 25, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

On 9 July 2016 we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the passing of legislation sponsored by Hon Fran Wilde that removed criminal sanctions against consensual homosexual conduct between males.

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Māori Water Rights are Human Rights are NZ rights

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The issue to be addressed in respect of water is the extent of customary interests or native title that Māori have in the rivers and lakes.

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TDB Guest Blog Project – Louisa Wall: ‘The most pressing issue in NZ right now’ –

By   /  October 31, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

When National came into Government in 2008 it did so decrying a “Nanny State” and the evil of state intervention in citizen’s lives.

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Lochinver, Shanghai Pengxin and a Chinese Billionaire

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

There has been a lot of rhetoric around the application by Shanghai Penxin to gain approval for the purchase of Lochinver Station between Napier and Taupo which comprises around 13,800 hectares. That is almost double the area that made up the 16 Crafar Farms that was approved by National Ministers Williamson and Coleman in 2012.

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This Government doesn’t care about vulnerable people

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

This National Government has talked a lot about welfare reform. There is a lot of talk about statistics but not a lot of it makes any sense. There have been so many name changes to different benefits that it is hard to ignore the fact that numbers are shifted to project a certain picture – a bit like the crime statistics!

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The hypocrisy of attacking Maori seats for being tactical

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

There has been a response to the alliance between Mana and the Internet Party from a number of quarters that has bordered on being patronising hysteria.

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When does corruption start damaging National?

By   /  May 8, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

In December last year we rated in the top ten of the least corrupt countries according to Transparency International, in its Global Corruption Barometer. At the time the lead researcher, Finn Heinrich stated “Corruption hurts the poor most”. What a difference a year makes!

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Questions yet to be answered in unseemly Te Kōhanga Reo Trust blame game

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

There are a number of questions that need to be asked about Te Kōhanga Reo Trust and both Ministers handling of the whole matter.

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Maori – the original guardians of the RMA

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It is time to acknowledge the historical perspective on the role of mana whenua under the Resource Management Act.

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Government glosses over Early Childhood Education failures

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The Prime Minister bandied around figures in the House last week stating “we now have a 96 percent participation rate in early childhood education.” But that is not the case for vulnerable children. It is not the case for Maori children. It is not the case for Pasifika children. And it is not the case for children living in the most deprived areas.

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Inequality matters

By   /  January 7, 2014  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

This is not about politics of envy – this is about politics of priority.

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