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The secret closed trials of Soviet Russia. (And Aotearoa New Zealand)

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Even worse is the realisation that it is not Martyn who is defending himself against criminal charges. It is the Police who are on trial for mis-using their powers by breaching a person’s privacy without due regard to the laws of this country.The police over-stepped and mis-used their powers of search and seizure. It was an illegal action, as Privacy Commissioner John Edwards stated with searing clarity, “that Police had collected his information in an unlawful way”.

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Democracy denied – Labour’s saddest failing

By   /  November 25, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Labour’s most tragic failing to date has largely flown under the media radar: to reinstate the right of prisoners to vote. Labour’s inaction is made worse in the knowledge that it would have taken little effort and very little cost to undertake.

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Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  35 Comments

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today. “I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. […]

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Privacy Bill to protect and promote privacy risks – Andrew Little

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A Bill introduced by Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act has had its first reading.   “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal information is properly protected.   […]

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Bill protects Māori protocols around death – Andrew Little

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Justice Minister Andrew Little’s Māori death protocols Bill had its first reading in Parliament last night. “The Bill requires coroners to consider Māori cultural protocols when determining who can view, touch or remain near a tūpāpaku – body of deceased. “The Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill implements a recommendation of the […]

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Gay men can now apply to have historic convictions wiped – Andrew Little

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Gay men can now apply to have historic convictions wiped – Andrew Little

In an important moment for New Zealand’s gay community men can now apply to have historical homosexual convictions wiped says Justice Minister Andrew Little.   The application scheme can now be accessed via the Justice website.   “This means that men and the families of those who have since passed away who were convicted of […]

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Ngāi Tahu & Waikato-Tainui payments – Andrew Little

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Ngāi Tahu & Waikato-Tainui payments – Andrew Little

Payments have been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under their Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Negotiations Hon Andrew Little announced today. Payments of $16.6 million to Waikato-Tainui and $18.7 million to Ngāi Tahu have been made to ensure the value of their individual settlements maintain their relative size compared with the […]

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