Peter Hosking: Drop the politics from human rights

Our Chair Peter Hosking writes on Newsroom today: Justice Minister Andrew Little has moved quickly on the report by retired Judge Coral Shaw into the Human Rights Commission’s handling of sexual harassment complaints - making the appointment of new commissioners "a matter of priority". But it is important he, and Parliament, get these important appointments right … Continue reading Peter Hosking: Drop the politics from human rights

NZ Herald: NZDF again makes a critical error in trying to get its story straight on the controversial NZSAS raid

NZDF has admitted yet another bungle in its response to the controversial NZSAS raid - the latest in a string of errors after claims it covered up civilian deaths and injuries. This time the mistake is in an email to the Beehive which told the government the operation was given the go ahead on the … Continue reading NZ Herald: NZDF again makes a critical error in trying to get its story straight on the controversial NZSAS raid

Newsroom: Law Society ends inquiry over judge criticism

The Law Society has abandoned its pursuit of a woman lawyer for criticising a judge in a domestic violence case - but defended itself for starting the investigation. A decision from the society's National Standards Committee, out today, says it will take "no further action" against lawyer Catriona MacLennan. The committee, chaired by Christchurch barrister Nigel … Continue reading Newsroom: Law Society ends inquiry over judge criticism

NZ Herald: Former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd appears at select committee to fight for Māori wards

Former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has taken his fight for Māori to be better represented at council level to Parliament. Judd told a parliamentary committee today that allowing binding referendums on whether councils can establish Māori wards was cruel and divisive. "There are two laws in New Zealand, one for the general population and … Continue reading NZ Herald: Former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd appears at select committee to fight for Māori wards

Newsroom: Changes likely at ‘toxic’ Human Rights Commission

A damning review into the culture of the Human Rights Commission has uncovered outdated sexual harassment policies,highly dysfunctional leadership and commissioners “barely communicating with each other”. A clear-out of the Commission seems likely, with Chief Commissioner David Rutherford - singled out for some of the organisation’s problems - already confirming he will not seek reappointment. … Continue reading Newsroom: Changes likely at ‘toxic’ Human Rights Commission

Newsroom: Police unlawfully accessed Customs data

Police broke the law by accessing Customs and Immigration data for more than a year when they did not have permission to do so. The embarrassing situation saw police logging on to CusMod, Customs’ computer system, 15,799 times between December 2015 and January 2017 for border security reasons after an “administrative oversight” led to an … Continue reading Newsroom: Police unlawfully accessed Customs data

RadioNZ: Facial recognition tech not reliable – privacy commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner says businesses should take great care when using facial recognition technology because there is a high risk of misidentification. Inquiries about a Dunedin man mistakenly identified as a shoplifter at a New World store revealed that New Zealand's largest supermarket company has rolled out facial recognition CCTV technology in some of its … Continue reading RadioNZ: Facial recognition tech not reliable – privacy commissioner

Newshub: ‘No evidence’ people smugglers targeting New Zealand – Golriz Ghahraman

A Green Party MP says there is no evidence people smugglers are targeting our shores. Australia's Home Affairs Minister has fired off a warning, insisting New Zealand is being marketed as a destination for people smugglers. Peter Dutton says that 130 Sri Lankan asylum seekers intercepted in Malaysia over the weekend were headed for New … Continue reading Newshub: ‘No evidence’ people smugglers targeting New Zealand – Golriz Ghahraman

NZ Herald: Exclusive: Our spies disarmed by legal blunder amid ‘high threat operations’ against terrorists

A law-making bungle deprived our spies of a key weapon against terrorism in the wake of classified briefings warning of "an increasingly complex and escalating threat environment" in New Zealand. NZ Security Intelligence Service documents revealed the blunder left our spies unable to use video surveillance tools to watch terrorism suspects in their cars, homes … Continue reading NZ Herald: Exclusive: Our spies disarmed by legal blunder amid ‘high threat operations’ against terrorists