Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on the welcome restoration of prisoners’ right to vote

The coalition government still seems unable (or unwilling) to respond in any meaningful way to the slew of progressive recommendations contained in the Welfare Export Advisory Group report – which, in effect, has been shelved since February. On another front though, the government has now done the right thing, and has partially restored the right of

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Stuff: Helen Clark: Deadly unexploded ordnance left on firing ranges used by NZ ‘reprehensible’

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says it is “reprehensible” that unexploded ordnance left behind on firing ranges in Afghanistan is killing people. “New Zealand has at the very least a moral responsibility to remove any toxic remnants of war for which it was responsible,” she told Stuff Circuit. “New Zealand could be a leader in this area by accepting

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Stuff: Innocent hospital worker killed as teen driver runs red light to escape police

A man killed by a driver fleeing police left home before dawn to secure a park, then sleep in his car for two hours before starting work at Christchurch Hospital. Kenneth McCaul was driving his Hyundai Grandeur when he was T-boned at the intersection of Glandovey and Idris roads in Fendalton about 4am on Tuesday. The impact shunted his car into

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Can Police Minister Stuart Nash stop armed police patrols?

Police Minister Stuart Nash told Stuff that arming police is “not his call”, because it was an “operational matter”. The Police Commissioner is responsible for decisions about whether to arm Police, which he did after the Christchurch racist terrorist attack. However, section 16 of the Policing Act 2008 states that the Police Commissioner is responsible to

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Tim MicKinnel: Police are trialing new heavily armed units. This ex-cop thinks that’s a very dangerous idea

Highly trained, armed police are a necessary tool in emergency situations, but roving teams eager to find work could be a recipe for disaster, writes investigator and former police officer Tim McKinnel for RNZ. Police announced yesterday they are to introduce a trial of Armed Response Teams (ARTs) in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch, euphemistically describing their

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Stuff: SAS commander Jim Blackwell says Defence Minister Wayne Mapp was informed of possible civilian deaths

An SAS commander says he informed the Defence Minister of possible civilian deaths during a raid in Afghanistan, again shifting responsibility for an alleged cover up. Defence Force top brass continues to stare down allegations of civilian deaths during a 2010 SAS-led raid, as the Operation Burnham inquiry restarts a public hearing this week. The hearing was upset last month after

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1News: Spy agencies need better safety checks, Nicky Hager’s lawyer says after NZSIS illegally spied on journalist

Nicky Hager’s lawyer is calling on New Zealand’s spy agencies to implement more thorough safety checks after it was yesterday announced the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on the journalist. Yesterday, it was announced that the acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security upheld a complaint by Mr Hager against the spy agency for acting

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