Cameron Walker: A decade after Urewera the Terrorism Suppression Act remains a threat to civil liberties

The designation of national liberation groups like the PKK as terrorist organisations, and the scrapping of a planned Law Commission review mean the legislation could be abused again, writes Cameron Walker. The 10th anniversary of the so-called “Urewera raids”, which saw armed police descend on Māori, environmental activists and anarchists, has seen a numbers of important reflections on … Continue reading Cameron Walker: A decade after Urewera the Terrorism Suppression Act remains a threat to civil liberties

John Minto: Urewera 10 years on – any lessons to remember?

On the 10th anniversary of the Urewera raids we should recount the lessons – and we should remember. Breathless police and media commentary about a cocktail of napalm bombs, terrorist cells, guns, ammunition, Maori extremists, guerrilla warfare, assassination threats against politicians, greeted the public on the 15th October 2007. You name it – the police … Continue reading John Minto: Urewera 10 years on – any lessons to remember?

Stuff: Protesters at Tuesday’s defence forum in Wellington make accusations of police brutality

Protesters at Tuesday's defence industry forum in Wellington claim police used inappropriate force to disperse crowds. One of the organisers said he witnessed a man dragged by his hair until his scalp bled, and another said she was shoved into the path of a truck. Police have denied using excessive force, and said they were "extremely … Continue reading Stuff: Protesters at Tuesday’s defence forum in Wellington make accusations of police brutality

Newsroom: Sisters stage online protest against Family Court

A medical professional investigated for inappropriate contact with young female patients - including at least one teenager - both in New Zealand and Australia has been granted unsupervised access to his two daughters by the Family Court - despite the pair's protests. The man, identified as Mr A for the purpose of this story, lives … Continue reading Newsroom: Sisters stage online protest against Family Court

Disarmament & Security Centre congratulates ICAN

Disarmament & Security Centre, Christchurch, 9 October 2017 - Congratulations to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. The group, which originated in Australia, was awarded the Nobel in recognition of its key role in helping create the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons … Continue reading Disarmament & Security Centre congratulates ICAN

The Daily Blog: Wait, what? Can we just go back to that story about Police spying on prison activists?

There has been so much attention on the election, incredibly important stories like University of Canterbury Professor, Anne Marie Brady’s, critical analysis of the influence Chinese business interests have over the National Party has been missed and so too this shocking revelation that People Against Prison’s Aotearoa activists have been spied on by the Police. People Against Prison’s … Continue reading The Daily Blog: Wait, what? Can we just go back to that story about Police spying on prison activists?

NZ Ombudsman established 55 years ago

Fifty-five years ago ( 1 October 1962 ) New Zealand appointed its first Ombudsman.  This was the first such appointment outside of Scandinavia.  Empowered by Parliamentary Commissioner (Ombudsman) Act 1962, a “simple” 29 section Act, the Ombudsman was charged with investigating and reporting to Parliament on maladministration in Departments of State.  The Ombudsman could respond … Continue reading NZ Ombudsman established 55 years ago