LawTalk: Helping Muslim travellers deal with authorities

Our work is in this week’s LawTalk: A Law Foundation-backed project is helping ease concerns among New Zealand’s Muslim community about their treatment by security authorities. The Human Rights Foundation project has been prompted by complaints about the treatment of Muslims in airport security checks and in their interactions with the SIS in particular. They claim to have experienced unjustifiably excessive scrutiny and cultural insensitivity in their dealings with border officials. Human Rights Foundation chairperson Peter Hosking says the project team has compiled a dossier of anecdotes from New Zealand Muslims about their experiences with the authorities. Read more at LawTalk More  information  about  research funded  by  the  Foundation  can  be  found  here.

NZ Herald: Hunt for Rawshark sees police rapped again for ‘unlawful’ search of banking records

Police have again been caught unlawfully harvesting private banking information in the search for the hacker behind the Dirty Politics book. This time it is activist and journalist Martyn Bradbury who has been drawn into the police investigation. And this time police inquiries are said to have had an awful impact, leading to two suicidal … Continue reading NZ Herald: Hunt for Rawshark sees police rapped again for ‘unlawful’ search of banking records

Our inconvenient truth: New Zealand’s climate change shame

  Spinoff By Paul Young | Guest writer August 18, 2017 Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Today, The Morgan Foundation’s Paul Young looks at the data and uncovers some dirty secrets about New Zealand’s emissions. … Continue reading Our inconvenient truth: New Zealand’s climate change shame

Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over

Ninakaye Taanetinorau addresses politicians outside Parliament. Photo: Lynn Grieveson 17 AUG 2017 Shane Cowlishaw National Affairs Editor Shane Cowlishaw writes about topics including education, justice, social development, and immigration. Twitter: @scowlishaw Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over A petition calling for an inquiry into the Family Court has made its way to … Continue reading Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over

Auditor-General report: Our right to know is being treated with contempt

 The Listener / 10 August, 2017 The committee in charge should thank their lucky stars – and Metiria Turei – for this week's distractions. The seven MPs on the cross-party Officers of Parliament Committee should be down on their knees giving thanks for the recent political tumult. Had the media not been transfixed by the … Continue reading Auditor-General report: Our right to know is being treated with contempt