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RNZ: World Vision petition demands New Zealand’s ‘racist’ refugee policies change

Politicians have been told New Zealand’s “racist” refugee policy must change towards Middle Eastern and African people. The current policy brought in by National a decade ago means refugees from those areas are only allowed to resettle here if they already have family living in the country. World Vision presented a petition to the Education and Workforce

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Dr Claire Charteris: Ihumātao: NZ breaching human rights obligations

The UN has asked the Government to stop the development of Ihumātao. Until then, NZ is in breach of its international human rights responsibilties.  Friday was the UN-designated international day of Indigenous Peoples. However, there is no cause for celebration on Ihumātao. In March this year, the leading UN human rights watchdogs on Indigenous peoples’ rights and housing

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Te Ao: Large police influx divides protesters at Ihumātao

Police have again increased their presence at Ihumātao, dividing those who have occupied the land in peaceful protest from their frontline. According to sources on the ground, police began forming rank around homes and separated the groups from each other, preventing people and supplies from passing. Local resident and beneficiary of Makaurau Marae, Haki Wilson says the police

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Newshub: ‘I feel like scum’: Beneficiary under MSD investigation speaks out

On Thursday the Privacy Commissioner delivered a damning report into how the Ministry Of Social Development (MSD) investigates benefit fraud. MSD was found to have intruded into the privacy of hundreds of beneficiaries by collecting sensitive information from telcos each year – even in cases where no fraud was established. The ministry accepted the findings

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Stuff: US Apache helicopter footage of controversial SAS raid shows targets shot at

US Apache helicopters captured footage of Afghan targets being shot at during a New Zealand SAS raid. The video footage released on Friday is part of a tranche of previously classified material released by the Hit & Run author Nicky Hager on Friday. A Government inquiry is inspecting claims made in the book Hit & Runthat New Zealand SAS soldiers killed six civilians

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Stuff: Human trafficking in NZ: Government accused of having ‘its head in the sand’

The Government has been accused of having “its head in the sand about sex trafficking” in New Zealand. The allegation, made by ECPAT Child Alert director Eleanor Parkes, comes as two recently released official reports paint contradictory pictures of the scale of human trafficking and the Government’s response to it. The Minister of Justice’s draft report to the United

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Stuff: New insurgent leader claims ‘changes nothing’ for Operation Burnham, co-author Nicky Hager says

A revelation that insurgent commanders were present in villages raided by SAS troopers changes nothing, Hit & Run co-author Nicky Hager says. The confirmation from the Taliban commanders, published by Stuff and Hit & Run co-author Jon Stephenson on Wednesday, contradicts an account from Afghan villagers that no insurgents were present during the Operation Burnham raids. But both Hager and villagers’ lawyer say the new

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