Category: News and Views

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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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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Stuff: Question of who read Defence Force report into possible civilian deaths hangs over Operation Burnham inquiry

A highly-classified report which confirmed possible civilian deaths during a 2010 SAS-led raid in Afghanistan was read and placed in a safe in Defence Force headquarters — only to be found accidentally. Defence Force officials have claimed no knowledge of how the report travelled from coalition forces in Afghanistan to New Zealand and how it repeatedly escaped attention

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Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on this week’s damning report into the SIS/GCSB’s tacit compliance with torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General. The report investigates the role of New Zealand’s security services in the CIA’s illegal

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Stuff: Felix Donnelly dies: Renegade priest was also broadcaster, novelist, and Youthline founder

A priest who challenged the views of his Catholic peers, founded Youthline and hosted talkback radio has died. Felix Donnelly was 89 and died last week. Death notices in newspapers described the academic and social worker as a loved brother and “treasured uncle”. Donnelly backed the 1980s Homosexual Law Reform Bill, citing concerns about young people who committed suicide

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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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