Category: News and Views

NZ Herald: Teina Pora compensation to be increased for inflation: New Justice Minister Andrew Little

New Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed in his first day on the job that Teina Pora’s $2.5m compensation for wrongful imprisonment will be increased to match inflation. Pora spent 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. The High Court ruled that Pora’s compensation should be inflation-adjusted, but the National Government

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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