Category: News and Views

Deborah Mannning: Māori may not be getting the same level of discretion as others when police choose to pursue a vehicle

The Human Rights Foundation’s Deborah Manning, who has advised families of people killed in police pursuits, says Māori may not be getting the same level of discretion as others when police choose to pursue a vehicle. The situation Police figures show Māori make up more than half of people warned or charged following police pursuits.

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Amnesty International New Zealand call for investigation into police spying

Amnesty International have launched a petition calling for an investigation into the New Zealand police’s use of private investigators Thomson and Clark: Rochelle Rees  is a mother of a seven-year-old, an IT professional that drinks soy lattes and she’s pretty sure the police have been spying on her. Evidence is mounting that over the last decade

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Newsroom: Avery targets Newsroom over ‘digital harm’

Former New Zealander of the Year Sir Ray Avery has laid a complaint against Newsroom.co.nz under the Harmful Digital Communications Act over a series of news reports on his background, products and promises. Avery has told Netsafe, the legal agent for considering complaints under the Act, the reports have caused him serious emotional distress and amount to a

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NZ Herald: Fleeing driver in stolen car injured after evading Auckland police pursuit

It’s past time for a real rethink of the New Zealand police’s pursuits policy: An Auckland man driving a stolen car fled police at excessive speeds before crashing into a wall, injuring himself and seriously injuring a female passenger. Shortly after 3am on Wednesday, police spotted a stolen vehicle on Springs Road in East Tamaki

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Newshub: Five Eyes’ call to end internet encryption spooks New Zealand privacy advocates

The privacy of internet use is under threat, says internet protection agency InternetNZ, over reports the Five Eyes countries want to thwart end-to-end encryption. New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK – members of the Five Eyes group of nations – met for a conference last week to discuss “grave threats” online and

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Stuff: Coerced sex work a significant problem in New Zealand

Young, isolated and controlled. There is very little that clearly defines someone trafficked into sex work in New Zealand beyond those basic characteristics. However, Dr Natalie Thorburn said the problem is bigger than anyone really knows. “We cling quite firmly to the notion of New Zealand being clean, green and non-corruptible,” Thorburn said. “That image is

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Stuff: Justice denied – Human Rights Tribunal claim delays balloon to two years

“Beyond unacceptable” delays for Human Rights Tribunal claims have gotten worse, a year after a co-chairperson was appointed to help clear the backlog. Stuff revealed in February that Human Rights Review Tribunal chairman Rodger Haines had repeatedly complained to successive ministers that ballooning delays meant “access to justice is being denied to almost all”. Since 2016, he

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