Category: News and Views

NZ Ombudsman established 55 years ago

Fifty-five years ago ( 1 October 1962 ) New Zealand appointed its first Ombudsman.  This was the first such appointment outside of Scandinavia.  Empowered by Parliamentary Commissioner (Ombudsman) Act 1962, a “simple” 29 section Act, the Ombudsman was charged with investigating and reporting to Parliament on maladministration in Departments of State.  The Ombudsman could respond

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Stuff: No Hit & Run raid inquiry despite dead girl’s parents’ demand

The Government won’t start an inquiry into a raid by SAS soldiers in Afghanistan, despite the pleas from parents who say their girl was killed during the operation. Their daughter Fatima’s death was revealed in the book Hit & Run, which said New Zealand special forces led a raid targeting insurgents who had killed a Kiwi soldier

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Press – ‘Editorial: Human rights are for all, including gang members’

National Party police spokeswoman Paula Bennett had a relatively simple job to do on Sunday – get up and make a policy statement which included a previously-announced plan to separate drug-dealing gang members from their guns. Instead, apparently in her enthusiasm to beat the law-and-order drum in an election campaign, Bennett ended up declaring that

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Radio NZ: ‘NZDF admits ‘alternate possibilities’ in 2012 Afghan firefight’

The Defence Force stands by the findings of its official investigation but accepts friendly fire may have played a bigger role in a deadly firefight in Afghanistan in 2012. Two New Zealanders and four Afghans were killed in the Battle of Baghak, the subject of a Stuff documentary series The Valley, in which Afghan soldiers

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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.