NZ Herald: Susan St John and Dr Gerry Cotterell: Our social security safety net has unravelled

The Labour-NZ First coalition, supported by the Greens, will have a challenging task to stitch up the frayed and neglected welfare safety net. In 2008, the Catholic foundation Caritas Aotearoa documented the cutbacks that began in 1991 in their report they called The Unravelling of the Welfare Safety Net. By 2008, the welfare state was unrecognisable to … Continue reading NZ Herald: Susan St John and Dr Gerry Cotterell: Our social security safety net has unravelled

Edwards: Political roundup: Dear Lorde, here’s what they’re saying about your boycott of Israel

Dear Lorde It seems that everyone is writing open letters to you about whether or not you should be performing in Israel. So, I thought I’d join in, rounding up the political coverage, to help you work out whether you’ve made the right decision. The case in favour of your boycott It all kicked off … Continue reading Edwards: Political roundup: Dear Lorde, here’s what they’re saying about your boycott of Israel

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: Reasons to mistrust our spies (and their masters) in 2017

On the surface, it’s been a good year for New Zealand’s state surveillance agencies. Compared to previous years they’ve garnered less negative media coverage and political examination. Yet appearances can be deceiving, and looking back over the year, there are plenty of reasons to suggest the spies deserve much greater scrutiny and questioning. Likewise, the … Continue reading Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: Reasons to mistrust our spies (and their masters) in 2017

Tracy Watkins: SIS criticised by government watchdog over ‘unlawfully accessing’ information

The Security Intelligence Service has been rapped in a critical report for unlawfully accessing information obtained by Customs. While the activity is historic, the domestic spy agency comes under fire from Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn, not just over the way it accessed the material but for dragging its feet in responding … Continue reading Tracy Watkins: SIS criticised by government watchdog over ‘unlawfully accessing’ information

It’s Our Future: Tonight’s MFAT’s Auckland TPPA Meeting Livestreamed

This week David Parker and MFAT are leading a series of meetings around the country to discuss the TPPA. The meetings  kicked off in Dunedin last night, Auckland tonight, Tauranga tomorrow and Hamilton on Thursday see here for more details. In collaboration with The Daily Blog, It's Our Future is able to livestream tonight's Auckland meeting. The meeting starts … Continue reading It’s Our Future: Tonight’s MFAT’s Auckland TPPA Meeting Livestreamed

Lynda Hagen: Lifting our human rights game

New Zealand’s parliamentary scrutiny of its international human rights obligations will be evaluated in a new Law Foundation-backed study. This follows criticism that New Zealand is lagging behind countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia in formally monitoring compliance with human rights treaties. ... Shadow Reports The Law Foundation recently awarded two new … Continue reading Lynda Hagen: Lifting our human rights game

Stuff: More Tasers, more police shootings: Weapons ‘encourage aggressive behaviour’

Tasers are being used more often by police in New Zealand, with a 29 per cent increase in the number of events involving their deployment from 2015 to 2016. Deployment of Tasers in the past five years has been increasing, figures released by police under the Official Information Act show. The total number of Tactical Operations Reporting (TOR) events involving the deployment … Continue reading Stuff: More Tasers, more police shootings: Weapons ‘encourage aggressive behaviour’

NZ Herald: John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward Snowden accused him of spying

Sir John Key's story of how and why he canned a "mass surveillance" programme are at odds with official papers detailing development of the "Speargun" project. The issue blew up in the final days of the 2014 election with Key claiming the programme was long-dead and had been replaced by a benign cyber-security system called … Continue reading NZ Herald: John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward Snowden accused him of spying