RadioNZ: Māori 11 times more likely to face prison – report

A new report by the Ministry of Justice reveals Māori are eleven times more likely to face prison time once convicted. The report also found that between 2014 and 2017, Youth Court appearances for Māori increased by 23 percent, while the rate for non-Māori fell by 12 percent. Associate Justice Minister Aupito William Sio said … Continue reading RadioNZ: Māori 11 times more likely to face prison – report

HRLA: Event Announcement: Cultural Racism: Construction of a Scapegoat

The Human Rights Lawyers Association in conjunction with the Khadija Leadership Network is hosting a panel event on racism and human rights. Who is the other? In a world where nation-states are no longer sheltered, where mass migration, mass telecommunication, and mass liberalisation have punctured our once sacrosanct borders, who belongs, who does not, and, … Continue reading HRLA: Event Announcement: Cultural Racism: Construction of a Scapegoat

Benedict Tompkins: ‘Repugnant’ committee pursuing female lawyer must go

Barrister Benedict Tompkins writes: Kathryn Beck President, New Zealand Law Society Subject: National Standards Committee investigation into comments made by Catriona MacLennan I am an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. I am also called to the Bar of England and Wales, and practice as a barrister from Chambers in London. … Continue reading Benedict Tompkins: ‘Repugnant’ committee pursuing female lawyer must go

US coalition’s bombing of Syria is illegal at international law and counterproductive

Green MP and lawyer Golriz Ghahraman writes: The campaign launched by the US with France and UK is a breach of international law. These bombs will kill and maim more people, bringing irrevocable suffering to an already traumatised people, writes Green MP Golriz Ghahraman The harrowing reality of Syria’s war, with chemical weapons, a trapped … Continue reading US coalition’s bombing of Syria is illegal at international law and counterproductive

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: The Hit & Run inquiry opens up a can of worms

New Zealand’s military conduct in its longest running war ever – in Afghanistan – is finally getting an official government inquiry. This has the real potential to open up a can of worms. So far, the announcement of the Government’s inquiry into Operation Burnham has been met with a great diversity of reactions. Nicky Hager … Continue reading Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: The Hit & Run inquiry opens up a can of worms

The Guardian: Hollywood director Taika Waititi says New Zealand is racist

Waititi says while his homeland is ‘the best place on the planet’ it was ‘pretty shit growing up poor in the country’ Acclaimed Hollywood director Taika Waititi has criticised his home country of New Zealand as “racist as fuck”. In a wide-ranging interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, the director of Thor Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and … Continue reading The Guardian: Hollywood director Taika Waititi says New Zealand is racist

Radio NZ: Immigration NZ using data system to predict likely troublemakers

Immigrants could be on a fast track to deportation if they belong to a demographic group identified as being a burden on the country. Immigration New Zealand has been modelling data - including age, gender and ethnicity - of immigrants to identify which groups most commonly run up hospital costs or commit crime. It could … Continue reading Radio NZ: Immigration NZ using data system to predict likely troublemakers

NZ Herald: Tim Keating to step down as NZDF chief, says departure not linked to Operation Burnham

Defence Force chief Lieutenant-General Tim Keating is stepping down from the role, but says Operation Burnham had no influence in his decision. He won't seek reappointment at the end of his term on June 30. Keating revealed his decision in an email to staff today, saying it had been his absolute privilege to have served … Continue reading NZ Herald: Tim Keating to step down as NZDF chief, says departure not linked to Operation Burnham