Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>




Law Society: Govt Response To ACC Dispute Resolution Report Encouraging
The New Zealand Law Society has welcomed Acting ACC Minister Nathan Guy’s announcement that the Government will address all recommendations in Miriam Dean QC’s independent report on the ACC dispute resolution processes. More>>


Non-Prosectution 'Flawed': MPI Accepts Fisheries Compliance Operations Report
"The way in which the decision not to prosecute over the apparent dumping of quota fish was made is regrettable. It is also disappointing that the process was characterised by confusion and a lack of adequate documentation and communication." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Blackmail (And The Therapeutic Use Of Drugs In Sport)
So, in order to chase up the fathers (and in a few rare cases, the mothers) who may be dodging their responsibility for paying child support… WINZ is evidently willing to blackmail the parent who is doing the actual caring, and thereby push the child concerned further into poverty. More>>


MPs' Communications: Parliamentary Service Scans, Blocks MPs' Email
Peter Dunne: MPs are not employees in the technical sense, so they do not work “for” the Parliamentary Service, as some might assume. Therefore, employment law and practice regarding private communications do not apply. By its nature Parliament is different ... More>>


Bill To Be Delayed: Government Rejects Māori Compromise To Kermadec Sanctuary
“Te Ohu Kaimoana and iwi representatives worked hard to find a compromise solution where the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could go ahead and where Māori would not have extant rights, as agreed in the 1992 Deed of Settlement, unilaterally expropriated by the Government.” More>>

More Kermadecs and other fisheries news:

CRL (And ATAP): Government Confirms Auckland City Rail Link Funding
The Government and Auckland Council today signed a Heads of Agreement, under which the Crown will fund 50 per cent of the CRL. The total cost of the project is estimated to be between $2.8 billion and $3.4 billion... More>>


Wellington.Scoop: A Friendly Mayoral Forum, With Some Flyover Vagueness
It was hard to get a direct answer about the flyover from some of the candidates at our Wellington.Scoop mayoral forum last night. But there was a standing-room-only audience (more than 300 people) at PreFab, and friendly responses from all of the eight wannabes. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Selective Lethargy
It will take many more months before Social Development Minister (and acting Youth Minister) Anne Tolley and Justice Minister Amy Adams finally get around to taking a proposal to Cabinet on whether to re-classify 17 year old youthful offenders as juveniles, rather than as adults. More>>




WINZ Shootings: PSA Welcomes Decision In Ashburton Safety Prosecution
Chief District Court Judge Doogue found a reasonably predictable hazard of client-initiated violence occurring at a Work and Income office, and said MSD did not take all reasonable steps to prevent it... The Ministry had already pleaded guilty to some aspects of the charge. More>>


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