Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Glenn Inquiry Strengthens its Reach

Glenn Inquiry Strengthens its Reach
 
5 May 2013 - The Glenn Inquiry is living up to its colloquial name of the “People’s Inquiry” as it commits to visiting 25 towns and cities across New Zealand. Sir Owen Glenn is personally funding the Inquiry and he is determined to ensure it is driven from the grass roots up.
 
“Speaking with the people of New Zealand is a critical element and we’re interested in hearing from anyone about domestic violence and child abuse but particularly survivors, family and friends of survivors and frontline workers. We need to listen to them and understand how as a country we can reduce the statistics, how we can implement better systems and better support them.”
 
This large undertaking will be led by four independent chairs recently appointed. Sir Owen says the Inquiry continues to attract strong people because they believe in what he is doing.
 
“The aim is to produce a blueprint, which will be a model for the future that will answer one fundamental question ‘If New Zealand was leading the world in addressing child abuse and domestic violence what would that look like?’ Who wouldn’t want to support this?”
 
The independent chairs are:
-       Denese Henare ONZM - Former Law Commissioner
-       Gregory Fortuin - Former Families Commissioner and Race Relations Conciliator
-       Rosslyn Noonan - New Zealand’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner who is currently the visiting fellow at Auckland University’s New Zealand Centre for Human Rights
-       Joanne Morris - Experienced Waitangi Tribunal member and Law Commissioner
 
Director of the Glenn Inquiry, Ruth Herbert says each interview panel with be made up of one of the independent chairs along with one or more Think Tank members.
 
“To have this sort of senior expertise added to the Inquiry’s already impressive Think Tank line up speaks volumes and I’m excited about capitalising on their ability to lead and chair such an critical part of the Inquiry.”
 
Herbert expects that the evidence gathering will be completed by September 2013 and in the near future in addition to face-to-face opportunities, online submissions will be possible.
 
“We are very conscious that as the awareness of the Inquiry grows we could be inundated with people wanting to provide evidence and it simply won’t be possible to see everyone in person. The ability to provide a submission online will assist greatly and it is a priority to have this operating from our website as soon as possible.”
 
People wishing to be involved should register via www.glenninquiry.org.nz
 
Biographies of the Independent Chairs
Denese Henare, CNZM
Denese is a barrister and Solicitor with extensive experience in the law and the community. Formerly, a law commissioner with responsibility for te ao Maori in the Commission’s work in 1996-2001.  Denese has practised in the areas of public law and commerce and has had considerable involvement in the public sector in policy development and law reform.  Denese was elected as an Auckland City Councillor (1983-1986) and has served on various panels, commissions and tribunals addressing issues including those relating to the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori social and economic development, access to justice, health, education and human rights.
Gregory Fortuin
Cape Town born Former Families Commissioner and Race Relations Conciliator, Gregory was the Founding Chairman of the Youth Suicide Awareness Trust and is passionately involved in community issues in his hometown of Porirua (since 1991). Nelson Mandela appointed Gregory as South African Honorary Consul in 1997 (the first resident South African representative in New Zealand of the new South Africa).
 
Rosslyn Noonan
Rosslyn Noonan currently Visiting Fellow at Auckland University’s New Zealand Centre for Human Rights, was New Zealand’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner 2001-2011. In 2010, she was elected to a two year term chairing the global organisation of national human rights institutions.  A long-time feminist with extensive trade union experience, she is married, with two children and four grandchildren.  


Joanne Morris (LL.M, OBE),
Joanne is a Waitangi Tribunal member for more than 20 years, has also chaired the Broadcasting Standards Authority, and been a Law Commissioner responsible for a major study of Women’s Access to Justice. In her earlier career, Jo chaired the 1988 Committee of Inquiry into Pornography, and taught law at Sydney and Victoria universities.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news