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

 

Amnesty to continue monitoring site at Ihumātao

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand says all groups involved, including both police and protesters were forthcoming on its first day monitoring events at Ihumātao.

Executive Director Meg de Ronde says time spent at Ihumātao has reassured Amnesty that so far communication is occurring between police and protestors.

“Relationships have been established between Amnesty and both police and protestors at the Ihumātao site and both parties have assured us that they are in contact with one another. We have encouraged all to be as transparent and respectful as possible, and to record and report any instances that they feel may have breached the law or human rights. This helps limit the amount of misinformation that can happen at protests of this size.”

She says both parties are now sharing information and footage with Amnesty in its capacity as an independent human rights observer.

“We will continue to verify any reports with the information available and will notify the involved parties if any further action needs to be taken. In the meantime, it’s important to remember that we all have the right to enjoy freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. Law enforcement are doing well to protect peaceful protesters from those who do break the law or try to turn the protest violent, without limiting the ability for others to continue their peaceful protest. Human Rights standards allow for restrained use of force by Police in limited circumstances, such as to protect public safety. However, any response must be strictly necessary, proportionate, and is a last resort when non-violent means are proven to be, or are unlikely to be, effective.

De Ronde adds the gathering could go on for some time.

“We will continue to monitor the situation. Independent observers will be at the site sporadically throughout the coming days and we will stay in close contact with the groups involved.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>

 

PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>

ALSO:

Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>

ALSO:

Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>

ALSO:

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels