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National MPs Scrap in Public - National MPs are at loggerheads over a proposed change to New Zealand’s murder laws. Back bench MP Brian Neeson is putting forward a Private Member’s Bill to bring in degrees of murder. Doug Graham insists that this is foolhardy and reflects thinking of people who don’t understand legal principle. Mr Neeson says Mr Graham is out of touch: “Doug is bound in the old crusty ways of people who have had it to lord over us all these years, and he doesn’t want to see these changes.” He is confident his Bill will receive majority caucus support.

Police Figures Show Social Standing Not Ethnicity - A Maori academic says child homicide has more to do with class structure than ethnicity. New police figures show nearly half the people charged with murdering children under the age of 14 are Maori. Less than a fifth of the population are Maori. Professor Ranginui Walker says the situation is a symptom of Maori position in New Zealand society as an underclass. Other social indices show poorer educational achievement, unemployment, and family breakdowns. He says to say it is simply a matter of ethnicity is wrong because the beating up of wives and children occurs across all races.

Winebox Appeal Court Ruling Due Today - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and his Winebox will be back in the news this afternoon when the Court of Appeal decides whether he was wrongly maligned. Mr Peters has challenged the Winebox Commissioner’s findings which were critical of the claims he had made. Mr Peters mounted his challenge to Mr Davison’s findings on a point of law, saying he wrongly applied the law to what has become known as the Magnum Transaction.

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Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

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Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
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Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

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Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

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Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
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CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

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