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


New Immigration Minister Must Act Today!

by Selwyn Manning

If National can do one last positive thing before tomorrow's General Election, that should be action for the Mt Eden Prison Hunger Strikers.

The stand-off between former Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere and the asylum seekers had drawn on for too long. The hunger strike has gone on for almost one month.

The Refugee Council has asked a group of asylum seekers to end their hunger strike before a tragedy occurs. Dr Rasalingham is worried about one man in particular, who is now very weak.

The men from India, Pakistan and Iran have refused to eat in protest at being kept at Mt Eden Prison while their appeal for refugee status is considered.

The Refugee Council has told the men to end their strike, to end the stand off between Immigration Service officials and the Government.

But surely today is the very day for newly appointed Immigration Minister, Wyatt Creech, to act on this shameful saga.

If there is one thing Mr Creech can do it is to visit the protesters and end the pain before death spells shame on the National lead minority government.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election