Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt Ignores Hope And Smart Families' Plea

The Government is not listening to the Hope and Smart families who have pleaded with the police to 'look again' for the bodies of their children, Kaikoura MP Lynda Scott said today.

Lynda Scott questioned the Minister of Police in Parliament today about why he backtracked on the comments he made in the media on Friday and Saturday that there would be a further search.

Justice Minister Phil Goff, replying on behalf of Mr Hawkins, stood by the decision of Police Headquarters that there was not enough evidence to conduct a further search. He dismissed Detective Inspector Pope's analysis that there was a high probability that the objects were Ben and Olivia.

"Yesterday the families called for another search but it was obvious from questioning in Parliament today that neither the Government nor Police headquarters support them in that call," Dr Scott said.

"Mr Goff used the private search as an excuse for the police not to conduct a further search. The private search used only high definition and wide range cameras and the searchers advised that it was likely the objects had moved or been covered by sand in the time lapse.

"Mr Hawkins contradicted himself throughout the weekend about the possibility of a further search, adding further to the families' distress.

"There can be little resolution to the continuing nightmare for the Hope and Smart families until they have the bodies of their children to put to rest in a proper burial.

"There will not be a parent in New Zealand who would begrudge spending the money to recover the bodies of Ben and Olivia," Dr Scott said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


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>>


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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news