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


Minister happy with thorough inquiry

3 February 2005 Media Statement

Minister happy with thorough inquiry

The Minister of Police, George Hawkins, completely rejects the assertion made in Time magazine that NZ has a weak anti-child pornography regime.

"Our policing of this pernicious and immoral trade is second to none – and we certainly aren't a haven for paedophiles," said Mr Hawkins.

"I am happy that the joint Police, Customs and Department of Internal Affairs investigation into information received from the US Customs Department is proceeding appropriately.

"I have been advised by officials that investigations into international traffic of child pornography images are very complex and need to be handled with great care. As a result they often take a long time.

"The joint team is making sure all elements of the investigation are being carefully managed so that the Courts will be presented with fully documented cases to give a high chance of successful prosecutions. The operation is being overseen by Deputy Commissioner Steve Long.

"This operation is one of many investigations under current laws which are undertaken by the Police, Customs and Department of Internal Affairs every year into trading and possession of child pornography.

"New Zealand authorities have had many successes since 1996 when the special unit was established at the Department of Internal Affairs. Since then nearly 150 offenders have been convicted and in the last 2 years 15 offenders have received gaol sentences to recognise the seriousness of their offending.

"The Films, Videos, Publications and Classification Amendment Bill intends to increase the search powers available to the authorities and to increase 10-fold the severity of some penalties. It is scheduled for its second reading next week.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news