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


Maori Party supports Children’s Commissioner

Maori Party supports Children’s Commissioner
Statement by Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples 4 April 2008

The Maori Party strongly endorses the Children’s Commissioner’s views on the Summary Offences (Tagging and Graffiti Vandalism) Amendment Bill, says co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.

“The most significant thing about Cindy Kiro’s reasoned and rational submission to the Select Committee is that she actually listened to the voices of young people before rushing to judgement,” said Dr Sharples.

“Her Young People’s Reference Group told the Commissioner they thought tagging showed a lack of respect by taggers, for a community that left them feeling alienated and disaffected.

“Property owners absolutely have rights that must be respected, but there is a challenge for communities around how we support our alienated young people and encourage them to find positive ways of participating.”

“Punitive, knee-jerk legislation to criminalise anti-social behaviour will not solve complex problems such as tagging and graffiti,” said Dr Sharples.

“As Cindy Kiro pointed out, unauthorised tagging and graffiti are already illegal, and we have many good laws to deal with care and protection of children, and youth offending,” Dr Sharples said. “We don’t need this new law.”

“At a sport and recreation conference today, I called for action to redress the lack of community facilities and after-school activities in large areas in my electorate. While we are happy to accept the elite among our young people into the All Blacks and the Warriors, there are huge numbers who get left by the wayside, and who get into trouble.

“Healthy communities listen to voices of dissent, voices of protest, and to young people – and the Maori Party supports those who take the time to do that,” Dr Sharples concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election