Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Iwi group staggered at Green prison priorities

18 February 2004

Iwi group staggered at Green prison priorities

A board representing six Northern iwi today said it was staggering that the Greens appeared more concerned with conspiracy theories on what was happening in prisons overseas than what was happening to inmates in New Zealand.

Iwi Whanui O Tamaki Makaurau represents six iwi in a partnership with the privately managed Auckland Central Remand Prison (ACRP).

Iwi Whanui Chair, Te Warena Taua, said he was astonished by comments from Green MP Nandor Tanczos today in which he admitted that ACRP was a well managed prison, but would oppose the current management because of unsubstantiated stories from abroad.

“The Greens have their priorities the wrong way around. Our publicly managed prisons are in perpetual crisis and the inmates inside them are really suffering. Now is not the time to be playing ideological games and taking theoretical positions,” said Mr Taua.

“I challenge Nandor to tell us exactly what he has negotiated with Paul Swain which is going to turn our failing prison system around. Nandor knows our prisons, with the exception of ACRP, are appalling failures, so what is the alternative and what change has he secured?

“What difference is Nandor going to make for our inmates and their families, and what difference will he make for Mäori? It is all very well for him to talk about ‘perverse incentives’, but that talk should be reserved for our own public prison service.

Mr Taua said his Board was angry and frustrated with the Green position, but stressed that it was all inmates, not just Mäori, who would continue to suffer as a result.

“Nandor is supporting the management of this country’s most successful prison being taken away based on some way-out theories of what he perceives to be happening overseas. His focus should be on improving what is happening right here at home.

“This is all the more appalling given that Nandor recently turned down an invitation to visit privately managed prisons in Australia to see for himself how they are performing, and that he never bothered to turn up to hear submissions at the select committee hearing this bill,” he said.

“Had he bothered to make an effort, he would be under no illusions about the strength of Mäori opposition to the Government’s Bill he is now so vehemently supporting.”

Mr Taua said the Greens were turning their back on their policy commitments to Mäori and, despite strong words on the need for dialogue and consultation, had failed to either consult with or listen to the concerns of Mäori in this key area.

“What this whole exercise is showing is that the Green Party has all the right policy in relation to Mäori but, when it comes to the crunch, blind ideology prevails.

“Nandor has had a once in a lifetime opportunity to back Mäori in their dealings with the prison system but, instead, he will simply deliver more of the same failure and disappointment,” said Mr Taua.

“When this Bill is passed Mäori will no longer have a say in who is best able to manage our prisons, as we did with the spectacular success at ACRP. Maori were counting on Nandor’s support on this, and we feel badly let down by his shoddy performance and poor excuses.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election