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


Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

The movie, Once Were Warriors, shocked us with its vivid account of family and street violence, says Emma Davies of the Children and Families programme of the Institute of Public Policy at AUT. Movie-goers around the world saw an ugly side of life in New Zealand, she says.

The opening in Christchurch on the 2nd of March, nine years after the movie, of a musical production of Once Were Warriors raises the question, 'What have we been doing about it since we lost any excuse that we didn't know about the violence in our midst?'

Jim Moriarty, the show's director, has been doing his bit. He works with young people, helping them to express themselves and find a strong identity through drama. He has invited organisations that work with families and young people to see the show and use it to publicise the need for reform in New Zealand.

What he and the organisations he has contacted particularly want is repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act of 1961. This is the section of the law that has been successfully used as a defence

NEXT... MORE... by people who have beaten children. Ian Hassall, Senior Researcher with the Institute of Public Policy, says similar laws have been repealed in many other countries concerned about condoning violence in the home.

Information on repeal and how to register interest in taking action will be available at the shows, he says. A website has been established at http://feedback.aut.ac.nz/repealsection59

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>


Growing The Regions: Provincial Growth Fund Open For Business

The new $1 billion per annum Provincial Growth Fund has been officially launched in Gisborne today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. ... More>>


22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>


Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>


EQC Shakeup: Chair Of Earthquake Commission Has Resigned

The Chair of the Earthquake Commission, Sir Maarten Wevers, has resigned following receipt of a letter from Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Dr Megan Woods expressing her displeasure with the performance of the Commission ... More>>


NZer Of the Year: Gender Pay Equity Activist, Kristine Bartlett – A Brilliant Choice

National Council of Women (NCWNZ) CEO and Gender Equal NZ Spokesperson, Dr Gill Greer says she’s delighted with news that equal pay champion, Kristine Bartlett, has been named New Zealander of the Year . More>>


Perceived Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>


Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>





Featured InfoPages