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GPJA Letter To Michael Cullen - Sent This Morning

8 November 2007


Rt Hon Michael Cullen
Attorney General
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Kia Ora Dr Cullen
Re Terrorism Suppression Act 2002

We the undersigned organisations and individuals are urging you to use the power delegated to you under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 to decline to lay charges under this legislation in relation to those arrested last month by police in the so-called "anti-terror" raids.

There is widespread concern and mistrust of the anti-terror legislation across New Zealand communities. These laws are seen by many to have been passed not so much to meet our obligations to the United Nations Security Council but to sanction greater use of state powers of surveillance and control over those involved in political dissent.

We believe it would be a very damaging development for the New Zealand government to approve use of this legislation in the current environment. We risk changing the very character of the country in a situation where there are very sensitive political issues involved.

All the police allegations of illegal activity are already covered under existing New Zealand laws. This existing legislation can be applied without anti-terror provisions being invoked.

We urge you to act with sensitivity and understanding of the nature of our democracy.

Yours sincerely,

John Minto & Mike Treen GPJA
Te Kotahi a Tuhoe
Helen Kelly CTU President
Association of University Staff, Wellington
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa Section
Peace Movement Aotearoa
International Indigenous Disability Convention Working Group
Maritime Union of New Zealand
Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand
Le'a Kanehe (Legal Analyst) and Debra Harry (Executive Director), Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, Nixon, USA
Socialist Party Aotearoa
Citizens Against Privatisation
Palestine Human Rights Campaign
Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, Christchurch
Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environment Coalition
Wellington Palestine Group
Anti-Bases Campaign, Christchurch
The Workers Party
Socialist Worker-New Zealand
Human Rights Foundation to
Robert Reid & Laila Harré on behalf of NDU
Dr Pita R Sharples (Co-Leader Maori Party)
Tariana Turia MP, co-Leader Maori Party
Hone Harawira MP Maori Party
Victor Billot and Kay Murray, Alliance Party Co-leaders
Paul Piesse, Alliance Party President, Christchurch
Syd Keepa, NDU
Auckland Council for Civil Liberties
Dr Roger Horrocks
Garry Parsloe, MUNZ
Kay Jones, NZCTU
Teresa Brown, Industrial Organiser, Equity New Zealand/NZ Actors Equity, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
UNANZ NRB
Carl Horn, Organiser, Nelson, Marlborough, and West Coast Branch, National Distribution Union
Dr. Jeanne Guthrie, Mt Eden
Dr Russel Norman, Green Party Co-leader
Dr Christine Dann, Diamond Harbour
Grant Morgan, organiser of Residents Action Movement, Auckland
Maire Leadbeater (Spokesperson) for the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, Auckland
Roger Fowler QSM, Manager, Mangere East Community Learning Centre.
Dr Geoff Bridgman, Assoc. Head, School of Community Development,Unitec, Auckland
Dr Deryn Cooper, Auckland
Edith Tamaki, NDU
Sandre Kruger, CEO, Te Pu Wananga o Anamata
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Bay of Plenty/Auckland Monthly Meeting
Br Damian Kenneth ssf
Dr David V Williams, Professor of Law
Dr Rawiri Taonui
Vivienne Elizabeth, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
Tracey McIntosh, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
Tulia Thompson, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
Lane West-Newman, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
Steve Matthewman, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
David Bedggood, Dept of Sociology, University of Auckland
Dave Macpherson, Councillor, Hamilton City Council
Jody Toroa, Union Organiser, SFWU
Judith Crimmins (Chairperson Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand)
Ping-Ann Addo, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Te Ripowai Higgins
Vaughan Gunson
Tutawhiaorangi Temara
Lady Rhyl Jansen, Orewa
Matu Stevens
Dominic Hoey
Peta Kirikiri
Maia Nohotima
Pita Nohotima
Tokai Nohotima
Te Tokaia Nohotima
Shavonne Ellaray
Natasha Kereopa
Philip Hunia
Billy Jack Nohotima
Nicholas Kereopa
Connie Rigby
Kararaina Uatuku
Julie Black
Hiko Davies
Rachael Davies
Titia Graham
Chris Nuku
June Mihinui-Nuku
Te Tauhou Nohotima
Wena Tait
Tikina Heremia
Hema Temara
Putiputi Temara
Tamahou Temara
Dennis Hori
Hine Hori
Ameria Hori
Ripeka Hori
Manawarangi Hori
Pare Hori
Reitu Harris
Parekohai Wells
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Leslie Bravery
Marian Bravery
Veronica Harrod
Charles Hadfield
Barry Wilson
Sandy Gauntlett
Nicki Jonas
Dr Maurice Ward, Christchurch
Dr Bill Rosenberg, Christchurch
Chris Caillard, Kawerau
Chris Holland, Auckland
Mary Celeste, West Coast
Zaeem Baksh
Alastair Reith, Dunedin
Warren Brewer
Edwina Hughes, Wellington
Prue Hyman, Wellington
Kirsty McCully
Dr Jennifer E. Hand
Paul Maunder, Blackball
Bronwen Summers, Auckland
Wendy Harper, Morrinsville
Helen Charters, Auckland
Elizabeth Eastmond
Bernie Hornfeck
Miriam Pierard
Kirsty McCully
Leslie and Marian Bravery
Ahmad & Suraya Esau, Parakai
Meral Geylani
Teanau Tuiono
Conscious Collaborations
T.M. Dibble, Auckland
Dr. Louise Humpage, Auckland
Lana Le Quesne, Wainuiomata
Elaine Ludwig
katya Paquin, Wellington
Hannah Scott, Wellington
Eva Naylor, Wellington
Ursula Ryan, Christchurch
Simon Oosterman
Anahera Morehu
Cerian Wagstaff
Cat McIsaac, Taumarunui
John Anderson
Albert Karauna
Hine Raukura
Sandra Dickson, Petone
Irene Johnson
Kapil
Peggy Haworth, Royal Oak
Luke Trainor
Sheila Le Masurier
Tawhirimatea Williams
Kelly Dorgan, Christchurch
Murray Hewitt, Wellington
Margaret Jefferies, Lyttelton
Taryn Lunny
ARENA
Malia Nobrega
Marisa Maclachlan, Auckland
Steve Luke
Sheryl Cadman, Wellington
Justin Kereama
Potaua Biasiny-Tule
Mariana Herbert
Dr John Gleisner, Masterton
Anaru Dixon
Eileen F Brown, Wellington
Glen McLennan, Masterton
Arthur Palmer
Michael Watson, ecumenical chaplain to mental health services, Porirua
Kaa Anderson
Amanda Bill, Wellington
Edie Te Whaiti
Duana Crown
Tui Bartlett
David Bartlett
Raewyn Bartlett
Bill Leonard
Mary-Ann de Kort
Claire Gregory
Linley Gregory
Mrs. Z Vallings, Maungakaramea
Alan Reynolds, Waikanae
Danna Glendining, Hamilton
Clive Aspin
Dara McNaught, Waitakere
Ingrid Beckers, Auckland
Jenese Anne Belzer
Anahera Morehu
Trevor Hanson
Hine Raukura
Ye Miao
Richard Keller, Wellington
Tony Fala, Auckland
Dr. Ruth Irwin
Potaua & Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule
Pam Henson, Wellington
Campbell Duignan
Geraldene Peters
Rose Hollins
Hiraina Hona
Judith Bell
Nelson Bell
Carole Maraku
Tim McCreanor, Auckland
Helen Yensen
Leah Whiu
Nigel Chang
Tony Carton, Auckland
Audrey van Ryn, Auckland
Peter Boyd
Marisa Maclachlan, Onehunga
Ms Zillah Scott
Ms Kathy Lane
Tawera Ormsby, Mangere
Linn Lorkin
Hershal Herscher
Margo White, Auckland
David Clendon, Auckland
Helen Charters, Auckland
Jan Young
Lindis Capper-Starr
Gary Stewart
Richard Green
Kim Mazur
Paul Qualtrough
Ngaio Tiuka
Dr Carina Meares, Auckland
Wendy John
Dr Rawinia Higgins, Wellington
Paddy Wana, Whakatane
Tremaine Tutua, Whakatane
Rachel McLachlan, Christchurch
Athena Lambrinidou
Susan Grimsdell, Auckland
Maxine Gay, Wellington
Joseph Minto, Auckland
Archie Kerr, Lower Hutt.
Tremaine Tutua, Whakatane
Simi I'Anson-Corrin, Wellington
Murray Horton
Kataraina Hohua, Whakatane
Joan Macdonald
Gordon Jackman
Kapi Tupe, Murupara
Marion Hancock
Miriama Postlethwaite
Kimberly-Anne Ford
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Evan James Hughes, Wellington
Christine Todd, Auckland
Dr Deborah Widdowson, Auckland
Kane Forbes
Dr Rex W. Thomson, Auckland
Sitelimani F. Lolohea, Auckland
Kylie Tiuka, Wellington
Ruth A. Jackson
Carol J. Lynch
Janfrie Wakim
Tuma Hazou
Murray Stentiford, Epsom
Karen Melbourne
Eric Melbourne
Penny Bright
Pat Hohepa
Karina Ngaropo
Kylie Ngaropo
Nikora Ngaropo
Matutaera Ngaropo
Andrea Edwards
Duane Edwards
Taylor Edwards
Ruth Coombes


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