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December Newsletter


Newsletter 108, December 2012
In this Issue:


Changes to Look for in 2013

Watch out for our next newsletter in February 2013. It will tell you about a significant shift in the way the Robson Hanan Trust, and its two major initiatives, ‘Rethinking Crime and Punishment’ and ‘Justspeak’ will function. Our vision however, remains unchanged – to promote public and political awareness of effective criminal justice policy, and movement toward a tolerant, inclusive and safe society.

Chuck Colson and the Ministry of Reconciliation

In this last edition for 2012, Rethinking takes a rest from featuring analysis and comment on criminal justice policy and practise. Instead, Kim Workman reflects on the nature of our work, and the vision for a more compassionate, crime-free society, by sharing a couple of stories about the late Charles ‘Chuck’ Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries USA, and Prison Fellowship International, from his 2005 visit to New Zealand.

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3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

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Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

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Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

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Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Climate Change Protest, And Iraq Training

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat the Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old (David Carter) and young (David Seymour) added a Monty Python level of amusement to the whole event. More>>

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Speech: Bill English Explains NZ Government To Australia

Here I am part of a successful government, now into its third term and hopefully with more to come. I want to offer some thoughts tonight about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. More>>

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