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It is with a sense of relief to finally receive after
5 and half years of waiting the report into police actions
that took place in Ruatoki and throughout New Zealand on
October 15 2007.
This has been a difficult and drawn out
process and it is with trepidation that we received the
report today. The IPCA report has stated in its response to
our whanau complaint given within a month of the October 15
2007t hat “detaining Maria and Amie, and taking them to
Whakatane police station “amounted to arbitrary detention.
These actions were contrary to law, unjustified and
unreasonable...“Police actions in undertaking personal
searches of Maria and Amie were contrary to law, unjustified
and unreasonable” It was also found that police actions in
entering our neighbors’ property and restricting her
movements were contrary to law, unjustifiable and
As a whanau we are currently considering
the report in its fullest and seeking advice as to where to
Whanau o Tame Iti and Maria
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>