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

 


Quake Outcasts on Judith Collins' UN remarks

Quake Outcasts on Judith Collins' UN remarks

Geneva, Switzerland and Christchurch, New Zealand

During the 18th Session of the UN Universal Periodic Review for human rights currently ongoing in Geneva, the government representative Judith Collins made some remarks which were untrue.

In reference to the human rights implications following the government's quake policies, Ms Collins stated that there are 8,000 [red zoned] homes which are sitting on damaged land that presented "unacceptable level of life risk."

However the government has always been adamant in its reason for its red zoning policy- which was simply to advise people of how long the rebuild might take, and that no immediate life risk whatsoever was present. The only exception is the rockfall danger on the Port Hills which number in the hundreds, not 8,000.

Ms Collins also stated in front of foreign diplomats that following the Canterbury earthquakes "the land liquified" and that "where there was land, there became swamp or water" [quote corrected 10/2/14]. This is grossly untrue as all Cantabrians know very well now the scientific term "liquefy" means solid material such as soil can shake like liquid during a seismic event, and then return to normal. The land simply does not magically turn into water.

Quake Outcasts Co-spokesperson Ernest Tsao thinks her remarks to UN delegates were intended to downplay the seriousness of her government's breach of red zone residents' human rights, and to trivialise the losses faced by homeowners who are fighting for fair compensation for the red zoning of their homes.

The High Court in August found the government's red zone policy violated residents' human rights.

Ms Collins spoke of "context" and "story" when speaking to Mike Hoskins on ZB, suggesting that allegations of human rights violations by her government are perhaps false.

Mr Tsao believes that her remarks to the UN "grossly distorted the truth" and "were aimed at neutralising valid criticisms of the government on human rights issues in front of the UN", and that her false remarks "put a huge black spot on New Zealand's otherwise good human rights record."

=== ENDS ===

Released By:
Quake Outcasts New Zealand– Association for the Earthquake Affected Homeowners
Christchurch, New Zealand
Spokespersons: Ernest Tsao, David Millar.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news