Amy Adams

Apparently National are out of big jobs to do – Justice Minister wants to rename a charge

The Justice Minister, Amy Adams wants to rename a charge…like that is going to mean something to some feral wife-beater.

Justice Minister Amy Adams will release a discussion document this week, arguing in favour of dedicated family violence charges.

Ms Adams has also suggested such charges could carry higher penalties than standard assault charges.

Kathryn Coyle’s former partner, Stephen Barry Wilson, was charged and sentenced last year for assaulting her and Ms Coyle said she would back a specific charge for family violence.

“Male-versus-female [assault] … doesn’t feel like it carries the weight that I think a specific charge would have, where that person would be maybe categorised by the police, that it might give the police more of an insight into what they’re dealing with.”

But such a charge would not solve a culture of family violence, she said.    Read more »

Finally, some good news for Kim Dotcom: prisoners may be able to vote

This has to be the best news yet for the Internet Party.

They were not looking for the missing million, but they will be grateful that the criminal constituency has a voice again.  If only to campaign for better mattresses.

A law banning prisoners from voting has been found inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

A High Court judge has found the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act, passed into law in 2010, puts unjustified limits on prisoners’ rights by putting a blanket ban on voting.

Before the law was enacted, only prisoners serving sentences of more than three years were prohibited from voting.

The Attorney-General warned parliament the change contravened the Bill of Rights before it was passed.   Read more »

NZ Favourite Grandmother accuses Maori of eating Kereru to extinction “just like the Moa”

Maggie Barry, NZ’s favourite grandmother, is getting stuck into Maori for tucking into delicious wood pigeon.

Birds like the native kereru shouldn’t be eaten to the brink of extinction like Maori ate moa, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Her comment follows a report late yesterday three government ministers – Amy Adams, Nathan Guy and Tariana Turia – were served the protected bird mixed with chicken at an iwi leaders’ hui in 2013.

A spokesman for Maungarongo Marae near Ohakune, which apparently served the birds, said because the dead birds were given to them by the Department of Conservation (DOC), they thought it was fine to dish up.

However, DOC says birds, including kereru, which are found dead and given to them are sometimes transferred to local iwi for cultural use such as using the feathers or bones. It is not aware of any requests to eat them, and says if there were the department would oppose it on food safety grounds.

Ms Barry says the 2013 meal would have been served out of “wilful or deliberate ignorance”.

“It is not appropriate to eat threatened species fullstop.”

When asked why the flesh of the bird shouldn’t be eaten she replied: “When was the last time you ate road kill? Why would you? It’s not what you do.”

She hadn’t had any requests to change the law protecting kereru, in place since 1912, despite Maori still consuming them.

“Maori ate moa as well. We don’t want to eat birds to the brink of extinction that is not appropriate in this day and age.”

Ms Barry was “pretty certain” she’d never eaten the bird knowingly or not. She expected guests at the dinner would “not be served a protected species under the guise of a chicken dish”.

Ms Adams “had no idea” whether she ate the bird because the meal was two years ago.

“I’m not responsible for what they served, I have no idea what they served. If I had been advised it was kereru I wouldn’t have eaten it and to the best of my knowledge I haven’t eaten it,” she said today.

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Boing Boing and the EFF label the HDC as troll-friendly

Boing Boing and the EFF don’t have much good to say about Amy Adams’ Harmful Digital Communications Act.

If you set out to create the platonic ideal of a badly considered anti-trolling bill that made a bunch of ineffectual gestures at ending harassment without regard to the collateral damage on everything else on the Internet, well, you’d be New Zealand’s Parliament, apparently.

The Harmful Digital Communications Act has been under consideration for three years, but despite a long debate, the Parliament elected to create restrictions on all online speech — from private arguments to videos of police brutality — that would never be countenanced in the offline world.

HDC’s takedown regime takes all the worst elements of DMCA takedowns — someone complains to a hosting company or ISP and they remove material nearly automatically, with hardly any consideration of whether the complaint passes the giggle-test — and makes them even worse. Under the new system, trolls who mass-dox or denial-of-service attack a victim could make all of her online presence disappear with impunity, and face no penalties at all for abusing the procedure. If the victim did manage to attempt a counterclaim to keep her online life intact, it would require that she disclose her home address and other details to her attackers.

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Hang on a minute I thought the anti-smacking bill was going to stop this?

When the anti-smacking bill was passed Sue Bradford exclaimed that now our children were safe.

Well it turns out that feral scum are what feral scum do.

The Government’s latest report card for the public service shows an increase in the number of children and young people being assaulted – a trend that Labour describes as “dreadful”.

One of National’s 10 targets for the public service was to reduce the number of children being abused by 5 per cent, to approximately 3000 children, before 2017.

An update released this week showed that 3144 children were physically abused in the year to March, compared to 3111 the previous year.

When the target was set three years ago, the rate of physical assaults on young people was increasing and was projected to rise to around 4000 by 2017.

State Services Minister Paula Bennett said this increasing trend had been “successfully flattened”, though she admitted more needed to be done to hit the target.

Labour Party children’s spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said Government’s targets had served to highlight its failure to tackle child abuse. Read more »

Labour wants a law that’s flawed, but will fix it once it is in place?

Labour are starting to realise the poison chalice that the Harmful Digital Communications Bill represents.

They are backing away slowly, but in doing so they appear to actually want a flawed Bill and are promising to fix it later.

That would be a fine thing if only they could credibly claim that they have a chance at being the next government.

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is likely to pass its third reading today, the final step before it is signed into law. It will create a new offence of sending messages or posting material online that were intended to cause harm, and did so.

Another new offence will be incitement to commit suicide in situations where the person does not then attempt to take their own life. Internet service providers or companies such as Facebook or Google could be asked by a New Zealand agency to remove a harmful communication.

Labour has reluctantly supported the bill, but wants a review once it is in place. Communications spokeswoman Clare Curran said in debate that the definition of harm – serious emotional distress – was very broad.

“That is going to have to be tested in the courts to see what it actually means … How long is it going to take before there is a 14 or 15-year-old hauled before the courts?”    Read more »

Is National’s Harmful Digital Communications Bill its own Electoral Finance Act?

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National is a party that supposedly believes in Individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

They played heavily on this in defeating Helen Clark’s more authoritarian and nanny state style of government.

Clark ridiculously focused on controlling what light bulbs we should use, changing shower heads in houses to conserve water, which rather abundantly falls from the sky, and their worst law which National shamelessly barely altered upon gaining the treasury benches, the Electoral Finance Act.

The Electoral Finance Act bizarrely had its genesis in Nicky Hager’s book the Hollowmen, which ‘exposed’ dealings National had with the Exclusive Brethren. Labour put up a law that sought to restrict donations to political parties, except their own donations of course.

Somehow it was wrong for New Zealand citizens to donate to political parties, but perfectly OK for large amounts of cash to slosh into Labour coffers from a narcissistic ex-pat Kiwi who made his fortune in managing logistics for tobacco companies.

It was an astonishing attack on freedom of speech, freedom of association and the very things that National stood for, individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

National made hay while the sun shone and the Electoral Finance Act became a catalyst for large protests that erupted around the country.

Bernard Darnton, David and I formed the Free Speech Coalition to oppose this law and raised money to put large billboards around that attacked those parties supporting the bill. It worked, and even spooked Peter Dunne from previously supporting the bill to opposing it at the final reading. David Farrar and I were having lunch in Auckland when we received an angry phone call from Rob Eaddy in Peter Dunne’s office abusing us for putting Dunne on one of our billboards. He was politely told to GFY.   a634bc2dd4ea7dcedc21 Read more »

Rat cunning from Amy Adams, Labour will be left staring at goats again

The government has appointed Sir Michael Cullen to head up the first review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies.

A former Deputy Prime Minister and a respected lawyer are to lead the first regular review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies, Acting Attorney-General Amy Adams announced today.

Ms Adams says she intends to appoint Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy to carry out the review.

“This will be an important and challenging review, and I’m pleased Sir Michael and Dame Patsy have agreed to lend their expertise to the task. They bring complementary skills and experience to the role. Sir Michael is a former member of the Intelligence and Security Committee and has knowledge of national security issues. Dame Patsy has extensive governance experience and legal expertise,” Ms Adams says.

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Concrete Cancer Coverup Ctd: How a real company deals with the problem

unnamedWell, well, well, just look at those headlines. Just an issue that WhaleOil has been talking about for months, yet MSM are only now waking up to the potential scale of the problem.

You see WhaleOil exposed the use of dodgy cement back in October 2014, when cement importing company DRYMIX imported dodgy high alkali cement from Vietnam.

This dodgy cement ended up in places such as the $40 million Manukau District Court rebuild and Fonterra’s $120 million UTH factory in Waitoa.   Read more »

Will the PPTA protest this?

The government has announced a $5.2 million upgrade of Tolaga Bay Area School. Which is on top of its ongoing running costs of $12,500 per student.

Students at Tolaga Bay Area School, East Coast, are set to enjoy a $5.2 million classroom upgrade, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“New blocks will be built at the school, to replace four older buildings and classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose,” says Ms Kaye.

“The new blocks will comprise 12 new learnings spaces, with ICT and wifi technology to enable learning in a digital age.

“Other work as part of the upgrade will include structural improvements to the school’s gymnasium, along with a new roof and upgraded shower facilities and repairs to the library.

“As with all major school upgrades, the Tolaga Bay project will see traditional classrooms replaced with more flexible, open plan learning spaces.

“This is about providing students with an environment that excites and inspires them to learn and achieve more.”

Local MP Anne Tolley visited Tolaga Bay Area School this morning to share news of the upgrade with students and teachers.    Read more »