Judith Collins

Collins crushes hopes

Awesome.  Despicable crims are unlikely to get a pay-out

Prisoners considering seeking compensation for being jailed for too long should not get their hopes up, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins.

Following a Supreme Court decision released on Thursday, the Department of Corrections has admitted wrongly calculating release dates for 500 serving prisoners.

In its judgment, the Supreme Court ruled a violent offender, Michael Marino, spent about four months longer in jail than he should have because the department had failed to accurately factor in the time he had spent on remand.

Corrections is re-calculating release dates and some prisoners are due to be freed as early as today as a result.

Marino’s lawyer, Douglas Ewen, said sentencing laws had been confusing since 2003 and thousands of prisoners could be affected.

He said that could cost the department millions if it had to pay compensation.

But Ms Collins has questioned that.

Yeah nah.  There is no mistake you see.  It was legal at the time.  There is no question the government, or Department of Corrections more specifically, have been negligent in any way.   Read more »

Gangs gang up on Judith Collins

Two lifetime members of the Mongrel Mob have voiced their support of a lifetime Black Power member and the work he does with prisoners.

Ngapari Nui was suspended from his volunteer role by Corrections, which claimed it didn’t know the kaumatua was a gang member.

But Mr Nui disputes that and says he couldn’t get through to the offenders if he wasn’t a gang member.

Edge Te Whaiti and Harry Tam have been patched members of the Mongrel Mob Notorious chapter for 40 years.

Despite the gangs’ traditional rivalry, they want to publicly support Black Power member Mr Nui, who has been suspended from his volunteer work in prisons.

“It’s bullsh**, that they can have Ngapari working in there and then all of a sudden turn their back on him,” says Mr Te Whaiti.

“The good that he has done as a kaumatua has been forgotten because he’s affiliated, to me that’s [one of] the most dumbest things I’ve ever bloody heard of,” Mr Tam says.

Mr Nui has been volunteering in prisons for 15 years, six of those as kaiwhakamana – a vetted and registered visitor providing support and advice to prisoners.

His gang membership only became an issue last week, when Corrections Minister Judith Collins said if he wanted to work in prisons he’d have to hang up his patch.

How many gang members did Mr Nui assist away from a life of crime over 15 years?  Have any of them left their gangs due to his counsel?  Read more »

Corrections embarrass another minister, again

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A gang member has been discovered working in a prison and an inquiry has been ordered, it has been reported.

One News reports the Black Power member was given permission by the Corrections Department to voluntarily work in Whanganui Prison teaching wellness and wellbeing to Maori inmates.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins wasn’t notified until the network raised questions.

A member of Black Power has been working inside one of New Zealand’s prisons. Photo: Facebook

Now she wants a review of all prisons.

Yeah, funny that.  Collins has discovered the Corrections Department are not living up to their “no surprises” deal, so now she’s got to go digging.

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Amusing mistake at The Sunday Star Times

I will never forget when it first happened. A photo of Cameron was put alongside an article about a serial masturbator in the New Zealand Herald. He had nothing at all to do with the story yet, inexplicably, they put his photo beside the story. I didn’t find it funny at the time because that year they had published a number of hit job articles about him and it was unlikely that it was an innocent mistake.

I admit I am used to lies being printed about Cam but when I saw the latest hit job in The NZ Herald I admit my jaw dropped. They could not be any more clear in their overt intention to destroy him if they actually hired a plane to pull a banner behind it over Auckland saying Cameron Slater should be shot.

It is school yard level viciousness. Do you have any control at all over your staff Mr Currie? Does this ongoing relentless attack fest have your tacit approval?

Here  is what was published with one minor change. It had Cam’s face but I thought that this was more appropriate given the circumstances.

How does it feel Shayne?

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Unbelievably this kind of “mistake” has happened again but at least this time the mistaken impression caused by it is a positive one.

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Mike Williams on leadership of Labour and of National

Mike,”Fat Tony” Williams was Labour’s best fundraiser. He was also the president of Labour under Helen Clark and resigned shortly after the 2008 election loss.

He writes in the “Hawkes Bay Today” about Labour’s leadership problems:

THE week in politics graphically underlined the knife-edge result of the 2014 general election.

A parliamentary majority was recently assembled by the Labour Party to extend paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks, and Finance Minister Bill English was forced into the rare use of a “financial veto” to defeat a measure that would have otherwise passed into law.

This demonstrates just how close the National-led government came to defeat in 2014, and caused me to contemplate our political parties’ succession plans and to speculate on who will be National leader in a few years’ time.

One of the few weaknesses of the Helen Clark government was that no such plan was developed and this meant that Phil Goff, her successor, got off to a weak start from which he arguably didn’t recover.

We acted as though Helen would be there forever, even though we all knew that anything more than three terms was historically unlikely.

Goff was effectively selected over the heads of the party and the caucus as a whole by the outgoing cabinet, which delivered a fait accompli via cabinet solidarity.

He would have won a contested ballot, but the contest would have engaged the media and given him a three-dimensional profile which he never really achieved.

As he contests the Auckland mayoralty, people are getting to know him in ways that simply didn’t happen when he was Labour Party leader. He’s interesting, he’s funny and he’s grounded.

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Andrew Little’s stupidity in parliament

Andrew Little is a complete fool.

You might say that is harsh but, following on from getting himself sued for basically calling a couple corrupt, he went to the House where he thought he would play Mr Clever and ended up walking away looking more like Mr Retard.

On a day when he could have lined up all his questions to prosecute Paula Bennett, who is the most vulnerable minister right now, he sent in Phil Twyford to ask dopey questions and Carmel Sepuloni to ask even dopier ones unrelated to Paula Bennett, and Stuart Nash to ask questions of Judith Collins completely unrelated to Paula Bennett.

Then he put himself down to ask questions of John Key…which is really dopey…because he isn’t going to get Paula Bennett by asking dopey questions of John Key.

It was a set of questions that ended with this one:

Andrew Little: Does anyone in his Government take responsibility for anything anymore, or is it just an endless exercise in passing the buck?  Read more »

Let’s look at non-technical solutions for home detention

I imagine that Judith Collins has already called in the head of Corrections for a wee chat after this debacle:

Corrections was left red-faced after Story once again demonstrated how easy it was to cut through the new “uncuttable” home detention anklets — and all it took was a pair of scissors.

The department introduced the new electronic monitoring bracelets on Wednesday, which Corrections Minister Judith Collins called “almost impossible” to remove without “taking off your leg”.

But when put to the test by Story, our strong cameraman, Billy Weepu, made it look quite easy.

While Ms Collins said the new ones were unlikely to be able to be cut off without the help of a chainsaw, all it took was a few snips.

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Everybody knows you don’t go full retard, you went full retard, Stu, never go full retard

I did warn Stuart Nash not to go full retard, but he went ahead went full retard anyway.

Strict speed limits won’t lower the road toll because drivers glued to the speedometer will be distracted from watching the road in front of them, says Police Minister Judith Collins.

Queen’s Birthday weekend finished with the highest road toll in 27 years after eight crashes led to eleven people dying on New Zealand roads.

Only Labour would try and politick over road deaths.

Is Stuart Nash seriously suggesting that more Police driving around ticketing people going 1km over the speed limit is going to stop road deaths…seriously?  Read more »

Stuart Nash is better than this; he shouldn’t be phoning it in

Typical Labour answer to anything:  spend more money on it.

Stuart Nash is better than this…he really should stop using the prepared press releases the leader’s office hands out for him to issue.

The worst Queen’s Birthday road toll in 27 years underlines the need for more road safety and police funding, Labour says.

Eleven people had died by last night over a harrowing Queen’s Birthday weekend. There have been 152 road deaths this year.

Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said the weekend’s crashes coincided with a funding cut for road safety, and fewer police officers on the road.

“Between 2013 and 2015 the road toll has increased by 68, making us one of the only countries where road deaths are rising.

“Funding pressures from the Budget have forced police to remove 100 police officers from road patrols. That will lead to more deaths on the road.”   Read more »

Dear Judith writes Kelvin Davis as he goes full retard

Kelvin Davis goes full retard.  Never go full retard

Your reaction to your humiliation of hearing through the media that some corrupt guard is smuggling tobacco in to Wiri Prison has been to embark on a witch hunt to find the whistleblower.

This shows that you’re the one whose running scared simply because you’re afraid of the truth.

Instead of being grateful for this being brought to your attention, and you then being able to take steps to address the problem, you have set out to persecute the whistleblower.

You torment the little people because it’s easier than catching the big fish.

You sit in your ivory tower and pass judgement on people who have little ability to challenge the system or the tyranny of the state.

So they come to a Member of Parliament who shares their concern about the systemic rot that infects the department you manage.

I understand that saving face is more important to you than doing what is right. This is why your department stonewalls information, delays OIA releases, loses CCTV footage, and rarely is anyone held to account for bad decisions that severely impact on inmates, guards and their families.

This is why people can be beaten up with near impunity while your department ‘investigates’ with minimal results and no wrong doing found. Read more »