Judith Collins

Nats show they are tough on crims, Labour shows they prefer catch and release

Judith Collins and John Key have announced today significant spending in Corrections to ensure ratbags are kept behind bars.

Predictably, Labour has come out in support of the criminals.

The Government’s plans to spend a billion dollars on more beds for New Zealand’s burgeoning prison population shows it is “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and violent crime, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

Labour has criticised the announcement, saying it is due to a failure to reduce reoffending and will simply create more “schools for crime”.

Collins announced the plans for another 1800 beds around the country, saying that although levels of crime had reduced, the number of prisoners had increased “faster than projected”.

The beds will include more double-bunking in Northland’s Ngawha Prison, a new 245-bed block built at Mt Eden, and a yet-to-be-approved new facility with 1500 beds on the existing site of Waikeria Prison – run by Corrections but built and maintained by a public-private partnership.

Collins said the Government’s plans showed it was “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and family violence, with 70 per cent of the current prison population jailed for serious violent, sexual or drug-related offending.

“I’d like every meth dealer to know they’re not going to get a get out of jail free pass because there’s not enough beds – we’ll have enough for them.”  

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Van Beynen on the money

Martin Van Beynen occasionally has a ripper of an article.

This is one of those occasions.

Guess what? Fixing child poverty in New Zealand is not that hard.

Let’s call it the John Minto solution. First, every family with less than a certain income will be brought up to a minimum stipend based on what is required for the family to live comfortably in their location.

If they can’t find good quality accommodation at a reasonable price, maybe because they have a bad credit record or a record of smashing up their previous flats, then the state will provide them with a nice place to live in a nice street at a modest rent.

If they have harmful addictions, those will receive concentrated and long term attention. However long it takes. Tendencies towards crime and violence will be met with counselling and psychiatric help. Any health, including mental health, issues will receive the best specialist care and they will receive 24hr life coaching and advice from trained support staff. Children will receive extra tuition and any proclivities towards anti-social behaviour will be handled at a best practice standard.

If members of the family want to work, they will be guaranteed a meaningful job at a good wage and all the training and support they need. All this help will be provided in a non-judgmental and unconditional way. If they want to have more children, that’s fine too.

Cost? Not relevant.

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We got it all wrong. Having no money makes you a criminal

biggestRadio NZ are pushing so many poverty tropes at the moment it is hard to keep up with them all.

The latest one is that poverty makes you a criminal…as well as a dead beat parent.

Some womble do-gooder from University and a left-wing activist with the Child Poverty Action Group thinks Judith Collins is wrong too:

There’s help there for all those who need it, she argues. Well, those who work with struggling families know how much more difficult it is to get the help needed under this government.

Ms Collins’ position is strange, to say the least, because the evidence doesn’t support her and she’s part of a government which says it is committed to evidence and to effective use of knowledge and research to support policies and actions.

Interesting how selective the use of evidence can be.

Studies from around the world tell us several important things about poverty and crime. Poverty is linked with crime. Those who experience poverty are much more likely to be the victims of crime than those in more affluent communities. As a British review of the research noted: “Most children raised in poverty do not become involved in crime, but there are higher victim and fear of crime rates in disadvantaged areas”.

That said, there is good evidence that, compared with their more affluent peers, children brought up in poverty are more likely to be reported as having behavioural problems, more likely to be reported for aggressive and/or risk-taking behaviour, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to be the victims of criminal behaviour, more likely to grow up in communities with limited social and recreational opportunities and facilities.

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We got it all wrong. Having no money makes you a bad parent

The whingers are out in force trying to prove Judith Collins wrong.

Apparently, we got it wrong, having no money makes you a bad parent.

A counsellor who’s worked with troubled Northland families for more than 40 years says poor parenting is a natural by-product of inter-generational poverty.

Police Minister Judith Collins has blamed poor parenting for many problems, including youth crime.

Ms Collins’ comments were in response to a question from a Northland police officer about the experience of child poverty making people join gangs in later life.

She responded that financial problems were a less important cause than the lack of proper care for children by some parents.

“I don’t just see monetary poverty,” she said. “I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring.”

Ms Collins then said that in New Zealand there was money available to everyone who needed it.

“I can tell you that it’s not just a lack of money, it’s primarily a lack of responsibility – I know it’s not PC – but, you know, that’s just me.”

She later told RNZ her comments had been twisted out of context, and she had been responding to a question which she felt unfairly linked child poverty with crime.  Read more »

Little gets one right, shame he will be gazumped

Andrew Little got one right yesterday.

For a party that is pro-union, pro-corrections and pro-criminal the announcement that they would fund 1000 extra Police was somewhat surprising.

Labour has pledged to put 1000 extra police officers on the beat in its first term to reverse a “surge” in crime, in new policy unveiled by leader Andrew Little today.

The Police Association says the ball is now in the Government’s court.

“It is a hell of a good start…we will certainly be interested to see how [the Government] respond,” new Police Association president Chris Cahill said.

In a speech to the association’s annual conference, Little said the policy would increase the total number of police officers to 10,000.   Read more »

Spot on Judith: “I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring.”

Judith Collins is dead right in her comments about who is responsible for the so-called child poverty issue.

Of course, the perpetually outraged have decided to scream and the Media party have joined in.

Children’s advocates are upset by Justice Minister Judith Collins’ comments apparently blaming many child poverty problems on parents.

At the Police Association annual conference in Wellington, the minister responded to a question from a Northland police officer, who said police were often busy with gangs, RNZreported.

Gangs often had members who experienced poverty as children, he said.

New Zealand child welfare policies were criticised by the United Nations in its latest report, which called for urgent measures to combat violence, abuse, and neglect.

Collins said the government was doing more for child poverty than the UN and money was available in New Zealand for those in need, the report said.    Read more »

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


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?




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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