Key moves to mitigate Winston’s inroads into law and order

Law and Order issues are normally the purview of National. But last week Winston Peters made a big play towards addressing those issues in his speech to the Police Association.

Winston Peters promised tougher sentencing for violent offences and 1800 more Police.

John Key has seen the risk and has moved quickly to attempt to mitigate.

Prime Minister John Key says he understands concerns about law and order – saying as a parent he worries about his daughter getting hassled or even raped.

This morning, he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that there was “no question” that more frontline officers helped, but that was only one factor and the overall structure of policing needed to be considered.

“You really need is to take a bit more of a sophisticated approach and say, ok, let’s just accept there are more resources…let’s talk about how do we deliver what New Zealanders really want, which is not just a number…that a politician barks out at you.  Read more »

Police “chased” a man for 730km. Pardon me, but I think we need to harden up

How on earth did this guy make it 730km before being apprehended?

A 20-year-old man appeared in Dunedin District Court this morning charged with driving offences following a police pursuit from Nelson to Waikouaiti yesterday.

Michael George Massie, of Richmond, was arrested in Waikaouaiti yesterday afternoon following a series of police chases covering 730km, and during which a Subaru station wagon was reported to have reached speeds of more than 150km near Palmerston.

Massie was today charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. He was remanded in custody, to reappear in the Dunedin District Court on October 18.

The chase began yesterday when Massie failed to stop for police at 1am near Nelson, and later he again failed to stop for police, driving away at high speed at Christchurch.

“A traffic unit attempted to stop the speeding vehicle in Palmerston this afternoon but it fled in a southern direction down State Highway 1,” a police statement said.   Read more »


As predicted, Winston gazumps Little’s Police committment

Andrew Little’s good headlines lasted just one day as Winston Peters gazumps his promise on Police numbers:

Labour has pledged an extra 1000 police if it wins the next election but NZ First’s Winston Peters has trumped that with a promise of 1800.

Mr Peters will disclose details when he speaks at the Police Association’s annual conference later on Friday morning.

Ahead of his speech, he’s told reporters “our policy is 1800, as soon as possible”   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 »

Cake has become a political football in America

What is it with cakes in America? In four cases now they have been used for political purposes. In the first case, Christian owners of a bakery refused to make a cake for their regular lesbian customers because it was for a gay wedding. In the next case, Steven Crowder who was upset that the Media were pushing the narrative that only Christians were discriminating against Gays, proved that none of the Muslim-owned bakeries in Dearborn would agree to bake a gay wedding cake either.

Now Walmart has refused to make a cake for a Police Officer’s retirement party saying that the blue line was racist even though last year they happily baked an ISIS flag cake for a customer after first refusing his request for a Confederate flag.

Chuck Netzhammer initially requested a cake decorated with a Confederate battle flag and the words “heritage not hate”, but the store refused.

Mr Netzhammer then placed an order for a cake topped with the banner of the militant group.


The customer’s first order – a Confederate battle flag cake – was rejected

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Our Police are awesome. Not that the Labour party want you to think that

Allegations of misconduct against 135 police officers have been upheld this year – and although 20 have left the force, none have been sacked.


Official figures released earlier this month show almost 1700 complaints were made against officers and police employees, relating to 1312 incidents, from January through until June.

Violence, sexual misconduct and disgraceful behaviour were among those, with service failure and unprofessional behaviour the most common.

Of the 1004 investigations carried out, 143 were upheld, at least in part. […]

Labour MP Stuart Nash said he was slightly concerned that none of the officers were dismissed as result.

The Labour Party of unions and the worker are always so keen to fire people.

“I have no doubt that once an allegation’s upheld it goes on the police officer’s record, and I would expect, and no doubt the police themselves would expect, the officer to behave in an exemplary manner going forward.” Read more »


Media Party blows on Scarlette’s embers against everyone’s wishes

The whole Scarlette drama was done and dusted until Radio New Zealand decided to write another piece with the words penis and vagina in it.

Police today said they had twice approached the woman after she raised concerns about the behaviour of players at the end-of-year rugby function.

At the time the woman was offered further information and support by police. However, based on those discussions, which included consideration of her wishes and the information available to them, police were not able to take the matter further.

“Given what has been reported in the media today we will again see if there is any further information she wishes to provide for police to assess,” said the spokeswoman.

The allegations made by Scarlette have rocked the nation and New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew last night admitted the scandal had not been appropriately dealt with. Read more »


The po-po needs more fuzz

Veteran campaigner Penny Bright is arrested as occupy protesters are evicted by council officials and police from Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, January 26, 2012.  Credit:SNPA / David Rowland

Seems it’s time we have more police on the job.  Just in time for an election year budget spend-up.

Police feel they are under-delivering and under too much stress, according to the force’s annual workplace survey.

The survey details how officers across the country feel about their jobs. Read more »

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Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

How to Bring a Dead Man to Justice

We set out to dance on the grave of the grandfather who molested us as children. We never got there, but what happened instead changed our lives

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” 

Maya Angelou

When Mary Lovely and her cousin Laura Parrott-Perry were two little girls. They were both sexually abused by their grandfather from the time Mary was eight until she was fourteen and Laura was seven until she was nine.

Mary didn’t talk about it for 35 years.

She remembers being in the kitchen as a youngster around twelve and overhearing her parents talking with Laura’s dad.  In the midst of a bitter divorce, he was angry because Laura had told her mother she had been molested by her grandfather. Her mother believed her. He didn’t.

It was the first time Mary spoke up. “I tried to communicate to my uncle and my parents that he had done that to me too, but the conversation didn’t go as I had thought it would,” she said. “They asked me why I hadn’t told them before and then they were silent. My story was buttoned up, never mentioned again and that was the end of it. Why wouldn’t they listen to me? I thought it was because I was bad.”

The two cousins were kept apart from each other from then on. Laura never had to see that side of the family again. Mary continued to suffer the abuse until she was 14. Both said their grandfather had stolen the child within them and referred to themselves as ‘ancient ruins’ before they were ten.

“As abuse victims, we all continue to carry this dark, dark shame,” said Laura. “We don’t want anyone to know about it. We are told it is ‘unspeakable.’  So, you don’t speak about it and you carry it around in this little pocket in your heart and it infects everything. You leave it alone and it’s toxic.”

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Adam and Peter Lanza on a hike when Adam was about ten. As a child, Peter says, Adam was “just a normal little weird kid.” The father said that he wished his son had never been born. (THE NEW YORKER)

Adam and Peter Lanza on a hike when Adam was about ten. As a child, Peter says, Adam was “just a normal little weird kid.” The father said that he wished his son had never been born. (THE NEW YORKER)

The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer Searches for Answers

Adam Lanza was ‘evil’ and would have killed me ‘in a heartbeat,’ says his dad, and wishes his psycho mass murderer son had never been born.

In an interview, Peter Lanza dubbed his gun-crazy boy “evil” for killing his mother, 20 children, six staff and then himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

“You can’t get any more evil,”

Describing his youngest son as “socially awkward,” Lanza believed his child — diagnosed with Asperger’s — was in fact an undiagnosed schizophrenic.

“Asperger’s makes people unusual, but it doesn’t make people like this”

Doubting that the official diagnosis was the cause of the murder spree, Lanza said it was “a mask that veiled a contaminant” and allowed him to act bizarrely without question.

Lanza broke his silence, because he thought his story might help.

He said he finally thought his story was an important part of the puzzle, and that he had a moral obligation to tell it.

He also said he had to recognize how his son had grown up and changed.

In Peter Lanza’s new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls “the stuff.” Since the day in December, 2012, when his son Adam killed his own mother, himself, and twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, strangers from across the world have sent thousands upon thousands of letters and other keepsakes: prayer shawls, Bibles, Teddy bears, homemade toys; stories with titles such as “My First Christmas in Heaven”; crosses, including one made by prison inmates.

People sent candy, too, and when I visited Peter, last fall, he showed me a bag of year-old caramels. He had not wanted to throw away anything that people sent. But he said, “I was wary about eating anything,” and he didn’t let Shelley Lanza—his second wife—eat any of the candy, either. There was no way to be sure it wasn’t poisoned. Downstairs, in Peter’s home office, I spotted a box of family photographs. He used to display them, he told me, but now he couldn’t look at Adam, and it seemed strange to put up photos of his older son, Ryan, without Adam’s. “I’m not dealing with it,” he said.

Later, he added, “You can’t mourn for the little boy he once was. You can’t fool yourself.”

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