Amy Adams

It must be election year: historic convictions for homosexual sex to be wiped

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Justice Minister Amy Adams made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, with the move allowing people convicted before the homosexual law reform in 1986 to have their convictions removed.

People with convictions for specific offences relating to consensual sexual activity between men 16 years and over will be eligible to apply to the Secretary of Justice to have the conviction wiped.

However, Adams said those who committed acts which are still illegal today are not included.

So idiots from the?Man Boy Love Association need not apply. ? Read more »

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is enduring Paula Bennett’s hospital pass

Paula Bennett’s old job was done so well, she got promoted to Deputy PM. ?Except in reality it was done so poorly, Amy Adams is now having to face the music.

The official waiting list for social housing has risen again to nearly 4800 households, nearly half of whom are in Auckland.

The waiting list is now at its highest level since it was transferred to Work and Income in mid-2014.

Figures released by new Social Housing Minister Amy Adams today show the number of people on the list jumped by 169 in the last three months of 2016 to 4771 – an increase of 3.7 per cent. Over the last year, the list grew by 37.3 per cent.

The increase was driven mostly by demand in Auckland, where the list grew by 153 people to 2060. The biggest increases were in South Auckland suburbs such as Mangere, Otara and Manurewa.

The waiting list also grew in Hamilton, but fell in other main centres such as Christchurch and Wellington.

John Key was quite keen to see this area sorted before the elections, but it remains to be seen if Bill English will empower Adams to do anything about it. ? Paula Bennett became the minister of Announcing solutions, but all of these had 2-4 year realisation periods. Read more »

The contenders?

Radio NZ has prepared a list of contenders for John Key’s job:

Prime Minister John Key’s surprise announcement that he is standing down, after 10 years at the helm of the National Party and nearly nine as PM, will have the contenders jockeying for position before the caucus vote on 12 December.

Mr Key said whoever was chosen as the next leader would have his “unwavering support”, but if his right-hand man – Deputy Prime Minister Bill English – put his name forward, he would support his bid.

Mr Key and Mr English have been the closest of partners but there will likely be challengers from the caucus.

Here’s a quick rundown of who might consider themselves leadership material:

Bill English

A?former leader of the National Party in the early noughties, Mr English has been a steady hand on the economic tiller and Deputy Prime Minister since 2008. He knows politics inside out – having been an MP since 1990 – and has held a number of other high-profile positions including Minister for Infrastructure and Leader of the Opposition.

Speaking at a media stand-up this afternoon, Mr English refused to be drawn on whether he would seek the leadership, saying he needed to talk to his family and members of the caucus first.

But Mr English said he will probably announce his decision tomorrow and wanted to make sure he had enough caucus support.

Mr English, who led the National Party to its worst election defeat in 2002, said he had learned a lot since then.

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What is Amy Adams trying to hide?

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Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger, David Farrar, blogs today about?Amy Adams performing a volte-face on the?Judicature Modernisation Bill.

This bill was going to allow District Court judgments?to be published online?just as?the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judgments are. But strangely?Amy Adams has removed that clause.

One of the interesting features of the Judicature Modernisation Bill was that it would require (Clause 401) final judgments to be published online of District Courts. ?At present, only the judgments of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are published online as a matter of course ? on Judicial Decisions Online.? So this reform would mean District Court judgments would now be routinely published online. This would be great as it would lead to much more open justice.

As present?you have to request release of a district court judgement from the Judge and provide reasons for your request. ?This is highly unsatisfactory. Courts should not be secret.

But something very unusual has just happened. ? Read more »


Pressure builds for National to review their Pora compensation


It could not be any clearer. Mr Pora spent 21 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He has lived more than half his adult life behind bars.

He has been separated from his daughter, subjected to the harshness of imprisonment, defined by the justice system as a murderer and twice convicted of slaying a woman in a home he had not set foot in. In New Zealand judicial history, Mr Pora’s case ranks among the worst miscarriages of justice. On that ground alone, those with the task of reaching a fair and just settlement need to temper their accounting with compassion.

Yet despite months of freedom, and a report by a retired High Court judge which found unequivocably that a different man was solely responsible for the heinous rape and murder of Susan Burdett, Mr Pora finds himself still fighting the state to show an element of decency. Read more »

Face of the day

When a stranger sneaked up behind Amy Ross at an airport and held a knife to her throat, she felt no panic.

“I saw red,” she said ? and she had him on the ground in seconds.

The Wellingtonian tilted her head back, clasped the arm that held the weapon and pulled it down as she whirled around.

She used the base of her hand to upper-cut her attacker’s nose so forcefully it broke. He fell to the ground of the airport in Nepal, and she escaped.

?The training was in her “muscle memory”, Ross said: “I reacted with anger rather than fear … I didn’t stop to think ‘my life is in danger, I’m going to die’.”

Ross had Korean martial arts training. When she was a youth worker, she converted her skills to teach self-defence to teenagers.

She encouraged others to train: “You don’t need to be strong to fight back. You need to be clever.”

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ACT?s Three Strikes for burglary – Amy says No

Amy Adams, as usual, missed the point.

Justice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out stricter sentences for repeat burglars, saying they do not deter reoffending.

The minister was asked in Parliament today why people who had committed three or more burglaries were not being locked up.

As part of a series on burglary in New Zealand, the Herald revealed this week that the national resolution rate is a record-low 9.3 per cent.

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Larry Williams on the Bain leak

Larry Williams has the best summary of the Bain leak. Where other media have lapped up the Bain camp lines, almost on cue, he stands as an outlier on the issue.

A confidential report on the David Bain compensation case apparently finds Bain not “innocent beyond reasonable doubt”.

Bain will not receive a dime then, unless the Government goes against the review findings.

The Government is now being accused of moving the goalposts to avoid paying Bain compensation. That they went shopping for the result they wanted and manipulated the process.

Really ?

There were no such accusations when the Government started the process and appointed Canadian judge Ian Binnie to review the case for compensation.

Justice Minister Judith Collins, a lawyer by the way, ordered a peer review because she wasn’t satisfied that Binnie’s report stacked up.

If you are a competent Justice Minister and you receive a report you think is “suspect” you have a duty to review it.

Collins did just that.

The review by retired Judge Robert Fisher QC found Binnie’s report flawed. To be precise, he found “several errors of law”.

Collins’ instincts and judgment was proven to be correct. Some of the top legal brains in the country came to the same conclusion – that Binnie’s report fell short.

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Clare Curran shows how not to hold ministers to account

Clare Curran thinks she is?something special. The reality is she is something dreadful.

Look at the question above and wonder no more at her utter stupidity.

She went down to the house thinking she had a gotcha for the minister regarding the appointment of Bill Francis to Radio NZ’s board. ? Read more »

Have the Aussies screwed John Key?

New Zealand has asked for an urgent “please explain” after evidence that Australia could have breached crucial assurances it made about sending detainees across the Tasman.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has come out strongly this morning after an Australian lawyer released evidence that apparently undermines assurances personally given to Prime Minister John Key by his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

“That form on the face of it certainly raises some concerns, and we have gone back to them and said they need to explain, because we expect them to stand by the assurances they have made to us, and to New Zealanders,” Ms Adams said.

And Labour leader Andrew Little says if the Australians have misled New Zealand, “that is a pretty nasty, conniving thing to go and do”.

It is probably a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, but on the face of it that isn’t a good look. ? Read more »