David Rutherford

Collins overrides bureaucrats choice, cue outrage

Judith Collins has appointed someone she can trust to a position, as much as you trust a criminal lawyer….instead of a flunky lefty recommended by bureaucrats…and boy have they got upset.

Justice Minister Judith Collins rejected the advice of an independent panel which recommended a woman lawyer for a top state service job and selected her own nominee, despite a plea from the Chief Human Rights Commissioner.

Ms Collins announced experienced Auckland barrister Robert Kee as the new Director of Human Rights Proceedings, an independent role within the Human Rights Commission, in mid-2012 after nominating him for the post.  Read more »

Amy Adams and David Carter cop one in the chook

The decision to remove democracy in Canterbury was sensible based on how useless the council were. The decision not to return to a democratically elected council was terrible, especially when the head commissioner was advocating for some form of democracy.

Now the womble filled Human Rights Commission is saying Amy Adams and David Carter had a total shocker.

Axing Environment Canterbury elections until at least 2016 is a breach of the Government’s commitment to democracy, New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission says.

Chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford yesterday hit out at the Government for introducing the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill, during a Local Government and Environment Select Committee meeting.

The bill will allow Government-appointed commissioners to run the regional body until at least the 2016 elections.

“Our view continues to be that the undemocratic way in which the original legislation was introduced, and its continuance, is simply wrong from a human rights perspective.”

In September, Local Government Minister David Carter and Environment Minister Amy Adams said ECan elections would not be held until 2016 at the earliest, despite an earlier Government promise to hold regional council elections next year.

This decision was a simple play to ensure David and Amy’s farmer mates got free water and a free right to pollute. These are simply subsidies or corporate welfare, and socialism. David Carter won’t be around for much longer but it will leave an indelible black mark on Amy Adams’ much longer career.