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Human Rights Commission starts anti-government campaign in election year

Labour’s Jacinda Ardern was the first to pile into this. ?The Maori party didn’t take much longer.

The M?ori Party is backing a campaign launched by the Human Rights Commission for an independent inquiry into the historic abuse of children in State care.

More than 100,000 children were in State care during the 1950s to the 1990s and the commission, along with iwi leaders and child advocates, is calling for an inquiry to determine how many were abused and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

“I?ve heard the stories from people themselves, who as children were taken from homes that were actually more loving than the ones the State put them in. They are New Zealand?s lost generations,” said M?ori Party co-leader Marama Fox. Read more »

So who in New Zealand stood up to condemn intolerance and hate?

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Credit where credit is due. We do have in New Zealand groups willing to stand up and be counted and they deserve recognition. Below are the political parties and groups who responded to our article and video of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

The Human Rights Commission says an Auckland man?s speeches condemning Jewish people are appalling and have no place in New Zealand…

?This kind of intolerance is not welcome here in any form: Prejudice against Jewish people has no place in New Zealand.?

…We have asked for an urgent response from FIANZ.?

The Human Rights Commission


The Administration Council of the Islamic Women?s Council would like to respond to the video containing clips of speeches posted online by Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

Firstly, regarding the comments directed towards Jewish people, these are totally inappropriate and we unequivocally condemn any divisive comments of a similar nature.

… We regularly extend our hand in friendship to the Jewish community in New Zealand, and will continue to do so.

IWCNZ is particularly sensitive to the views represented by the comments towards women. The approach shown is a religious misinterpretation, in our opinion, and we are disappointed that certain religious leaders may encourage this damaging rhetoric.

-Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand


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Nowhere on the HRC website does it list the right to not be offended

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Hurty feelings and being offended are not listed as a human right on the Human Rights Commission website. What it does list is our our right to freedom of expression. The people who made a complaint about our cartoon are trying to stomp on our human rights but I can find no right of theirs that we have tried to stomp on. If you look through the list our cartoon has not prevented the complainants from enjoying any of the below rights but their complaint about us is an attempt to deny us our human right to freedom of expression.

Why are the Human Rights Commission even looking into these complaints? None of the below rights have been affected in any way.

What are human rights?

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that every person in the world should have. There are two main types of human rights ? civil and political rights, and social, cultural and economic rights.

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Ta Moko cartoon: Whaleoil reader is offended [guest post]

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I’m seriously offended, and as offence can only be taken, not given, I decided to sit and think about it.

I’m offended over the reaction from the Ta Moko cartoons depicting a little Maori boy beaten with visible bruising. Not the cartoon itself, it?s quite factual, and I maintain if it was depicting a little Pakeha boy, or an Asian boy, or even a Jewish boy, it would be okay, or those communities would accept it and move on even though statistically, they are 4 times less to be the subject of family violence than a Maori, or 3 times less than a PI child.

Naida Glavish is a prominent Maori woman, and holds a lot of Mana within Maori, she COULD be an effective change agent, if she stood up and championed change instead of taking offence. Or, could she be offended mainly as she has been the subject of things in Whaleoil previously? My belief is she really needs to sit down and look at the real problem, that the main group of people or communities committing these violent offences are still in DENIAL, and instead of accepting there is an issue and doing something about it, she and many like her run out and decide to take a fence. Surround themselves with a shield, ignore, bury their heads and claim there is nothing wrong, and don?t you dare single out my community/culture, that?s racist. I wonder how many of the abused children, the ones who were killed, do they think its racist, was their abuse and murder racist? ??

I?m also offended by the Human Rights (Wrongs) commission, they are simply adding fuel to the fire, instead of coming out with the truth the rest of NZers already know and understand, and what is a massive thorn in NZ?s side on the international stage, they often side with the offended, and give them another reason to ignore the stats, the violence and the abuse of children. By siding with the perpetually offended, they are enabling the very abuse and violence that is so deeply rooted in those communities and cultures. ???

When you break it down, the role of the Human Rights Commission is to set and to keep standards for ALL Kiwis, all means ALL, not just the leaders or the offended from certain communities or cultures, so I ask the Human Rights Commission, who stood up for the following children?s human rights, and who will stand up for the other kids who are being violently abused, murdered, deprived, and so on, who will stand up for their human rights, as currently, their parents and caregivers and collective communities are not, they seem to have adopted a silence on domestic violence, and especially of violence against children: Read more »

Salt Tax – Reason #479 for Steve Joyce to cut funding to the HRC

Otago University currently has an image problem, especially its Department of Public Health Troughers, based in Wellington.

Nearly every bit of research that comes out of this hotbed of academic activism is a call for some form of new tax or policy change.

The latest is Otago University?s Public Health Expert blog calling a for a salt tax. This follows calls for a fat tax and sugar tax.

Here?s what this taxpayer funded research is calling for;

  1. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium leves in all processed foods
  2. A package of interventions similar to those in the UK
  3. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium levels in bread, processed meats and sauces
  4. Media campaign
  5. Voluntary food labelling
  6. Dietary counselling
  7. Sinking lid on amount of food salt
  8. A salt tax

And just to reinforce that these Department of Troughers know exactly who their audience is, they say: ? Read more »

#MANBAN “a very clear breach” of the Human Rights act

A bar in Ponsonby Auckland feels things are getting too blokey, and would like to address that by getting some more female bar staff. ?Turns out, offering a job with a predetermined intent to avoid employing one gender over another is against the Human Rights Act.

A popular Ponsonby bar has been caught out advertising jobs for women only, a day after the?Herald?revealed that Masala restaurant in Stanmore Bay had done the same.

Chapel Bar & Bistro posted an online ad saying: “We need female bar & floor staff at Chapel … drop us an email if you or a friend needs a job.”

Owner Luke Dallow said the ad was to be taken “tongue-in-cheek”, but was worded that way because the central Auckland business was seeking gender balance.

The Human Rights Commission said both Masala and Chapel could be in breach of the Human Rights Act.

“Should the commission receive a complaint, it will be dealt with in the usual manner,” a spokeswoman said.

So if a political party states that they want to achieve gender balance by favouring women over men, then not a PEEP from the Human Rights commission, but when a bar owner does it, he’s getting his nuts pulled off by the Herald for being honest about his intent. ? Read more »

Where is the outrage?

An aggressive, energy-rich country led by a tyrant with a record of endorsing terrorism, bullying it’s neighbours and attempting to influence foreign elections sends 10 infantry batallions and tanks to its border while readying it’s airforce.

So where’s the outrage?

We’ve got a Minister for Foreign Affairs who is intent on having some kind of involvement in every part of the world – whether meddling the internal politics of Fiji, attacking Japan’s right to engage in cetation research, siding with Hezbollah over Israel or signing cheques to Hamas. This is the bloke who has presided over NZAID approving funds gender equality programmes in the Greater Mekong region and poverty reduction programmes in rural Nicaragua. But when you take a look at the releases coming out of his office, you’ll won’t see any mention of the Venezualan-Colombian border crisis.

His silence on Venezualan aggression in South America is deafening. It’s not good enough to sit by while a vile, tyrannical regime threatens a friendly, robust democracy like Colombia. Colombia’s only crime was pursuing FARC terrorists in to Ecuador. We need show solidarity with the Colombian Government and its people in the face of Chavez’ thuggish threats.