I was really honoured to be invited, along with Catherine Healy (NZ Prostitute Collective), Inspector Jason Hewett (Area Commander Counties Manukau West from NZ Police) and Dr Annette Nesdale (Medical Officer of Health in Wellington) by the United Nations Family Planning Association to go and present at a high level conference on the NZ experience of the decriminalisation of prostitution.
Like the kakapo, New Zealand sea lions/rāpoka are classified as critically endangered. There are only an estimated 11,800 of them left on the planet. Their numbers are falling each year.
The Intelligence and Security Bill is a significant overhaul of existing legislation which governs our intelligence and security agencies.
It is disturbing to see that the Government continues to say they will work in partnership with Māori while they fail again and again to involve Māori in what could be argued are the most important changes for Māori in government legislation and practice in decades.
Councils around the country should be representative of the communities that they work for. In order for this to happen, the voting systems that elects councillors and community board members needs to be improved.
On a grey and chilly spring day, Canterbury artist and writer Sam Mahon, sculptor Alison Erickson and friends erected a beautiful sculpture “Vigil” of Catherine Sintenie outside Environment Canterbury Regional Council’s (ECan’s) lavish new offices in central Christchurch.
As Parliament goes into recess for two weeks, I’m heading away first to UK, then to Northern Europe. The purpose of my trip, somewhat unusually, is to visit and learn more about prisons and prison systems.
How is it that New Zealand is supposed to be playing our part in the global mission to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, yet Nova Energy is proposing to build more fossil fuel-burning power plants that emit greenhouse gases?
Last Thursday the disability and education communities held a rally at Parliament calling for proper funding for inclusive education.