This week I attended a hui in Otaki organised by Hands Off Our Tamariki about the proposed reforms to the Child Young Persons and their Families Act. Moana Jackson and Paora Moyle spoke. They expressed deep, profound concern about the proposed changes to Child Youth and Family. Paora Moyle said that when she heard Anne Tolley […]
The Government talks about investment but there is no investment. It is not investment if it isn’t over the whole of life and if there is no new money — Shamubeel Eaqub Investment sounds like adequate resourcing but this is cost cutting — Prue Kapua, President of Maori Women’s Welfare League The MSD Investment approach […]
This morning there have been reports in the media about community budgeting services caught in limbo as MSD delay over the review of services.
For the purpose of this piece, I’m going to use Domestic Violence (DV) as a proxy for intimate partner violence. DV is not isolated to physical abuse in a relationship between people with the same power. DV is a pattern of coercion and control that may or may not use physical or sexual violence. Just one […]
In Part One, I critiqued the government’s domestic violence justice reforms. However, we will not get the results that we need unless we take a whole of society/government response to this problem. The justice system is an essential component of our response to domestic violence but it is only one part of the puzzle. As […]
I want to acknowledge that I respect Minister of Justice Amy Adams and I think she genuinely wants to improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence with recently announced reforms. The justice system is an essential component of our response to domestic violence, but it is only one part of the problem. Unless there is systemic […]
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.
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.
The National Government widely promotes their investment approach, saying they’ll redirect their funding to what works and those who need it most. I’ve written about this more broadly but today I want to talk about this specifically in relation to child abuse and child sexual abuse. Today the Government is going to pass a piece […]