Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, April 9th, 2019 - 10 comments
The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee has reported back the Arms Amendment Bill which will ban the general availability of military style semi automatic weapons with only modest changes.
Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, April 2nd, 2019 - 80 comments
Pro gun lobby groups are making some outlandish claims about the Government’s proposed gun law changes.
Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, January 27th, 2019 - 92 comments
One of the Roastbusters this week has talked publicly about what happened in an apparent attempt to start a music career. And John Tamihere has started his Mayoral campaign having to answer questions about his attitude to what happened.
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, July 8th, 2018 - 354 comments
Lauren Southern’s cancelled lecture has caused some debate about what freedom of speech is, is it absolute, and if not where is the line to be drawn?
Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, June 7th, 2018 - 122 comments
Judith Collins has managed to keep the Housing Corp methamphetamine story alive for another news cycle by attacking poor people who take drugs.
Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, April 27th, 2018 - 25 comments
The identity of the secret witness who assisted in the conviction of David Tamihere for the murder of two Sweedish tourists has been revealed. And the incident shows the danger of using secret witnesses.
Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, January 3rd, 2018 - 159 comments
Dr Jarrod Gilbert has a provocative opinion piece on the Herald website today, proposing that speeding fines become income related. It’s an interesting argument, but not a new one. Gilbert cites sixteenth century French philosopher Montesquieu as one of the first to wonder if there can be equality under the law with monetary penalties that […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, May 27th, 2017 - 74 comments
The cigarette crime spree is a real problem for National. Their “law and order” credentials are in tatters.
Ban cigarettes, find a way to compensate dairy owners for a transitional period.
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 4th, 2016 - 19 comments
Reports of an unconvincing “domestic terrorism” plot, and of further illegal GCSB spying.
Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, October 8th, 2016 - 49 comments
Definitive documentary evidence of Trump the violent, volatile, unpredictable sociopath revealed.
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, September 29th, 2016 - 303 comments
The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 was a Russian sponsored war crime. When will Vladimir Putin be arrested?
UPDATE: Animation and actual photos and video of the BUK launcher added.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments
The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?
Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, November 25th, 2015 - 91 comments
A recent surge in the level of systemic criminality, thuggery, and general incompetence which now defines the New Zealand Police Force.
Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, September 12th, 2015 - 27 comments
In The Herald: “Despite the number of armed incidents recently police should remain unarmed, the Police Commissioner says.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, July 1st, 2015 - 34 comments
Well that’s the opinion of Judith Collins at least.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 12th, 2015 - 82 comments
There’s nothing particularly wrong with Bryce Edwards’ article except that it ignores how National Ltd™ Police Ministers have successively sat by and done nothing in response to the on-going police failings.
Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, March 19th, 2015 - 120 comments
There are many failings outlined. Police were found to have largely treated women and girls with respect and compassion but their investigations were not robust or thorough, inadequate follow-up enquiries…
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, December 12th, 2013 - 44 comments
The charges that Peter Whittall faced concerning the Pike River deaths have been withdrawn. And he and the then directors of Pike River are paying $3.4 million compensation to the victims families. While it is pleasing for the families to receive some compensation for their loss does the sanctity of our justice system require that the prosecutions should have continued?
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 pm, November 4th, 2013 - 310 comments
The reports of the Roast Busters are chilling. Watching 3 News tonight was very upsetting. Reported responses by the police, John Key and Judith Collins are inadequate. Key & Collins seem to be shifting the focus to cyber-bullying and away from the brutality of the physical acts. [Update: Scuba Nurse – positive steps to make a difference]
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, May 23rd, 2013 - 95 comments
This. This is fascism. Giving spies the powers that they have in the States could prevent the kind of terrorism that just happened … in the States. The fascist author of this piece that the Herald disgracefully published even wrote: “if you have nothing to hide from the GCSB, then you have nothing to fear.” Do people actually say that and mean it? Yes, fascists do.
Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, May 22nd, 2013 - 215 comments
The report on the Urewera raids from the Independent Police Complaints Authority is (unlike some other reports we could mention) certainly no whitewash.
Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, April 3rd, 2013 - 24 comments
Falling crime is good news – but the reasons are probably not the ones that occupy most of the politicians and the commentary.
Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, February 19th, 2013 - 27 comments
We knew from overseas that military-style boot camps are expensive, don’t reduce recidivism, and breed sadistic violence towards inmates. It’s not just overseas experience; these were all reasons we got rid of borstals. National knew this when they introduced boot camps but they did it anyway for the populism. Now, boot camps have failed again, can we stop this stupidity?
Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, December 11th, 2012 - 36 comments
The hearing into the private prosecution of John Banks over his ‘anonymous’ mayoral donations begins today. That the private prosecution has got this far shows the judge believes there is a prima facie case – which puts the Police to shame for failing to take Banks to court. Banks is trying to avoid taking the stand, but I don’t see how he ultimately can.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, September 26th, 2012 - 74 comments
Key has said we all have to wait and see what is in the Neazor Report on the GCSB spies’ illegal spying on Kim Dotcom.* He won’t even answer basic questions like: ‘what section of the law did the GCSB breach?’ Funny that Key’s so keen for us to wait to read this report. But will he read it? Or will it be like the Banks Police Report, which he won’t read? And when will anyone get to read Banks’ statement?
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 16th, 2012 - 8 comments
My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. This week: torture, charter schools, economics and development.