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Justice Minister moves on year and day rule

Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little’s Crimes Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today.

“The Crimes Amendment Bill updates the law by repealing three obsolete provisions in the Crimes Act which do not reflect how the criminal law should operate in today’s New Zealand.

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Unjust gay convictions one step closer to being wiped

A Bill demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to right the wrongs of the past for those who were convicted of historical homosexual offences has passed its second reading says Justice Minister Andrew Little.

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New Zealand statement to the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 2018


Good afternoon, 

At the outset I would like to express New Zealand’s full support for the independence and work of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office. We greatly appreciate the tireless, patient, and courageous work in promoting and protecting the enjoyment and full realization by all people, of all rights. Preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, and promoting international cooperation to protect human rights are all critical to sustaining the human rights pillar of the UN.

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Maria Berryman Review: Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Berryman review have been finalised.

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Justice Minister to attend UN Human Rights Council

Justice Minister Andrew Little will deliver New Zealand’s statement to the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights council as he leaves for Geneva, Switzerland today.

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Ngāti Rangi signs settlement with the Crown

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāti Rangi, settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Rangi, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced today.

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Ngāpuhi talks move forward

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little met with representatives of Ngāpuhi this weekend to discuss ways to progress redress negotiations for the iwi.

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Action stations in Tairāwhiti as call goes out for projects

A hui on regional development in the Tairāwhiti region was told in no uncertain terms last night that the social and economic ball was now in their court when it comes to development projects, says the MP for Ikaroa Rāwhiti Hon Meka Whaitiri.

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