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Te Rohe o Te Wairoa third reading

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, welcomed hundreds of people from the iwi and hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa to Parliament today to witness the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation.

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Historic Auckland Police graduation

Twenty new Police officers have today made history at the first graduation ceremony of recruits in Auckland for more than 40 years.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of Section 5 of Wing 314 marks a generational shift in the recruitment, training and deployment of new constables. “We have to turn back the clock to 1973-74 for the last time Police were trained in Auckland,” Mr Nash says.

“It was an era when Britain had just joined the EEC, the domestic purposes benefit and equal pay for women in the private sector had just been introduced, a Labour leader sent a navy frigate to protest French nuclear testing, and colour TV was first broadcast.

“The Police recruits of the early 1970s were trained at a former teachers college at Ardmore in South Auckland. The Auckland wing was a response to requests from the Mayor Sir Dove Myer Robinson who was concerned at rising crime, much of it gang-related, in our biggest city. 

“Today’s recruits were trained over 19 weeks at Unitech classrooms and at specialist Police facilities such as a firearms range and a driving centre. The twenty constables are also the first to train in a non-residential setting. Recruits traditionally attend the 16-week residential course at the Royal New Zealand Police College near Porirua.

“We have listened to feedback from aspiring Police officers who say it’s hard on families to leave home for months of training, especially if they have young children. We don’t want to put unnecessary barriers in the way of new recruits. I hope the Auckland course will set a precedent for others in the near future.

“All recruits graduating today will be deployed across Auckland. The changing demographics of Auckland compared to 1974 are also evident in the diversity of the new constables. Thirty per cent identify as Asian New Zealanders. Seven were born overseas and speak languages including Italian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. The youngest is 19 and the oldest is 38. There are former sporting reps from the White Ferns and the Wellington Firebirds and a volunteer firefighter and a surf lifesaver.

“Today’s graduation means 688 new frontline officers have been deployed since the government took office. We are making good progress towards our objective of 1800 new frontline officers and 485 new support staff. Community safety and crime prevention will be the focus of these extra police resources,” Mr Nash says.

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Family justice reforms seek public support

Justice Minister Andrew Little welcomes the release of a public consultation paper by the Independent Panel considering the 2014 family justice reforms.

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Justice Minister launches book on human rights law in NZ

Justice Minister Andrew Little has launched an international human rights law book that will play an important role in the development of New Zealand law by reference to international human rights standards.

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Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal Bill Passes First Reading

The Government has passed the first reading of the Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal Bill on the 8th anniversary of the first Canterbury Earthquake, say Ministers Andrew Little and Megan Woods.

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Hundreds come together to fix broken justice system

Justice Minister Andrew Little joined more than 600 people who walked through the doors of Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua to start a public conversation about reducing offending, reducing re-offending, and having fewer victims of crime who are better supported.

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More diversity for smarter justice reforms

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced he’s added more diversity and filled the two remaining places on the expert advisory group focussing on the criminal justice reform programmes.

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New online tool for health and safety policy

A new online resource will enable small businesses to create health and wellbeing policies quickly and easily, through the business.govt.nz website.

“The online Workplace Policy Builder makes it easy for small businesses to tailor policies to the individual circumstances of their workplaces,” says Small Business Minister Stuart Nash.

“Small businesses who lack in-house expertise can avoid the hassle of drawing up a policy from scratch by using this new online tool. It offers them the assurance that their policies will comply with current law.

“We created the Health and Wellbeing policy to help small businesses create a healthy, safe and positive working environment for their staff.

“A good working environment is good for business. Workplaces are more likely to have higher productivity and sales, more creativity and improved customer satisfaction. 

The new policy was developed in association with the Health Promotion Agency, and adds to the existing policies in the Workplace Policy Builder. These include policies for flexible work practices, IT and social media, annual leave and holidays. More policies are in development.

Workplace Policy Builder is part of a suite of free online tools from business.govt.nz that help making running a small business easier for business owners and managers.

Other tools include the recently launched Choose Business Structure tool and Employment Agreement Builder.  An estimated half a million employment agreements have been created based on the Employment Agreement Builder since it launched in April 2016.

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Funding for Ngāpuhi hapū hui

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū to consider their Treaty settlement progress.

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Family Justice reforms experts announced

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced the full line up of the ‘Expert Reference Group’ to support the Independent Panel examining the 2014 family justice reforms.

“I asked for highly qualified and experienced people because it’s critical that the panel is supported by relevant experts,” says Andrew Little.

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