The ‘indefinite’ postponement of an initiative designed to encourage people to read Kiwi books will be a major blow to local authors, publishers and booksellers, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
News that the annual NZ Book Month event is likely to be canned this year follows hard on the heels of rumours that the New Zealand Book Awards are also in trouble and are unlikely to be held this year either.
A report in to the police handling of the “Roastbusters”, which highlights massive deficiencies in the way multiple complaints were handled and questions why police did not hold the young men involved to account, should be required reading for every officer dealing with similar cases, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
Ms Ardern, who prompted the IPCA review of the case, said the report was damning
The Privy Council’s decision to quash Teina Pora’s convictions for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett could be the final chapter in a case that should have been closed years ago, Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Teina Pora has spent more than 20 years in prison, despite overwhelming public evidence that a miscarriage of justice occurred.
An Amnesty International report has once again criticised New Zealand’s track record on looking after our kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
The annual report, which looks at global human rights abuses highlights not only the fact that high numbers of New Zealand children continue to live in poverty but also raises concerns around the legal status of 17 year olds.