Our court system (we are told) is highly regarded overseas but Govt won’t let that stand in the way of a programme of transformation

Judges and court officials should brace for changes that enable them to contribute to the government’s wellbeing agenda.  If they didn’t know this already, they should know it now after Courts Minister Aupito William Sio delivered a speech to …

Well, the speech notes don’t tell us who was privileged to hear from the Minister.  But he discussed the government’s aim of shaping the criminal justice system “for the betterment of all citizens of Aotearoa-New Zealand” (we suppose this includes members of the criminal classes) “with a determined focus on those most affected, both historically and systematically”.

The speech was one of three new posts on the Beehive website.

The others were:

  • The allocation of $5.7 million to create better-quality experiences for disabled young people.  The investment, via Sport NZ’s Disability Plan, will result in $2.1 million provided to 15 Parafeds/D-Sport and seven National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) over the next three years and $3.6 million for two new contestable disability funds.
  • A government acknowledgement of Western Australia’s decision to end its lockdown, with limited restrictions still in place.

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Let’s forget about prison and see what a term in charm school can achieve – or will crime disappear in decolonised NZ?

A warning was sounded at the beginning of a recent New Zealand Herald report about the crimes of a couple of blokes who – according to the  Indigenous Pacific Uprising – should not be imprisoned.

The warning was in capital letters.

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING – THIS STORY CONTAINS DESCRIPTIONS OF VIOLENT CRIME.

The two blokes in question were jailed for their part in what the Herald described as

“ … a brutal kidnap where the victim was tortured over 12 hours – his pinky finger cut off with secateurs, both feet shot and his naked body burned with a blowtorch while he was tied up and gagged.

“His attackers, who believed he had robbed another person of “thousands of dollars”, burned his eyes with cigarettes, urinated on him and beat him for hours in a bid to get him to disclose where the money was.” Continue reading “Let’s forget about prison and see what a term in charm school can achieve – or will crime disappear in decolonised NZ?”