The unnamed bloke who strangled British backpacker Grace Millane in a case of “rough sex” taken too far (according to his defence lawyer) was found guilty of her murder yesterday.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
There was a time when he could expect to be sentenced to life imprisonment, a misnomer for a jail term that might result in his being detained at her majesty’s pleasure for 20 years or so – perhaps less.
This would make him a prisoner or prison inmate. But not on Kelvin Davis’ watch as Minister of Corrections.
Davis is keen to have miscreants’ mana restored in establishments where prison officers are encouraged to regard the people in their custody not as a ‘prisoner’ or ‘offender’ but as ‘men in our care’ (at least in a prison for men).
Google may well need to spend more time in a Maori immersion course.
We suggest this because we have just asked it to translate “Hokai Rangi” for us. This happens to be the name the Corrections Department has given to its widely publicised strategy for reducing (a) prison inmate numbers and (b) the high percentage of Maori in the prison population.
Google’s answer to our request for a translation, somewhat surprisingly, was one word: Heaven.
In tune with the new philosophy being adopted to prison management, that simple answer suggests inmates henceforth should be known as Heavenly Creatures,
This may well be handy for the mana of someone who who has just been banged up for several years for, let’s say, aggravated robbery or some other form of serious violence. When the offspring at home ask where dad has gone, mum can say he has gone to Heaven.
Yesterday was Friday so Shane Jones and his bag(s) of goodies should have been in ….
Oh, yes. Back on his home patch of Northland and (no surprise) he returned to distribute money.
Meningitis was there, too, as a political rival , Whangarei MP Shane Reti, pointed out.
An agenda item for next week’s Northland District Health Board meeting confirms that there has been another case of Meningitis W in Northland, Reti said in a press statement.
“This brings the total to two this year after a seven month old child contracted the disease earlier in the year. There were seven cases of Meningitis W in Northland last year and an outbreak was declared on 8 November, resulting in one death.”
Reti had “grave concerns” that meningitis would flare up again over winter.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones can’t be in two places at once and so had to share the headlines today, as more handouts from the Provincial Growth Fund were announced.
Jones took care of announcing a dip into the fund to boost economic growth in Otago.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis shared the limelight. He enthused about Clutha Gold being one of the 22 Great Rides of Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail “and we’re delighted to be encouraging more people to get on a bike and experience the beauty of Central Otago through this investment,” he said.
The press statement says the PGF will provide a “grant” of $6.5m to the project and the Government’s Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund will provide an additional $1.5 million.
A press statement from the office of the Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, meanwhile, drew attention to a more modest bucket of PGF goodies for the Wairarapa.
In this case New Zealand First’s Ron Mark had the pleasure of making the announcement in Carterton. He is a former mayor of Carterton.
A “strategic investment into the development of whenua” was another announcement today.
Budget 2019 allocates $56.1 million over four years towards implementing the Whenua Māori Programme which Mahuta announced in February.
We were alerted to these goings-on with taxpayers’ money by the Point of Order Trough Monitor, which keeps tabs on Beehive announcements of government spending, investments, handouts, giveaways – and so on.
No – and there was more than one delivery of Easter goodies.
This lot did not go to the Far North.
The Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, delivered his largess (paid for by taxpayers) to the top of the South Island. The Point of Order Trough Monitor was immediately alerted.