Discretion debatable, but approach didn’t compromise safety

Police engagement with iwi on Checkpoints explained Wellington, May 5, 2020 Much has been said about Covid-19 community checkpoints and the Police approach to dealing with them. Some of the commentary has raised fair questions, to which I wish to respond by articulating why Police have proceeded as we have. Early in this crisis, the information available about the nature of…

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Emergency should not lead to human rights violations

Supplied Content Wellington, May 5, 2020   The Human Rights Commission has received 311 enquiries and complaints related to the Covid-19 pandemic between January and May 5 this year.  Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo said that Covid-19 is the most serious human rights emergency that New Zealand has experienced since 1945.  “The social and economic crisis it has precipitated has touched the most basic human rights. Human Rights demand that measures…

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Parliament considers insolvency relief for businesses

Supplied Content Wellington, May 5, 2020 The New Zealand Parliament is currently discussing a new package of measures to support businesses facing insolvency due to Covid-19. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a media conference this afternoon that following the first reading today, the Bill will be considered by the Epidemic Response Committee chaired by Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges.…

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