Category: Crime & Justice

Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 1 – Questions...

German immunologist and toxicologist Professor Stefan Hockertz says, “Covid-19 is no more dangerous than influenza, but is simply observed much more closely. More dangerous than the virus is the fear and panic created by the media and the ‘authoritarian reaction’ of many governments.”


Dr Muriel Newman

Judicial Activism

Without a doubt Sian Elias’ Ngati Apa judgement was unprecedented judicial activism. And that’s the problem with judicial activism – the public are left to pick up the pieces. So here we are, almost 20 years later, facing multiple tribal claims for the country’s entire coastline. The first ones will be heard this year...


Brian Giesbrecht

An Endless Cycle of Despair

Alongside a variety of administrative shifts allowing for greater Indigenous control over child welfare, the bill’s most significant item is adding a new duty of “cultural continuity” to the familiar tension between the best interests of children and the rights of parents in deciding whether a child should be apprehended.


Dr Muriel Newman

2019 in Review

2019 was to be the year of delivery for Labour. We were told this new government would be transformational, and their policies would have a wellbeing focus. Reality has not lived up to the expectations.


Bob Edlin

Reforms to restore prisoners' mana

One of the “key outcomes” of the new prison strategy was to humanise and heal inmates, the Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis said. “An important part of that involves staff treating people with respect and dignity to uphold their mana.”


Dr Muriel Newman

The Dark Age of Political Intrusion

A question that is increasingly being asked these days is whether we are now heading into another ‘Dark Age’, where common sense and rational thinking are again being replaced by fanaticism and superstition. In addition, the State is becoming more pervasive and people are feeling increasingly powerless to change or improve their lives.


Dr Muriel Newman

Treating New Zealanders Badly

The way that Jacinda Ardern’s Labour-Green-New Zealand First Coalition Government is dealing with the quarter of a million law-abiding New Zealanders who make up this country’s firearms community is a disgrace. Given the trust that had existed, the Prime Minister’s crackdown was unexpected. Their democratic rights were trashed by wide-ranging and punitive restrictions that destroyed an important part of the Kiwi way of life.


Stephen Franks

Firearms law changes – Royal Commission

The Commission’s work is vital. How a free society deals with the terrorism threat is serious everywhere. If the Commission can give us a report that counters current political temptations to whip up the fever, it should have all the time it needs. Many societies have been blighted, and ultimately undone, by leadership willing to exploit tragedies and panics and attacks, to distract their people.


Dr Muriel Newman

State Control

The Government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is shaping up to be one of the most controlling in New Zealand’s history. Like all socialist regimes that aim to impose the will of a few onto the many, they will eventually fail because most people by their very nature do not want to be controlled.


Alex Berenson

The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, And Violence

Cannabis advocates have followed the same playbook. They press for medical legalization, then argue for recreational use. Linking legalization to medical use has proven the crucial step. It encourages voters to think of marijuana as something other than an intoxicant.