National is promising 880 new police. Labour is promising 1,000 new police. New Zealand First is promising a whopping 1,800 new police. Clearly our political parties have decided law and order is going to be front and centre in the election campaign and want to be seen to be tough on crime and keeping communities… Read More Promises of more police are not for Māori voters
I don’t normally do this, but this is a trigger warning if you have had your own experience of abuse. I feel compelled to provide this response and reaction to the furor surrounding the acquittal of Gabel Tostee. Gabel Tostee will try and find another woman this weekend. I know a… Read More Gabel Tostee will try and find another woman this weekend
Racism has many faces….These faces may be grouped into three main forms – personal racism, cultural racism and institutional racism. Cultural racism is… entrenched philosophy and beliefs. Its most obvious form in New Zealand is in the assumption that Pakeha culture, lifestyle and values are superior to those of other New Zealand cultures, notably those… Read More #Icantbreathe: Eric Garner is another casualty in the war on colour
To continue the annus horribilus that is 2014, the at least 35 young men who called themselves the Roastbusters and sexually assaulted and raped at least 110 young women were not charged after a three year investigation because of lack of evidence. The positive Police spin as to the thoroughness of their investigation did nothing to quell the… Read More Controlling men
This is the audio of Stephen Dudley’s father’s reaction (00:50-01:05 will give you enough) to the Discharge Without Conviction of the 18 year old who assaulted their son who subsequently died. It is raw, disturbing, and as a father of four children, entirely understandable. Brent Dudley wanted that young man to pay a cost for… Read More Schoolyard fights: an excuse for murder?
Amidst all the handwringing, anger, disgust and blame that has come with the revelations about the self-proclaimed Roastbusters, I have not been aware of any commentary on how we raised these sexual predators within the bosom of our community. I have no intention of providing a lengthy treatise on the historical foundations of our rape culture; clearly… Read More How NZ men raised their sons up to be Roastbusters
On The Vote last week, they debated our confidence in the NZ Police. In a result at odds with the Police’s own polling, 56 percent voted no confidence in the Police. Some of the other bloggers I follow called it “astounding,” and went on to say it was, in their opinion, a more accurate reflection of a fundamentally broken and untrustworthy organisation. I… Read More How I learned to love the violent arm of the State
Mark Lundy has had his conviction overturned at the Privy Council. I must say, ever since I read the North and South article about the Lundy case I have been doubtful of the conviction. The short time he had to commit the murders, the doubtful use of DNA in relation to identifying brain tissue on his… Read More That disgusting pervert, Mark Lundy…