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The exit of Todd Muller as the

Leader of the National Party had

a rippling effect among the frontbenchers

across the treasury in

Parliament, but the hoo-ha died down as

quickly as it rose; in fact, it was so shortlived

that it went almost unnoticed.

Judith Collins, who emerged as the

Leader last night (July 14, 2020) was

perhaps a candidate of convenience and

an antidote to the smote that National

had suffered. She was in effect the instrument

of painless change, orchestrating

a move which could have otherwise

caused ruptures.

Clearly, the Nats cannot afford another

division.

For all the smear campaigns that he

suffered during the last days in office,

Mr Muller may not have been directly

responsible for the implosion, but some

of his own colleagues in the National

Caucus did things that were unforgivable.

Leaking names of Covid-19 patients

to the media and scaremongering the

public with unsubstantiated accusations

were distasteful.

Even as people were worried about

their own health and the risk of Covid-19

spreading, the National Party leadership

and some MPs have been taking cudgels

against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

and the government for their translucency,

without realising the glasshouse

effect.

Keeping the government under

pressure

They were too willing to have a

go at all their political opponents,

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without realising that they may one day

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Venkat Raman

Judith Collins

pressure, giving the ministers a run for

their policies and even the money they

earn.

The Nats have done their job well on

that score; but in terms of enunciating

policies and programmes and readiness

to take over the mantle of governance

should there be a need, they have thus

far failed to impress.

Although thrillingly effective in

the gladiatorial arena of the debating

chamber in Parliament and, from

Collins’ point of view, a welcome

endorsement of her leadership credentials,

Mr Muller’s imagery seemed less

well-judged this week.

A look at the past

We are reminded of the scene about

15 years ago in which Dr Don Brash,

John Key and Bill English were important

players. Mr Key had looked rattled

at the time. But he and his team quickly

realised that the picture conjured up

by some senior members of the Party

Caucus of Bill English lumbering after

his sprightlier rival intent on smashing

in his head, was a gift.

Almost as problematic was the

general depiction of Mr Muller as a

lightweight who peddles sunshine and

hope without ever having ‘taken a tough

decision’ in his life.

Although designed to contrast him

not just with Dr Brash, Mr Key or Mr

English but with the grizzled veterans

within and without, Mr Muller had

made truth psychologically more

complex.

Dr Don Brash with John Key in 2006

Mr Muller’s downfall

Ms Collins may have seen in Mr Muller

some of the callowness that he now

despises in his role as the Party Leaderthat

earlier self whose optimism

and inexperience contributed to the

frittering away of the Party’s chances in

the ensuring General Election.

As it happens, despite the dearth of

policies, there is nothing insubstantial

about the way in which Mr Muller prepared

himself to take on his opponents,

not the least from within his own camp.

The somewhat successful first few

days of his leadership, which was all

about changing perceptions of the Party,

began to merge into the next.

The National Party is clearly at

crossroads now. Time will tell whether

it move forward or even stay put. But

chances are that Ms Collins will steer

ahead, keeping to the centre.

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JULY 15, 2020

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New Zealanders should debate on bicameral legislature

Balaji Chandramohan

As the election debates

pick up in New Zealand

and the United States, it is

appropriate to discuss how

democratic values are upheld and

how the game is played by the parties

and candidates concerned.

In any functioning democracy,

there must be a perfect balance

between Legislature, Executive and

Judiciary for a perfect symphony.

Such a symphony would be possible

only if elections are conducted periodically

in a free and fair manner while

the system is truly representative.

Distinct styles of democracy

Countries which follow Westminster

style of democracy such as India,

Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada,

and Cook Islands have their own

distinct style of how representatives

are elected for their legislatures.

India and Cook Islands follow

simple First Past Post System (FPP)

whereas New Zealand opted for the

complex Mixed Member Proportion

System.

India, with a vast electorate follows

FPP for its 543 seats in the Lower

House (Lok Sabha) of Parliament,

and Cook Islands, with just 24

members, elects representative from

a single-member constituencies.

One of the important debates on

FPP in the Westminster system was

held in 2010 in the lead up and after

the British General elections.

As an extension of the compromise

New Zealand Parliament today

The last meeting of the Legislative Council (Upper House) in

December 1950 (Alexander Turnbull Library)

reached between the Conservatives and Liberals,

a Referendum on FPP and the Alternative Voting

System (AVS) was mooted.

Arguments for FPP

As predicted, 68% of those who took part in the

Referendum said no to AVS and preferred happy

to have the current status quo with a no to the AVS.

The argument in favour of FPP, claimed to be the

second most widely used system in the world, is that

it is simple, easy to understand, relatively cheaper

to administer, does not take long to count votes and

produces a clear winner.

The AVS comes with its negatives.

As Britain’s war-time Prime Minister Sir Winston

Churchill said, “AVS allows democracy to be determined

by the most worthless votes given for the most

worthless candidates.”

People are against FPP say that it leads to ‘elected

dictatorship.’

Post- World War II democratic

regimes including the USA and

UK wanted to retain maximum

power with the Executive which

was to form much of the policies

during the World War II.

This knowledge was passed

on to other democratic countries

such as New Zealand, Canada,

and India, each making changes

to suit their political and social

environment.

In this context, the FPP also

makes more sense for an Executive,

which at times prevails over

the Legislature when a larger

party starts to maintain the

status quo in the relationship.

In many ways, the system

also removes active inter-party

democracy as manifested in the

case of India or Cook Islands.

With no list Members of

Parliament, this does not augur

well for multicultural societies.

The New Zealand system

Every electoral system comes

with its positives and negatives;

however the country in which

the electoral system is followed

needs to be understood.

In New Zealand, it is difficult

to know where the people stand.

From 1914 to 1996, when the

FPP was the system, two major

parties dominated the political

spectrum- National and Labour.

Since the advent of the

MMP system, fringe parties

started dominating the political

spectrum.

On the other hand, critics

of MMP in New Zealand have

dismissed it as “more meddlesome

parties,” holding National

and Labour to ransom on some

issues.

However, it is not the fringe

party’s domination which is

more important.

With New Zealand being an

immigrant receptive society with

more immigration likely to be

from Asian societies than from

Europe, coupled with the fact

that it will also an increasing

number of Pacific Islanders, not

to forget Maori.

It is important for these

societies to finding voices representing

them in the political

process.

New Zealand saw the vagaries

of FPP in the 1978 and 1981

general elections. While Labour

won more votes than National,

the latter could muster more

seats in the Parliament and

remain in power.

The scene in the 1950s

If New Zealand returns to FPP,

debates for an Upper House to

control the legislature will start

again.

Earlier, proposals were mooted

in New Zealand as it wanted

to have a second chamber

balancing the problems related

to the FPP.

The Sidney Holland National

Government (December 13, 1949

to September 20, 1957) set up a

Constitutional Reform Committee

in September 1950 (following

the abolition of the Upper House)

to consider an alternative second

chamber.

Chaired by National Leader

Ronald Algie, the Committee

recommended a nominated Senate

with 32 members appointed

by leaders of the parties in the

House of Representatives, in

accordance with their strength.

The Senators were to serve three

year-terms, and be eligible for

reappointment.

The Senate would have the

power to revise, initiate or delay

legislation, to hear petitions,

and scrutinise regulations and

Orders.

But the proposals were rejected

by both by the then Prime

Minister and the Labour Party

in opposition. It took another 40

years until Jim Bolger’s National

Government proposed the establishment

of a directly elected

Senate along with the electoral

reforms.

Electoral Reforms

A Bill was drafted, envisaging

that the Senate would have 30

members, elected by Single

Transferable Vote (STV) from

New Zealand’s six districts.

It did not see the light of the

day and New Zealand decided to

opt for MMP instead of the STV

and in hindsight, it is understood

that New Zealand will debate on

the need for the Upper House

sometime in the future.

Democracy may not be the

perfect form of governance but

the alternative not good.

In a similar vein, no system of

electoral system may be perfect,

but it should reflect the will of a

majority of the population.

Balaji Chandramohan is our Correspondent

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Public anger over rising number of escapees from isolation

National Party and Grey Power call for tough

measures; Indian community says name and shame

Venkat Raman

The National Party is

right in saying that the

increasing number of new

arrivals from overseas

escaping from the isolation

facilities is putting all other New

Zealanders to health risk.

There have been four instances

this week, which have angered all

sections of the population.

Irresponsible and selfish

the first was a person from

India who left the Stamford Plaza

Hotel to visit a nearby supermarket,

the second was a man from

the UK who escaped from Sudima

Hotel Rotorua and the third

was a 50-year-old man who cut

through a fence to break out of an

isolation facility in Hamilton.

The fourth was a man who

fled from Waipuna Hotel in Mt

Wellington in Auckland.

All of them face charges of

breaching the provisions of the

Covid-19 Public Health Response

Act and can face a prison term up

to six months or a fine of $4000.

And there have been cases

of people who were officially

allowed to go out of their facilities

to attend to their ailing relatives

or funerals.

National attacks government

National Party MP Spokesperson

for Covid Recovery Amy

Adams said that New Zealanders

had the right to expect the

government to contain people

from getting out of quarantine

facilities.

She criticised the government

as inept.

Amy Adams, National Party Spokesperson

for Covid-Recovery (Facebook)

Waipuna Hotel in Mt Wellington,

Auckland from where a person

escaped on July 10 (Google Maps)

“It should not be beyond the

capacity of the government and

public service to do that. It is a

failure from the top down and

despite repeated assurances that

they are on it and things will be

different, now this stuff keeps

happening,” she said.

Ms Adams called for a zero tolerance

approach to any chance

of public contamination from

any New Zealander returning

from overseas.

“We need to do whatever security

and whatever restrictions

are required,” she said.

Old and vulnerable at risk

Grey Power President Mac

Welch has been quoted by

Radio New Zealand as saying

that he and his organisation

were enraged by the ‘stupid

and dangerous behaviour’ of

people fleeing managed isolation

facilities.

Describing the conduct of

the escapees as ‘shocking,’ he

said that their actions risked the

spread of Covid-19, especially

among the elderly people, who

are vulnerable.

“They are playing with the

lives of people; they are playing

with all the hard work that the

citizens of New Zealand put into

containing Covid-19 and beating

it,” he said.

Mr Welch said that none of

the soft, cuddly, touchy rubbish

that we keep seeing continuously

with these people – they should

be hammed to the full extent of

the law.

“It is just so wrong; it infuriates

me and I am sure a lot of other

Kiwis. If these people, who have

been looked after and waited

on hand and foot abuse the

privilege, lock them up,” he said.

Police Association criticises

government

The government announced

earlier in the week that all hotels

and managed-isolation facilities

will be guarded by the Police.

Even as arrangements were

being made the New Zealand

Police Association President Chris

Cahill criticised the government

saying that it was turning officers

into babysitters.

It is a waste of police resources;

it is not policing, he said.

“This is about giving political

surety, for the government to

cover themselves, rather than

actual security. I am not sure if

the balance is right,” he said.

Name and shame

Many Indian community

leaders have asked the

government to not only apply

all the provisions of the law and

punish the offenders but also

name and shame them.

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JULY 15, 2020

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Ethnic community leader holds Todd Muller to account

Gregory Fortuin

National Party Leader

Todd Muller reckons that

“Hamish Walker paid

the ultimate price for

leaking private Covid-19 patient

information.”

Mr Muller went on to call it “a

serious error of judgement that cost

him his career.

Of course”, it is sad that a young

man, filled with so much passion

and blessed with immense opportunities,

had to fall on his sword so

early in his political career.

But here is my beef with Mr

Muller, Mr Walker and the National

Party.

Offence against humanity

Mr Walker’s bosses quite rightly

sacked him (Ok, he jumped) for

breaching the privacy of Covid-19

patients. An absolute sackable

offence. Tick. However, the higher

crime against humanity I.e. Mr

Walker’s disgraceful dog whistle

against New Zealanders returning

from India, Pakistan and Korea got

swept under the carpet.

He said he wanted to use the

private information to support his

case of thousands of people (11,

000) coming from Asian countries

to invade the South Island.

Given that a majority of returning

New Zealanders had returned from

Australia, America and the United

Kingdom, his case was never going

to be proven. And New Zealanders

returning from Australia, United

Kingdom and America were not a

problem.

I wish that evidence supported

his case in order to bring to a head

the racist views that New Zealanders

returning from Pakistan, India

and Korea were lesser human

beings not worthy of gracing the

Deep South. That is the real crime.

That continues to be greeted with

silence.

Holding Muller to account

Leaking confidential health

information breaches our privacy

laws, but racist dog whistles are disgraceful

crimes against humanity.

Until Todd Muller and his all white

front bench call out racism and

white arrogance ethnic leaders like

myself will continue to hold them to

account.

Thankfully, a majority of New

Zealanders are better than that.

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of New Zealand (FIANZ)

former President and Spokesperson

Dr Anwar Ghani said, “We urge all

politicians from every spectrum to

focus on issues that will improve

the wellbeing of all New Zealander

and not on the race, ethnicity, faith

or no faith particularly when they

are trying to compete for sound

bites to improve their political

parties rating going into this years'

general election.”

Hamish Walker’s indiscretion angers National Caucus

But Todd Muller affirms

his mettle as Leader

Peter Dunne

There can be few more

spectacular political own

goals than that just scored

against the National Party

by first-term Clutha-Southland MP,

Hamish Walker last week.

The consequences for Walker

personally, and his eminence grise

Michelle Boag have been grim and

dire, but the incident is potentially

catastrophic for the National Party,

just over ten weeks away from the

general election.

Not good news

Not only will things drag on for

a while, as the Herron inquiry,

and a possible investigation by the

Privacy Commissioner unfold, there

is also the possibility of separate

legal action arising from these

investigations.

Then, there is the prospect of

a hurried and intense candidate

selection process as for the second

time in three years the National

Party looks to find a suitable candidate

to take over what has always

been one of its safest electorates.

None of this is likely to be good

news for the National Party.

It all makes the Jami-Lee Ross

saga of last year look like a distant

storm in a teacup. That matter is

now before the High Court and

the National Party will be relieved

that a trial date has been set for

September next year, so sparing

it from any further embarrassing

revelations on that score before the

election. Winston Peters may be

even be breathing a sigh of relief

too that any detrimental finding

by the Serious Fraud Office in its

inquiry into the New Zealand First

Foundation may not now look as

bad.

Impossibly bad situation

National leader Todd Muller

seems to have been blindsided by

the whole Walker affair, although

some are trying to draw links

between Boag and Muller, given the

assistance she apparently provided

during his campaign for the National

Party leadership. However,

he seems determined to try and

make the best of what is an almost

impossibly bad situation.

His initial response to Walker’s

admission was considered by some

to be too bland – a mere expression

of disappointment – although we

now know that was as much a

consequence of the legal actions already

being undertaken by lawyers

acting on Walker’s behalf.

But the decisiveness of his subsequent

actions – stripping Walker of

all his Caucus responsibilities and

asking the Party’s governing board

to expel him altogether from the

Party – will have taken his critics by

surprise. Walker’s recognition that

his political career was over and

that he should best stand down was

no less swift.

Much needed ruthlessness

Muller has always insisted that

his mild demeanour should not be

mistaken for a lack of political steel

or the ruthlessness need to be an

effective political leader.

But it is one thing to say these

things about one’s self and then

have them believed by a normally

sceptical public, but something else

altogether to be able to demonstrate

them. Unwelcome and annoying

as the incident undoubtedly is for

Muller, its circumstances have allowed

him to show the decisiveness

and ruthlessness he has said he

possesses.

Walker’s rapid journey to

oblivion will have been met with

approval by his angry Caucus colleagues,

perhaps fearing that their

own prospects of holding their own

seats at the election, let alone being

able to form a government, will be

rapidly disappearing with him.

At the same time, they will have

also taken on board the message

that Muller is not to be trifled with,

and that he will not tolerate disloyal

or dishonourable actions by his

MPs.

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JULY 15, 2020

Responsible actions limit public fear

Jack Vowles

It was shrill and

tabloid-type coverage

of Covid-19, not careful

reporting that caused

widespread public anxiety

and in the absence of calm is

when mistakes are made.

Apparently being calm in

the face of crisis prevents

one from doing anything

constructive to address it;

at least that is the argument

made by Liam Hehir.

But most people would

agree that being calm is

exactly what is needed to

focus the mind and take a

few minutes to think about

the problem.

In the absence of calm,

there is a danger of

over-reacting and making

mistakes.

Do not destroy confidence

In the face of a crisis

like Covid-19, the role

of a critical mass media

and a political Opposition

comes under question. On

the one hand, if mistakes

and errors are made,

there is a responsibility

to expose them, and those

who are responsible. On

the other, in a crisis there

is always a danger of

making things worse by

exaggeration or generating

misunderstanding,

particularly if this destroys

confidence in those who are

in charge, making it harder

for them to do their jobs.

This is a particularly acute

dilemma with an election

looming in less than three

months.

Hard news and tabloid

Most people probably

understand the distinction

between hard news,

often based on careful

investigative reporting, and

so-called tabloid coverage

that is shrill, emotional, and

unbalanced.

It was hard news and

excellent investigation that

exposed some flaws in the

early days of quarantine

management under Level 1.

But some of the subsequent

interpretation of the facts

exposed has gone well over

the boundaries into tabloid

coverage. The result was

widespread public anxiety

and a loss of confidence: a

sense that our local crisis

was out of control.

Absent information

Some important

background information was

often absent. All new cases

originated overseas. More

new cases at the border

were always expected. The

main barrier to reinfection

from across the border is

14 days quarantine. At the

border, people with obvious

symptoms are also identified.

Prior to Level 1, this process

was highly effective at

preventing further spread of

the virus.

Testing is an essential part

of the Covid-19 response, but

it does not catch all cases: the

‘probable’ cases that used to

be reported during Levels

4 to Level 2. However, the

widespread testing that we

have now should pick up

cases to tell us if we have

community transmission.

So far, there is no

evidence of this. Some

people, including the

Leader of the Opposition,

‘suspect’ there is already

community transmission.

Epidemiologists agree that

there is always a chance,

but most add that it is very

unlikely.

Distracted suspicion

Why does this matter?

Time and resources that

could have been used to

further improve quarantine

management have been

wasted in trying to find an

apparently non-existent

homeless person the

Opposition still claims

occupied a room in a

quarantine hotel for two

weeks.

Despite huge increases

in capacity that put New

Zealand among the highest

testing levels internationally,

up to 10,000 a day, the system

has become overloaded

and authorities have had to

narrow the testing criteria.

Professor Jack Vowles is in the

Political Science programme at

Victoria University of Wellington.

The above article- an extract

only- which appeared on the

Newsroom website, has been

published here under a Special

Agreement.

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JULY 15, 2020

Electionlink

Questions over Todd Muller’s leadership bound to rise

Venkat Raman

The first thing that National

Party Leader Todd Muller

should have done in the

wake of his fellow MP

Hamish Walker announcing that he

had received emails (from former

National Party President Michael

Boag) carrying details of 18 (or

19) people in managed isolation

facilities was to ask all his Caucus

colleagues whether they had

received similar emails.

It was only today, four days later,

after the matter seemed to become

a major embarrassment that he told

the media that he had ascertained

from his Caucus and confirmed

that no one else (except his Health

Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse)

had received any ‘similar emails on

the subject.’

Mr Walker’s indiscretion of

leaking the details to some sections

of the media cost him his career.

He announced that he would step

down from contesting in the forthcoming

election on Wednesday,

July 8, 2020.

Media question parried

Mr Woodhouse admitted today

that he had received four unsolicited

emails from Mr Boag and that

he had informed Mr Muller of these

emails on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

And yet, according to a Newstalk

ZB report, when a news reporter

asked Mr Muller on Wednesday

if he had checked with Mr

Woodhouse specifically whether he

Michelle Boag and Michael Woodhouse

had received the same information

from Ms Boag, he said, ‘No.’

“It is very clear from our perspective

that there was a conversation

that occurred between Michelle

Boag and Hamish Walker. We are

confident from what we can see

that the issue here related to Michelle

Boag and Hamish Walker.”

He said it was not accurate to say

that he did know whether other

MPs in National had access to that

information.

Woodhouse Statement

Michael Woodhouse issued the

following statement today:

“Between June 21 and 25, I

received four unsolicited emails

from Michelle Boag containing

information that, while not the

same information that is the subject

of the Inquiry led by Michael Heron

QC, was similar insofar as it contained

patient details. Michelle told

me she received this information

through her role with the Auckland

Rescue Helicopter Trust and I was

led to believe it was circulating

among a number of other health

agencies.

“I recognised that the information

in those emails was private

so I did not share it with anyone

else and I subsequently deleted

them. I have made contact with

(former Solicitor General Michael)

Heron to provide details to him in

the event that it may be relevant

to his Inquiry. If he deems it to be

relevant I will cooperate fully with

the Inquiry.

“I can confirm that Michelle Boag

is not the source of any previous

information released by me in relation

to the Government’s Covid-19

response.”

Mr Woodhouse told ‘Nine to

Noon’ (of RNZ) today that Ms Boag

called him on Sunday, June 21, 2020

to tell him that she had information

that could be ‘pertinent’ to the

Covid-19 response and ‘helpful’ to

him.

“I opened that email, realised

what it was, realised it was not

appropriate for me to have it or

use it, and I closed it down,” Mr

Woodhouse said.

He said that three more emails

were sent after that but he never

opened them. He deleted the emails

on Monday or Tuesday after he

realised she was the source of the

leak.

Mr Woodhouse should have

informed his Leader of the above

but apparently he chose not to do

so. This could put his credibility

under risk.

Michelle Boag Statement

In a statement published by RNZ,

Ms Boag said that her passion for

politics for 47 years had put her on

a “self-destructive path.”

“This was confirmed for me as

I wrote to Michael Heron QC last

night to advise him that towards

the end of June I had sent several

emails to Michael Woodhouse

comprising notification of a small

number of then new Covid-19

cases. My decisions to share this

information were wrong, driven by

my distorted view that providing

that information would help the National

Party to hold the Government

to account. In fact it was harmful,

not helpful, and it is time that the

National Party and I parted ways.

“Since joining the National Party

at 18, I have tried, sometimes way

too hard, to support the Party in

any way I could. After resigning

as President following the 2002

General Election, I continued to defend

and advocate for the Party in

many forums, including accepting

invitations to provide political commentary.

In none of those forums

was I the official representative

of the National Party, yet media

and political opponents saw my

comments as “the National Party”

and I in turn felt the need to defend

any National Party perspective.

“I have become an unhelpful

distraction in the current political

environment. I apologise to all

those who have been collateral

damage in my quest, both inside

and outside the Party and I deeply

regret my actions,’’ Boag said.

“I hope my resignation will allow

the Party to get on with its vital task

of setting out its pathway for New

Zealand’s future in the upcoming

General Election. The governance

and direction of New Zealand, its

economic stewardship and the wellbeing

of all New Zealanders is the

most important issue right now.”

Mr Muller must clear the mess

before the National Party faces

another leadership crisis.


JULY 15, 2020

Words are important.

We use them to

convey information,

to express love and

affection, and sometimes to hurt or

harm.

Words shape the way we think

about things; if you know another

language (or two, or more) you

will know that different words that

seem to be for the same thing often

express different aspects of that

thing that are shaped by culture or

history.

Perhaps most importantly, words

define who we are.

Definition and dress

For most of us, the first words we

ever hear in life are “It is a girl” or

“It is a boy.”

We were probably only a few

seconds old at that point, and

certainly did not have any way of

understanding what those words

meant, but those words defined

and described us for our entire

lives. Someone assigned us to a sex

based on a visual inspect of our

plumbing, and that brief moment

determined everything.

When someone on the street

encountered our parents holding

us, one of their first questions was

most likely “Is it a girl or a boy?”

Sometimes people did not ask

because our parents dressed us in

clothing or colours that were considered

appropriate for our gender:

boys in blue or bold colours, girls in

pink or pastel colours. If they did,

our clothing made that declaration

for us. And still, no one asked us

how we felt about the whole thing.

When we started in school

people saw what clothes we wore,

what games we liked, whether we

played with trucks or dolls, and

made assumptions about our sex

based on the way we presented our

gender. They referred to us with

words like ‘she’ or he’, ‘him’ or ‘her’,

‘his’ or ‘hers.’

The entire way we were brought

up was defined from those first few

seconds after we were born.

Gender and cisgender

But what if our internal self-experience

of our gender did not match

our anatomy, or the way we were

dressed by our parents, or by the

games we were taught to play?

What if the gendered ways

people referred to us felt like knives

piercing our eardrums every time

we heard them? What if we felt so

different that nothing felt right, and

we could not even trust our own

bodies or experiences of the world

and ourselves?

What if we realised that we were

not cisgender (that is, our anatomical

sex, our experience of gendered

selves and the way we experienced

our bodies were all aligned to one

gender), but instead transgender

(all these things were not aligned).

Who decided there were only two

sexes and two genders anyway?

Rainbow people

Transgender people have been

in the news a lot over the last few

years.

You might want to have a look at

the newly released film Disclosure

on Netflix, or watch a TED talk by

Jackson Bird. Maybe you will even

want to go through the 20-minute

‘Working Under the Rainbow’ module

in the Massey Evolve website.

Some of us have had trans-students

in our classes or as research

students.

We hear their stories, and we

learn that the transition from being

someone we are not to someone we

are is difficult. Epically difficult.

In the recent Counting Ourselves

study in Aotearoa New Zealand,

trans-persons reported nine times

the rate of very high psychological

distress as the general population;

56% had thought about committing

suicide; 37% of trans people had

attempted suicide.

Trans-people are frequently

the targets of assault and murder:

Forbes reports that globally in 2019

331 trans people were murdered,

hanged, or lynched (mostly in Brazil,

but also in Mexico, the US, and

other countries); most of these were

transwomen of colour. In southern

Africa (and some other regions)

there is something ironically called

‘corrective rape’, where, the theory

apparently goes, once you have

been violently raped by a cisgender

man you will want more of it and

stop being gender non-conforming.

Developing taxonomy

The reality is that trans people,

gender fluid, and non-binary

people have existed throughout

history, but only in the last few

years have we started to develop a

taxonomy, a language that includes

their experiences.

You might want to have a look at

Samy Nour Younes’ TED talk on a

history of trans people.

In this context, then, it does not

seem too much effort to start paying

attention to how we use words

that are important, and particularly

to the gendered pronouns that we

use to define people.

Maybe we should wait for people

to tell us how they would like to be

described, rather than claiming a

right to define them?

Maybe we could ask other people

what pronouns they would like us

to use for them. And we could make

it even easier, and tell other people

what pronouns we would like them

to use for us.

It would not be very difficult to

add a little tag line on our email

signatures, name tags or Stream

sites: ‘Pronouns: he/him’ or ‘she/

hers’ or ‘they/their.’

It does not have to be complicated

or weird.

The ‘Single They’

The singular ‘they’ (which, by

the way, was used by Shakespeare,

even though it sounds a little odd

to 21st century ears) is returning to

common use about people who do

not identify as only male or only

female. Woke English-speakers

Educationlink

Right use of pronouns imperative to define humans

Professor

Mark Henrickson

07

went through a period of trying to

invent gender-neutral pronouns

about a decade ago before some

even worker English speakers realised

that we already had a perfectly

good one in ‘they.’

And in adding that little pronoun

tagline we signal that we are open

to hearing about how other people

define themselves.

Using the right words and

pronouns means we get to define

for ourselves who we are.

Identifying our own pronouns

gives other people permission to

tell us how they would like us to

refer to them.

It does not have to be hard or

complicated.

It is really just polite, like offering

a guest the comfortable chair, or a

cup of tea.

Making space for people to tell

us how they identify themselves is

really just good manners.

But it is also tremendously

important for them, and for us.

Mark Henrickson is Professor of Social

Work at the Auckland Campus of Massey

University. The above article and picture

appeared in Massey News.

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08

JULY 15, 2020

Businesslink

IPCA says Police searches were unlawful

Anan Zaki

Three Police searches that

were carried out shortly

after the Christchurch

Mosque attacks on

March 15, 2019 were unlawful,

the Independent Police Conduct

Authority (IPCA) has found.

The searches, made without

a warrant, happened during an

operation codenamed ‘Whakahaumanu’

to identify people

of interest to national security

following the attacks.

The three searches in question

were all in Canterbury, weeks

after the massacre.

Something about XYZ

One person, known as Mr

X, became a person of interest

after an anonymous call to

CrimeStoppers, alleging that he

was involved in white supremacy,

anti-Muslim hate speech and

racist behaviour.

Mr X had a historical mental

health issue and had previously

been a member of a Facebook

group that had an association

with a website describing itself

as “far right-wing,”

Mr X had also posted

comments indicating to Police

that he might be opposed to the

government’s gun law reforms.

The second person, known

as Mr Y, came to attention after

the Police received information

that he had been posting far

right material on Facebook. Both

had firearms seized from their

properties.

Police visited the third person,

known as Mr Z, after Facebook

posts caused concern about his

mental well-being - and officers

seized a bong from his property.

IPCA Chair Judge Colin Doherty

(RNZ Photo by Ben Strang)

What the IPCA said

IPCA chair Judge Colin

Doherty said that the officers

should have had a warrant in all

three cases.

“Police are required to obtain

a warrant to make a search

with this time to do so but they

may exercise powers under the

Search and Surveillance Act

without a warrant in situations

of agency. We found that in

the three cases, there was not

sufficient agency and they could

have got a warrant,” he said.

The Authority received 13

complaints about the searches.

Judge Doherty also said that

there had not been enough focus

given to the searches, over what

powers the police could or could

not exercise.

The Authority did not make

any recommendations.

“Search and surveillance and

the exercise of warrants is bread

and butter for police, so every

Police Officer ought to know

what they should do. We noted

that in these cases, apologies

had been given to the subjects of

the searches,” he said.

The Council of Licensed

Firearms Owners (COLFO),

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which helped some of the

complainants, said that its

members felt vindicated by the

IPCA decision.

Major mistakes

COLFO Chair Michael Dowling

said that the Police made major

mistakes.

“They are the enforcement

power of our laws and so they

need to act within the law

whenever they act. In these

events, it shows that perhaps

the checks and safeties are not

there, to make sure that they

as enforcers of the law are not

wound up in the emotion of an

event,” he said.

Canterbury Police District

Commander Superintendent

John Price said that mistakes

were made.

But he said that it was

important to know the context

around the time the searches

were carried out, as after the

terror attacks, the country had

never been in an environment

like it before.

“At the time, they were in a

very heightened operational

context. They were trying

to eliminate or mitigate the

risk of further violence and

ensure public safety. That was

their intent and that was their

principles they were applying,”

he said.

Superintendent Price said that

the Police will learn from the

findings.

“Laws are there to protect

all people. and as such, we

are absolutely always open to

ensuring there are good checks

and balances,” he said.

Published under a Special

Agreement with www.rnz.co.nz

Restricting freedom of speech

is harmful to society

I

do not particularly love confronting

people.

But I know that when it is done

well, disagreement can be incredibly

powerful.

An open letter On Justice and Open

Debate published last week, suggests the 150

signatories think similarly. The letter claims

that an increasingly hostile environment and

growing restriction to freedom of speech and

expression is harmful to society.

Open Letter

It says: “The free exchange of information

and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society,

is daily becoming more constricted. While

we have come to expect this on the radical

right, censoriousness is also spreading more

widely in our culture: an intolerance of

opposing views, a vogue for public shaming

and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve

complex policy issues in a blinding moral

certainty. We uphold the value of robust

and even caustic counter-speech from all

quarters. But it is now all too common to

hear calls for swift and severe retribution

in response to perceived transgressions of

speech and thought.”

After the letter was published, however,

some of its signatories denounced it – one

even saying “I am so sorry” – due to some

of the views of other signatories. (Notably

JK Rowling, who has recently received

significant criticism for her comments on

transgenderism, was a signatory).

Ironic response

This response seems somewhat ironic.

It is an example of the failure to listen

to opposing ideas that the letter tried to

address.

In fact, some of the signatories have since

said as much.

Author Malcolm Gladwell, for example,

tweeted: “I signed the Harpers letter because

there were lots of people who also signed the

Harpers letter whose views I disagreed with.

I thought that was the point of the Harpers

letter.”

Or Thomas Chatterton Williams, who

spearheaded the letter, tweeted: “this letter

is not a statement about everyone agreeing

with every position every signatory has. The

diversity of its signatories is its strength – not

a weakness.”

Agree to disagree

We need to be brave enough to agree with

the ideas of people we regularly disagree

with on other issues. We could even learn

to have conversations about the issues we

disagree on. The conversation will likely

end with both people holding their original

position and that is okay. What is important

is that everyone leaves with a deeper understanding

of the person they disagree with

and why they disagreed in the first place.

While that is easier said than done, it is

incredibly important for the functioning of

society.

In fact, without healthy disagreements,

strong societal divisions are much more

likely to arise.

The Coddling of the American Mind, by

Jonathan Haidt (another signatory) and Greg

Lukianoff, confronts this very issue.

They suggest that having conversations

with people you disagree with are essential

for building resilience and learning to adapt

and grow.

Of course, this does not mean that

anything goes. Bullying is never okay.

But there is a difference between bullying

and thorough intellectual debate.

So, as someone who does not particularly

enjoy confrontation or disagreement, it is

important that I learn to do it well – even

when it is difficult.

The stakes are too high to say no.

Danielle van Dalen is a Researcher at the

Auckland-based Maxim Institute.

Woman escapee from managed

isolation in the dock

A

woman, accused of

escaping from an

isolation facility before

her mandatory

quarantine period ended, has

appeared in court.

Suzanne Marie Derrett

appeared in the Auckland

District Court on July 13,

2020 charged with failing

or refusing to isolate for the

required 14-day period.

The 43-year-old is one

of the first people charged

under the Covid-19 Public

Health Response Act.

She was said to have

Danielle van Dalen

climbed a fence at the Pullman

Hotel in Auckland this

month after flying in from

Brisbane.

Not positive

The court heard she had

been tested for Covid-19

twice, with no positive result,

and wished to return to Dunedin

with her brother, who

was in court for the hearing.

She was remanded on bail

without plea and will appear

again in two weeks time.

In total, there have been

four escapes from managed

isolation in New Zealand.

Last week, a person in their

60s broke a window and

escaped from an Auckland

isolation hotel.

This week 30 deportees

from Australia are expected

to arrive. They will be staying

at a dedicated inner-city

hotel with enhanced security

attached to it.

Health Minister Chris

Hipkins said there would

be no tolerance for anyone

breaking the rules.

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JULY 15, 2020

Businesslink

Government extends temporary visas by six months

Move to benefit 16,500 workers

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The government is making

immediate short-term

changes to visa settings to

support temporary migrants

already onshore in New Zealand

and their employers, while also

ensuring New Zealanders needing

work are prioritised, Immigration

Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has

said.

He issued the following Statement:

We are extending temporary

work visas due to expire by the

end of 2020 by six months (16,500

workers), shifting the stand down

by six months to February 2021

(600 workers) and ensuring New

Zealanders needing work continue

to be prioritised.

We are assisting employers to

make the most of the available

workforce, both New Zealanders

and temporary migrants on shore

in New Zealand.

Immediate relief

We are extending all existing

employer-assisted temporary work

visas for people in New Zealand

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

and whose visas are due to expire

before the end of 2020 by six

months, benefiting around 16,500

workers. This will provide some

immediate relief and certainty for

migrants and employers in the

short term while they recover from

the impact of Covid-19 and adjust to

the changing labour market conditions

where more New Zealanders

will be available for work.

Migrant workers who are subject

to the 12 month stand-down period

and were going to have to leave

New Zealand this year will now be

able to stay for the duration of the

extension. This will benefit around

600 lower-skilled visa holders who

would have been subject to the

12- month stand down period.

Job for New Zealanders

I urge employers to focus on

longer-term workforce planning

and recruitment and training of

New Zealand jobseekers.

These short-term changes give

employers some time to get ready

for a changed labour market where

more New Zealanders will be

looking for work.

New low-skilled work visas will

only be granted for six months, instead

of 12 months as our priority is

to preserve and prioritise future job

opportunities for New Zealanders

and give the system more flexibility

to respond to labour market developments.

The government is continuing

to work on a number of changes,

which were announced pre-Covid-

19. These changes include a different

way to define lower-skilled/

lower-paid employment and a new

process for employer-assisted work

visas expected to be fully in place

by mid-2021.

These changes are now more

important than ever to support the

Government’s wider programme of

work for the economy.

With more New Zealanders looking

for work, some employers will

need to adjust to a new situation.

With the short-term changes we

are making, however, there is some

lead-in time for employers.

Temporary Visas by numbers

There are about 16,500 Essential

Skills and Work to Residence visa

holders who are onshore in New

Zealand and whose visa will expire

before the end of 2020.

About 600 lower-skilled work

visa holders would have been

subject to the stand-down period

between August 2020 and the end of

December 2020.

The largest occupation group

affected the by the stand-down in

the next 12 months is dairy farm

workers (113 affected in 2020),

a sector that we know is facing

workforce challenges.

Overview of changes

The government made

decisions to (a) Extend all existing

employer-assisted temporary work

visas for people who are in New

Zealand and whose visas are due to

expire before the end of 2020 by six

months (b) Delay the stand-down

Criminal Cases Review should expedite justice delivery

Peter Dunne

Over 20 years after

the event, the Scott

Watson murder case

continues to attract

public attention.

Last fortnight’s decision by

the Governor-General to refer

the case back to the Court of

Appeal is but the latest step in

this long saga.

The Watson case is one of

a handful of cases from the

1970s to the 1990s which

aroused considerable doubt

about the original convictions

and led to their being eventually

overturned. Arthur Allan

Thomas was twice convicted

for the Crewe murders in 1970,

before being pardoned and

released from prison in 1979

following a Royal Commission

of Inquiry.

David Bain

David Bain’s conviction

and imprisonment for

murdering his family in 1994

was overturned at a retrial

which acquitted him in 2009.

Teina Pora was convicted of

murder in 1994 and was in

prison for 20 years before

being released. His conviction

was subsequently quashed by

the Privy Council. Rex Haig’s

murder conviction in 1995

was quashed in 2006, while he

was on parole after serving 10

years in prison. Scott Watson

was convicted and sentenced

in 1999, with a minimum

non-parole period of 17 years,

and he is still in prison after 21

years.

David Tamihere

Separate to these, but no less

significant, is the case of David

Tamihere, convicted in 1990

of the murder of two Swedish

backpackers. His appeals to the

Court of Appeal and the Privy

Council after the discovery

of massive conflicts between

the evidence presented and

the emergence of subsequent

contradictory facts both failed,

and he served 20 years in

prison before being released,

still protesting his innocence.

Earlier, this year, the Governor-General

referred his case

back to the Court of Appeal for

further consideration.

Peter Ellis

And then there is the case of

Peter Ellis, convicted in 1993

of child abuse, twice upheld

subsequently by the Court of

Appeal, and once more by a

separate Ministerial Inquiry,

who served his full sentence of

10 years before being released.

Now, following Ellis’ death last

year, a final approach is being

made to the Court of Appeal to

posthumously clear his name

of what many consider to have

been an appalling miscarriage

of justice.

Scott Watson

Over the years, I have read

almost everything that has

been published about the

Scott Watson case, as well

as speaking to many people

directly involved. I am still

unsure whether his conviction

was justified by the evidence

available.

An aspect of the case that

has always bothered me is

the Police insistence from the

outset that the young couple

were last seen on a distinctive

ketch (a double-mast yacht),

whereas Watson’s yacht was a

sloop – a single-mast vessel.

Many witnesses came

forward saying they had seen a

ketch that matched the original

description given by the Police

in and around the Marlborough

Sounds at the time.

Indeed, I saw such a ketch

in Westport a few weeks

later, which I subsequently

reported to the Police, who,

by then focused on Watson’s

sloop, told me emphatically

“there was no ketch”, even as

a poster describing the ketch

and seeking information about

it hung incongruously on the

wall behind them!

Public unease

While our system of jury

trials is probably the best and

fairest available, there will

always be incidences where

the complexity of the case, or

the paucity of incontrovertible

evidence increase the possibility

of a mistake being made

and a miscarriage of justice

occurring.

The right of appeal to the

Court of Appeal, then the

Supreme Court or ultimately

the Governor-General, is a

sufficient safeguard in most

cases to ensure that eventually

a just and correct decision is

reached. But as the Thomas,

Bain, Pora, Haig, Ellis and

now potentially Tamihere and

Watson cases have all shown,

there will still be some cases

that will leave a measure of

public unease that the legal

system, however fully applied,

cannot resolve.

New procedure for better

outcome

In that regard, the formal

establishment this week of

the Criminal Cases Review

Commission is an important

and welcome step forward.

In essence, it will replace

the referral function of

the Governor-General, as

exercised in the Watson case,

with an independent statutory

commission able to investigate

on its own behalf cases where

a possible miscarriage of

justice may have occurred and

to refer such cases back to the

Courts if it considers that is

the appropriate thing to do.

The Commission’s statutory

independence should ensure

that it can proactively examine

cases that come before it fully

and independently without

having to rely solely on the

evidence previously collected.

In that way, it is hoped that

the cases the Commission

considers can be judged more

holistically than on the current

basis of whether the Police and

prosecution or the defence got

it right.

The prolonged nature of

resolution of each of the cases

referred to above has been unsatisfactory

in many respects.

There has been the length of

time taken, and the unreasonableness

of the impositions on

the freedom of the individuals,

especially in the Thomas, Bain,

Pora and Haig cases where the

convictions were ultimately

overturned. And each case

and its course has also led

to a measure of weakened

public confidence in the

current system, as the ongoing

Tamihere, Ellis and Watson

cases currently suggest.

Arguably, the system

eventually got it right in the

Thomas, Bain Pora and Haig

cases, leaving us all to ponder

how much more tragic the

outcome might have been had

capital punishment still been

in place.

Whatever the eventual

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will include New Windsor and the main

western boundary will be Whitney St. Go

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based in Mt Roskill

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outcome of the Tamihere,

Ellis and Watson cases, the

establishment of the Criminal

Cases Review Commission

should mean that where such

cases arise in the future, as

they will inevitably, an outcome

can be reached much

more rapidly, without those

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period until February 2021 instead

of August 2020. Temporary migrants

will be able to remain in New

Zealand for a further six months

after their stand-down would

have taken effect (in line with the

extension to their visa) (c) The stand

down means that lower-paid workers

on temporary work visas have

to leave New Zealand for 12 months

after holding a work visa for three

consecutive years before they can

apply for another lower-skilled

visa (d) The stand-down period

was introduced in 2017 to prevent

lower-skilled, lower-paid foreign

workers from becoming well settled

in New Zealand without a pathway

to residence (e) Reduce the duration

of all new low-skilled essential skills

visas from 12 to six months for the

next 18 months. This will apply

to all new lower-skilled Essential

Skills work visa applications (f)

Employers are still expected to

genuinely seek to fill job vacancies

with New Zealanders and this will

be tested when the visas of their

existing migrant workers expire

(g) Migrant workers on temporary

employer-assisted visa whose job

has ended need to apply for a new

visa or leave New Zealand if they

are able to so.

affected having to prove their

innocence while spending

many unnecessary years

languishing in prison.

Peter Dunne was a Minister of

the Crown under the Labour and

National-led governments from

November 1999 to September 2017.

He lives in Wellington.


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Fourth crisis creates a New Normal in the US

Archon Fung

A

perfect storm of three

crises is battering America:

a public health crisis of

the Covid-19 pandemic; a

civic crisis of widespread protests

sparked by racist police abuse;

and an economic crisis of record

unemployment and dislocation.

Between now and November

2020, we may well face a fourth

political crisis surrounding the

Presidential election, its conduct,

and perhaps even its outcome.

These crises have vanquished all

sense of normalcy for now.

But, in the longer term, will we be

able to create a better new normal?

The ‘K’ Shaped Recovery (Courtesy: Cooper Financial Group)

Archon Fung (University of Hawaii Photo)

What world will Covid-19 leave

behind?

The K People

Writing in the Financial Times,

Peter Atwater foresees a “K”-shaped

recovery.

The upward part of the “K”—people

who will do better than before

these crises, consists of professionals

and others in others at the top

end of the income distribution.

The bottom part of the “K” consists

of “have-nots” who may fare

even worse than they did before

the crisis: essential but sometimes

disposable workers, sometimes

lacking health care, sick leave,

employment, and low-income and

people of colour, whom we now

know suffer much more from

damage of Covid-19.

If the future is this “K,” Covid

will merely have accelerated the

trends toward economic, social,

political, and health inequities that

have been widening in the United

States for the past forty years: a

quickening of the old normal as we

knew it.

Creating a New Normal

But perhaps it is within our grasp

to create a different new normal,

one that is more equitable and

democratic. We can see shoots of

this better new normal in the civic

federalism of local responses to

Covid-19 damage.

Many governors and mayors

stepped up with energy and

creative solutions to protect

public health and map the way to

recovery.

Some businesses and nonprofits

took costly action early to protect

their employees and communities.

Labour and community advocates

organised immediate aid, but also

Ardern says she is far away from being self-congratulatory

Labour is the best-placed

party to guard against a

post-Covid-19 economic

disaster, Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern has said.

Speaking at the Labour Party’s

Congress in Wellington on Sunday,

July 5, 2020, Jacinda Ardern said

that she was eager to avoid the

fallout of previous crises, including

“poverty, inequality and “persistent

unemployment.”

Pundits were quick to criticise

Ardern for taking a ‘self-congratulatory

tone’ in her remarks, but Ms

Ardern told Morning Report that

was not her intent at all.

Not self-congratulatory

“You will not find that at all in any

of the remarks that I have made...

if anyone listened to the speeches

that were made, that is exactly the

opposite of what we were doing.

In my speech itself, acknowledging

that the situation we are in, in New

Zealand, is not over. We are still in

the midst of a health response. We

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the Labour

Congress on Sunday, July 5, 2020 (TVNZ Photo)

are at the beginning of our recovery

and rebuild - this is not the time for

anyone to rest on laurels,” she said.

Ms Ardern said she that and the

Labour government take nothing

for granted.

“I never have, never will. Anyone

who knows me knows that I am as

far away from self-congratulatory

as you can probably get,” she said.

Small Business Voice Chief Executive Max Whitehead

(LinkedIn Photo)

Original Plan

Aside from Covid-19, Labour is

sticking to its original plan for New

Zealand, Ms Ardern said.

“A number of the things that we

campaigned on in 2017 are still

issues that we have to address. We

are not going to resolve climate

change in three years. Nor are we

going to restore the health of our

waterways in three years, or reduce

inequality. All of these persistent

challenges remain. We have made

progress, but Covid is our chance to

accelerate our response to those,”

she said.

Ms Ardern said that the

government is making the biggest

investment in infrastructure that

she has seen in her lifetime.

“That is because it is necessary.

It solves two problems, our deficit,

and it helps with our economy

recovery,” she said.

Ms Ardern said that the

Trans-Tasman bubble is still viable

and the government is open to

taking a state-by-state approach.

Business Loan Scheme extended

She also announced an extension

to the business loan scheme at the

Labour congress.

The programme offers small and

medium-sized businesses loans of

between $10,000 and $100,000, with

no interest charged if the loan is

repaid within a year.

spoke up for the least advantaged.

George Floyd murder

There are more shoots visible

in the huge protests following

George Floyd’s killing. People

of many races and classes have

awakened to the reinforcing harms

of economic inequality, disease, and

racism. Himself an avatar of this

intersectionality, Floyd lost his job

as a security guard because of the

pandemic, contracted Covid-19 in

April 2020, and was killed several

weeks later by Minneapolis Police.

Will these shoots multiply into a

robust new American democracy?

Or will they be mowed down

by the juggernauts of racism and

plutocracy that preceded this

pandemic? The answer is up to us.

Archon Fung is Winthrop Laflin

McCormack Professor of Citizenship

and Self-Government. The above article

appeared in the Harvard Gazette.

Small Business Voice Chief

Executive Max Whitehead said that

Scheme misses the mark.

“It is really not what we need.

We are going through a difficult

time and it has not been easy, but

by supporting those businesses

that are struggling and failing, it is

actually prolonging their pain and

that is not really healthy for our

marketplace,” he said.

Mr Whitehead said that a

number of businesses should be

thinking about changing tact to

increase revenue rather than taking

the loan and hoping things go back

to normal.

“There are new opportunities in

the marketplace that people could

fill rather than just sitting in a

business waiting and gobbling up

taxpayers’ money. When the wage

subsidy scheme ends, the economic

impact of Covid-19 will be laid

bare,” he said.

The above Report has been published

under a Special Arrangement with www.

rnz.co.nz

Community leaders slam MP Walker for ‘bigoted behaviour’

Editor’s Note: Hamish Walker has since announced (for leaking

Covid-19 cases to the media) that he would not contest in the

forthcoming General Election but his comments about Indians,

Pakistanis and Koreans are still considered an outstanding issue.

Venkat Raman

Three prominent community

leaders have taken exceptions

to the comments of National

MP Hamish Walker over this

comments on Indians, Pakistanis

and Koreans.

The Clutha-Southland MP issued a

press release yesterday (Friday, July

3, 2020), in which he had mentioned

about people arriving from India,

Pakistan and Korea going into

quarantine facilities.

He said,” 11,000 people… these

people are possibly heading for Dunedin,

Invercargill and Queenstown

from India, Pakistan and Korea. It

is absolutely disgraceful that the

community has not been consulted

on this,” he said.

The press release was later deleted

from the National Party website but

the damage was done. It was picked

up by other media including social

media platforms and discussed

around the world.

Mr Walker refused to apologise

but in fact insisted that his comments

were not racist.

He claimed that he had a ‘source

tell him that 11,000 people were

arriving from Pakistan, India and

Korea’ but refused to reveal that

source.

“The world is reeling under the

Covid-19 pandemic, the threat of

its recurrence in New Zealand

looms large and hence, Mr Walker

Disgraced National MP Hamish Walker

should not be playing dirty politics.

He should be working with the

government and not spread scary

rumours,” community leaders said.

Gregory Fortuin

Former Race Relations Commissioner

Gregory Fortuin called out

Mr Walker for his racist comments

towards people of colour.

“This is a disgraceful dog whistle

akin to the racist views of (US President)

Donald Trump who banned

people (from entering USA) based

on country of origin. Even worse is

the inability of his Leader (National

Party boss Todd) Muller to call out

racist comments. But then, I do

not expect anything better from a

MAGA cap trophy man,” he said.

Mr Fortuin said that on the day

the white-supremist-murderer of

51 Muslims in their sacred place

of worship (on March 15, 2019 in

Christchurch) is given a date for

sentencing, we do not need MPs

gas-lighting racists fires.

Gregory Fortuin Paul Patel Narendra Bhana

“It is time that we strongly called

out this bigoted behaviour when

we have Kiwis returning from all

quarters of the world but we single

out the people not represented on

his Party’s frontbench. Mr Walker

would fit in well in the racist deep

South of America but the good

people in the South of Aotearoa is

far better than that. I am hoping

to hear from the ‘All Lives Matter’

hypocrites, but I am not holding my

breath,” Mr Fortuin said.

Paul Patel

New Zealand Indian Central

Association (NZICA) President Paul

Patel said that Mr Walker’s comments

were despicable and do not

portray the true feelings of Indians,

Pakistanis, Koreans and those of

New Zealanders in general.

“It appears that another

politician, this time National Party

MP Hamish Walker, decides to

make comments which he said are

not racist. With what is happening

around the world, comments of

this nature only add fuel to what is

eventuating to what I consider to

be racist innuendos,” he said.

Mr Patel said that New

Zealanders must realise that such

comments from a politician show

that he is an inconsiderate and

uninformed person.

“Such people are trying to score

political points. As the President of

NZICA, which represents the Indian

community in New Zealand, I also

join with other ethnic groups in demanding

a personal apology from

Mr Walker to the New Zealand

citizens and permanent residents

arriving from India, Pakistan and

Korea,” Mr Patel said.

Narendra Bhana

Narendra Bhana, President

of Auckland Indian Association,

which is marking its centenary

year in 2020-2021, said that the

remarks of Mr Walker were not

only unacceptable but utterly

irresponsible.

“Kiwis are arriving from all over

the world, not just India, Pakistan,

and Korea. It is our collective

responsibility to treat them with

the respect that they deserve while

they are in isolation. It is totally

unacceptable for a Member of Parliament

to use Indians or any other

race as guinea pigs to promote their

own political agenda,” he said.

Mr Bhana said that Indians have

been in New Zealand for more than

100 years, and hence are as much

an integral part of the mainstream

communities.

He said that he had received

many phone calls and emails from

Kiwi Indians (both Citizens and

permanent citizens stranded in

various parts of India.

“They have been distanced from

their families since end of March.

They have been apprehensive and

eagerly waiting to re-unite with

their families. Mr Walker has failed

to understand the situation of these

people. His comments are disgraceful

and totally unacceptable. Kiwis

are proud of our multicultural society

and there is no room for these

kinds of sentiments in modern New

Zealand. Mr Walker must be held

accountable for his inappropriate

remarks,” Mr Bhana said.


JULY 15, 2020

Work place democracy critical for organisational success

The current societal and business

models are not working

Julie Battilana

As the United States and

countries around the

world consider re-opening

after Covid-19, we are

faced with a crucial question:

Is our current societal model

working and, if not, what kind

of societal model do we want for

tomorrow?

Staying the course would be a

recipe for disaster.

The current levels of social and

economic inequality both globally

and locally have become untenable,

and the current pandemic

only reinforces these inequalities.

Moreover, we are pushing the

limits of what our natural world

can endure.

The status quo must change if

we hope to survive the combined

health, social, economic, political,

and environmental crises at hand.

Lessons of the crisis

In Ma 2020, Isabelle Ferreras,

Dominique Méda, and I joined

forces to ask a simple question:

What can we learn from the crises

that we are facing?

At the time, admittedly, our

thinking was focused on making it

through the Covid-19 period only.

And yet, the solution we put

forth in a joint manifesto, which

has now been signed by 5000

academics around the world,

outlines a solution – democratising

work— that we hope can

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contribute to fighting the health,

economic, social, and political

crises stemming from Covid-19 as

well as the longstanding crisis of

anti-Black racism, for which calls

for change have intensified in

the wake of the tragic murder of

George Floyd at the hands of the

Minneapolis Police Department.

Humans are not resources

What these crises are first

and foremost teaching us is that

humans never were and are not

resources. They invest their lives,

their time, and their sweat to serve

the organisations that they work

for and their customers.

As we say in the manifesto

itself, workers are not one type of

stakeholder among many: they

hold the keys to their employers’

success. Without workers, there

would be no manufacturing plant,

no deliveries, no production.

All workers are essential.

They are thus the core constituency

of the firm.

And, yet they remain excluded

from participating in the government

of their workplaces, a right

that is still monopolised by capital

investors. This exclusion is unfair

and unsustainable and it prevents

organisations from reaping the

benefits of workplace democracy.

Transiting with clear goals

What I have seen in my research

is that workplace democracy may

well be critical to the success of

corporations in the future.

I have been studying

organisations that pursue social

and environmental objectives

alongside financial ones for more

than a decade.

It is time we turn to these

organisations and learn from their

work as the economy as a whole

transitions towards setting clear

goals for employee well-being, and

environmental and social metrics,

alongside financial performance.

My research reveals a critical

link to workplace democracy:

organisations that are more democratic—that

give a voice to their

workers—are better at staying the

course and pursuing these multiple

objectives.

Promising avenue

Finally, democratising

workplaces is one of the most

promising avenues for creating

more just (including more racially

just) workplaces where all workers—workers

of colour, women,

workers with disabilities—have

real control over resources, and

an actual say, as equals in the

governance of their organisations.

By giving employees representation

in decision-making bodies and

the right to participate and control

their organisation’s strategic

decisions, we can collectively build

institutions that are truly equitable

and fair.

Julie Battilana is Alan L Gleitsman

Professor of Social Innovation, Harvard

Kennedy School. The above article

appeared in the Harvard Gazette. Julie

Battilana (Picture from Society for

Progress)

Will the Covid-19 pandemic

change or accelerate pre-existing

global trends?

Many commentators predict

the end of the era of globalisation that

prospered under US leadership since 1945.

Some see a turning point at which China

surpasses the United States as a global

power.

Certainly, there will be major changes in

many economic and social dimensions of

world politics, but humility is in order.

One must be wary of assuming that big

causes have predictable big effects.

For example, the 1918-1919 flu pandemic

killed more people than World War I, yet

the major global changes were a consequence

of the war, not the disease.

Unstoppable transnational effects

Globalisation, defined as interdependence

across continents, is the result of changes

in the technologies of transportation and

communication which are unlikely to stop.

Some aspects of economic globalisation

such as trade will be curtailed, but while

economic globalisation is influenced by

the laws of governments, other aspects

of globalisation such as pandemics and

climate change are determined by the laws

of biology and physics.

Walls, weapons, and tariffs do not stop

their transnational effects.

Thus far, American foreign policy has

responded by denial and blaming others

rather than taking the lead on international

cooperation.

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The US could lead with

a new Covid Fund

Joseph S Nye Jr

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Medical version of Marshall Plan

On a speculative counterfactual, imagine

an American administration taking its

cue from the post-1945 US presidents I

describe in ‘Do Morals Matter? Presidents

and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.’ For

example, the United States could launch

a massive Covid-19 Aid Programme, a

medical version of the Marshall Plan.

Instead of competing in propaganda,

leaders could articulate the importance of

power with rather than over others and set

up bilateral and multilateral frameworks to

enhance cooperation.

Recurrent waves of Covid-19 will affect

poorer countries less able to cope and

a developing-world reservoir will hurt

everyone if it spills northward in a seasonal

resurgence.

The second wave

In 1918, the second wave of the pandemic

killed more people than the first.

Both for self-interested and humanitarian

reasons, the United States could lead the

G20 in generous contributions to a major

new Covid-19 Fund that is open to all poor

countries.

If a US President were to choose such

cooperative and soft-power-enhancing policies,

it might create a geopolitical turning

point to a better world.

More likely, however, the new coronavirus

will simply accelerate existing trends

toward nationalist populism, authoritarianism,

and tense relations between the United

States and China.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is Harvard University

Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus. The

above article appeared in the Harvard

Gazette. (CTGA, Offord University Photo)

Development Finance:

Focus on the overall value

proposition rather than pricing

The post Covid-19

environment is

throwing up new

challenges for

builders and developers, as

all lending institutions, bank

and non-bank alike, try to

make sense of the overall

impact of the pandemic on

the economy and property

values.

Mainstream banks have

limited appetite to fund

development projects; the

credit criteria which was

fairly tough pre-Covid has

now been tightened even

further effectively making

most builders and developers

ineligible for funding.

Dwindling liquidity

In the non-bank market,

liquidity has been affected

and funds available for

development projects have

dwindled significantly. Most

lenders are taking a very

conservative approach or

preferring to wait till the

“dust settles” and some

normalcy returns to the

market.

Parash Sarma

Given the challenging environment,

it is critical for developers

and builders to conduct due

diligence on the lender and ensure

that the lender they select

to fund their project has the

necessary expertise and financial

strength to carry the project

through to completion.

All too often, the key criteria

for selecting a lender appear to

be the headline interest rate and

fees; the focus however should

be on the overall value the lender

provides and not just the finance

cost.

Lender profile

As a borrower, one should

view the funder as a project consultant

and ask similar questions

of the lender as they would of

the other project consultants

such as planners, architects,

engineers and contractors. If

you are a developer or builder

considering development

funding, you should focus on the

following:

Experience: How long has the

lender been in business?

Track Record: How many developments

have they funded?

Specialisation: Are they specialist

development and construction

funders?

Conditions: What conditions

would they typically require?

Hidden costs: Are there costs

other than headline interest rate

and fees such as line fees, exit

fees etc.

The other very important check

is to ask around- if you know

someone who has borrowed

from a non-bank lender find out

about their overall experiencewould

they consider funding

their next project with them?

Important factors

Pricing, while important, is just

one of the many parameters that

should be considered while

applying for development and

construction finance. There are

other equally important factors

such as:

Flexibility

Does the lender have a “tick

the box” approach or do they

have the smarts to assess

risk based on merits of each

specific deal? For example,

does the lender always require

pre-sales or are they flexible

enough to waive the requirement

of pre-sales if the product

being developed has already

been widely accepted in the

market and is in an established

area; or can the lender waive

the requirement of a Quantity

Surveyor if the client is an

experienced master or certified

builder? It is very important to

remember that every condition

has a cost associated with itfor

example, a valuation may

cost $1500 but it may also take

10 days to get a valuation, i.e.

the project is delayed by 10

days.

Hidden Costs

Look beyond the headline

costs. There are often many

costs which may not be apparent

at first glance but add

up to significant sums over

the course of a project. For

For more information about product and services, get in touch with

Parash Sarma, Client Services Director on 021-864730 or parash@asapfinance.co.nz

example, a line fee of 0.25%

per month is 3% per year. On

a loan facility of say $3 million,

that is $90,000!

Processing Payment claims

One of the key questions

that a developer must ask a

lender is the turnaround time

to process a payment claim.

For example, let us assume a

development scenario where

the development will require

eight progressive drawdowns.

The client has a choice of two

lenders- lender ‘A’ requires a

Quantity Surveyor and usually

takes seven days to process

a payment claim. Lender ‘B’ is

1% more expensive but does

not require a Quantity Surveyor

and can process the payment

claim within 24 hours.

If a developer chooses lender

‘A’ based on price, the project

will take approximately two

months longer to complete

(that is two months additional

interest cost) and also cost

between $8000 to $10,000 for

Quantity Surveying.

Successful developers focus

on the “value proposition” rather

than making a decision on

the basis of pricing alone. As

Warren Buffet famously said-

“Price is what you pay, Value is

what you get.”


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ISSUE 442 | JULY 15, 2020

Muller was never as

lonely as one’s Tod

Whether it was a

welcome comment

or not, we were

hearing, in private

conversations of course, of the

simmering discontent among the

echelons of the National Party

and that its leader Todd Muller

would fall by mid-winter.

Indian Newslink was due to

meet Mr Muller at the National

Party office the day before

he announced his decision to

relinquish his position as the

Leader of National Party. He

was not present and we were

informed that he was ‘too unwell

to attend.’ We met old friends-

National MPs Paul Goldsmith,

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr

Parmjeet Parmar.

There was little to suggest

during that meeting that the

man who the polity has held

in various levels of esteem or

otherwise that he was to take

a major step that may leave an

impact on balance of power

within the Party and of course

his own future.

It was not difficult for us to

fathom that incidents of the previous

week would bring down

the man who had, about 53 days

ago, downed a colleague to claim

the ‘National Throne.’

But in politics, as indeed in

public life, people should not

only be honest but also seem to

be honest.

For, impressions are often

more important than facts.

Simmering discontent

Just a few weeks ago, the

National Party appeared united

behind its Leader on policies or

promises.

Mr Muller presented himself

to the country as a determined,

Zero tolerance for

quarantine breaches

Four persons breaching

managed isolation

rules have raise public

ire- rightly so.

One after the other, as if following

a cue, these people, all of

them returning New Zealanders

from various countries, jumped

fence or slipped security to go

shopping and drinking.

All of them face charges of

breaching the provisions of

the Covid-19 Public Health

Response Act and can face a

prison term up to six months or

a fine of $4000.

And there have been cases

of people who were officially

allowed to go out of their

the not-to-be-underestimated.

Opposition-not-for-opposition-sake

of New Zealand

politics, in pleasing contrast

with the relentlessly showoff

politicians in other segments of

the political divide. It seemed

that the Nats had direction and

Mr Muller a recognisable and

attractive political personality.

What followed has had all the

elements of farce.

Mr Muller staked his claim to

be the successor, a number of

others also seemed to be on the

run.

The caucus was in ‘pain’ to

elect new leaders.

Mr Muller deserves some

sympathy. He was perhaps

the most isolated leader of the

National Party ever. He was

perhaps friendless within his

own Shadow Cabinet and did

not have the right advise made

available to him at the right time

by the right people.

Coupled with his own political

insecurity, a lack of seasoned and

loyal tacticians to help him do his

political thinking was disastrous.

Arduous tasks

As we wrote this, Judith Collins

the Iron Woman of National had

taken charge, of not only the

Party but also of the opposition

in Parliament. Both are arduous

tasks, given the fact that National

is keen to get itself to the treasury

benches at the next election

due on September 19, 2020.

As the embers of the recent

goings on are raked over, a new

conventional wisdom should

emerge among the ranks of the

National Party and mark the return

of cohesion, discipline and

most important of all, economic

and political populism.

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relatives or funerals.

National attacks government

The National Party was right

in saying that the increasing

number of people escaping

from the isolation facilities is

putting all other New Zealanders

to health risk. Its MP Amy

Adams said that New Zealanders

had the right to expect the

government to contain people

from getting out of quarantine

facilities.

She called for a zero tolerance

approach to any chance of

public contamination from any

New Zealander returning from

overseas.

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State Services Minister Chris Hipkins

(RNZ Photo by Dom Thomas)

Covid-19 cases breach being probed

Editor’s Note: There have been significant developments since this report was posted on

July 4, 2020. However, this is being put out for record purposes.

Jane Patterson

State Services Minister Chris

Hipkins said that the government

will do everything

it can to track down who is

responsible for a massive privacy

breach relating to New Zealand’s

active Covid cases, and is not ruling

out pursuing criminal charges.

An investigation has been

ordered into the breach, with a

leak revealing the personal details

and identities of New Zealand’s 18

active Covid cases.

RNZ has seen a document that

includes the full names, addresses,

ages and the names of the hotel and

one hospital in which the people

have been quarantining.

Criminal charges possible

Mr Hipkins said that the

investigation could result in

criminal charges, depending on the

outcome.

“Ultimately, if there are avenues

available to us to pursue somebody

who has done this maliciously,

then we will certainly be exploring

those. This is not the sort of thing

that I am willing to let go. This is

a major breach of trust and confidence

and it should be rigorously

pursued,” he said.

Mr Hipkins said that he was

“very, very angry” that such

highly sensitive information was

leaked, but said the source was still

unknown.

It would be “abhorrent” if it were

a deliberate act, he said.

The information is held by a

number of agencies and by some

involved in the management of

managed isolation and quarantine

facilities.

Mr Hipkins said that the State

Services Commission has been

asked to work with all the relevant

agencies, since several government

agencies are involved.

Thorough investigation

“At this point, we do not have

National Party Leader Todd Muller

(RNZ Photo by Dom Thomas)

certainty about where in the process

the information has ended up

being released. To identify what the

record keeping practices are, who

has access to the information, how

it came into the public domain,

I want them to do that really

thoroughly, I want them to leave no

stone unturned,” Mr Hipkins said.

He said that motive also had to

be determined, whether it was a

mistake “and then, someone took

advantage of the mistake they

made, or whether it was more

malicious than that”.

Someone “impartial” would be

brought in to carry out the investigation,

which may also involve

forensic analysis of IT systems, Mr

Hipkins said.

“I think it is important that

we bring someone in who is not

directly involved ... which is what

the State Services Commissioner

will help to facilitate.”

Message to people

He had the message for the thousands

of people coming through the

border regime, who are obliged to

hand over personal information.

“On behalf of the whole government,

and I am not sure where in

the government the system has

fallen down, I apologise to those

people; this is not acceptable; no

government should tolerate this

kind of behaviour and we won’t.

And I want to give an absolute

assurance that we will get to the

bottom of it, and that we will make

sure it does not happen again and

that anyone who has acted maliciously

will be held accountable for

that,” Mr Hipkins said.

Shabby says Todd Muller

The National Party Leader says

that the major leak of personal

details revealing the identity of

New Zealand’s active cases is

“unacceptable and shabby.”

Todd Muller said that the breach

was “quite staggering, it talks to a

government that’s slipping off the

National Party Health Spokesperson Michael

Woodhouse (RNZ Photo by Richard Tindiller)

side of a cliff, in terms of managing

this issue, the border, the information

pertaining to it. If they manage

personal information, bluntly, they

cannot manage the border and they

cannot manage the country. From

the National Party’s perspective, it

was “unacceptable” and they would

see where it ended up,” he said.

Mr Muller asked if it was a

deliberate leak or was it accidental?

“It does not really matter at a

level ... it is loose, it is shabby and

it is a reminder that these guys

cannot manage important things

well. These guys need to step aside

and let a competent government

take over,” he said.

Sloppy and undisciplined

Mr Muller would wait to see

“how it all unfolded,’ but said that

it talked to a culture within the government

which was “pervasive.”

“Sloppy, not disciplined, not

focused on delivering.”

National Party Health Spokesperson

Michael Woodhouse said this

was “yet another serious failing”

that showed the government was

not capable of managing Covid-19.

“This is unconscionable and

unacceptable that those suffering

from the incredibly dangerous

virus now have to suffer further

with their private details being

leaked,” he said.

He said that the government

needed to get to the bottom of the

source of the leak, and added that

“keeping confidential information

confidential should not be a

difficult task.”

“The Ministry of Health have

been assuring people since the

beginning of the epidemic in New

Zealand that personal details would

remain private, it’s unfathomable

that they could not handle a simple

task like this,” Mr Woodhouse said.

Jane Patterson is Political Editor at

Radio New Zealand. The above Report

and Pictures have been published under

a Special Agreement with www.rnz.co.nz

No more distractions says Judith Collins

The National Party has

elected Judith Collins as

its new leader to replace

Todd Muller, with Gerry

Brownlee as her Deputy. Collins,

61, was first elected as an MP for

Clevedon in 2002 and has been

part of six Parliaments.

“I think it is really important

that we all have a common goal

... to get rid of the current government

and put in place a better government,”

she said after emerging

from the Caucus meeting.

“One of the things that unifies

any party is if they see that we are

getting the results that we want

... I think you’re going to find that

we’re very focused on winning.

There is no chance at all that I

am going to allow ... Ardern to

get away with any nonsense to do

with our economy. I am going to

hold her to account. I would say

experience, toughness, the ability

to make decisions ... that would be

myself. Jacinda Ardern is someone

we should not ever underestimate.

We are actually better. If you look

at our team, our experience ... it

is better than Jacinda Ardern and

her team,” she said.

She said the Party’s policies

would not see any major changes.

About Judith Collins

Ms Collins, Member of Parliament

elected from Papakura, has

been the Shadow Attorney General

since May and holds the National

Party’s spokesperson roles for

several areas, including Economic

Development, Regional Development

and Pike River Re-Entry.

She has previously been the

Minister for ACC, Corrections,

Energy and Resources, Ethnic

Communities, Justice, Police,

Revenue and Veterans’ Affairs.

According to her National

Party profile, she holds a Bachelor

of Laws, Master of Laws with

Honours and a Master of Taxation

Studies from the University of

Auckland and was a lawyer and

company director before being

elected to Parliament.

Mr Brownlee said he was there

to support Collins “and the rest of

the team and that is what I will be

doing.” He ruled out ever wanting

the leadership.

No further distractions

Ms Collins replaced Todd Muller,

who resigned on July 14, 2020,

saying that it had become clear he

was not the best person for the job.

Mr Brownlee offered his

sympathies.

“I was devastated for Todd Muller

and his family, I found Todd a

wonderful person to work with ... I

am sure that he will continue to be

just that,” he said.

Ms Collins said that the Party

would continue to support Mr

Muller in what was a difficult time.

She said it was important that

National MPs had no further

distractions before the Election.

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JULY 15, 2020

Russell Maher jailed

for $1.55 million fraud

Sourced Content

A

foreign exchange broker who

defrauded his clients of approximately

$1.55 million by using forged

documents has been sentenced to

three years and four months imprisonment.

Russell Maher (53) was sentenced today

(July 6, 2020) in the Auckland District Court

on 47 representative charges of ‘Using forged

documents’ brought by the Serious Fraud

Office (SFO).

The charges relate to Forex Brokers

Limited (FBL), through which the defendant

provided foreign exchange services.

Misrepresentation

Mr Maher sought to maintain client confidence

in his business by forging documents,

which misrepresented the timing of foreign

currency transactions he conducted on

behalf of his clients. In doing so he concealed

the deteriorating financial position of FBL.

SFO Chief Executive Julie Read, said,

“Mr Maher’s dishonest, repetitive and premeditated

offending resulted in significant

financial losses to his clients. He abused his

position of trust to create the illusion that

his business was successful when it was

not. Such deceitful behaviour damages New

Zealand’s reputation as a safe place to invest

and do business.”

Background information

The defendant, Russell Angus Maher

(53), operated a foreign exchange broking

business from 1995 until 2017. He provided

foreign exchange services through Forex

Broker Ltd (FBL).

Mr Maher was the sole director and

shares of the company were held by him and

his wife.

Car yards and other importers used FBL’s

services.

The company was placed in liquidation

in April 2017 and Mr Maher was declared

bankrupt in November 2018.

Source: Serious Fraud Office, Auckland

Walker should apologise for racist comments

Venkat Raman

About four months ago, New

Zealand First MP Shane

Jones caused ire among

the members of the Indian

community when asked ‘those who

do not agree with the country’s rules

and regulations to go back to India.’

He did not mean New Zealand

citizens and permanent residents but

almost no one was willing to listen.

We, including this Reporter too him

to task, asked him to apologise and

many National MPs asked Prime

Minister Jacinda Ardern to sack him.

Now, a National MP does

something worse, and no one seems

to bother.

Community leaders silent

I have not seen a single criticism

from leaders of the Indian community

over what Hamish Walker said in a

press statement today.

The Clutha-Southland MP Hamish

Walker said that about 11,000 people

were arriving from overseas and

were possibly heading to quarantine

facilities in the South Island.

“These people are possibly heading

for Dunedin, Invercargill and

Queenstown from India, Pakistan

and Korea. It is absolutely disgraceful

that the community has not been

consulted on this,” he said.

It is very wrong and reprehensible

for Mr Walker to utter such

despicable remarks and walk away

free. National has two MPs of Indian

origin and one of Korean origin and

they do not seem to have raised

any objection to the irresponsible

statement from their colleague.

National Leader Todd Muller

seemed to dismiss the ‘Walker

episode’ as something trivial.

I have spoken to Hamish.

Expressed my disappointment and

don’t condone what he said.

Hamish Walker and Dr Megan Woods (RNZ Photo by Rebekah Parsons-King)

A moment later, Mr Muller said,

“All good, Any other questions? Isn’t

it a lovely day?”

Housing Minister Dr Megan

Woods, who recently took charge of

Isolation and Quarantine facilities is

due to visit Queenstown and Dunedin

along with Air Commodore Digby

Webb next week and discuss with the

concerned about possible quarantine

facility.

Dr Woods described Mr Walker’s

comments as ‘disgraceful and

reprehensible.’

“They are also misleading,

scaremongering and frankly, being

racist,” she said.

Misleading and scaremongering

During a separate media briefing

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said

that those returning are New Zealand

citizens and permanent residents

who have the right to be in the

country.

Mr Walker said that he had

received many calls, texts and

emails from residents who did want

people to be held in quarantine in

Queenstown.

He has shown that he is an

irresponsible Member of Parliament.

Instead of making hasty and harsh

statements, it was incumbent on him

to have engaged with the government,

expressed the concerns which

he claims people had carried to him

and looked for the way to progress.

He also has the duty to inform

his constituents of the right of New

Zealand citizens and permanent

residents to return home.

Mr Muller, MPs of Indian and

Korean origin in the National Party,

other MPs and supporters of the

Parties have clearly failed in their

duty to discipline a rattling man.

Bigoted behaviour

Former Race Relations Coordinator

Gregory Fortuin said that best that

(Leader Todd) Muller could do was to

express concern instead of calling it

out for what it is.

“Just like Trump banning people

from Muslim countries, it is time

that we strongly call out this bigoted

behaviour when we have Kiwis

returning from all quarters of the

world. Hamish Walker would fit

in well in the racist deep South of

America,” he said.

And where are our community

leaders?

Indian High Commissioner Muktesh

Pardeshi should take exception

to the comments of Mr Walker and

lodge a protest with the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Mr Walker must apologise to the

people of India, Pakistan and Korea.

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Auckland Amenities

Bill pleases

Dr Parmjeet Parmar

Editor’s Note: National List

MP Parmjeet Parmar has

welcomed the passing of the

Auckland Regional Amenities

Funding Amendment Bill. The

Bill was presented to Parliament

as a Private Bill by the Auckland

Regional Amenities Board and

sponsored by her.

She issued the following

Statement.

Anomaly corrected

It corrects an anomaly in the financial

reporting requirement under

the Auckland Regional Amenities

Funding Act 2008 which clashed with

a financial reporting requirement

under the Charities Act 2005.

Amenities affected include the

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra,

NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company,

Auckland Arts Festival, Stardome

Observatory, Coastguard Northern

Region, Surf Life Saving Northern

Region, Auckland Rescue Helicopter

Trust and Watersafe Auckland/

Drowning Prevention Auckland.

This Amendment removes an

unnecessary burden on specified

amenities in the Auckland Regional

Amenities Funding Act by aligning

the financial reporting requirements

of those amenities with the reporting

requirements of other charities

under the Charities Act.

It was a privilege to be the sponsor

of this Bill. I am pleased it passed

with a retrospective validation for

specified amenities that have been

complying with the Charities Act

requirements that came into force

in 2015.

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14 Remembering Wenceslaus Anthony

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Three years on memories of a Samaritan

continue to wet eyes and whet emotions

Sneha Anthony

July 23, 2020 marks three years

since the lives of Mum, Akash

and I changed forever.

This day, three years ago, my

beloved father left us at the most

unexpected time for his eternal

dwelling.

It was the day my heart

shattered into a million pieces and

I wondered how life carried on as

normal around me, while my world

felt like it had come to an end; the

day that family and friends from all

over the world mourned the man

who they tell me had touched their

lives with selfless love and a unique

friendship.

Enormous Void

Almost three years on, the enormous

void Papa’s passing continues

to manifest itself at every moment

– the void of his booming voice

echoing through the house while he

was on the phone, his singing, his

dancing, the jokes to which I would

roll my eyes, followed by his loud

laughter, his cheerful greetings to

the constant stream of visitors to

our house, his winding me up to get

a reaction from me.

I miss his larger than life

personality, his unconditional and

complete selfless love for me, his

sound wisdom in all situations, his

cheering and encouragement every

time I had a success story no matter

how small it was, his praying with

me, his bear hugs where I felt safe

with the knowledge that no matter

what went wrong it would be okay

as he was there; the list is endless

but most of all I just miss his

presence in my life.

Constant Grief

It is said that time heals and

makes things easier, yet I still feel

An illustrious family: The late Wenceslaus Anthony with his beloved wife Susan, son Akash and

daughter Sneha (Picture Supplied)

the constant crushing grief in my

heart; all time has done is teach me

how to live with that grief.

As time went by following his

passing, I made a decision to do my

best to choose to joy each day, no

matter how difficult it was going to

be – as everyone who encountered

Papa knew that his life was one

of constant joy no matter how

difficult things were.

He believed that the best way to

get through life’s challenges was to

find happiness in the small things

and to laugh as often as one could.

Love of God

His personal life, deeply

influenced by his work with Saint

Mother Teresa, was strongly driven

by love of God and love of people.

Papa had the biggest heart of

anyone I ever knew, he was a giver

and his life was all about helping

anyone that crossed his path

without being asked.

As his daughter, I witnessed daily

his enormous heart of kindness,

care and service towards others

manifested in the multitude of

calls, visits, financial and physical

help, but what has astounded

me over the last year was when I

realised that everything I saw was

just one part of the story.

Selfless Service

I have heard from numerous

others, including strangers about

how he was there for them at their

time of need, how they knew they

could count on him anytime they

needed something and how they

felt truly loved and cared for in his

presence.

Saint Mother Teresa once said

that “for love to be real, it has to

cost us, it should empty us of self -

love is to give till it hurts.”

Papa was always about giving

and helping no matter what it

would cost him.

His love for others was selfless;

every day of his life was lived with a

purpose to serve anywhere he saw

a need and he expected nothing in

return.

Commitment and Sacrifice

Papa always strove to be the best

that he could be in all that he did; he

did not desire recognition or success

but anything he did was always

performed with the utmost passion,

commitment, hard work and

sacrifice and this was recognised by

the awards, accolades and posts he

received from government, business

and church.

In the year after his passing, as I

met with leaders from these groups

at various events, I was reminded

of another quote from Saint Mother

Teresa – “If we want a love message

to be heard, it has got to be sent out.

To keep a lamp burning, we have

to keep putting oil in it. Spread love

everywhere you go. Let no one

ever come to you without leaving

happier.”

Everyone is Special

Papa’s ability to relate to anyone

he came across and make them

feel like they were the most special

person regardless of who they were

meant that while each of these

people recalled Papa as someone

who was amazing at all the various

professional tasks he undertook

with them, their most distinct

memory of him was someone who

made them feel like they were truly

valued, respected and cherished as

a person.

That he was the reason one believed

in the goodness of humanity,

that every time they met him it

made them want to be a better

person, that each time just being

around him somehow made them

come back to what was really important

in life, that he loved, accepted

and developed a friendship with

everyone who crossed his path, that

he had the ability to be a true leader

that brought out the best in all the

groups he led, that he would make

time to advise and help them with

their challenges; these were just a

few of the hundreds of messages I

have been blessed to have received

and heard over the last year.

Sharing Memory

My family and I would also like

to thank each one of you who have

continued to remember and honour

Papa’s memory and who have

shared in our grief with us. Thank

you to those who have continued to

remember us as a family through

keeping in touch, visiting us and

extending support and offers of

help.

I also want to pay tribute to the

incredible strength of my mother

– her courage, her sacrifice despite

her pain and her determination to

stay upbeat and positive to ensure

that Akash and I can continue to

live our lives the best we can is

something that I am truly inspired

by and thankful for. Papa’s loss has

meant that life has changed forever

for us.

As Saint Mother Teresa said, “A

life not lived for others is not a life.”

And so I take comfort and solace

in knowing that Papa’s life was

a triumphant one that was lived

for others in love; the legacy of

incredible faith, generosity, humility

and sacrifice which he leaves behind

and has been appreciated by

hundreds around the world.

I am so incredibly proud,

honoured and blessed to be the

daughter of this incredible man and

my prayer and hope is that my life

will be at least a small reflection

of this continued love, service and

reaching out to those around me.

Sneha Anthony is the daughter of

Wenceslaus Anthony, who was the Chairman

of the Indian Newslink Community

Fund. He was a family friend of the

Editor of Indian Newslink and a regular

Columnist in Indian Newslink, which has

instituted Commemoration Awards in

his memory for achievers in business,

community, sports, arts and culture

The loss of a brother and friend too much to bear

Wenceslaus Anthony will continue

‘Wency,’ as he was affectionately As a columnist for Indian

to live in hearts and minds

called by some of us, was known to Newslink, he shared his values

Venkat Raman

us from 2001 when we went on a and beliefs with more than 150,000

New Zealand trade mission to India. readers of its print and web editions

The passing away of my

We had many glimpses of both the every fortnight. His passion for

dearest brother, friend and

energetic entrepreneur and the the human cause encouraged us

family member Wenceslaus

humane person that he was. Wency’s

savvy professionalism, astute Community Fund’ with him as

to establish the ‘Indian Newslink

Anthony at Apollo Hospital

in Chennai, India around 630

knowledge of India and Chennai, his Chairman last year.

pm on July 23. 2017, was not just

vast network of business leaders, his Service to Church

shocking but unbearable; for it is

personal contacts with the highest The services of Mr Anthony to

difficult to perceive the world – and

level of Church Heads, his philanthropic

ventures and his care and young Catholics have been a source

the Roman Catholic Church and the

within it all of us- living without

the sight and smile of a man who

concern for the vulnerable left us of inspiration to all of us, including

endeared himself to people known

totally dumbfounded at times. We those of other faiths. He considers

to him – and strangely as it turned

always ended up wondering as to himself a ‘Servant of Servants,’ in

out over the four days that he was Wenceslaus Anthony at a ceremony held in his honour at St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru how he found time and energy to do the true Christian spirit. He was the

taken seriously ill- even those who (Bangalore) on July 4, 2017.

so much for humanity. He was also Chairperson of the Divine Retreat

did not know him.

ka where he met Prime Minister sense, maintaining an active a humble, fun- loving person, who Centre Movement in New Zealand

Wenceslaus (this is the first time Ranil Wickremesinghe, New Delhi community life and contributing would delve into the golden days and Advisor to the Vailankanni

I address him by his first name- in where he met the then President to a strongly committed family. and nostalgia and sing along old Committee to celebrate the feast

all other personal references, it has Pranab Mukherjee; in fact, he visited

several cities in India to meet the India New Zealand Business tact us whenever he passed through September 8) and Director of Con-

Alongside respected leadership of Tamil songs. He never failed to con-

of the Birthday of Mother Mary on

always been ‘Your Royal Majesty,’

because there was everything with business associates, renew Council, and the local operation of Melbourne. We pray sincerely for quest Club, which aims to shape the

Royal about him and his thoughts and make new contacts. At each the Bank of Baroda, he had built his mighty soul and we pass on our character and personality of young

and deeds were Majestic) was too of these meetings, he was keen to and operated a successful logistics deepest condolences to Susan Sneha boys in the 8- 14 age group.

young to die. He was only 59 years explore possibilities of fostering company. As an active Catholic and Akash. There can never be He worked very closely with the

old- and some of us had planned to two-way trade and commercial church contributor, he recently another Wency- Wenceslaus. late Mother Teresa and has had a

mark his 60th Birthday on September

28, 2017- and led an active and The fact that Mr Anthony

To all of his achievements he

The following is my tribute to a the late Pope John Paul II. He was

opportunities.

received an unusual Papal honour. My Tribute

personal audience with His Holiness

healthy life.

touched hearts of people is evidenced

by hundreds of messages he will be remembered warmly Having known Mr Anthony since Interfaith Committee established in

brought a graciousness for which great man.

the Chairman of the Mother Teresa

He left behind a lovely family

comprising his wife Susan, their and text messages posted on our for a long time. A small point of my arrival in New Zealand 21 years Auckland in 2010.

daughter Sneha and son Akash and three Web Editions and Facebook solace, perhaps, is that his death ago, I have also had the privilege Mr Anthony was the Managing

thousands of friends and well-wishers

all over the world.

Many called us to express their where he had maintained many number of professional and social Director Business Solutions Limited

pages.

has occurred in Chennai, a place of close association with him in a Director of WAML Group Limited,

There wasn’t a day in the past condolences, with a request to connections, notably in education.” welfare organisations, at each of (New Zealand) and PACT Industries

18 years that passed by without convey them to his grieving family. Vijay Vaidyanath & Gopal

which he has earned the respect Pty Ltd (Australia). He was also the

a conversation with him over the Among them were the following: Ramanathan

and admiration of people with his Chairman of Bank of Baroda (New

phone- irrespective of the country, Sir Anand Satyanand

Vijaya Vaidyanath, Chief Executive

of the Yarra City Council in Vic-

His contributions to the business Business Advisory Group of the

integrity, honesty and commitment. Zealand) Limited, Chairperson of

city, or time zone- we used to joke Longstanding friend and

that ‘we always went to sleep the former Governor General of New toria, Australia, and her husband community is well documented and International College of Auckland

next day.’

Zealand Sir Anand Satyanand, said, Gopal Ramanathan have been recognised (the foremost of which and Head of Government Relations

The Final Journey

“Wenceslaus Anthony packed a among our common friends since was his appointment as a ‘Member of the India New Zealand Business

He had been away from New great many things into less than almost two decades. They said, “We of the New Zealand Order of Merit’ Council.

Zealand since June 2, 2017, firstly 20 years of life in New Zealand, are deeply saddened and shocked by Her Majesty the Queen on her

on business and thence on holiday achieving success in business in by the tragic passing away of our New Year’s Honours List on January

with his family. He visited Sri Lan- a personal as well as corporate dear friend Wenceslaus Anthony. 1, 2014.


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Gandhi Nivas success enhances hope of reducing family harm

Massey Report on the

intervention model released

in Parliament

Venkat Raman

A

well-organised intervention

programme, run efficiently

and equally important, adequately

funded can reduce the

occurrence of family violence, Ethnic

Communities Minister Jenny Salesa has

said.

Launching a Massey University

Report on the functioning of the

Auckland-based Gandhi Nivas in the

Executive Hall of Parliament on June 30,

2020, she said that over a period of five

years, the intervention model reduced

reoffending by almost 60%.

Among the other speakers at the

event were Police Minister Stuart Nash,

Undersecretary to Justice Minister

Jan Logie, Police Commissioner Andy

Coster, ACC Chief Customer Officer

Emma Powell and Gandhi Nivas

Chairperson Ranjna Patel.

A Panel discussion relating to the

family violence, delivery of counselling

services at Gandhi Nivas and the role

of the Police formed a part of the

evening with participants including

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wallace

Haumaha, Sahaayta Counselling and

Social Support Director Sucharita

Varma and Massey University Professor

Mandy Morgan.

The Report, titled, “Gandhi Nivas

2014-2019: A Statistical Description of

Client Demographics and Involvement

in Police Recorded Family Violence

Occurrences,” was based on a research

undertaken by Massey University to

assess the functioning of Gandhi Nivas

which was established in December

2014 to address the increasing incidence

of family violence and offering

counselling perpetrators, who are often

ignored.

The Report accompanying the

Research confirmed the effectiveness

of Gandhi Nivas, saying that 57.5% of

previous offenders did not reoffend

after engaging with the Gandhi Nivas

service.

Complexity of family harm

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster

Ethnic Communities Minister holding the Massey University Report on Gandhi Nivas. Others in

the picture are (seated from left) Police Minister Stuart Nash, Gandhi Nivas Chairperson Ranjna

Patel, Police Commissioner Andy Coster (Standing: from left Gandhi Nivas Advisory Board

Members Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, Venkat Raman, Mark Vella; Deputy Commissioner Wallace

Haumaha, Massey University Professor Mandy Morgan and Gandhi Nivas Advisory Board

Member Dr David Codyre

Jenny Salesa with Ranjna Patel, Jan Logie, Emma Powell and others at the Executive Hall of

New Zealand Parliament on June 30, 2020.

said that the Research demonstrates

that the complexity of family harm can

be addressed by providing immediate

support and intervention for the perpetrator,

victim and whanau.

ACC Chief Customer Officer Emma

Powell said that the elimination of

family and sexual violence is a key focus

of ACC’s investment in injury prevention

programmes in New Zealand.

“We are proud to have been a seedfunder

of Gandhi Nivas and the work

it is doing to reduce harm and keep

families safe. Our investment over the

past four years has funded access to

counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a

week. We are pleased to see the Massey

report confirming the programme’s

effectiveness in changing the behaviour

of men who commit acts of family

violence,” she said.

Gandhi Nivas Chairman Ranjna Patel

said that the findings of the Massey

University Report provide a compelling

proof of concept for the interventionist

model.

“If you want to see transformational

change in this country, you have to

work with the men who are inflicting

violent behaviour in the family home.

It is important to support the victims

of domestic violence, but that will not

change a man’s behaviour. To end

violent behaviour, you have got to find

and address its source,” she said.

About the Research

Led by Professor Mandy Morgan and

Dr Leigh Coombes of Massey University,

the Study evaluated how Gandhi Nivas

has been working with the men who

were served with a Police Safety Order,

following a family harm incident in

their homes.

The Study concentrated on the first

Expert says good health goes beyond containing diseases

“Women to be vigilant of

breast cancer which is high in

New Zealand”

Venkat Raman

Leading a life without diseases is

important but achieving a state of

physical and mental wellbeing with a

balance work and life, a leading medical

expert has said.

Leading Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic

Surgeon Dr Padmaja Koya said

that modern lifestyle comes with its own

challenges and high stress levels, but

people who are able to set apart quality

time with their families and friends as a

part of their daily schedule, achieve true

progress in their careers and happiness

in their lives.

She was speaking at a Pinki Ribbon

Afternoon Tea, hosted by Legal Associates

Barristers & Solicitors Partner

Ashima Singh in Newmarket on July 5.

Challenges and opportunities

Dr Koya recounted her own experience

along her professional journey,

she spoke of the tough competition at

the entrance examination for medical

studies in her native India, training in

the United Kingdom and the subsequent

move to New Zealand.

“During our initial years in the

United Kingdom, my husband (leading

Urologist and Surgeon Dr Madhusudan

Koya) and I were trainees working in

different cities. As well as progressing in

our respective careers, we had to raise

a new-born baby. Life was good but the

need to strike a better balance between

home and work encouraged us to move

to New Zealand, which offered an

excellent environment to raise a family,”

she said.

Dr Padmaja Koya speaking at the Pink Ribbon event

Dr Padmaja Koya with her audience

Paying tributes to her mother,

husband and other members of her

family, she said that their continued

support helped her to establish her own

gynaecology practice in Auckland.

Education on breast cancer

The meeting aimed to enhance awareness

of breast cancer among women.

Ashima said that in general, working

women, especially those self-employed,

do not look after their health and often

neglect symptoms of breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is the third most

common cancer in New Zealand and

hence there is a pronounced need to

encourage our women to have regular

check-up. Health officials often say that

early detection improves the chance of

cure and hence I decided to organise this

meeting,” she said.

Ashima Singh emphasising education on breast cancer

Ashima Singh with Bhavana Singh Chahal and (from

left) Legal Associates team Shyama Sharma, Geetha

Arunthayaparan, Chethani Serasundera and Yasodara

Kodithuwakku

“I believe that women tend to focus

on building their family and business

so much that they forget to take care of

their health first. Considering that 80%

of woman are diagnosed with breast

cancer every year in New Zealand, there

is greater need today than ever before,

to educate our people in general and

women in particular on this issue,” she

said.

Other speakers

Ashima said that among the other

speakers were Aspiring entrepreneur

Bhavana Singh Chahal (owner of café,

Robert Harris Roaster Franchise) and

Kathryn Terry, a nurse from Pink Ribbon

Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Ms Chahal spoke on empowerment

home of Gandhi Nivas in Otahuhu

(which opened in December 2014), covering

a five-year period from January 1,

2015 to December 31, 2019.

Gandhi Nivas operates two other

homes, one each in the Te Atatu Peninsula

in West Auckland and Papakura in

South Auckland.

“Instead of removing victims from

their homes after a family harm incident,

the Gandhi Nivas interventionist

Family Harm Programme removes men

from their family home, provides them

with temporary housing, 24/7 specialist

counselling and support to begin behavioural

change, while a wraparound

support service is offered to whanau,”

the Report said.

New hope in reducing

family harm

Professor Morgan said that the team’s

evaluation provides insights and data

on the success of the Gandhi Nivas and

offers hope that properly resourced

early intervention can contribute to

addressing the real problem of violence

in our homes.

“Men aged in their twenties and

thirties are the predominant age group

at Gandhi Nivas. Ages range from

youthful to elderly - the oldest client is

84 years old and the youngest is 15. A

majority of clients are between 20 and

40 (55.98%), with almost 30% in the

20-29 age group,” she said.

Dr Coombes said that lack of employment

is a significant issue facing Gandhi

Nivas clients.

“In total, just under half of intake cases

(49.72%) show that the client was not

in employment at the time they resided

at Gandhi Nivas with 47.75% specifically

recorded as unemployed,” she said.

According to the Report, relationships

with intimate partners and family

members accounted for 95% of family

harm incidents. 32% were the intimate

partner of the victim, 30% were the

parent, 20% were the child of the

victim, and 7% were siblings. For those

involved in intimate partner violence,

69% were cohabiting.

About Gandhi Nivas

Gandhi Nivas is a partnership

between Serenity Foundation, New Zealand

Police and Sahaayta Counselling

of women and how she overcame her

struggle as a woman entrepreneur

during the Covid-19 lockdown, while Ms

Terry spoke on the ways and means of

addressing breast cancer,” she said.

Ailments afflicting women

In an earlier article published in

Indian Newslink, Dr Koya said that

women maintaining appropriate body

weight and following a good lifestyle

would be less vulnerable to diseases and

problems.

She said that diabetes, cholesterol,

heart problems, cancers and problems

related to the uterus are common among

women of Indian origin and people from

the Indian Sub-Continent region.

She said that the incidence of

diabetes is high among women of Indian

ethnicity.

“Diabetes, obesity, infertility and

endometrial cancer are associated with

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Women should therefore maintain a

healthy bodyweight and lifestyle,” she

said.

According to Dr Koya, the benefits

include improved fertility, reduced risk

of developing diabetes and endometrial

cancer in later years.

She said that many women suffer

such ailments as anaemia from heavy

menstrual bleeding and painful

menstruation. These are usually due to

fibroids in the uterus, which are benign

uterine lumps.

Heart diseases

Dr Koya said that heart disease is

common among people of Indian origin.

It is more common among men but

Indian women have a higher incidence

than their European counterparts.

In view of the susceptibility to which

women are exposed, they should undergo

regular medical tests. These include

cervical smears every three years and

and Social Support. The Partnership was

established in 2014, using a Lotteries

Commission grant and funding from

Total Healthcare PHO and other private

funders.

The concept grew from discussions

between Counties Manukau Police and

its South Asian Police Advisory Board

with the objective of providing early

intervention and prevention services

to people identified as at the risk of

committing family violence to help

them change their behaviour, reduce

the likelihood of further family harm

and increase safety for families.

Gandhi Nivas is partially funded by

ACC. It provides emergency housing

and counselling to men who have been

issued with a Police Safety Order (PSO)

following an act of family harm. Participating

agencies describe the initiative as

innovative and ground-breaking.

“Once a man is issued with a PSO,

he must leave the family home for a

set period of time. It is at this point

that some men are taken by Police to

one of three Gandhi Nivas homes in

Ōtāhuhu, Te Atatu and Papakura. This

immediately decreases the likelihood

of further family harm, increases safety

for the family, and provides the offender

with an opportunity to begin the process

of behavioural change,” the Report said.

Major Social Problem

Family Violence is a major social

problem globally, disempowering and

paralysing women physically, psychologically,

sexually and economically.

One in three women face some form

of violence in their homes; every four

minutes, Police are called to a Family

Violence incident and Police believe that

12% of women actually make the call.

Although there are some organisations

that cater to the needs of women

and children, there was a need to shift

focus on involving men in prevention

strategies. Services of these organisations

are usually provided during

the working week (Monday to Friday)

hours, while most incidents occur in the

evenings and on weekends.

Gandhi Nivas is a round-the-clock,

round-the-year facility and is governed

by a board

mammograms (especially women from

the age of 45) every two years.

“However, they should consult their

doctor if they have any problems with

their periods or other abnormal bleeding

or pain,” she said.

Dr Koya is renowned for her specialisation

in Laparoscopy and Complex Laparoscopic

surgery, which she performs

regularly at various hospitals.

She said Laparoscopy is inspection of

the abdominal contents through a keyhole

with a camera, used traditionally to

diagnose problems.

“Keyhole surgery has evolved in

recent years, permitting us to perform

major operations like removal of uterus,

ovarian cysts and endometriosis through

key holes, which is complex laparoscopic

surgery. Sometimes, procedures can

take as long as six hours. The pain would

be relatively low with this process with

faster recovery and quick return to full

activities due to the very small size of the

cuts,” she said.

General antipathy

Like most men of Indian origin, women

from the Sub-Continent are either

fatalistic or indifferent to health issues.

Such callous attitude exposes many

women to dangers of diseases, disorders

and discomfort later in life.

Dr Koya attributes the general apathy

to the busy lifestyle followed by women

and placing their husbands, children and

other members of the family on priority.

“They should realise that they can

look after their families only if they

are healthy and well. Sometimes, there

are misconceptions about treatments,

especially surgery. They can be reassured

that techniques and technology

have made it possible to treat several

problems with minimum invasiveness,”

she said.


JULY 15, 2020

Youngster cuts it short to fund Cancer Society

The deadly disease spares neither

bigwigs nor the ordinary

Shirish Paranjape

When Trisha Shailaj looked

at the mirror and admired

her long, 16” hair, she was

proud of her achievementshe

had grown her hair long, only to

give it away for a good cause.

But the ‘sacrifice’ did not come about

without some last-minute vacillation

and hesitation.

The Year-11 student at Avonside Girls

High School (Christchurch) had heard

of people suffering from cancer and the

effect it has on their scalp.

Tonsure for Cancer Relief

About a year ago, she learnt that a

girl studying in her school had shaved

off her hair to raise funds for the Cancer

Society.

Trisha then learnt that every four

hours, a New Zealander is diagnosed

with a blood cancer such as leukaemia,

lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood

condition and that every day, the Cancer

Society and Leukaemia and Blood

Cancer New Zealand have more than

40 interactions with patients and health

professionals.

“I thought of doing so to help people

who are less fortunate,” she said.

Research and realisation

Trisha began to find out more about

‘Shave for Cure,’ and similar projects

through which people shave off their

head and also raise funds for charities

and for Cancer research and treatment.

“I realised that I could cut my hair,

instead of shaving it off completely. I

Trisha Shailaj

Before and after the Donation

learnt that the shredded hair is used

to make wigs for cancer patients. I told

myself that I can donate my hair and

can always grow it again.”

She was told that Freedom Hair

(Freedom Wings), a Dunedin based

company purchases hair from the

public, works with charities, individuals

and hair procurement agents in

New Zealand and around the world to

ensure that they have the hair suitable

for the diverse needs of clients.

“Freedom needs a minimum length

of 14 inches. They make wigs for

Cancer Society. I therefore decided to

grow my hair to 15-16 inches,” Trisha

said.

It took her six months to grow her

hair long. It took effort and of course

care.

Questions and hesitation

When it was time to donate, she

became a bundle of emotions- which

included anxiety, uncertainty and

even fear.

“Should I do this? I always wanted

long hair and it has taken so long

and so much to achieve. Isn’t there

another way to help people in need?”

These were among the questions that

began to circulate in her mind.

However, the objective with which

she started the self-assigned project,

kept her will strong.

When hesitation was trying to get

the better of her, Trisha’s parents

encouraged her to go ahead with the

donation.

“Afterall, you can always grow it

again,” they reminded her.

Thereafter, there was no further

hesitation.

Trisha was gratified when Freedom

Hair sent her an email thanking her

for the donation, saying that there

should be more people like her.

Positive change

“I encourage others to do this, or

anything similar. It does not matter

what others think. If you want to

make a positive change for other people

in the world, just do it. Consider

it as good fun. It is important to do

good Karma and spread positivity. The

hair grows very fast and I can donate

again,” Trisha said.

She has worked with her father

to raise funds, through ‘Friends of

Rotary’ for the benefit of Multiple

Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Canterbury

and other charities.

Trisha is a proficient swimmer but

her current proclivities are in Netball

and plays for her School Team. Her

wish list includes skydiving and

bungee-jumping.

Shirish Paranjape is our Correspondent

based in Christchurch.

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Healthcare nurses to stop work for two hours on July 23

Protest as pay rise talks fail

Venkat Raman

More than 3400 primary health

care nurses, medical receptionists

and administrators

employed at about 500 practices

and accident and medical centres will

stop work for two hours on Thursday, July

23, 2020, following the failure of talks on

mediation to settle their Multi-Employer

Collective Agreement (MECA).

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

(NZNO) Industrial Advisor Chris Wilson

said that the action would be unprecedented

in such primary health care

workplaces.

She said that it is a clear indication of

the frustration that workers feel after

eight months of fruitless negotiations.

“It is not surprising that employers

have not increased their offer to one that

our members could accept because their

funding from government is completely

inadequate. Employers have been very

clear that they also want pay parity with

District Health Boards (DHBs) so they can

keep their staff and continue delivery of a

quality primary health care service,” Ms

Wilson said.

Pay disparity with DHB

She said that an experienced nurse covered

by the Primary Health Care MECA is

currently paid 10.6% less than their DHB

colleague with the same qualifications,

skills and experience.

“This is completely unjust and

undervalues the amazing work these

nurses do in providing expert care in

the community, demonstrated so clearly

in the Covid-19 response. This is not the

usual union versus employer dispute,”

she said.

According to Ms Wilson, owners, doctors

and managers are also disappointed

that the government funding for pay

parity has not been forthcoming.

“This is despite approaches to ex-

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Health Minister David Clark, the Ministry

of Health and DHB officials by NZNO and

the NZ Medical Association and Green

Cross Health,” she said.

Report favours nurses

Ms Wilson said that the recently

released Health and Disability System

Review Report was clear that primary

health care nurses should expect pay

parity, and that ex-Health Minister David

Clark acknowledged that there was a

disparity as recently as a month ago.

“Resolving this really comes down to

political will, and our members’ patience

has just about run out. Budget 2020 put an

extra $3.92 billion into DHBs over the next

four years, whereas pay parity for PHC

nurses would cost a mere $15 million.

Last week, $15 million was promised to

assist completing the Christchurch Coastal

Pathway. Our members are wondering

what has to happen for Government to

appropriately value them and the Primary

Health sector as the frontline of our health

service,” Ms Wilson said.

She said that without additional

funding, recruitment and retention issues

will only be solved by passing additional

costs on to the consumers.

“This is not a responsible solution

and clearly not in the interests of

communities. NZNO will be contacting the

Chief Nursing Officer, Director General of

Health, relevant Ministers and the Prime

Minister this week to make the case again

for improved government funding,” Ms

Wilson said.

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Entrust beneficiaries asked to check details

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Auckland-based Entrust has

appealed to all Aucklanders

eligible for dividend payout

to check their details

and advice the Trust, so as to receive

their dividend in September 2020.

Please visit the Entrust website:

www.entrustnz.co.nz

Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy

Consumer Trust) owns 75.1% of

shares in lines company, Vector. The

shares are held in trust for more

than 338,000 energy consumer beneficiaries

in Auckland, Manukau,

northern parts of Papakura and

Eastern Franklin who are paid a

cash dividend each year.

Entrust Chairman William Cairns

said that in a year when struggling

households and businesses will be

looking for savings and additional

cash, this year’s dividend payment

will be an important injection into

Auckland’s economy.

Large dividend pay-out

“The annual Entrust dividend is

one of the largest dividend pay-outs

in New Zealand, which last year

delivered over $120 million to our

beneficiaries and into the Auckland

economy. With many household

budgets under increased pressure

because of Covid-19’s financial

impacts, it’s never come at a more

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critical time,” he said.

The dividend is paid to all customers

who are connected to the Vector

electricity network and located in

the Entrust district at the roll date

each year.

From this week, payment

preference forms will be sent to all

households and businesses who

meet these criteria.

“If that is you, we want to make

the payment process as simple as

possible, but we need you to make

sure we have your correct information

and preferred method of

payment. This will ensure that you

receive the payment with no delays

in September,” Mr Cairns said.

Bank account details needed

“If you have previously received

your dividend via cheque, we

encourage you to re-assess your

preferred method. Kiwibank is the

first major bank to no longer accept

cheques, and BNZ, ANZ, ASB and

Westpac have announced their intention

to do the same. This includes

your Entrust Dividend cheque. The

easiest way to get the payment in

cash is to provide us with your bank

account details,” he added.

What beneficiaries should do

To make sure that the payment

is received, Entrust beneficiaries

must please do the following (a)

Check that the name on the Entrust

form is exactly the same as the

bank account that the cheque or

direct credit will be paid into. If it is

not, ask your electricity retailer to

update your power account name to

match (b) If you wish to change your

payment method, please update

the Entrust form and return it by

Monday, August 3, 2020.

“We know this payment makes a

difference to many families every

year, but with our economy in

recovery mode and many families

struggling, we want to ensure that

everyone who meets the criteria for

the Entrust dividend receives it and

in the way that suits their financial

situation,” Mr Cairns said.

Air New Zealand may extend booking freeze

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Air New Zealand has not

ruled out extending its

three-week freeze on

bookings to help with the

squeeze on the managed isolation

of returning travellers, Chief

Executive Greg Foran has said.

With capacity for just 6849

people in 26 managed isolation and

quarantine facilities across five

cities, pressure is going on those

resources.

The Minister in charge of Managed

Isolation Dr Megan Woods,

said that the system could not

purely be demand driven.

Emirates and Singapore Airlines

are also being asked stop taking

bookings over the same period.

Mr Foran said that the airline

needs to contact some passengers

travelling in the next three weeks

- to move their booking because of

isolation capacity constraints.

Ethical Agreement

He told RNZ’s Checkpoint that he

agreed to the three-week booking

freeze on an “ethical” basis.

It had been a simple decision to

provide the right support to the

government, he said.

Foran said he was confident that

rival airlines would “do what’s

right” and limit their capacity. All

the airlines have a role to play

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Greg Foran (Air New Zealand Picture by Bruce Jarvis)

given the current situation with

almost 7000 people in managed

isolation, he said.

“We may have to look at other

solutions around that [the three

weeks] because there’s a lot of

New Zealanders who live overseas

who are obviously looking to come

home and managing that through

the entire supply chain is important

here. It will be looked at day by

day across all the teams and we’ll

come up with the right answer,” Mr

Foran said.

He said that he was expecting

about 5000 people to travel home to

New Zealand on the airline in the

next three weeks, and he was not

expecting hundreds of people to

have to change flights.

Matching arrivals with

availability

He believes that the airline will

not lose much revenue over the

He said that Entrust would also

be talking to budget advice and

support services to help ensure that

anyone who should get the dividend

payment knows that now is the time

to check their details and payment

options.

“It can be paid via direct credit,

credit on to electricity accounts

or via cheque (if your bank still

accepts them), to the named person

or people on the power bill. But we

need people to check their letterbox

and carefully read the letter we’re

sending that gives them those

options and to make sure we have

the correct details to pay them,” Mr

Cairns said.

In late September, Entrust will

be making dividend payments to

around 338,000 households and

businesses within the Entrust area.

About Entrust

Entrust was established in 1993, to

ensure that power lines remained in

the control of electricity consumers

and was established under a trust

deed for 80 years on behalf of electricity

consumers in the area that

used to be served by the Auckland

Electric Power Board.

Entrust has been paying a dividend

to its beneficiaries since 1994.

Entrust beneficiaries are customers

on the Vector electricity network

and located in the Entrust district as

at the roll date each year.

The Entrust district is Auckland,

Manukau, northern parts of Papakura

and eastern Franklin.

decision because passengers will

just delay their travel for a couple

of weeks.

After the hiatus, the government

wants Air New Zealand to match

its daily arrivals according to beds

available in isolation.

Mr Foran said that discussions

are already taking place with the

government on capacity limits

beyond the three weeks, depending

on whether more rooms became

available for the managed isolation

process.

“Our job is to move people

around and they’ve [the government]

got a responsibility to greater

New Zealand around this and we’ll

work with them,” he said.

He is hopeful of a Trans-Tasman

bubble before the end of the year.

“I think that we have got two

governments and two nations that

are close in terms of their thinking

and how they would want to

operate. There are many benefits if

we can get that bubble operating,”

Mr Foran said.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins

has not ruled out using cruise ships

to isolate the increasing number of

people returning to New Zealand,

saying that every option is on the

table at this point as long as they

meet the relevant isolation criteria.

-Published under a Special Agreement

with www.rnz.co.nz


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JULY 15, 2020

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New Hockey Turf takes Palmerston North to world stage

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A

new state of the art

artificial Hockey Turf at

the Manawatū campus is

ready for action.

An official blessing was held on

Thursday, June 25,2020 and an

official opening will take place in

the near future.

The international size Turf is

the third of its kind in Palmerston

North and was built through a

partnership between Massey

University, Palmerston North City

Council and Hockey Manawatū.

The Turf was constructed

through a joint agreement between

the Council, the University and

Hockey Manawatū. Both Massey

and the Council contributed funds

to the construction costs, with the

balance being met through fundraising

and grants, including from

the Lotteries and Central Energy

Trust. The facility will be run in

partnership by Hockey Manawatū

and the University.

The Turf was prepared by

international company Polytan and

mimics a similar facility built in

Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.

Interesting features

It is hailed as one of the

most technologically advanced

surfaces in the world. Several local

contractors were used in the Turf’s

construction.

The electronic speed testing

equipment installed in the Turf is

world-leading.

Other interesting features include

the shock pad, which utilises

recycled rubber, and the asphalt

was laid with laser machinery.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas, City Councillor Leone Hapeta and others at the

Blessing Ceremony (Massey News)

The Turf is the third international-sized Turf in Palmerston North (Image by PNCC)

The straight lines were woven into

the grass during manufacturing to

allow a strong bond and there are

two 30,000 litre water tanks to feed

the sprinklers to keep the Turf in

top condition. The water will come

from Massey’s bore and will be

recycled.

The Turf will be used for

community sport, as well as exercise-related

teaching and research

and to help attract hockey-playing

students to Palmerston North.

It is the latest addition to the University’s

breadth of existing sporting

facilities, including the Sport and

Rugby Institute, Recreation Centre,

Equestrian Centre, Manawatū

Community Athletics Track, netball

and Tennis Courts and 11 Rugby and

Football fields.

Great value

Massey University Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jan Thomas said that

the facility will be of great value to

Palmerston North and the University.

“Hockey is popular in the region

and with strong participant numbers,

the demand was there for another

top-quality facility to play and train

on,” she said.

Massey’s accommodation, food

halls and gyms also make it an

ideal facility for national camps,

programmes and international

matches, she says.

The facility is a significant

milestone within the University’s

Sport Framework, an overarching

strategic approach to promoting and

developing sport and recreation for

staff and students.

“The Turf will have a positive flow

on effect for our reputation as a hub

for community sport and recreation.

It will assist with fostering excellence

through providing a world class facility

for hockey players of all ages to

hone their skills, and for student and

staff engagement as the Turf will be

accessible for Massey’s community to

use as a further source of recreation,”

Ms Thomas said.

Benefits to Palmerston North

Palmerston North Mayor Grant

Smith said that the new addition has

great benefits for the City and wider

region, which is a powerhouse for

national secondary school sports

tournaments given its central

location.

“Palmerston North has always

been a hockey nursery producing

many Black Sticks. This University

facility complements our existing

city facilities wonderfully, helping

us become known as New Zealand’s

regional sports hub. This new Turf

will be great for keeping our residents

along with students active,

but also will provide significant

economic benefits to our city when

there are major sporting events at

the Turf. After Covid-19, projects

like this that directly keep our residents

in jobs are more important

than ever,” he said.

Global tournaments possible

Hockey Manawatū General

Manager Neil Ulrich said that

most major national tournaments

require three Turfs, which is now

present in Palmerston North.

“This presents the opportunity to

host the likes of the New Zealand

National Hockey Championships,

National Masters Tournament,

Rankin and Fed Cup Secondary

Schools tournaments, as well as

more inter-city competitions with

teams from around the lower

North Island. We are excited to

have a third synthetic Turf in the

city. This gives us an opportunity

to develop more participation and

development programmes, and a

talent academy for which we did

not space until now,” he said.

The Turf was just weeks away

from completion when Covid-19

sent New Zealand into lockdown,

but contractors were able to resume

work under strict health and safety

measures at Alert Level 3.

Text and Pictures Source: Massey News

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