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Courts can use video links under new law

Courts can use video links under new law
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Courts will be able to use video links to speed up cases under legislation passed by Parliament today.

Govt butting out smoking in jails

Govt butting out smoking in jails
By Maggie Tait and Laura McQuillam of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Former prison manager Celia Lashlie is backing prison staff union the Corrections Association over its concerns banning smoking will see more violence in jails.

Welfare reform debate going on in Parliament and with working group

Welfare reform debate going on in Parliament and with working group
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - As the Welfare Working Group explores ways to improve the welfare system and get beneficiaries into work Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has had to defend the reform.

Debate over support domestic worker standard

Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Unions and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) are accusing the Government of voting against a proposal to set work standards for domestic workers at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Labour will oppose a bill allowing for the greater use of audio video links in courts, saying it denies defendants their fundamental civil liberties.

Search and Surveillance bill getting rewrite

Search and Surveillance bill getting rewrite
By Maggie Tait Wellington, May 24 NZPA - The controversial Search and Surveillance Bill is being redrafted after it raised concerns, including that freedom of speech would be stifled.

International appointment for Human Rights head

Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Human Rights Commission head Rosslyn Noonan has been elected chairwoman of an international human rights organisation.

NZ Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny At UN

NZ Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny At UN
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 17 NZPA - New Zealand's record on human rights and challenges it faced were highlighted today as Justice Minister Simon Power spoke at the United Nations.

Super City Prominent In Race Relations Annual Review

Super City Prominent In Race Relations Annual Review
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - The transition of Auckland councils into one super city council and concerns about a lack of ethnic representation are prominent in an annual review of race relations being released today by the Human Rights Commission.

Bank Raises Search And Surveillance Concerns

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - ANZ National Bank has joined the list of those concerned about aspects of a government bill giving police and other law enforcement agencies greater search and surveillance powers.

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