October newsletter.

September 19, 2014

Waiwhetu / Lower Hutt Peace Group

Our Election Event went well.
There was a good turn out and my job chairing was made easy by the way the candidates responded to questions, and how the audience framed and asked their’s. The quality of the questions in most instances were very good with some being well thought out, but I give top marks to the two young lasses sitting near the front who asked for each of the candidates to answer and it was. “What is your vision for New Zealand? Where do you see us going?”

I have no idea how many elections it is now, that our group has been  hosting these events, but it is quite a few, and I am confident all will take satisfaction from our small contribution to democracy.
If anyone has comment to add to the format we follow and or ways we can increase the attendance, I will always be pleased to hear them.

The speaker for our next meeting, Tuesday the 14th October at 7.30pm is Associate Professor Elizabeth Stanley. (For venue details click on ABOUT above.)
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Elizabeth is from Victoria University and  I heard her speak at a seminar in Auckland. Elizabeth is going to going to repeat, with a few adjustments, that Auckland talk. So, it will be called ‘The Continuum of Repression and Impunity from Timor-Leste to West Papua’.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Stanley is a ‘Reader in Criminology’ at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on state crime, human rights, and issues of social justice. She has written over 30 journal articles, book chapters and reports on these issues with regard to events in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Timor-Leste, West Papua and the UK.
Her publications include ‘Torture, Truth and Justice’ (Routledge, 2009) and ‘State Crime and Resistance’ (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Jude McCulloch). She is currently completing a monograph on those who were victimised in New Zealand’s Social Welfare institutions. This
book explores the violence against children in state-run institutions, its long-term legacy, and the ways in which victims/survivors have sought to gain recognition. In July 2014, she commenced a five year ‘Rutherford Discovery Fellowship’. Her project will examine the changing nature of human rights in New Zealand in relation to prisoners, children in trouble, and asylum seekers and refugees.

I am confident of a very interesting evening for all who attend and I have no hesitation in challenging every one to bring along a friend or two.
As you can see our speaker is a very accomplished person and has a long association with following the events which have shaped the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

By the time you get this the election will be over and we may know who our Prime Minister is.
No matter who is successful I see three years of stormy and, I hope, revealing events ahead.  I believe our ideals of Democracy are at stake and my personal view is that so much has been revealed that anything less than a meaningful inquiry will send the wrong message to too many who occupy the halls of power in NZ.