Kapi-Mana News : September 27th 2011
21 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 OPINION/NEWS HIRE • Garden Equ pment • Generat rs & Pumps • D ggers • Sca ld ng • Tracked Barr ws • Trucks • Car Tra ler • C ncrete Equ pment • Augers and m re... PH 04 237 0308 6 Makar St, P r rua (off RAiHA STREET) RAiHA ST Makar Street 6 Mat u Cl se To Prosser St HIRE 4021037AA Rotary Club of Porirua Sundown Visitors are always welcome to join us at our meeting every Wednesday 5.30pm for 6pm at The Crows Nest, Whitby, Porirua. Meal: $20.00 OCTOBER SPEAKERS INCLUDE: 28 September -- Brendon Wilson -- Mana electoral officer Brendon will give a short talk on the referendum - the questions the referendum asks, and the options we can choose from. The presentation is non-political and non- persuasive to any specific solution). 5 October -- Fred and Glynis Denz - Our very own members presenting us highlights from their trip to Afica 12 October -- Dr John McKoy -- (Chair of the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust) 19 October -- Jenny Lester The Oi! -- Project (The Oi! project was conceived to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in the Porirua community. It involved youth aged 13-18 years) 26 October -- Social night UPCOMING PROJECTS Christmas gift wrapping at North City Shopping Centre 4058505AA If you would like to attend contact Kylie on 0274825995 or phone Wendy 0211366714 email firstname.lastname@example.org Like to know more about Rotary? 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Fisheries watch for poaching The Ministry of Fisheries has called on recreational fishers to adhere to rules when celebrating (or commiserating) over the course of the Rugby World Cup. MAF Director General Wayne McNee encouraged fishers to enjoy the bounty of the sea and to share it with our international visitors, but that the fishing rules were there for a reason. ''Paua and rock lobster (crayfish) are two iconic Kiwi species visitors will want to try -- and so they should. Both are delicacies that need to be looked after for their future sustainability.'' There are size and bag limits for many species, including paua, rock lobster and scallops. Because there are some regional and other variations it's always worth checking the rules on fish.govt.nz, at your local ministry office, or text 9889 with the name of the species in the body of the text. Mr McNee said fishery officers and honorary fishery officers would be out and about during the RWC helping locals and visitors alike understand the rules. Anyone seeing anything suspicious or illegal in our fisheries should call 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224). The pitfalls of rushing it TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL In early September, the Supreme Court ruled that when the police placed hidden video cameras on private property in 2007 to col- lect evidence against the Urewera defen- dants, the police were acting illegally -- and thus, the charges against 13 of the 17 Urewera defendants should be scrapped. However, the Government has chosen to respond to the Supreme Court ruling by seeking to pass fresh legislation that will legalise police use of hidden video surveillance in all cases -- now, retrospectively, and in future -- except for the Urewera cases. The new legislation would be a stop- gap measure until Parliament next year passes into law the major Search and Surveillance Bill before the House. This headlong rush to legitimise police actions has raised hackles among some Opposition politicians -- Labour has been demanding that any new law should undergo select committee scrutiny, while the Greens oppose it altogether -- and legal academics alike. To Prime Minister John Key, the move was necessary given his estimate of 40 pending cases and 50 ongoing police operations that could possibly be affected by the Supreme Court ruling -- such that, Key argued, people who pose a serious risk to the community'' could walk free. Key's claims have proved to be something of an exaggeration. Shorn of their covertly filmed evidence, the police cases could still rely on the traditional, legal ways of gathering evidence in use before the covert technology was invented. Moreover, even if the Government did nothing at all, the courts would still retain their discretion to weigh whether the illegality'' of the surveillance was sufficiently balanced by the seriousness of the charge and the weight of related evidence. After all, that is precisely what the Supreme Court did in its Urewera ruling. Some charges were dropped, but the charges against four Urewera defendants have been allowed to stand. To some critics, the rushed legislation will reward the police for using illegal means to gather evidence. Arguably, it will also give them virtual open slather to install surveillance tech- nology on private property in future, while removing the courts' current dis- cretion to weigh whether the wider cir- cumstances did in fact justify the police using covert filming to gather evidence. Henceforth, even if covert filming is carried out in the context of a warrantless search, the new legislation appears to require the courts to find that the police were acting legally. To prevent Parliament from handing the police a blank cheque in this fashion, Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis has suggested a compromise -- namely, that the Government should import all the safeguards set out in the proposed Search and Surveillance Bill and to use them as the basis for the stop- gap legislation as well. At least those safeguards have already gone through the select committee pro- cess, Geddis reasoned, and would go some way to balancing the operational needs of the police against the freedoms set out in the Human Rights Act. It would also leave the courts' current dis- cretions untouched. At time of writing, it was unclear whether the Geddis solution'' would be inserted into the measures due to be passed under urgency. In passing, the episode has raised the issue of whether those who enforce the law should always be required to respect it, and apply it to themselves.
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