"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.


"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary


"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts


"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson


‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"The internet is a TV that watches you"

Friday, March 13, 2015

Nicholas Taiaroa Stevens - Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.



Nicholas Taiaroa Stevens was found this morning.

Hamilton Police finally announced yesterday that he was missing, earlier today his father issued a desperate plea for information and assistance with the search for Nicholas.

The volunteers who run the Hamilton Homeless Trust pointed out that Nicky wasn't homeless, but he was greatly loved by all who knew him, they've been raising awareness that he's missing for days on social media etc, and asking for information.

This message is shared from Nicky's dad - Dave Macpherson -  with great sadness.
"Sadly, we have to tell you that our youngest son Nicholas (Nicky) has passed away.
He was found dead in the Waikato River this morning.

We have just seen him, and he looks very peaceful. He had some tortured times recently, but one consolation is that these are now over for him.

We want to thank the many, many people – family, friends, old schoolmates and others that have reached out to us in the last couple of days with messages of support and hope – Nick had a LOT of friends who wanted him to stay with us and to be well; sadly that won’t be the case, but we know he will be missed.
We want to also say that Nicky’s death was preventable on this occasion, and when we have had time to grieve as a family, we will be taking this up with the medical authorities who have failed to properly exercise their duty of care over Nicky.

We ask you to respect our privacy in the short term, and we will advise future arrangements for Nicky.

Dave and Jane"
Nicky was just 21.  Hey was born in the town where I live.

In light of the recent report from the IPCA regarding the manner in which Police treated a woman suffering from a mental health condition who was sexually assaulted by a hospital security guard, who then went on to sexually assault a second woman because Police did absolutely nothing about the first complaint, and the evidence of other serious problems regarding the treatment of mental health patients in Aotearoa New Zealand, it's clear that Nicky Tairoa Stevens is not the only one who's been let down.

Nicholas Ward Harris was killed in a prison cell after he was arrested, for being homeless in Hamilton basically.  It's not just Police, it's prison staff, mental health professionals, the so called justice system and the Courts, vulnerable people are being let down right across the board, while the meagre, taxpayer funded resources that are supposed to be spent treating, helping, supporting people who genuinely need care, are instead being spent on corrupt persecutory vendettas.


UPDATE - 16 March 2015:

Kia Ora whanau - as I have posted all week re Nicky - I would like to inform you of a public statement made by Nicky's whanau - I would also like to acknowledge the whanau for what they have gone through and are going through at this time , Nga mihi Alvina, Hamilton Homeless Trust.

Shortly after Nicky died his family began to speak up about what was happening to them, and they're co-ordinating discussion and constructive action among others who've been treated the same way and other human beings with basic empathy.

Nicholas Taiaroa Macpherson Stevens, 26.4.93 – 9.3.15 
A Preventable Death 
The Victim of Medical and Bureaucratic Malpractice 
Public Statement by his parents Jane and Dave, and brother Tony. 
~ 
Our family completely rejects a Waikato Hospital’s sham ‘investigation’, and calls for Hospital authorities to be held accountable by an independent investigation. 

Our son’s death was preventable, had proper and common sense procedures been followed. 

The day following the discovery of our son’s body in the Waikato River, our family received an email letter from the Waikato Hospital Manager stating the Hospital was going to conduct a 70-day internal investigation into the “service and care delivery issues” that the family had raised BEFORE Nicholas’ body was discovered. 

A mid-level manager of the Hospital was to conduct the ‘investigation’ – and the family was not asked for input into the personnel or brief for the investigation, and was told in the letter it would be offered “an opportunity to meet and discuss the findings following “ its completion. 

We will not participate in such a sham ‘investigation’. 

We demand a complete, independent investigation run totally outside Waikato Hospital, where the family has opportunity for input at all stages. Waikato Hospital should initiate and pay for this. 

The Hospital letter also refused us access at this point to documents showing communication between the Hospital and Police following the discovery that Nicholas had gone missing. 

FACTS ABOUT NICHOLAS’ CARE AT WAIKATO HOSPITAL

Nicholas was in Hospital under a compulsory care order under the Mental Health Act. He was admitted less than 3 weeks before his death after trying to commit suicide, requiring several hours of urgent surgery – which the family was not told about for several days. 

Against strong and repeated opposition from the family, Waikato Hospital granted Nicholas ‘unescorted leave’ from the Hospital grounds. 

The family warned Waikato Hospital staff and management on a number of occasions that Nicholas was in high danger of harming himself again.  

He had described to family members and friends two other suicide attempts while in Hospital on ‘unescorted leave’ – these had been passed on both to Ward staff and to management. 

Hospital authorities chose not only to ignore our opposition to ‘unescorted leave’, but planned to extend it on the very day he disappeared. 

When he disappeared, he was on his second period of unescorted leave in less than 2 hours. Nicholas’ care Management Plan stated that leave was for a maximum of 15 minutes – it seems he was absent for at least 90 minutes before he was discovered missing.  

He was only discovered missing when friends came to see him and he couldn’t be found. 

CCTV footage of the Henry Bennett Centre entrance and lobby show Nicholas being in the vicinity, going in and out of the door for a period well after his leave period ought to have expired. 

There is no (active) system of keeping records as to when patients in the Henry Bennett Centre go on leave, escorted or unescorted, or when visitors enter or leave the Wards. 

Nicholas’ situation is not the first instance like this at Waikato Hospital.

Had Nicholas been on escorted leave, as his family stated was the only safe option at that time, he would almost certainly have been alive today. 

Failing that, had his leave maximum period of 15 minutes been adhered to, and staff been sent to look for him, again Nicholas would almost certainly have been alive today. 

It is for these and other reasons that we assert malpractice on the Hospital’s part.

When he was discovered missing, Police tell us that the missing notice received by Hamilton Police from the Hospital did not mention anything about a suicide alert, or any danger to his health. 

Police therefore did not accord the report any high priority, and in fact did not even contact the family until almost two days after Nicholas’ disappearance – despite us lodging with their website missing person’s report system (we could not get to speak to ANY officer) our extreme concerns about his safety. 

We were finally contacted by Police AFTER we sent emails of complaint to the Minister of Police, the Police Commissioner and the District Commander of Police. They have claimed that timing is a coincidence. 

We believe the Police should be far more proactive when first receiving ANY such missing persons reports – this is not the first case where very prompt action may have prevented a disaster. 

We stress however that in no way do we blame the Police for what has happened, and we would like to especially thank Det Stephen Stokes for the sympathy and support he has shown us. 

The farewell service for Nicholas will be held at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, at 11am on Wednesday 18th March. 

Dave Macpherson

Dave Macpherson, Jane Stevens, Tony Macpherson-Stevens 

021-477 388 dave.macpherson@xtra.co.nz

There is no "compulsory care order" under the Mental Health Act.

There is a Compulsory Treatment Order though.  It's under Part 2 of the Mental Health Act, from section 17,  section 28 states this:
Every compulsory treatment order shall be either—
(a)  a community treatment order; or
(b)  an inpatient order,—
- and on making a compulsory treatment order the court shall specify the kind of order it is.
Section 31 establishes the Responsible Clinician as the person responsible for granting leave.  Certain so called responsible clinicians are extremely irresponsible indeed.  It hasn't been established who is culpable for the death of Nicholas Taiaroa Macpherson Stevens yet, but questions have most certainly been raised - the unacceptable thing is, that they were raised a long time ago, they've been repeatedly raised for a very long time.  Nothing was done about it.

Dave Macpherson said the family had written to the hospital at least 12 times before and after Stevens went missing, expressing "real concerns" about his care.

"What we're saying to the hospital is 'we've done the complaints, you didn't respond, and it's too late for an internal investigation'," he said.

The family wants Waikato DHB to call in the Health and Disability Commissioner or a similar independent body to head the investigation and wish to be consulted on the inquiry's brief.

Since Stevens' death, David Macpherson had been contacted by members of the public expressing concern about the care their family members had received at Waikato Hospital.

"We're more familiar with bureaucracies and systems than most people and we still couldn't make it work for our son. What hope have people got without our backgrounds?"

Good question.

In recent weeks the stain of Nicky's death has spread and darkened.

Jane, Dave and Tony are speaking up and calling for accountability, and being opposed and hindered by a system that is seriously dysfunctional now, due to the years and years of erosion of integrity, competent management and governance, and basic humanity, logic and fairness.

The Health and Disability Commissioner is in the business of 'resolving' complaints by employing strategies of 'damage control' - minimising complaints and fabricating excuses for the perpetrators instead of removing them from the system and forcing them to get a job in the real world - if they can.





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shall we dance? John Key wants to change the flag:

Many people believe that John Key and his mates at the TTP Tea Party have already resolved to change the New Zealand flag, Gareth Morgan's buying a seat at Ratana and the Orewa Rotary Club in between Don Brash and Georgina Beyer and telling everyone we should change the name of the country to the worst pronunciation of Aotearoa anyone's ever heard). And the referenda have been structured very cunningly indeed.

A panel has been appointed to chose just four designs for the referenda.

You can't win if you're not in, and it's basic art of war strategy to use the momentum of the enemy against him. This idea - please note that I didn't affix any specific comment about how we should change the NZ flag to this - links the two nations that founded this country (such as it is), it symbolises the partnership, or at least the intention of the partnership, with all the ties and obligations that inferred. Including the old with the new, and focusing on this partnership with each other, not Key's Tea Pee Pal's -Pissing-in-each-others-Pockets Party.

And particularly bearing in mind the recent decision of the Privy Council. Who are caught between a rock and a hard one really - who in their right mind would recommend a retrial after the travesties that were the first two trials of a gang glove puppet, used for political purposes.

We need to retain a little of the status quo until certain past agreements have been honoured because we can't trust our politicians, our Police, or our so called justice system.  Cutting ties with the Privy Council and the Treaty partner is dangerous and reckless. It has been established that Ngapuhi never ceded sovereignty, and Ngapuhi are presently politely telling the government where they can shove their unlawful 'mandate' also. This idea represents a binding of the partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and holds them to account for the past as we head into the future.

Honour the Treaty.
God save the Queen
Tihei Mauriora

Anyway, here's my humble contribution to the panel convened by Mr Key to choose the designs for his little referenda, if we were to change it to anything I think we should change it to this:

Copyright Katherine Raue 2015
Or, for the more traditional:
Copyright Katherine Raue 2015

Remember, remember, the 11th November - 2011, and a certain little tea party.

This is the government that grossly bungled the raid on Kim Dotcon, who legalised chemical "party drugs" because Peter Dunne's son was a stakeholder in the million dollar con run by Matthew Bowden and his mates - and were then forced to UN-legalise it less than 12 months later - how much did THAT cost again???

This is the same Prime Minister who was forced to "apologise to all New Zealanders" for illegally spying on Dotcon and the rest of us, but proclaimed that if you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear - while running off to bleat to Police about Bradley Ambrose leaving a tape recorder on a table at a media stunt organised by Key and John Archibald Banks - who was convicted of electoral fraud after taking what amounted to bribes from Kim Dotcon - because that's the only way this sly talker can get 'elected' - even with all the help from Warwick Lampp and his mates at ElectioNZ.conjob.


Look at the photos below and tell me key didn't see this black bag - and what about his security staff???

"Gosh, is that your little handbag Johnny? 
No.  
Oh, must be mine then,  no worries eh, cheers mate, your shout?"

"Do you think we invited enough reporters to make sure I get in?"
"Hope so,  hard to tell, does my make up look ok?"
"Yes darl, the plastic surgery was a good touch too.
A real investment in your future"


I wouldn't buy a used car off either one of those two.

But I digress.  This design for our flag was inspired by my tupuna, and my whanau, whenua, maunga.  And from this design, created by Jamie Hurikino, representing our tūrangawaewae, Te Rawhiti.



- Jamie Hurikino
Our Original Flag:


UNITED TRIBES FLAG
The need for a flag to represent New Zealand was first raised in 1830, when the Hokianga-built trading ship Sir George Murray was seized in Sydney by Customs officials. Australia, New Zealand's major trading market, was subject to British navigation laws under which every ship was required to carry an official certificate detailing its construction, ownership and nationality. As New Zealand was not a
British colony, ships built there could not sail under a British flag or register. Without a flag, trading ships and their cargoes were liable to seizure.

Busby takes up the cause

James Busby
Soon after arriving in the Bay of Islands in 1833 to take up the position of British Resident, James Busby wrote to the Colonial Secretary in New South Wales suggesting the adoption of a New Zealand flag.

Aside from solving the impediment to trans-Tasman trade, Busby also saw a flag as a way to encourage Māori chiefs to work together, paving the way for some form of collective government. The Australian authorities were enthusiastic and some months later forwarded a possible design, four blue horizontal bands on a white background with the Union Jack at top left. This design was deemed unsuitable by Busby as it contained no red, 'a colour to which the New Zealanders are particularly partial, and which they are accustomed to consider as indicative of rank'.

The senior New Zealand-based missionary of the Church Missionary Society, Reverend Henry Williams, was enlisted to design an alternative flag. Williams drew on his experience as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy to draw up three designs, which New South Wales’ Governor Richard Bourke had sewn up and forwarded to Busby on HMS Alligator.

Maori chiefs choose a flag
On 20 March 1834, 25 Far North chiefs and their followers gathered at Busby’s residence at Waitangi to choose a flag to represent New Zealand. A number of missionaries, settlers and the commanders of 10 British and three American ships were also in attendance.

Maori beneath United Tribes flag
Maori beneath United Tribes flag
Following Busby's address, each chief came forward in turn to choose a flag, while the son of one of them recorded the votes. The most popular design, a flag already used by the Church Missionary Society, apparently received 12 votes, with the other two options preferred by 10 and three chiefs. Busby declared the chosen flag the national flag of New Zealand and had it hoisted on a flagpole to the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute from HMS Alligator.

The new flag was then sent back to New South Wales, from where – after some tweaking – it was despatched to King William IV. The King approved the rejigged flag, a drawing of which was circulated via the Admiralty with instructions to recognise it as New Zealand's flag. It came to be known as the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, the title adopted by the group of northern chiefs at subsequent meetings.

South African War medal
United Tribes flag on Sth African War medal
Busby's hope that the flag would encourage Māori to act collectively was partially fulfilled when many of the chiefs involved met again to sign a Declaration of Independence in 1835. To northern Māori, the United Tribes flag meant that that Britain recognised New Zealand as an independent nation, and thereby acknowledged the mana of their chiefs.

The flag continued to fly in various places around the Bay of Islands, and on ships trading with Sydney. Ships calling at other ports spread it around the rest of New Zealand. The United Tribes flag remains relevant and important to Maori, particularly northern Māori, into the twenty first century.  This was the flag under which many Maori and British entered into a partnership, in good faith.


References:

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/pm-meet-banks-epsom-cw-104125# - Key has 'cup of tea' with Banks in Epson




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mrs Y v NZ Police officers A B and C -


Have NZ Police learned nothing from the Louise Nicholas saga, the Malcolm Rewa fiasco, and all the other damning indictments on their competency and integrity in recent years?

Despite the glowing whitewash job of Phillipa Smith, the Attorney General, the NZ Police are getting worse, not better.

Since the Bazely report, which identified serious problems within the Police administration, culture, management and governance, confidence in the Police has continued to plummet.

Click on this link to view the report of the so called independent Police Conduct Authority regarding a sexual assault on vulnerable women by a hospital security guard, and the utterly disgraceful manner in which the NZ Police dealt with her complaints.

Police treated her with utter contempt, and did nothing whatsoever until another woman made a complaint against the same security guard and one of the officers involved realised that his senior officer had allowed this offender to continue his sleazy activities after the first victim had complained. 

- References -

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Evc9gAoXg9cElsdHhReUhfcjA/view?usp=sharing

http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/police-conduct

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0704/S00057.htm

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0704/CIPCVol1.pdf  - Link to Vol 1 of report

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0704/CIPCVol2.pdf  - Link to Vol 2 of the report

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0704/S00050.htm - Police Complaints Bill

http://laudafinem.com/2015/02/12/christchurchs-aborted-cyfs-sexual-abuse-trial-serious-prosecutorial-misconduct-or-simple-bungle/