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Armed police patrols puts Māori and Pacific communities at risk

police car in traffic

Yesterday, police commissioner Mike Bush announced that squadcars of officers armed with automatic rifles will be patrolling New Zealand’s streets as part of a trial run. A move labelled by police watchdogs as “dangerous and unnecessary”. Emilie Rākete, speaking on behalf of People Against Prisons Aotearoa, says that police violence against Māori has been escalating… Continue reading Armed police patrols puts Māori and Pacific communities at risk

NZ’s anti-abortion movement is rising – we need to match it!

a billboard in Wellington CBD on a building. It includes a picture of a pregnant person holding a scan with the text: BOTH LIVES MATTER: BOTH DESERVE BETTER THAN AN EXTREME ABORTION LAW with the url voice forlife.org.nz

The anti-abortion lobby is stepping up its game across New Zealand following moves within parliament to decriminalise abortion and remove restriction on access. They have always been a small but vocal and well-funded minority, with strong, primarily conservative Christian networks. Recently, we’ve seen massive billboards, advertising, and dozens of sold-out film screenings announced around the… Continue reading NZ’s anti-abortion movement is rising – we need to match it!

New Zealand needs to stand up to Indonesia over West Papua

West Papua coat of arms, including text: ONE PEOPLE ONE SOUL

Groups in support of the Free West Papua Movement fear an escalation of state violence in West Papua is imminent, and are calling on the NZ Government to join the international outcry against racial violence. Over the last 24 hours, Indonesian paramilitary organisations such as the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) were spotted in Wamena, West… Continue reading New Zealand needs to stand up to Indonesia over West Papua