Tag: International Law

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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NZ’s lack of action on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release – Independent Maori Monitoring Mechanism Iwi Mori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum … MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 July 2016 Iwi Māori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum recently tabled their second report[1]...

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Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Robert J. Burrowes Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the ‘USS Sturgeon’ sinking of the Japanese prisoner-of-war ship ‘Montevideo Maru’ which killed the man after whom I am named, I decided that I would devote my life to working out why human beings are violent and then developing a strategy to end it. The good news about this commitment was that it was made when I was nearly 14 so, it seemed, anything was possible. Now I am not so sure. Here is my report on 50 years of concerted effort to understand and end human violence. In 1966 one of my immediate preoccupations was war. The US genocidal war on Vietnam was raging and, as a sycophantic ally of the United States, Australia had been drawn into it some years previously. Trying to understand what this war was really about was challenging, particularly given the limited (mainstream) sources of information available to me at the time. But I was deeply troubled by another problem too. I had seen a photo of a starving African child in the newspaper when I was ten and I found this most disturbing. Why did adults let children starve? I wondered. And trying to make sense of this by reading newspaper reports or asking those around me was...

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Identity and change themes in Latin American forum

Press Release – Massey University Latin Americas colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey Universitys Auckland campus next week.Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Identity and change themes in Latin American forum Latin America’s colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey University’s Auckland campus next week. Topics close to home include the effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, indigenous tourism comparisons between Māori and the Mapuche people of Chile and how Spanish-speaking families in New Zealand nurture their language. Titled Transforming Legacies, the July 3-5 conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA), organised by Massey’s Spanish Language Programme and supported by the embassies of Spain, Argentina and Mexico, covers a diverse range of critical contemporary research on Latin America issues and influences. Scholars from across Latin America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand will attend. ‘Melting pot’ or ‘coat of many colours’ in Latin America? Keynote speaker Professor Saul Sosnowski, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland, will discuss whether a ‘melting pot’ or ‘a coat of many colours’ best defines the diversity of modern societies in his talk Balancing...

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US political change may slow efforts to free up agriculture

Article – BusinessDesk May 20 (BusinessDesk) – Political change in the US may slow efforts to free up agricultural trade, impacting New Zealand which had hoped to gain better access to the world’s largest economy through the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, according to a US …US political change may slow efforts to free up agricultural trade, academic Bailey says By Tina Morrison May 20 (BusinessDesk) – Political change in the US may slow efforts to free up agricultural trade, impacting New Zealand which had hoped to gain better access to the world’s largest economy through the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, according to a US academic with links to New Zealand. US lawmakers are expected to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the so-called “lame-duck” session of Congress between the US presidential election in November and the swearing-in of a new US president early next year. However, growing US opposition over the last 10 months could see a new US president and new Congress take the country’s trade policy in a new direction from 2017, Professor Bill Bailey wrote in a note for ASB Bank titled ‘Trans Pacific Partnership: A one-hit wonder?’. Bailey was chair of agribusiness at Massey University for 13 years, a former chief economist for the US senate committee on agriculture, nutrition and forestry, and is currently dean, college of business and technology at Western Illinois University. Bailey said the...

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