Slavery on NZ seas: rape, bonded labour and abuse widespread on fishing boats

Indonesian fishermen working on boats in New Zealand waters face slave-like conditions, violence and sexual abuse, a report says.

The Auckland University research, based on interviews with 300 fishermen, found they were forced to work days on end, with shifts ranging from 16 to 53 hours for as little as 49 cents an hour. They faced physical violence and debt entrapment.

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Lecretia Seales’ assisted dying case at top of slippery slope, opponents say

Opponents of Lecretia Seales’ court case to clarify the law on doctor-assisted death say it would be the start of a slippery slope if she were to succeed.

The terminally ill Wellington lawyer’s application begins in the High Court at Wellington on Monday.

Treatment of her brain tumour has ended and she is having palliative care, but believes that might not continue to meet her needs. She wants the option of having her doctor help her to die if her suffering is intolerable.

That option would likely give her a longer, more peaceful life than if her only way to end suffering was to take her own life while still able to do so unaided, her claim says.

Seales, 42, says the court case is about her and her circumstances only.

The attorney-general, who is the defendant in the case, disagrees and so does an interest group, Care Alliance, which has been allowed a limited say in Seales’ case.

Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, representing the attorney-general, said if Seales’ claim were accepted, it would have implications well beyond her case and would apply to all who have a terminal illness and think their suffering is intolerable.

“The attorney-general’s position is that the conventional understanding of the Crimes Act – which precludes physician-assisted dying – must continue to apply unless and until it is altered by Parliament.”

Care Alliance says that, if Seales is successful, overseas experience suggests it would be the start of a slippery slope that would put vulnerable lives at risk. [Read more…]

The Centre for Marriage & Family Invites You to a Movie with a Meal

You are Invited to a Movie with a Meal. See Brochure (PDF) for details on Movie with a Meal (ticket reservations essential).

A Fundraiser for the promotion of marriage and family featuring “The Song” Movie, a music-driven drama based on the Song of Solomon and the Book of Ecclesiastes. Movie details see The Song Flier

Screenings are on May 31 (Sunday), June 5 (Friday) and June 7 (Sunday) at the St. Gerard’s Monastery, 75 Hawker St., Wellington. Although the movie is free, the suggested koha for the meal is $20 per adult or $5 for children
under 12. Childcare will be available for parents with young children above 3 yrs.

For ticket reservations, please email or contact Tiza at 022 028 9737 or Diana at 04 8017797. Please R.S.V.P on or before May 24 or for ticket reservations. See CMF Brochure

Bob McCoskrie – Guest speaker for Society’s 2015 AGM


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2015 AGM Guest Speaker for Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc.

Bob McCoskrie -Director of Family First NZ

Time/Date: 7.30  pm Monday 25th May 2015

Venue: Central Baptist Church (Lower Hall), 46 Boulcott St, Wellington #

Topic: “A Voice for Family in the NZ media: speaking up on issues affecting families”

Followed by questions and supper

# Note: Free Parking available across the road from church in the Tournament car park (see sign marker on roadway).

Enquiries: please contact 

Bob McCoskrie

Bob McCoskrie was born and bred in South Auckland.

He gained a Diploma of Teaching at Auckland College of Education, and completed his Masters of Commerce at Auckland University. He lectured in a tertiary institute in accounting and tax law for four years. [Read more…]

Sex for rent: The seedy underbelly of NZ housing affordability crisis

As New Zealand house prices and rents continue to skyrocket, those in financially vulnerable situations are turning to prostitution.

New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations national president Rory McCourt said students facing financial hardship often turned to sex work in order to cover living costs.

International students were at the greatest risk, McCourt said.

And with rents in New Zealand up $25 a week over the year to April advertisements offering “free rent for services” are springing up across mainstream house-sharing sites.

An ad posted on Craigslist in Auckland offers a free bedroom in the suburb of Glen Eden in exchange for “sexual favours.”

Full story: Published 20 May 2015