NEWS INDEPTH
BACKGROUND PAPER ON PCA REVIEW

Released by the Minister of Justice at 1pm 11 April 2001

Review undertaken

In June 2000 the Minister of Justice Phil Goff instituted a review of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA). It was undertaken by Sir Rodney Gallen over the months of June – October 2000. The purpose was to review the role of the PCA in investigating and resolving complaints and incidents concerning the Police, having particular regard to:

·The Authority’s strengths and achievements;

·Any weaknesses that may exist in the Authority’s structure, legislative mandate or performance;

·The relationship of the Authority to Ministers, the Police, and the three branches of government generally;

·Whether any improvements could be made, and if so, what.

In addition, the review was to focus on two key questions:

·Should... More

THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PCA REPORT

APPENDIX ONE

(as released by the Minister of Justice 11/4/01)

RECOMMENDATIONS ARISING FROM THE REVIEW OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY

1.The name of the Authority suggests that it is a part of the police and for that reason, it ought to be changed to the “Independent Authority for the Investigation of Complaints Against the Police”, to be known by the acronym IACP.

2.The Authority, ... More

CANCER INQUIRY: THE DETAILS

A year after it began, the Gisborne cervical cancer inquiry has found that when Dr Michael Bottrill started getting it wrong, the system failed to notice.

And today, a decade on, the system still has some way to go.. and politics may be getting in the way of putting things right.

9am and a moment of truth.

No misreading this time; their faces and feelings as for the first time, they read ... More

CANCER INQUIRY: THE REACTION

Today’s meeting began as it did one year ago with karakia.

But for the women of Gisborne not all the recommendations were as welcome.

“ That there is nothing new in this report. Everything that has been recommended here was recommended 15 years ago in the Cartwright report. I know today you are assuring us you are standing there and you are assuring us that you are going to take steps but please... More

GOODBYE TO THE WARRIOR PRINCESS

This is the week, New Zealand must lose its most successful make-believe heroine.

The final day of shooting for Xena, the warrior princess, is tomorrow.

For her fans .. who you might call Generation X .. the breast plates and leather will be packed away, the weapons laid down, and peace will reign in medieval American telly land.

The cries of battle will no longer be heard in the foothills... More

ONE MORE SLEEP

While everyone else enjoys Christmas Day this year, Lord of the Rings fans will still be muttering "just one more sleep to go."

Why ? Because the movie's going on general release here Boxing Day. The film's distributors have named the day for the New Zealand premiere of the first in the trilogy.

But they won't say whether Boxing Day will also be the international debut.

It's not clear... More

THE MAORI OPTION

Power sharing at Moutoa Gardens....a resolution to a bitter struggle.

But many Maori consider their struggle within the political system is the issue that requires attention - and more Maori seats.

High profile Maori Broadcaster Derek Fox came within a few hundred votes of beating Parekura Horomia last election.

Now he says he has the answer for Maoridom.

"The first thing we have to do... More

HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter fans who can't wait to see their young hero on the silver screen can now get a sneak preview.

A small portion of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' can now be seen on the Internet.

"There's no such thing as magic" says a line from the film.

There is if you're a Harry Potter fan, the character who made it cool for kids to read.

And there is just a tantalising glimpse... More

FULL INTERVIEW WITH PIONEER PADDLER

A good old fashioned pioneering adventure has seen three New Zealanders achieve a world first.

What's more they did it in one of the least hospitable places on earth.

They've kayaked the length of the Antarctic Peninsula, successfully avoiding the worst the ice floes and irate penguins could throw at them.

Pictures sent from the ice cap today proves Graham Charles, Mark Jones and Marcus Waters... More

EXTERMINATE

A time lord has stepped out of television history and into downtown Auckland.

But Doctor Who, and his assistant, found their enemies had got there first.

So too had generations of their fans.

Even Aotea Square's seagulls were scratching their heads.

Who or what were these oversize salt shakers?

"Exterminate.."

But there were no enemies here, they were all friends, even the 6th Dr... More

JACKSON KEEN TO GET THE MOVIE OUT THERE

Lord of the rings director Peter Jackson, has been talking about his trill-ogy. The 3 rings circus is in full PR mode and has generated another tasty morsel this time it’s Jackson and his own excitement about making Hobbit movies.

After being named the book of the 20th Century, it's not surprising that the film version of "The Lord Of The Rings" is probably the most eagerly anticipated film of ... More

LORD OF THE RINGS

The first trailer for the Lord of the Rings is now playing in New Zealand cinemas.

It advertises the coming film trilogy that's still a whole year away.

The trailer runs less than two minutes.. but it's still just enough to provide Ring junkies with their regular fix.

Today's trailer provides just a quick glimpse, but it's obviously one cool movie.

For most it was enough to ensure they'll... More

KIDS GONE FISHIN'

Hundreds of kids, and plenty of parents as well, couldn't resist the lure of a day's free fishing.

The long arm of the law was only there to lend a helping hand, not that everybody wanted one.

The scheme is aimed at getting children out of the house, and onto their nearest beach, river or lake.

For many it is a chance to try something new.

“Kids Gone Fishin’ is about getting the kids away... More

FIRST AID IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Most Kiwis enjoy the great outdoors... but how many of us would be ready for a medical emergency?

Thousands of New Zealanders are allergic to bee stings... many may not even know it. Recently a Te puke woman died after being stung at the scene of a crash involving a bee transporter. It's thought she had an allergy, but didn't realise.

That's why it's important to understand the signs of an... More

IT DID HAPPEN OVERNIGHT

It's New Zealand's most ancient and venerable form of cuisine, brought here more than a thousand years ago.

But as we head off for the family picnic this summer, how many of us are planning to keep that tradition alive?

Gideon Porter takes a look at a good way to feed a crowd.

It looks like a banquet, but this is feast-of-a-feed - Maori style.

The occasion's a 21st birthday celebration,... More

VALENTINE'S DAY LINKS

In the spirit of Valentine's Day we went hunting for love tips, jokes, and e-valentines.

Check out some of these great sites for Valentines' bouquets and brickbats!

to send e-valentines cards

www.lovingyou.com

www.thinkyou.com

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