Auckland Sector Hui – September 2015

Hui E! Community Aotearoa – Sector Hui Meeting on 10th September at UNITEC, Auckland.

1. Strengthening New Zealand’s legislative response to family violence – A public discussion document. Presented by Jill Proudfoot – SHINE

http://www.justice.govt.nz/consultations/better-family-violence-law/discussion-document

The Ministry of Justice is calling for submissions on the public discussion document, to be submitted by this Friday 18th September.

SHINE has sample submission templates on their website, and can be found here:

http://www.2shine.org.nz/shine-content-feed/make-your-voice-heard

The presentation began with a general discussion regarding the number of arrests and prosecutions declining, while the number of protection orders and self referrals to family violence programmes were increasing. The reduction of people going through the court system was decreasing those accessing programmes and services available downstream.

 

SHINE’s submission will be available on their website:

http://www.2shine.org.nz/resource-room/sample-submission

 

Jill Proudfoot summarized some main points, although please see SHINE’s full submission for further information:

  • Violence and Migrants: It was positive that partners of NZ citizens would be able to stay in the country, however victims were not entitled to assistance within the 3-4 week gap before receiving a fast-track visa.
  • Coercive Control: Needed to be factored, as although the abuse may not be physical SHINE is working with those who are terrified of their partner.
  • Terminology – Family vs. Domestic: Very important to get the words right.
  • Protection Orders: Need to be fully funded, and a breach of an order needs to be taken seriously and not up to Police as to what is followed up and what isn’t. “Voice of the Victim” needs to be heard, and police making these decisions takes this away.
  • The safety of the victim is paramount
  • Face to Face processes, including mediation, restorative justice, couple counseling – timing is wrong. Incentive of shorter sentence for perpetrator. Also similar with shared parenting, where the children can be sent to who has abused their parent.
  • Judges are not always privy to all information – sharing information could assist this.

Discussion followed:

Peter Glensor introduced the issue of NGOs who hold critical information on families should have a chance to submit to the courts, which was raised at the Hui E!  Wellington hui.

‘Safety trumps privacy” – Police taking measures to inform/preventative action

‘Safety trumps natural justice” – Safety is more important than the rights of family. Supervised visits are the normal, not extraordinary.

Jill closed with directing those to the SHINE website to explore this further, reminding those present that submissions are due this Friday, but that the conversation was expected to go beyond this date.

 

2. Community Sector Meeting with Auckland Council (Thursday 24 September – Takapuna)

A document was distributed with information regarding a meeting with Graham  Bodman from Auckland Council. The meeting has been called because people in the community sector have questions and concerns about the ECA.

If you wish to attend please RSVP. Note that the meeting time has been extended – 10.30am-12.30pm.

https://volunteeringauckland.org.nz/nonprofits/events/empowering-communities-a-conversation-with-auckland-council-sep-15

 

3. Open Letter regarding taskforce on refugee sector and increased intake – Jocelyn Armstrong (Auckland Inter-Faith Council )

Jocelyn presented letter on behalf of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, which a copy was distributed to attendees.

If you wish for name or organisation to join the list of signatories, please contact Tayyaba Khan at ChangeMakers for information.

A copy of the letter and list of signatories can be found here:

http://crf.org.nz/press-release-open-letter-new-zealand-government-refugee-sector-task-force-and-increase-intake

 

4. Open floor

The Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ (PG) updated the group on their Contract Tendering Process case against the Ministry of Health. The court ruled in favor of PG, with the government now appealing. The judge’s ruling can be found in the link below:

http://pgfnz.org.nz/news/long-wait-worth-it-for-problem-gambling-foundation/

Points raised in the following discussion:

  • PG raised that the appeal by government applied to the whole sector, and not just their individual organisation. By-in from the wider community sector was needed to lodge the appeal to challenge the competitive tendering process – in terms of either crowd funding/contributing $$ for lawyer costs etc.
  • The competitive tendering process is very disruptive to the community sector, by causing suspicion, bad faith between neighboring organisations who are then expected to collaborate at the end of the process.
  • An alternative procurement process needs to be looked at. The current secret, commercial-style process isn’t good for the sector.
  • Reference to the Productivity Council report, with the example used “If a service costs $100, why is the government paying $80 for it?” Part-funding is an issue.
  • The Problem Gambling Foundation has had all its contracts restored and rolled over until 2017, regardless of what happens with the Appeal. They may choose not to contest the Appeal process since they now have achieved all they sought to do with the original case.

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