Reuters reports: (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, television channels reported on Tuesday, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil.
The Supreme Court gave authorities 24 hours to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 16 others. Pakistan’s stock exchange fell by nearly three percent after news of the court order, highlighting anxiety over political uncertainty.
“Even they can’t do anything because the political government isn’t able to deliver anything from this land. Judgments are being passed by our great, independent judiciary but the government is not ready to implement them,” said a cleric, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri.
Corruption, economic stagnation and chronic power crisis have risen under the government of President Asif Ali Zardari. (more…)
“After all the excitement, I can truly understand Arthur Allan Thomas‘ comment when he said something like no NZ judge has ever helped him.”–Joe Karam‘s client, David Bain breaks his silence.
What we learned from A.A.T was the gift… that “it is healthy to question authority or a system of authority.” Especially if you believe, you haven’t been given a fair deal. The point of justice is about working justice through. Trusting those in authority to ensure it is worked through.
What will NZ decide? (more…)
Nicholas Harris died while in custody of The State a year ago. He was held down by nine people when he died.
Like his family, I too think that was “not good enough.”
I was thinking about this as one of the recommendations that the NZ government gave my mom’s Maori tribe of Helensville (the resident Maori tribe of the electorate of NZ’s current Prime Minister) was to have first right options to buy an Auckland City prison. Seriously, that is what the NZ government want my people to do for a business idea that they suggested in the future. (more…)
HELEN WINKELMANN EXPLAINS THE ART OF REASONABLE OPENNESS IN DECISION MAKING – SET IN A MEDIA CIRCUS SOCIETY
A “volatile media environment… A relentless criticism undermines public confidence in the judiciary…”
–NZ judge Helen Winkelmann explains the increasingly complex world of a judge.
What she alludes to is how judges need to do a 360 on an issue, a lot quicker than they’re used to. Also positioning a case is important. Position it. Listen. (more…)
On the 31st August, 2010 I photograph a Dame Elizabeth Taylor billboard in Los Angeles, The City of Angels.
She still was with us then, tweeting and urging people to be kind.
Travel through time to New Zealand, 28th November 2012. Life is pretty static.
I watch a judge on a very important case about water, advise a young lawyer “Stop. Take a deep breath. Count to ten.”
In a green whenua land, our PM & Phil Heatley say “Do fracking properly.” It’s a gas.
Meanwhile lovely Maori elders wait for justice’s flow to hear from a judge ”the recognition of Maori proprietary rights and interests in water – was inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and therefore unlawful.”
injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
–Martin Luther King.
e rere haere nga kapua i te rangi i tona wa hoki te kapua whakapipi, i tona wa e rere haere nga kapua ki te rangi. clouds fly across the heavens and in time return as one and in time fly across the heavens again to return as one.
–Ngati Tuwharetoa whakatauki a FOMA – Te Kapua Whakapipi. Image: Tongariro Maunga, FOMA.
We must be watchful and vigilant that air quality remains King of the Earth’s lungs.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.11.12~
JUDGE JANE FARISH ON “YOU CAN’T ABDICATE RESPONSIBILITY” PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT SCHOOLING – GREYMOUTH TOWNSHIP NEWS
“It’s not enough to say ‘I gave the job to somebody else’ – you can’t abdicate responsibility.”–Judge Jane Farish gets busy sorting out the principles being learned of Pike River for Greymouth families and the mining industry.
Photo caption: The first official photo of the new American Idol judging panel, featuring Mariah Carey, Whangarei City’s home boy Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Picture: Fox.
A good line up of stars.
A Northland Kia Ora… & Ola LA! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
Press Release – Tribal Affairs – The Crown & Ngati Whatua Iwi:
“The Crown today signed a deed to collectively settle the historical claims of iwi and hapū over shared interests in the Auckland area, including maunga (volcanic cones) and motu (islands), Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.
The deed was signed at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In attendance were Mr Finlayson and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples representing the Crown, representatives of the iwi and hapū groups that have been negotiating as the Tāmaki Collective, a number of local Members of Parliament, and also Auckland City Mayor Len Brown.
“Today we have reached a critical step towards settling all historical Treaty grievances in the Auckland region,” Mr Finlayson said. “This deed of settlement resolves some of the most complex overlapping claims and shared interests in the country, and the relationships built here lay the foundations for a better future for iwi and hapū, the Crown, and the city of Auckland.”
The Collective Deed vests the ownership of 14 maunga (volcanic cones) in the Tāmaki Collective. The maunga will be co-governed by a body made up of representatives of Auckland Council, the Tāmaki Collective and a Crown representative.
“For generations the maunga have been intrinsically important to the iwi and hapū of Tāmaki Collective and the people of Auckland,” Mr Finlayson said. “This integrated management approach will bring benefit to everyone and ensure that our iconic symbols will remain long after we have gone.”
NGATI REREAHU, KING COUNTRY IWI, PARTNERS WITH MYSTERY BENEFACTOR IN CRAFAR FARMS ROW NOW HEADED FOR THE SUPREME COURT
In Long Walk To Freedom New Zealand Farming News:
“Shanghai Pengxin’s application to buy the Crafar farms is to go all the way to the Supreme Court after a deep pocketed mystery benefactor stepped forward to bankroll Rohe Potae (New Zealand’s King Country) iwi Ngati Rereahu’s challenge.
Two Ngati Rereahu trusts who wanted to purchase two of the Crafar farms which lie on ancestral land were part of a consortium led by Sir Michael Fay which was outbid by Shanghai Pengxin for all sixteen properties.
The consortium challenged the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) and Government approval for Shanghai Pengxin’s purchase in the High Court and more recently in the Court of Appeal (more…)
Nikki Finke ‘s Hollywood website (the best) reports:
Chinese director Wong Kar Wai will be the Jury President of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
The Shanghai born director who grew up in Hong Kong, who has won many international awards, is one of the most important representatives of world cinema.
Wong Kar Wai’s unique and extraordinary style has inspired countless filmmakers and made him a cult figure of contemporary auteur cinema.
His directorial debut occurred in 1988 with As Tears Go By. His work Days of Being Wild, screened at the Berlinale Forum (91), Chungking Express followed in ’94, a film that would garner Wong Kar Wai his international breakthrough as an artist. (more…)
My Maori mom is so cute. She is never impressed by celebrities as a rule. Three she even talked about over the last three years have been, Brooke Fraser and Bono who she saw in concert live in New Zealand.
Recently she met Jason Kerrison of the Kiwi band OpShop. She says she liked his korero (chat) with her. Kerrison had moved to Northland, New Zealand and built a new home as he says he feels much safer in the North, to create and do his music. I explained to mom that Kerrison is a reality TV series judge with UB40‘s Ali Campbell and Kiwi fashion icon Rachel Hunter on the TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent. Mom was like, whose Ali Campbell? Lol!
Mom is also a big fan of singer-songwriter Joel Houston too, only because she knew his grandparents well. Only Joel’s quiet ballad songs mom likes though. Ironically, Bono’s and U2‘s raucus rocker songs, mom quite likes.
Her favorite U2 song is Beautiful Day.
[Music Jason Kerrison & OpShop's Maybe ]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
Fishing and US: Press Release TV3: A New Zealand fishing company has been found guilty in a US court:
A United States federal jury in Washington DC has convicted New Zealand fishing company Sanford of dumping oil waste off American Samoa and falsifying records.
The jury also convicted one of the company’s employees of falsifying records, the Associated Press reports.
The Auckland-based company faces fines of up to $US3 million ($NZ3.7m).
“We can’t decide whether to appeal it or not until after the sentencing,” says the company’s managing director, Eric Barrett.
Prosecutors said Sanford’s vessel San Nikunau dumped oil from its bilges without using pollution prevention equipment. They also said the company covered this up by falsely claiming such equipment had been used. (more…)
In case you missed it, the following were the hot news topics of one of the two important Maori News shows from New Zealand. In Te Reo Rangatira (the poetic and rich Language of Chiefs, 1000 years created and spoken in our land), hot topics follow:
More real yet otherworldy than a Star Trek Hollywood movie is The Volcanic activity on Whakaari: The volcanic activity can be seen and heard from the island volcano of Whakaari (White Island) prompting the warning status to be upgraded. Hinerangi Goodman spoke with the community of Whakatane today.
We mourn the disappearance of two rock climbers and an instructor of gas coast, New Plymouth: Way to young to go missing: Names released of missing trio in rock climbing accident – Police have released the names of the two students and a rock-climbing instructor who have been missing since they fell into the sea off New Plymouth’s Back Beach last night.
Fallen NZ soldiers arrive in Christchurch tonight - The bodies of Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone will arrive in Christchurch tonight. The soldiers were killed in Afghanistan last week. (My heart hurts for the families of the slain. War is brutal. For what purpose are NZ’s sons being taken, is more my heart on this issue. And for our military - Kia Kaha nga toa aroha me manawatu a Ngati Tumatauenga Tatou).
Thank Chrissendom Wairere Skies for the High Court some days. It really does curb the greed of a few, who think they’re above the law, when they are not. High Court rule in favour of Whakatu Inc: While the water rights issues are continuing with the tribunal, a South Island corporation has seen their decision to pursue in a breach of trust case against the Crown in the high court, ruled in their favour.
Hekia Parata, a gifted, capable and talented person has copped a rough shift on her watch as Education Minister lately. No confidence in national standards league table: The Associate Minister of Education says he doesn’t support the National Standards league tables released by the Education Minister. At this stage, 10% of NZ schools are yet to register their results so they can be updated online for public view. (more…)
“The founders of our country were great men with a vision. They were held back from realizing their ideas by the times in which they lived. But I think their notion was that society would evolve and the meaning of some of the grand clauses in the Constitution … would grow with society, so that the Constitution would always be in tune with the society that law is meant to serve.”
–Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. AP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.8.12~
Christropher Finlayson, Attorney-General for New Zealand was on New Zealand news today. The man who makes politics and law ethics sound like Shakespeare being performed live in New Zealand, appeared on TV to speak of Taranaki’s Port Nicholson.
Mr Finlayson says that the mismanagement of Port Nicholson could lead to new grievances further down the pipe line.
The Waitangi Tribunal (the group of judges who advise on Maori assets management under current law) have criticised the lack of communication between Crown negotiators over the Port Nicholson settlement in Wellington. (more…)
Chasing down Pacific tuna Fish News:
Criminal charges laid against Sanford fishing company reveal how lucrative chasing Pacific tuna can be.
Sanford is facing major conspiracy and oil pollution charges before Judge Beryl Howell in the US District Court in Washington DC today. Jury selection has been held. In a statement Sanford managing director Eric Barratt said they will “vigorously defend” themselves from the seven charges in the indictment.
The charges follow an inspection of Sanford’s skipjack tuna boat San Nikunau in Pago Pago, American Samoa, in July 2011. US Coast Guard inspectors witnessed crew clearing a bilge by pumping directly overboard without using the oil water separator (OWS).
Investigations later revealed claims by crew witnesses that San Nikunau dumped oil waste at sea while fishing and tried to cover it up by altering records.
As part of a possible penalty if convicted, Sanford may lose proceeds from its entire catch in the period it allegedly faked its records. (more…)
The Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key says he owes it to the Waitangi Tribunal to consider its recommendation to hold off on the Government’s plan to partially sell state-owned assets until a claim over rights to water is resolved.
Broadcasting legend, Mr Peter Williams and Corin Dann serve the interview with the PM.
MP Hekia Parata also speaks for the PM’s government in Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs) on the issue as well.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Worlds News via Our World Views:
USA: Who will be the USA’s basketball team’s MVP? Take the quiz. Biz quick scoops: Press Digest: NY Times: business news – July 25. Oh no: proposed public soda ban. Energy change planning: U.S. solar plan creates energy zones, excludes sensitive lands. High court tennis: Serena Williams. Not surpised: Fed hush hush on Barclay‘s admission of rigging Libor. Baseball trades: Miami trades Hanley Ramirez to Dodgers. Chicago Bears hit training. Keeping up with The Jacksons.
New Zealand: Kiwis spending more online.
Canada: Canada shifts to China with $15 Billion Nexen deal.
Brazil: Planning Olympics
Indonesia: Another quake.
Argentina: Claudio Yacob sign three-year-deal with West Brom.
United Kingdom: UK & France go drones shopping. 2014: compulsory vaccination for children. Not cool. Philip Johnston is doing way too much. Respect for Shakespeare continues. Rio Ferdinand on Twitter. Relentless economy watch. Europe needs to take less meds. Crowd control treats. Paul Allen is a J-P fan. Joe Allen and Liverpool.
Thailand: Reuters: Market factors watch.
Chile: A child sex abuse hunt in 61 schools. What is wrong with the world?!
[Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia administers oath of office to President-elect Pranab Mukherjee at a special ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi - PTI--The Deccan Chronicle. Suvra Mukherjee, India's new first lady - photo First Post].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.7.12~
In TV Prime Time switch ups news: NZ’s best current affairs show, Sunday, is going to share the limelight to introduce New Zealand’s cast of emerging talent, when the New Zealand’s Got Talent show muscles in on Sunday nights. How sweet. Rachel Glucina has the trumpet scoop.
[Cheeky monkeys pictured include talent judges: Jason Kerrison, Rachel Hunter and UB40's Ali Campbell].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~
[Music: Retro Mariah Carey & Mr Trey Lorenz - I'll Be There].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~