with wise words from a survivor.
"He said the Government's fast-track scheme was a way of getting the victim backlog down as easily as possible.
"They're trying to make it go away," he said.
Mr Mahy said the United Nations Torture Committee was to give the New Zealand government feedback on how it had dealt with the historical claims later this month.
He said this programme was a last minute bid to look like something was being done.
"Everything the New Zealand government has done to date is cynical.
"They're about to be slammed by the UN without a doubt. Anyone who's involved in these claims - wait for a couple of weeks and see what happens with the UN because New Zealand isn't going to get away with this." "
From the Carers NZ newsletter
Funded Family Care: What now?
TVNZ would like to interview some family carers for a feature story about the Funded Family Care payment. After all the years of human rights action, are things any better for carers? The Ministry of Health is considering a report produced following a review of the FFC nearly two years after its implementation. Our feedback indicates that some carers love the FFC, many don't bother being assessed for it for various reasons, and some say their household is worse off now that they are receiving it. The bottom line is that $23 million a year was budgeted for this payment for up to 1,600 carers, and only about 200 are receiving it, with a fraction of the annual budget spent. Lots of carers are missing out, but why? If you have experiences of FFC to share, consider participating in the TV news story. Carers are also asking for a public rally to be held in Auckland about the FFC for open discussion and debate about the payment policy. We will facilitate this. Register your interest in attending a rally by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0800 777 797, so we can keep you informed. We'll be asking the Ministry and MPs from all parties to attend the rally, to engage directly about the FFC with families, whanau, and people with disabilities.
On this Day...Disability Pride Day and the day that the New New Zealand Disability Strategy is launched in a dawn breaker at parliament, I am heartened by the interview with Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier on Natrad this morning.
In my opinion, the New Strategy is exactly what the Government ordered.
Aspirational happy clappy twaddle with no clear direction and certainly little in the way of actual facts.
According to the blurb...NZ is doing just fine with meeting the requirements of the UNCRPD and reports from the UN monitoring committee will be acted on.
And I feel Peter Boshier obviously sees this, as this morning he gave us directions to his Office if we want the Government to meet its obligations under the Convention.
I didn't get an invitation to the launch. Rosemary, did you?
I didn’t get an invitation to the launch. Rosemary, did you?
The (recently instituted) Interweb Generated Guffaw of the Day Award to you Hilary!
(And here's me hoping that you got an invite and would tell us what they dished up for breakkie.)
I am pretty sure that the CEO of the Counties/Manukau District Health Board will have made sure that Peter and my names are on the Master List of Persons Not To Be Allowed To Attend On Threat Of Trespass for gala Launches of Government Disability Related Initiatives.