Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hone Harawira's behaviour unacceptable to the Maori party...

Tariana Turia says the Maori Party has been flooded with abusive angry emails in response to Hone Harawira's tirade

A reluctant Tariana Turia has finally answered media questions over the Hone Harawira email saga.

After refusing to front on the issue, the Maori Party co-leader had no choice when door-stopped by reporters this afternoon.

When asked how damaging Mr Harawira's expletive-laden email has been, Mrs Turia admitted it has caused considerable damage to the Maori Party. She says it has been been flooded with abusive and angry emails in return.

"Of course it's distressing to find that our relationships with the public are particularly fragile. And that's what we've noticed from the responses that have come in."

Mrs Turia says the past week has been very tough.

"I think that what was in the email was particularly distressing. There's no doubt that number one - nobody likes to be spoken to in that manner. No one likes abusive emails, least of all myself. So I have found that incredibly distressing."

Mrs Turia says Mr Harawira's behaviour is unacceptable and the Maori Party leadership is taking the matter very seriously. She says a decision on possible disciplinary action will be made at tomorrow's hui in Kaitaia.

As far as the public is concerned, the Maori Party is dog tucker at the next elections!

Acknwledgements: NZCity, NewsTalkZB

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Government accused of not taking the issue of cancer seriously...

Demand for melanoma awareness:

Cancer Society spokeswoman Judith Galtry says the government must raise melanoma awareness among young people

The Government is under fire for not appearing to take the issue of skin cancer control seriously enough.

The Cancer Society has released figures today showing the disease costs the health system more than $57 million a year. Spokeswoman Judith Galtry says there should be more funding for a schools sun protection programme. She says part of the problem is the issue is being sent backwards and forwards between the Ministries of Health and Education.

Dr Galtry says neither ministry appears to support the programme, despite the fact it is very successful. She says young people are at a higher risk of melanoma and early learning can be effective for establishing good practices throughout life.

Dr Galtry says skin cancer prevention is highlighted as a priority in the Cancer Control Strategy developed by Government and non-Government agencies.

Acknowledgements: NZCity, NewsTalkZB

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Badly behaved Mongrel Mob members get the boot...

Badly behaved Mob members get the boot...

The Hastings Mongrel Mob is throwing out members who behave badly, a number have been de-patched in the past year.

The Mongrel Mob is trying to amend past wrong-doings in Hastings by kicking out badly-behaving members.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule has been meeting with senior gang members to try to find long-term solutions to youth gangs and anti-social behaviour in the area.

He says the Mongrel Mob is starting to listen to the community's concerns.

"They have de-patched a number of members in the last year because of certain incidents. They basically said that if they wanted to belong to a gang then they need to behave, basically."

Mr Yule says the Mongrel Mob admits that criminal behaviour stems from high unemployment