Prisons destiny in MPs’ hands: Tamaki
chiefly responsible for compromising her safety by referencing her in 23 oral questions and 56 public statements.
“In short, you’ve got someone who — for political purposes, venal political purposes at that — is being used as a trump by Opposition members. If protection and secrecy and privacy are called to this issue, then the National Party has been a major offender.”
Following Question Time, Mitchell told the that Peters and Nash were wrong.
“There was definitely a police protection plan put in place for her. We organised that through Minister Stuart Nash. She had gone to a house where she thought she would be safe, and that was part of the plan.”
He said regardless of whether Immigration NZ already knew her address, it was wrong to show up unannounced.
“This is not a woman under investigation from Immigration.
“She’s a Kiwi. Why are they turning up on her doorstep in a house that is part of a police plan?
“If that is their standard practice, then it seriously needs to be reviewed because all it can be seen as is bullying from the state.”
Mitchell said her fears were based on Sroubek’s criminal history and gang assoc iations.
He has also alleged in the House that Sroubek has made threatening phone calls to her.
He rejected Peters’ claim that the National Party had increased those fears.
“The Opposition has a job to do, and if people come to them for help, we will do that.
“The reason the information has come out is because the Deputy PM stood up in the House and tried to attack her character, and called her a National Party informant. That’s why she asked us to speak up for her.”
Police said it would not comment on individual cases. If you’ve ever heard a raucous racket cut through the otherwise dulcet birdsong of a New Zealand backyard, there’s a good chance the offender was a myna.
This noisy character, typically found hanging around North Island roadsides, is considered a pest because it feeds on fruit and causes damage to crops.
Annual surveys have shown how their populations are on the rise — to the point they today outnumber even our friendly fantail in urban gardens.
Now a new study shows New Zealand mynas aren’t even playing us the greatest hits their Asian native ranges enjoy, but a dull setlist of harsh screeches and shrieks.
The findings come from Dr Sam Hill, a former Massey University ecologist whose previous focus has About 2000 people, led by Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, gathered outside Parliament yesterday urging the Government to allow the church to work within prisons.
Tamaki presented a petition to Justice Minister Andrew Little, asking the Government to allow its Man-Up programme — focused on tackling family violence, depression, obesity, addiction and suicide — into prisons.
Speaking to Destiny Church faithful — as well as a group of MPs — on been on tu¯¯ı, which, conversely, boast a florid repertoire of more than 300 tunes.
His latest project stemmed from something that struck him while visiting a Nepalese village four years ago.
“I recorded a myna that sang a hugely complex song, which got me wondering why . . . the mynas we have here in New Zealand have such ludicrously simple and noisy ones.”
He now puts this down to a phenomenon called the founder effect — where genetic variation is lost when a new population starts from a small number of individuals.
“Our understanding [from research in] other species was that birds introduced to new areas from their native ranges generally have these founder effects — which lead to genetic bottlenecking, isolation and sometimes inbreeding, and in terms of vocal behaviour, more the steps of Parliament, Tamaki said the Government should be doing more for Ma¯ori in prisons.
“I said to Willie [Jackson, Ma¯ori Development Minister] I have never seen so many Ma¯ori MPs in Parliament at one time — what are you doing? For all of my efforts to try and get into prison, they [the Government] shut us down.”
After his speech, he appealed directly to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Just like she gave $30 million simple songs.”
For his study, just published in
Hill and his colleagues sourced songs from multiple mynas across their native range, which ran from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan across to India, Nepal and China. They also gathered field recordings from mynas in countries they’d been introduced to — New Zealand, Australia, Oman, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Next, they assessed 75 individual birds across all ranges to compare the complexity of their songs.
“Our results suggested, as predicted, song complexity was higher in the native areas in a ‘statistically significant’ sense,” Hill said.
“This could be a reflection of their reduced genetic diversity — but this needs more investigation.” to the Papua New Guinea Government, give $30m to the native or indigenous people of this country who are actually getting helped,” he said, in reference to the Man-Up programme.
Little said he had “heard good things about what you do” and wanted to work with Destiny.
He said he would table the petition in Parliament. “If Bishop Brian Tamaki has a solution, let’s talk about it and let’s hear it.”