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Friday, April 25, 2008

Spicy Pork 2



This interesting bit of info popped up in Simon's trial yesterday...

While being cross-examined by Mr Oosterman's lawyer, Graeme Minchin, Mr Wickens acknowledged the use of pepper spray had been associated with deaths in New Zealand and the United States. Constable Blair Yockney, who pepper-sprayed Mr Oosterman, said he was aware police general instructions said pepper spray was not allowed to be carried by police officers rostered for duty at a demonstration without a district commander authorising it. "But I was not rostered on for duty at the forest institute protest. "Because I was rostered on for watch-house duties I had my full general-duties belt on, including OC spray, when I was called in to assist with the protest." Judge Chris McGuire has adjourned the hearing until June 24 for closing submissions.

...so let's be clear, a District Commander has to authorise pepper spray to be taken to a protest, but the cop who pepper sprayed Simon wasn't given that authorisation at all because he came straight rom watch-house duties, so the Officer who sprayed Simon hadn't been authorised to carry the Pepper Spray into a protest action. Hmmmmm

3 Comments:

At 26/4/08 3:08 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND EQUITY TASKFORCE REPORT 31 MARCH 2008.

IT SAYS THE FOLLOWING AFTER A BRIEF MENTION OF QUOTAS FOR UNDER REPRESENTED GROUPS AND NOT OVER REPRESENTED GROUPS LIKE ASIANS AT 66% JUST 1% UNDER PAKEHA AT 67% AND ONLY UNDER 10% OF THE POPULATION?

"...SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE TREATY OF WAITANGI AND AIMS TO DELIVER EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES TO "PACIFIC" PEOPLE 'AND MAORI' AND "OTHER" ETHNIC MINORITIES (WHO ARE HEAVILY OVER-REPRESENTED FOR EXAMPLE?) AND (SIC) TO THOSE FROM LOW SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS..."

Or significantly fewer foreign graduates with a more manageable limit or QUOTA of say 50% for Asian students!

 
At 27/4/08 8:34 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The policeman was in the wrong but...

...simon is a fuckwit so couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

 
At 28/4/08 3:58 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a small country with limited resources, a University with high international aspirations may compete with larger, wealthier nations by developing innovative strategies to identify, recruit and retain high quality staff and students from a wide variety of backgrounds. A diverse staff acts as an inspiration and challenge to a diversity of students.

The University of Auckland has a strong and unequivocal commitment to ensuring that talented individuals from all sectors of New Zealand society can participate and succeed in its academic programmes, across all disciplines, at all levels, and as staff and students. It recognises the competitive advantage in reaching out to the widest possible pool of talented people, irrespective of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status.

In most areas of the University’s operations, very good progress was made during 2005 in the delivery of equal opportunities. All Faculties and Service Units were closely engaged in strategic initiatives that enabled the University to fulfil its commitment to equity in employment and education.

Target equity groups for 2005 included Māori and Pacific staff and students, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, women academic staff and women students in some disciplines, women staff in senior positions, and staff and students with disabilities.

SO WHY GET RID OF SPECIAL ADMISSION FOR MATURE STUDENTS OVER 20 YEARS OLD WHICH IS UNIQUE TO THIS COUNTRY?

AUSA/NZUSA.

 

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