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E40 15 November 2019 Parliamentary Matters

  • On Tuesday the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill was completed in Parliament and received Royal Assent. This Act enables the establishment of an independent Criminal Cases Review Commission. Membership of the Commission must include at least one commissioner who must have knowledge or understanding of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2018/0106/latest/LMS90599.html
  • On Thursday the first reading of the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Justice Committee. The purpose of this bill is to reduce the retraumatisation victims of sexual violence may experience when they attend court and give evidence by amending the Evidence Act 2006, Victims’ Rights Act 2002, and Criminal Procedure Act 2011. We advise between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2018, circa 5,900 (25%) of all sexual violence claims made to the Police were reported by Māori; following  Police investigations 1,820 (32%)  of these claims led to charges which progressed to a court trial.https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_93010/sexual-violence-legislation-bill>
  • On Thursday the second reading of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill provides for the transfer of assets and liabilities from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to Te Puia NZMACI Limited Partnership.
  • On Thursday the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill was introduced in Parliament. The purpose of this bill is to establish a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide independent scrutiny of the Government’s progress in improving New Zealand’s mental health and wellbeing, promote collaboration between entities that contribute to mental health and wellbeing, and develop advice and a framework for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.