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Tuesday November 13, 2018

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Monday, 26 February 2018 12:15

Human Rights Review Tribunal claimant Lyn Copland, whose son Samuel Fischer died in Wellington Hospital's care, says the hearing delays further prolong the trauma of Sam's death. "It is disgusting, it is insulting and it’s cruel to put somebody through this. The privacy breach was bad enough, but this is adding salt to the wound." Human rights justice delays

People fighting for their human rights face "beyond unacceptable" waits of more than two years for justice, after politicians and officials ignored repeated pleas for a law change to help clear the backlog, documents reveal. "Access to justice is being denied to almost all," Human Rights Review Tribunal chairman Rodger Haines said in his latest letter, to new Justice Minister Andrew Little. "For a tribunal charged with protecting human rights the situation is ironic, to say the least." Claimant Lyn Copland – a grieving mother publicly shamed by the chief executive of the health board in whose care her son died…
Saturday, 10 February 2018 07:58

HRC welcomes Court of Appeal decision overturning care ruling HRC welcomes Court of Appeal decision overturning care ruling

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the Ministry of Health’s ruling about how much a mother received for caring for her son full-time. Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that the decision recognises the hardships that families have faced over the years caring for disabled adult family members who have chosen to be cared for by another member of the family. "Dedicated family members have had to go through protracted, complex and stressful court proceedings to access fair and equitable compensation for their work," says Ms Tesoriero.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 17:54

Widower wins right to super and compo

Dunedin widower Fin Heads has won a landmark human rights case over what he terms ''obscene'' legislation that forced him to choose between his superannuation and his dead wife's ACC compensation. Mr Heads (74) said yesterday he had just been vindicated by his successful Human Rights Review Tribunal claim, after a long ''stressful, emotional'' quest for justice. The tribunal found part of the governing ACC legislation was ''inconsistent with the right to freedom'' from age-based discrimination, under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (1990).
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:48

Mum wins latest round in care payment fight

The mother of a Down syndrome man has won the latest round of a lengthy legal battle to be paid as his caregiver. Margaret Spencer has cared for her son Paul, now aged in his mid 40s, from birth. Her claims were shut down by the Ministry of Health, despite rulings from the court in the landmark Atkinson case that its policy against paying family caregivers was illegal.
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 08:16

Husband of ex-MP loses job for peek at records

The husband of a former NZ First MP has lost his job after inappropriately accessing the criminal records of a former party official. The Corrections Department confirmed manager Dennis Taylor, husband of Asenati Lole-Taylor, is no longer employed after an investigation into a complaint by former director and Mana electorate chairwoman Marise Bishop. Her historic drink-driving convictions were divulged to senior party members when she sought re-election at a 2012 convention.
Thursday, 29 May 2014 19:41

Legal aid funding down $12m

Labour MPs have identified a $12 million black hole in legal aid funding. From July 1, $7 million will be cut from the budget for criminal cases and $5m from family and civil cases. The gap came to light when Labour MPs questioned Justice Minister Judith Collins and senior ministry officials at the parliamentary justice and electoral select committee today.
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:14

Deal reached over doc's privacy breach

The Canterbury District Health Board appears to have reached a deal to avoid legal action over a doctor's 2007 privacy breach. The case could have proved a test case for whether DHBs are vicariously liable for their staff breaching patient confidentiality by accessing electronic records without permission, something virtually untested in New Zealand. University of Canterbury law professor Ursula Cheer said she was unaware of any cases in New Zealand where an individual had been sued, let alone a DHB, over such a privacy breach.
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