Constitutional Review Panel
I am pleased I have this opportunity to express my opinions, analysis and suggestions regarding the constitutional review. There are several attachments to this email that support my submission, (ie The Black Book, MIS Business Plan, Fence At the Top of the Cliff rehabilitation model, Te Whariki) there are also social media and internet sites that form part of it.
For the past 10 years I have fought ACC, mental health and others for health care and justice, in that time I have studied my rights and our laws. Part of this knowledge included Bill of Rights, Human Rights, ACC, Auditor-General and Disabled Rights legislation (also criminal law). I also studied first year law in 2001 at Victoria but was hurt at the end of the year and unable to return (ACC refused me support with my education).
Now I sit in the series of lectures IGPS is running and understand 90% of what the speakers are saying. In fact I understand far more than most about the impact of problems with our politicians and public services. This is life and death for me and others, this is the difference between happiness and misery, nobody else in the room is subjected to this experience from what I can tell, it is like a game to them (money protects you, poverty neglects you).
Those around me appear out-of-touch with the reality of those living in the Darklands of New Zealand and how corrupted the process of justice is, especially in my case. People I know have also had enough of watching huge amounts of money and resources going into government projects or employees who do not have our society’s best interests at heart. (Please read the words etched in glass around the Appeal Court, Molesworth Street, Wellington). Or large marketing campaigns that do little to help those suffering and more to help marketing company owners buy luxury boats and apartments.
John Burrows encouraged people to make submissions in his talk on 8 March at Russell McVeigh in particular help with defining what makes up our constitution – for me this is as follows:
Bill of Rights
Human Rights Act
All signed international humanitarian agreements
Treaty of Waitangi
God of Nations (our national anthem)
Prayer recited before Parliament sits
Words that surround the Appeal Court (promises)
Health & Disability Commission Act
Governor-General and Royal responsibilities
The Bible (as we are fundamentally a Christian society under the Commonwealth and Queen) Standing Orders (anything that protects a citizen’s rights to live with dignity in a free and just society)
Thing is we have all these laws but a sexual abuse victim fighting for her rights to health care and justice is persecuted for trying to get help and protection of these laws – what the hell is going on in this country. I have contacted dozens of lawyers but nobody can or will represent me, even though Community Law tell me I need a lawyer – I am now severely traumatised when I am rejected.
I have copies of several of the acts and seven boxes of information and correspondence (the red tape war) on sexual abuse, psychology, health models, legal rights, disability, rehabilitation, etc etc. I havn’t worked for 10 years, but I’ve been busy educating myself any way I could – like attending these lectures, studying health, rehabilitation and journalism at Massey University, etc.
From my notes I will respond on several issues you talked about and give my overall impression of what was being communicated.
Firstly there seems a huge Maori/Treaty focus when this is a small part of this discussion – I am committed to the Third Article of the Treaty that we are all equal and any deviation from this overriding principle is apartheid. I loath and despise the Treaty gravy train of lawyers, academics, bureaucrats and politicians – while I witness mostly Maori people desperate, angry and afraid outside Lower Hutt District Court (and all courts through NZ I expect) on a regular basis. Have one member of your panel ever spent time outside these courts talking to the people. Many are there for smoking, growing or selling cannabis, mostly for health and financial reasons- it is also a cultural right as far as I am concerned.
The constitution gravy train disturbs me as well, I forgo food and clothing to pay for travel to these lectures – I have less than $200 in the bank (less if you count my 10 year old $4,000 student loan from when I studied law), I am struggling to pay my rent and cannot help out my daughter who just started a course in Wellington. How much do the people working on this review get? How wealthy are they? Do they own a house, holiday every year, can buy shares in electricity companies being swindled off people like me? Imagine if you gave poor people chits for public transport to get to these lectures – so money wasn’t a barrier to their participation in this discussion.
As part of my disorder I have become very creative and turned to the arts to deal with being psychologically tortured and degraded by health and justice authorities. I have a psychiatrist (Alan Doris) who will write a report that confirms how I have been treated by ACC, mental health, police and others is torture – especially when you suffer from a stress disorder with its own challenges. Sort of like picking on the most vulnerable person in the room – thankfully I have a very strong spiritual connection that protects me.
John Burrows said the constitution belonged to the people and govt are subject to the rule of law, so why are current laws not followed by the NZ government in my case? I desperately need a lawyer can ANYBODY on your panel or reading this email please provide me with a lawyer – I have no money but have been told I am entitled to legal aid.
I was trespassed from Parliament for standing in silence during the opening prayer (there was no room to kneel) and for singing as I walked up the staircase. I take my rights to attend parliament and speak at select committees extremely seriously, to have this right removed when I was expressing myself is censorship/discrimination of the worst kind. I need a lawyer to deal with this issue also.
I was interested in what you said about electoral integrity of ministers under the Electoral Act. Does that mean if a minister gets prosecuted for torture/neglect of a person begging for their help that they could be removed from office. What about crimes against humanity – I know dozens of mentally ill and abused people living lives of degradation and dysfunction due to lack of health care, welfare and support, many have begged for help. I have written to every politician in parliament about my situation and had the buck passed back to the Minsiter who didn’t believe anything I said and as a result NOTHING. When this happens my protests step it up a notch – which is why I was threatened with arrest twice last week, outside police headquarters and in the foyer of the IPCA (from where I was trespassed). Attached is an audio recording of that interaction, my recording device ran out of memory so not much of the police escorting me out of the building – they were really nice about it, just doing their jobs. Its the IPCA were the scumbags.
Please refer to my posts, art and photographs at the following internet addresses:
I am trying to get the protection of the Bill of Rights Act for me and thousands of abused and mentally ill/injured people, we know what it is like to be tortured, experimented on and brainwashed into thinking our mental health was bad because of our own problems, not the problems of society made worse by unemployment and significant illegal cuts in services.
Last year I watched the district court in Wellington for just over an hour, out of 12 cases four were mental health. I know from talking with supreme court staff (on a chalking mission) that the numbers of mentally ill/injured people in the justice system was of concern. This is blatant discrimination and vicimization of a disabled person, also I know that many of these people are being tazered – this sort of persecution and torture in a decent society is a gross miscarriage of justice. This needs to be investigated by the police immediately.
When I contacted the police asking that ACC and mental health be prosecuted under Section 157 of the Crimes Act for failing to do what the law required (by providing me health care and support) and causing harm as a result, a police car was sent to my home. I was threatened with incarceration and told not to be over-dramatic – I slammed the door in the officers face.
I have been asaulted by the police outside ACC, refused a doctor when forced to spend a night in the Wellington Central Police Station cells/dungeon, refused a religous minister, mental health have refused to go to police station, I have been stripped naked by police then told to get dressed and go home after mental health staff walk out. I was arrested for writing a poem on chalk on a building in Masterton, it spent three months going through the courts only to have the charges dropped at the last minute. I have had around 20 visits from police to my home (some have resulted in IPCA complaints), I have been arrested 4-5 times, been through the court system on 3 different occasions with the case being dropped at the last minute (which was very traumatising), my daughter has been harassed and threatened with a fine by police, etc etc.
Currently I am putting together a complaint to the High Commission for Human Rights in Fiji – I have waited two months for police to provide my file (the are supposed to do it in 20 working days), now I am going to have to make a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner – that is all I ever do – make complaints. I want a real job that pays money so I can get off welfare, something that pays more than $480 per week, which is what I currently get (my rent is $250 pw). All I have ever wanted was the care I needed to get back to work – how sad is my country – I am ashamed and disgusted in how me and thousands of other abused people are treated.
What is the point in a constitutional review if the poorest citizen cannot get justice or use the Bill of Rights and all those other legal and moral promises they make NOW? It won’t be any different in one document because all the checks and balances DO NOT WORK! (ie commissions, auditor-general, police, ombudsman, members of parliament, separation of powers, reviews, etc)
My overall feeling from the lectures is our bureaucrats know politicians and some of their colleagues are out of control and refusing to deal with the facts of a situation. Even MMP was introduced to try and combat the corruption and immoral conduct of arrogant elitist politicians not working in the best interests of all citzens – it was instead taken over by them. Nobody I talk to trust our politicians or have much respect for them – yet you see them around their peers and staff and they are treated like Gods.
I have recently had another legal question I would like answered about being able to hold the mainstream media to account for censorship of my poetry and protests. There is so much support for what I do in the community but without my actions and issues being communicated to the general public through mainstream news media I am oppressed and important information is hidden from people.
As it is Human Rights year for making my voice count I suggest your panel do much more to promote the views of people like me. Why don’t we get to do a 20 minute speech, why do we only get questions (mine was never answered), people need a voice, not rich and powerful people – people at the bottom. I want to speak to the Board directly, look these people in the eye and tell them exactly the hardships and suffering huge numbers of New Zealanders are now subjected to after years of illegal reforms, free/unfair trade and political tyranny. Our appauling suicide rate is testimony to how degrading, cruel and oppressive this current regime of leadership is.
Parts of this submission require urgent action, I look forward to your reply. God please help sexually abused men women and children get the health care and justice they are entitled to by law. God please bring back good jobs to New Zealand. God please stop this torture wheel of hell that is attacking and destroying our kind and caring Kiwi culture.
HUMAN SEWAGE LIVING IN THE DARKLANDS OF NZ