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escalating violence in our community
Become a member of the
Sensible Sentencing Trust
When: Sunday 28th March 2pm
Where: Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Road, Christchurch
The Youth Section advocates:
Crime is Cruel
Teen Rights come with Responsibilities
Its cool to be kind
Lets have fun achieving our goals
YSST is bringing youth together to make a difference.
Our vision is to once again feel safe in our own beautiful country.
Come along and show your support .
Ph: 03 355 5729 or 02 2653 8689,
Adult Entry - Gold Coin . Youth - Free
The meeting will be opened by Mayor Bob Parker with the founder of the Sensible Sentencing Trust Garth McVicar being a guest speaker. It is being organised by Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner in conjunction with Leah Matena who is assisting and can be contacted on Mobile 027 3066 458
Description and location map of the Christchurch Town Hall is here with a floor plan of Level One where the Limes Room is, just to the right of the upper level of the James Hay Theatre as you come out of the elevators
See Press Release here for further details
Program details here
Gangs of youths chained together, cleaning streets and roadside drains below Tongariro? It could be on the cards, if the public listen to the Sensible Sentencing Trust.
At a recent public meeting called by Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper, the SST raised the idea of American-style inmate tent prisons and chain gangs to deal with what Mr Cooper says is a rising youth crime wave sweeping through the middle of the North Island.
Shane talks with Sheriff Joe Arpaio via satellite link from Phoenix, Arizona, the man who has made tent prisons and chain gangs a reality in his Arizona patch of Maricopa County.
And later in our Auckland studios Shane discusses the New Zealand response to the idea with Garth McVicar from the Sensible Sentencing Trust, NZ First Law and Order spokesman Ron Mark and Maori Party Law and Order Spokesman Pita Sharples.
This was very successful, and was fully booked months in advance, we could have had three times the number that attended. There were speeches from Minister of Police Annette King here, and Leader of the Opposition John Key here. Far more importantly we had a hugely powerful and moving speech from Ida Hawkins, mother of Colleen Burrows who was kicked to death by Mongrel Mob members. Her speech brought on tears in many, even some of the politicians. She was the only speaker to receive a standing ovation. We hope to bring you a video soon!
There were also questions from the audience to a Board of MP's. Those and the answers are here. Speeches were also given by Ron Marks from NZ First, Heather Roy from Act and Peter Dunn from United Future. Kevin McNeil, son of Lois Dear also made a powerful speech. We formally presented our Three Strikes Policy and gave copies to all the MP's present.
We had a very interesting presentation from Nigel Latta of "Into the Darklands" fame. This was followed by a presentation by Barrister Nikki Pender on legal aid for victims.
In conjunction with Pride of Papakura we participated in a protest march on the 12th of April to push for government action on crime, and also against the early closing of the local Police Station. The march was initiated by mayor Calum Penrose and district councillor Mark O’Connor. It started at Ray Small Park and ended at Central Park, opposite the Papakura police station, and approximately 1250 people took part.
A hugely successful public meeting was held by the Trust in Taupo on Monday night in conjunction with the Taupo City Council to discuss the recent crimes in Taupo and issues relating to youth crime. It was held at the Great Lake Convention Centre and attracted a crowd of approximately 1000 (800 by a Radio NZ estimate ) with standing room only and the crowd spilling outside. We were delighted with the response especially what with it being a wet miserable night.
The speakers were Rick Cooper, (Mayor of Taupo), Violet Perfect (Auntie of Karen Aims, the Scottish murder victim), Ron Marks, Simon Power, Mark Burton and Garth. Garth was warmly welcomed by the Community and applauded many times by the crowd throughout his address. He showed a 10 minute video of his Arizona visit to tent city and meeting with Sheriff Joe which was viewed with great interest by all.
The Trust continues to receive amazing support from the public and it is difficult to keep on top of the huge amount of membership applications coming into the Trust on a daily basis. We certainly appreciate the support we receive, and know we are making a difference - thanks to you all.
At the Sensible Sentencing Trust we work together to obtain a large base of community support to ensure safety for all New Zealanders from violent and criminal offending through education, development of effective penal policies, and the promotion of responsible behaviour, accountable parenting, and respect for each other at all levels of society.
When : Friday 16th February 2007
Where : The beautiful and challenging Hill Country Estate 9 hole par 3 Golf Course at Black Barn Road, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay
Time : Shotgun start at 2 hourly intervals. Last tee-off at 4pm.
Teams will be rostered at different intervals throughout the day.
Sponsor a Hole: $1000 includes 4 players and hole signage.
Fees: $800 for a team of 4 golfers. $30 for non golfers.
Refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: ASAP to Christine Chambers, tel: 027 220 7898, email: email@example.com
Lots of team prizes to be won on the day, (no individual prizes).
Prizegiving and Memorabilia Auction 6 PM
If you’re unable to tee-off we welcome donations!!
The Hill Country Estate
July 4th 2004
Ellerslie Convention Centre
80-100 Ascot Avenue
Suncourt Motor Inn
Phone (07) 3788265
Opening AGM : 10:00 AM Saturday 16th
followed by Morning Tea
11:00 AM Reflection and catch-up
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM Future Direction (discussion)
03:00 PM Re-election of Trustees.
At this stage Sunday is free for your ideas
IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE SENSIBLE SENTENCING TRUST
LAWYER, JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR OF
"A LIFE FOR A LIFE"
David Garrett, an experienced lawyer, argues that murder has become more brutal, more random and more common, and that the punishment no longer fits the crime.
Before practicing law in Tonga, David practiced law in both New Plymouth and Wellington. He is increasingly concerned about the New Zealand Justice System's failure to halt the growth of Violent Crime in New Zealand.
COME AND LISTEN TO DAVID GARRETT , GARTH MCVICAR and STEVE COUCH SPEAK
AT : ELLERSLIE WAR MEMORIAL HALL
138 Main Highway , ELLERSLIE.
(also known as Ellerslie community Centre)
ON : TUESDAY 16TH APRIL
"IF GOOD MEN AND WOMEN DO NOTHING..EVIL WILL TRIUMPH'
COME AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!!
Fight against crime and for a safer community
Sunday 24th March 2:00 pm, 2002
Papakura High School,
Garth McVicar (SST)
The Herald published this excellent article focusing on Rita Croskery's powerful speech and her determination to make NZ safer after the death of her son.
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