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Thursday 13 October 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion
department wholly denies the allegation that Mr Ataera has been mistreated or
threatened by the authorities.
was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in July 2021.
came in with a long and complicated medical condition for which he was
receiving drugs and treatment approved by TMO (Te Marae Ora).
medical advice from TMO, he was released in January this year for medical
referral in New Zealand. This was and continues to be fully funded by the
Arorangi prison facility is more than 50 years old and in some respects, is no
longer fit for purpose.
undoubtedly needs to be modernised or replaced to meet current and future
are in the pipeline to establish or refurbish the present facility which is
outdated. Overcrowding has been an issue from time to time, especially when
inmate numbers increased.
department does its best given existing resources, to treat all inmates
humanely and with dignity.
historical past incident of a prison officer who is alleged to have assaulted
an inmate was dealt with. This was an isolated incident. The officer concerned
was terminated as a result.
against inmates is illegal and is not tolerated.
future, it is our intention to expose our staff to further training in human
rights so that they are familiarised with their legal obligations towards
of Corrective Services
reference to Tuesday’s article on Superannuation (Superfund partners with
regional bodies for sustainable investment, October 11)
a club of about 20 participating member countries in the region, that make up
The Pacific Island Investment Forum (PIIF), and the Cook Islands Superannuation
is part of that.
all met in Auckland last week, to discuss ways on how to best manage the
combined ($15 billion) currently under management.
an approved memorandum of understanding (MOU) that came out of that meeting,
now includes a proposed investment strategy for:
doesn’t sound like a Superannuation fund. This sounds more like a Government
you want the members to invest in these kinds of government type initiatives,
with any sort of integrity and transparency, I suggest you throw an extra
option into your investment mix.
a member can choose between different funds, it’s their choice.
another fund option in there called the ‘Government support fund’ and let the
people decide if they want to invest in that.
be mindful, it’s the people’s savings we are talking about here, and it is our
money you are playing with, the members should be able to choose.
respect, I have to close off by saying, I think Damian (Beddoes) is a great
guy, and he’s done a great job managing our Superannuation to date.