Jackie Blue's Roskill Report, sent Thursday 5th May 2011.
ANZAC Day ANCAZ Day Mt Roskill War Memorial on May Road
Anzac Day is a time to remember and honour the sacrifices that young Kiwis and Australians made when they landed at Gallipoli 95 years ago. It is also a time to pay tribute to all our servicemen that have taken part in subsequent wars and peacekeeping efforts.
It's a really special day for me as it gives me a chance to proudly wear my father's medals that he was awarded for his World War 2 army service. The service at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall just gets bigger each year and is attended by a wide cross section of the Mt Roskill community.
Later in the day I was privileged to attend the Anzac service at the Ranfurly War Veteran's Home at Three Kings where 91 year old Phil Buscomb was finally presented with war service medals - 67 years after his discharge from the New Zealand Army where he served with distinction in the Pacific.
Roskill Youth Zone to Open
This wonderful new facility, which is located adjacent to the Wesley Community Centre, Sandringham Rd Extension, will be opened by the Prime Minister next month.
The Roskill Youth Zone Sport and physical activities will play a big part with the centre catering for the many diverse cultural groups in the community.
The Youth Facility will have many fantastic amenities such as an indoor basketball court/large hall, gym equipment, sound proof music room, break out rooms, cafe, and an outdoor basketball court/volleyball court.
Putting Victims at the Centre of the Justice System
The Government has announced reforms to give extra support to victims of crime. This is the result of public consultation since December 2009 on the document "A Focus on Victims of Crime: A Review of Victims' Rights". A Victims Centre will be established within the Ministry of Justice to oversee victims' services.
The Centre will develop a new Victims Code to help victims understand their rights, the services available to them, and the complaints process.
Other changes include reforming Victim Impact Statements, changing the Victim Notification System, introducing new accountability requirements and complaints processes, and a wider use of restorative justice. A Victims of Crime Reform Bill will be introduced by mid-2011.
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