Partners got to present their report Displaced childhoods to the select committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence of the NZ Parliament this morning. The committee gave 45 mins to this not the 15 they’d scheduled, which has to be good news :)

My MP is Phil Goff, who was foreign minister under the last government and now leads the opposition, so I wrote to his constituency agent (email text below) why don’t you write to your PM? (The addresses are easy to get just Google them or try name.surname@parliament.govt.nz)

Terry,

I am writing to you because I live in the Mt Roskil constituency (though in view of Phil Goff’s experience as foreign minister under the last government it is even more appropriate).

I was delighted to hear that today the select committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence took considerable time to follow up the report “Displaced Childhoods” concerning human rights abuses suffered by the children of Burma (also known as Myanmar).

I would appreciate hearing what action may be taken by New Zealand as a result, I am not sure whether Phil Goff is on that group, but assume that with his interest in foreign affairs he will keep in touch with the issue.

If you/he think that this is not a matter for my constituency MP, then who should I write to, having visited refugees and other people from Burma along the Thai Burma border twice in recent years, and heard first hand the sort of story highlighted in the report you can imagine I feel passionately about this!

Yours sincerely,

Tim