Labour sexual assault review – terms of reference

Labour has released the terms of reference for the review into the sexual assault issues at the Young Labour summer camp. It will take 2-3 months, and all Labour Party members will be contacted.


Maria Berryman Review: Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Berryman review have been finalised.

  1. Ms. Berryman will inquire and report on:
    1. all Labour Party policies and procedures in relation to Young Labour events, that existed as of February 2018, having regard to all relevant legislation;
    2. whether such policies and procedures were applied correctly in respect of the February 2018 Young Labour summer camp;
    3. whether the policies and procedures, when correctly applied, adequately support the Labour Party’s objective of providing a safe environment for members and participants;
    4. all Labour Party policies and procedures in relation to the planning and management of events and the handling of complaints, having regard to all relevant legislation;
    5. whether such policies and procedures were applied correctly in respect of the February 2018 allegations;
    6. whether the policies and procedures, when correctly applied, reflect best practice.
  2. The Reviewer will not investigate or make findings about the specific allegations of sexual assault, except to the extent of how the policies and processes were applied in relation to the events prior to, and after, the alleged assaults.
  3. The Reviewer will make any recommendations for change that she thinks appropriate.
  4. In addition, because the possibility of at least one other incident of a similar nature has been raised in the media, the Reviewer will also be available to, and will establish processes to:
    1. receive any other concerns of issues that any person may wish to raise in relation to previous events (either relating to Young Labour or the Labour Party more generally); and
    2. take such steps as she considers appropriate in relation to those other issues, having regard to the wishes of those who raise them with her. Those steps may include recommendations to the Labour Party Council.

“Ms Berryman is commencing immediately with the initial focus of her investigation on the Young Labour camp in February. The review is expected to take between two and three months,” said Nigel Haworth, Labour Party President.

“A statement will be issued when the review has been completed, outlining any recommendations as well as the steps the Labour Party will be taking to implement them.

“All members of the Party will be contacted in relation to the review.

“Historical cases may be brought to Ms Berryman’s attention by sending details of the case to: labourreview@kensingtonswan.com

“This address will be confidential to Ms Berryman and will be available on our website at www.labour.org.nz.

“The Labour Party will fully cooperate with Ms Berryman’s requirements in the completion of her review.

“Labour will not be commenting further while this investigation is underway,” said Haworth.

15 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  March 19, 2018

    Oh how convenient “Labour will not be commenting further”.
    More of the same.

    • PDB

       /  March 19, 2018

      Yep – three months in the hope everybody forgets they have tried to cover up sexual assault for political reasons. Defies belief no one has been sacked over this & a real fail by Ardern in terms of leadership.

      • Blazer

         /  March 19, 2018

        has sexual assault been proven in ..law yet…or are they allegations?

        • PDB

           /  March 19, 2018

          Labour don’t know whether or not the ‘allegations’ of sexual assault are true or not but tried to cover them up anyway – obviously finding out the truth is not important to them.

          • Blazer

             /  March 19, 2018

            so you confirm you are merely offering your very biased opinion, that has no basis…in fact.

            • Alloytoo

               /  March 19, 2018

              Only fact we really have is that Labour tried to hide whatever happened.

            • PDB

               /  March 19, 2018

              Alloytoo sums up what you are missing Blazer – Labour covered up the allegations without even knowing if they were true or false hence they obviously have no issue with covering up sexual assault for political reasons.

            • Blazer

               /  March 19, 2018

              The Govt isnot..the Police.

          • duperez

             /  March 20, 2018

            An ordinary organisation has something untoward happen at one of its events.
            The organisation is having some sort of review about it.

            Now all sorts of Toms, Harrys and Dicks who have nothing to do with the organisation are telling them how to do the review. Well, have something to do with them, but only by way of hating them and everything they stand for.

            Life was much more simple in some parts of the Wild West in the 1800s. If we’d kept their simple methods this wouldn’t be a topic for discussion now. And the carrion, hanging in the trees in the village squares, well picked over by the hawks and minahs, would be swinging in the autumn breezes.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 19, 2018

    Labour will not be commenting further while this investigation is underway,” said Haworth.
    Cunning as a kiore. Doesn’t stop the Oppos asking questions about it though. Plus the Greens have given them more Questions.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 19, 2018

      I thought we employ 9000 police to investigate these things?

      • Gezza

         /  March 19, 2018

        No, wuite a lot of them are on road policing & a couple are on burglaries.

        • Gezza

           /  March 19, 2018

          *quite

          • Gezza

             /  March 19, 2018

            Anyway it shouldn’t take the police that long to interview the victims & bive the perp a warning. Labour’s offered him counselling too. That should help.

            • Gezza

               /  March 19, 2018

              *give. God I hate this FiP sometimes. Especially when I do a balls up after rarking Corky up for one.