EJP Outreach Euthanasia Symposium Paper

Click here to view the Euthanasia Symposium Paper. The euthanasia debate has been ignited following Lecretia Seales’ public plight to clarify the state of New Zealand’s law on euthanasia. In June of 2015, the High Court ruled that medical assistance to help Ms Seales die at a time of her own choosing would be against the current law, and that …

Applications for EJP Director 2016 Now Open

Are you passionate about social justice? Are you organised and have a vision for how the Equal Justice Project can be bigger and better than ever? Apply to be a 2016 EJP Director! We are currently taking applications for a new EJP director for 2016. You can apply for the position using the form below. The EJP Director role involves …

The 2015 Equal Justice Project Hui

As law students, our greatest assets are our idealism, energy, and passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives. However, given the nature of law school and the constant grind of assignments and tests, it can be easy to lose sight of why we chose to be a part of the work that the Equal Justice Project does to …

Audiovisual Recordings: EJP Miscarriages of Justice Symposium

In recent years, New Zealand’s attention has turned towards the reality that there are innocent people in our prisons. Though Mark Lundy’s conviction has now been confirmed, the exoneration of David Bain and Teina Pora reminds us that there our prosecution, trial, conviction, and appeal processes lead to injustices. Following these high-profile proceedings, the Equal Justice Project’s Outreach team was delighted to welcome …

Exclusive Interview with Jan Logie MP on Abortion Law Reform

EDITORIAL NOTE: In preparing her recent article on abortion law reform (available to view here), EJP Content Contributor Rebecca Hallas had the opportunity to interview Jan Logie MP regarding the Green Party’s policy on abortion. Released in the build up to the 2014 election, the Greens’ policy was met with fierce criticism by opponents of liberalised abortion laws. The full text of …

Amicus Curiae: The Rise of Neo-Nazism

By Hart Reynolds If you’re surprised then you aren’t paying attention. On Saturday August 12th violence erupted between protestors and counter-protestors over the removal of a statue of a Confederate general. During the clash, a Nazi sympathiser deliberately drove into a crowd, leading to the death of one woman. Shock and horror echoed across the globe in response to the …

Cross-Examination: Transgender Personnel in the Armed Forces

BY ALEX CRANSTOUN The palindrome of blue and pink stripes with a central white line in the transgender flag means that it is impossible to fly the flag incorrectly. This is analogous to the view that there is no right or wrong approach to gender. The LGBT+ community has struggled to gain the same rights and privileges of the wider …

Amicus Curiae: Jacinda Ardern and the Children Question

BY HANNAH YANG Within 24 hours of Jacinda Ardern’s appointment as the new leader of the Labour Party, the question has arisen as to whether it is appropriate for employers to ask women whether they intend to have children. Discussion emerged after comments were made by AM Show presenter Mark Richardson during an interview with Ms Ardern, with the former …

Cross Examination: Andrew Little & New Zealand’s Defamation Laws

BY HANNAH YANG The reach of qualified privilege as a defence to a defamation claim and the conflict between free speech and personal reputation has recently come under scrutiny by the courts once again. In Hagaman v Little, or the Andrew Little defamation case, as it is more popularly known, Clark J ruled that comments made by a person in …

Amicus Curiae: The Ninth Floor: Reflections on Former New Zealand Prime Ministers

BY JAMES ADAMS In less than two months, New Zealand will be having a General Election, and New Zealanders will decide who will lead our country for the next three years. Here, as elsewhere, the cacophony of sound-bites can make it hard to understand exactly what it is like to be Prime Minister. How easy is it to effect change? …

Amicus Curiae: The New Ministry for Vulnerable Children is Not Exempt From Criticism

BY ALEX SIMS On the 31st March, the official implementation of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, (Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry), took place, replacing Child, Youth and Family (CYFs). The Minister for Children, Anne Tolley, welcomed the new Ministry stating that it “puts children and young people’s safety and wellbeing first”. Anne Tolley claims that the new Ministry is the …

The Equal Justice Project Presents: The Opening Function 2017 & Annual Hui

THE OPENING FUNCTION To kick off the year, we participated in a Pōwhiri with the wonderful team from the Waipapa Marae, as well as the members of Te Rākau Ture, Ngā Tauira Māori and Te Aro Ture. This was a precursor to our 2017 Hui the following day.   Once officially welcomed, we moved into the hall to eat, drink, and listen …

Law Students: the Silent Struggle with Mental Health and Wellbeing

By Haya Khan ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ is one of the multiple mental health groups from the University of Auckland. The Warriors aim to promote positive discussion around issues of mental health and spread awareness by creating an inclusive atmosphere within law school. In doing so, they hope to lower stress levels and anxieties that are rarely discussed but which are collectively …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Rapidly Increasing Prison Population

By Olivia Folu June 2017 was the deadline set for the Government’s goal of reducing reoffending by 25%. However, as of May 2017, the reoffending rates had only decreased by 4.5%[1]. Despite the government’s goal, the prison population increased by 1454 between 2014 and 2016 alone. With the prison population, as of December 2016 at 9,914[2], this will likely be …