Penalising Solo Parents

Georgia Osmond Life as a sole parent can be difficult, and arguably the government contributes to this by continuing to allow Section 70A of the Social Security Act 1964 to remain. Under this provision, it is possible for sole parents to have the benefit paid per child reduced if they fail or refuse to identify the other parent of their …

Amicus: The Case for Legalising Recreational Cannabis

By Valeeria Slaiman Cannabis has been criminalized in many countries, with the exception of medicinal use in certain circumstances. However, earlier this year Canada made the decision to legalise recreational use. New Zealand’s Green Party, as part of their political campaign, promised drug reform policy that would allow cannabis for personal use and further accelerate medicinal cannabis licenses for use. …

Amicus: New Zealand’s abysmal mental health statistics

Emily Davidson New Zealand has appalling mental health statistics. In 2017, 606 people died by suicide.[1] This is an all-time high. The previous record was set in 2016.[2] Within our broader suicide problem, it is evident that we have a child and adolescent mental health crisis. Our teen suicide rate (those 15-19) is the worst in the developed world and …

Amicus: The Hidden Shame: Force Marriages in New Zealand

Anuja Mitra When the average person thinks of forced or underage marriage, they probably envision a girl from a specific culture or even a different time period, in a country that is decidedly not New Zealand. Yet forced marriage does occur in New Zealand — and has raised significant enough concerns for Parliament to take notice. What is Forced Marriage? …

Amicus Curiae: Transgender Rights in New Zealand: How Far Have we Really Come?

By Nithya Narayanan “Feminism is fundamentally about broadening the parameters of gender – not narrowing them.” As far as gay rights go, it would not be untruthful to say that New Zealand is a bit of a world leader. By the time Australia legalised same-sex marriage in 2017, New Zealanders had already been enjoying the same right for over four …

Amicus Curiae: Can anyone ever win in the Court of Public Opinion?

By Eve Gamet Definition: The court of public opinion refers to the use of news media to influence public support for one side or the other in a court case. This can result in people outside the justice system taking action for or against a party. Fundamental to justice is the right to a fair trial and the presumption of …

Amicus Curiae: Close to Home: The Inquiry into New Zealander Forces in Afghanistan

By Anuja Mitra It is probably fair to say that the average New Zealander spends little time thinking about our armed forces. In many ways, we consider ourselves disengaged from the conflict unfolding in other parts of globe. This assumption may change in light of the government inquiry into Operation Burnham, a 2010 mission the NZDF (New Zealand Defence Forces) …

Amicus Curiae: Life in Plastic is Not so Fantastic

By Emily Davidson Most people know that plastic bags are bad for the environment. Yet we continue to use them on a daily basis. This is not because people don’t care about the environment. It is because we are not confronted with the reality of the consequences. Plastic bags are so ubiquitous and convenient that we accept them without a …

Amicus: Bourgeoisie Values: ESG Corporate Strategy

BY OLIVIA FISHER Corporate sustainability is an approach that considers long-term performance by implementing a strategy that analyses every ethical dimension of business operations in the environmental and social affairs. Corporate sustainability has been disputed on several grounds: as an oxymoron, as a means of imposing a specific political view or as a distraction from addressing pressing social problems. Regardless, …