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, …

Amicus Curiae: In Defence of Free Speech

BY AKHIL PARASHAR The right to free speech is the right to express one’s opinions without censorship or restraint. Free speech allows us to engage in debates, which is integral to arriving at the truth. Recent events surrounding the “deeply religious” rugby player, Israel Folau, have sparked debate around when dialogue becomes hate speech or harassment. It is vital to …

Amicus: Investigating Taika Waititi’s claim: is New Zealand racist?

By Nithya Narayanan Earlier this year, New Zealand director Taika Waititi (of Thor: Ragnarok fame) said: “New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place”. Elaborating on this proposition, Waititi made reference to a number of features, including an unwillingness to pronounce Maori names properly, and widespread racial profiling of Polynesian individuals. He also alluded …

Amicus Curiae: How Could New Zealand’s Tax System Promote Social Justice?

By James Adams Our country’s tax system raised about $80 billion last year for the government to spend on improving the living standards of New Zealanders. However, tax can be more than merely a way to raise revenue: it can also be used to promote social justice and other policy outcomes through its design. For example, the progressive nature of …

Amicus Curaie: Social Media and the Cost of Privacy

By Patricia Lu Social media platforms and the privilege they have over our data is the elephant in the room that’s finally being talked about. With the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe on May 25, it is important to understand the extent of how our privacy is being used for …