Amicus Curiae: Free Speech vs Hate Speech – Where Do We Draw the Line?

By Hannah Yang In a recent open letter signed by various notable New Zealand figures, including Sir Bob Jones, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Dr Don Brash, and Dame Tariana Turia, Professor Paul Moon from the Auckland University of Technology has warned against the “forceful silencing of dissenting and unpopular views” on university campuses. There is no right not to be offended, …

Amicus Curiae: When a River Becomes a Legal Person

  BY CHRIS RYAN In March the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act became law and the Whanganui River became the first river in the world to gain legal personhood. The Act creates Te Awa Tupua, a legal entity which comprises of the entire Whanganui River and incorporates all its physical and metaphysical elements. Te Awa Tupua is …

Amicus Curiae: The Harmful Digital Communications Act, In Action

BY ASHLEY WAINSTEIN Greater clarification has been given to the new Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 with a recent High Court Appeal case, Police v B. The law in relation to the offence provision, s 22 of the Act (entitled “Causing harm by posting digital communication”), was of issue . A quick detailing of the facts describes a man charged …

Amicus Curiae: ACCC vs Apple – Can Australia Take Down a Tech Giant, and Will We Care?

By Isaac Chen The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently said that they will be taking technology giant Apple to court. They allege that Apple is in breach of Australian Consumer Law because the tech giant is refusing to repair devices that have been previously touched by third-party repairers. To this end, the ACCC alleges that false, misleading …

Amicus Curiae: The Ethnicity Gap in Education

By Isabel Ko NZQA was slammed recently over a ‘far too difficult’ maths exam that left numerous students in tears. In light of this matter, it is necessary to address the questions surrounding the competency of NCEA examinations and its correlation with student pass rates. NCEA was introduced in 2002, replacing the School Certificate, Sixth Form Certificate and Bursary with …

Amicus Curiae: The Dog Days Are Over? Innocent Shelter Dogs Being Condemned to Death

By Jenna McLachlan Dogs are a man’s best friend. Or maybe, as the government proposes, only certain breeds are truly deserving of such a title. Following the 58% rise of dog attacks in the past 10 years, the government has been persuaded to pursue law changes that tighten dog control, and further subject ‘menacing breeds’ to mandatory neutering. In 2015, …

Amicus Curiae: Keep Politics Out of It – How Māori Health is Being Held Back by Those Meant to Be Improving It

Jess Fitzgerald The author acknowledges that she is Pakeha and does not wish to speak over Māori voices. If you have any issues with the content of this article, she invites you to please contact her. Several high-profile individuals have recently expressed concerns that the New Zealand health system is actively “failing Māori”, despite provisions in both legislation and Ministry …

Amicus Curiae: Kiwisaver’s Unethical Investments

By Claudia Russell Over a million New Zealand citizens saving for retirement may be unwittingly aiding the production of cluster bombs, a new study suggests. An investigation by Radio New Zealand has revealed that at least five of the nine default KiwiSaver providers invest in the production of cluster bombs and other deadly weapons. Under the KiwiSaver Act 2006, anyone …

Amicus Curiae: Vive La Environmental Révolution! When Will the Paris Agreement be Ratified?

By Meg Williams Last year our Prime Minister flew to Paris and signed an international treaty. This treaty was a commitment to reducing New Zealand’s carbon emissions, with the goal of keeping global warming to below two degrees celsius. It was labelled a historic turning point in the goal of reducing the world’s carbon emissions. Social media was bursting with …