Amicus Curiae: Accident Compensation & Corporate Responsibility – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Chris Ryan The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) does more than provide cover for personal injury; it is also New Zealand’s largest investment fund, managing $31.4 billion in funds. ACC invests in order to make up any difference between the levies collected and the cost of compensation. As a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, ACC is obliged to …

Amicus Curiae: The NZ Intelligence and Security Bill – Who Watches The Watchmen?

By Hannah Yang The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill (the Bill) recently passed its first reading in Parliament earlier this month, and is the Government’s response to the Report of the First Independent Review of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand (the Report). This report, the first of its kind, was published in February this year in accordance with 2013 …

Amicus Curiae: To Merge or Not to Merge? That is the Question

Content Contributor, Ashley Wainstein The housing crisis in New Zealand has been at the forefront of concern in recent years with house prices increasing at what seems to be an exponential rate, fuelled by an influx of overseas investors and property investment speculation. This issue has gone on to affect New Zealanders in a severe way: homelessness. Homelessness has become …

Amicus Curiae: Revisiting the TPPA – Has the Status Quo Changed?

Content Contributor, Paht Satjipanon   The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement that intends to liberalise trade and investment between 12 Pacific Rim countries. After seven years of negotiations, the bill was passed with 62 votes to 59, and was signed on 4 February 2016. The TPPA covers a region encompassing 40% of the global GDP and …

Amicus Curiae: Teaching an Old Act New Tricks – The Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill 2016

Content Contributor, Naushyn Janah Major change is under way for New Zealand’s social security legislation. The Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill 2016 passed its First Reading in May and is currently being reviewed by Parliament’s Social Services Committee. Following the Committee’s consideration of the Bill, it will then be reported to the House of Representatives in September. The Bill replaces …

Amicus Curiae: Divide and Conquer – The Problems with Auckland’s Proposed Unitary Plan

Communications Co-Manager, Eugenia Woo A few days ago, there was a revision of Auckland’s Unitary Plan by an independent hearings panel. Their consensus was that Auckland as a city, needs to become denser. While it was expected that the panel would endorse an increase in density, there were other recommendations made that took the public by surprise. Auckland was always …

Amicus Curiae: 620,000km of Separation – The Relationship Between the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary and Treaty Settlements in NZ

Content Contributor, Chris Ryan At the UN in September 2015 the New Zealand government announced that the Kermadec Islands, which are located 1000km northeast of New Zealand, were to become one of the world’s largest marine reserves. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will cover 620,000km2, an area equivalent to 15% of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, twice the size of New …

Amicus Curiae: March for Moko – New Zealand’s Family Violence Problem

Ruby Grubb, Content Contributor Murder and manslaughter: same maximum penalty, process and homicidal act. Different sentence, stigma and sense of justice. To the families of escalated domestic abuse and communities tired of soft judicial penalties, the terms ‘murder’ and ‘manslaughter’ are not just labels. Murder is defined under section 167 of the Crimes Act 1961: “(a) if the offender means …