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 …

Amicus Curiae: Family Violence – Reforming Self-Defence

Content Contributor, Emily Ferguson Killing an intimate partner in order to protect your own life is a situation most people will likely never experience, nor fully understand. Yet, such is the reality for many victims of family violence. Years of trauma and abuse gradually increase in severity and eventually escalate to a level where the victim fears their life is …

Amicus Curiae: New Zealand’s Biggest Problem – Domestic Violence

Content Contributor, Jenna McLachlan On average, New Zealand police receive a domestic violence call every 5 minutes. In one year the number of reported police callouts have doubled to 100,000 – a figure representing a mere 20% of all domestic abuse incidents. Subsequently, with a national average of 1 in 3 kiwi women experiencing physical or sexual violence at some …

Amicus Curiae: Are New Zealand’s Climate Change Dedications Just Hot Air?

Content Contributor, Chris Ryan The emissions trading scheme (ETS) is the mechanism by which New Zealand plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The ETS assumes that placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions creates a financial incentive for businesses and consumers to pursue more environmentally sustainable behaviour. Under the ETS, greenhouse gas emitters are required to buy New Zealand …

Amicus Curiae: Are Forensic Pathologists Pathologically Overworked?

Content Contributor,  Jade Du Preez A recent report on the availability of forensic pathologists has once again highlighted the difficulties posed by a shortage of experts in the area. Last month Radio New Zealand National released statements from those working in the field, who raised concerns about risking miscarriages of justice in situations where there was an “inequality of arms” …

Amicus Curiae: Racism and Reform – A Recipe for Failure?

Content Contributor, Daniel Gambitsis “CYF” is “racist”, reads a recent Radio New Zealand headline, reporting the words of former Maori Party leader Dame Tariana Turia. Child, Youth and Family (CYF) continues to make headlines while plans for its reform are underway, as its failings are openly discussed. The Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has declared CYF to be “broken” and …