Amicus Curiae: A New Law? A Standalone Strangulation Offence Awakens

Ashley Wainstein, Content Contributor Labour party member Kelvin Davis has put forward a proposed members’ bill with the intention of amending the Crimes Act to make non-fatal strangulation a standalone criminal offence. The Law Commission is recommending the same course of action, having found that in cases where strangulation did not result in obvious external injury, perpetrators of the crime were …

Amicus Curiae: Decile Wars – Chris Hipkins Strikes Back

Jenna McLachlan, Contributor   Recently there has been an increasing concern that schools do not adequately provide funding for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This has called into question the effectiveness of the nation’s decile funding system. In response, Minister of Education Hekia Parata has proposed to funnel more resources to students ‘at risk’ of under-performance by implementing new standards …

Amicus Curiae: Look At Me Now – New Zealand’s Response to Celebrity Domestic Abusers

Eugenia Woo, leading contributor Last week, Immigration New Zealand announced that Chris Brown would be unable to enter New Zealand in December for his world tour performance. The R&B singer was refused permission to enter the UK in 2010 because of his felony assault conviction sustained in the attack of his then-partner, Rihanna. INZ spokesman Marc Piercey stated that one …

Amicus Curiae: Retrospective Legislation, A No-WINZ Proposition

Elizabeth Murray, Leading Contributor It has recently come to light that Work and Income has underpaid some beneficiaries since 1998. Instead of rectifying this error by giving additional funds to beneficiaries, the Government seeks to retrospectively change the law to avoid paying for eighteen years’ worth of mistakes.  This calls into question the legitimacy of enacting retrospective legislation to fix governmental …

Amicus Curiae: Hungry for human rights – the strike for Jade Follett

Eugenia Woo, Leading Contributor A few weeks ago, there was a hunger strike held by the queer and trans prison abolitionist group, No Pride In Prisons, in order to have Jade Follett transferred from Rimutaka Prison to a women’s facility. Jade Follett is a transgender woman who had requested multiple times this year to be transferred to a facility appropriate for …

Amicus Curiae: Slumming It – The Cost of Curing Our State Housing

Ari Apa, Content Contributor Maori party co-leader, Marama fox, has labelled the New Zealand Government our country’s biggest ‘slumlord’. The spotlight has been on Housing New Zealand following the death of toddler Emma-Lita Bourne. It was reported that she developed pneumonia partly caused by the cold and damp living conditions of the state house she lived in. Since her tragic death, …

Amicus Curiae: The Kids Aren’t Alright – Raising the age limit for Youth Courts

Eugenia Woo, leading contributor Recently, Justice Minister Amy Adams expressed interest in the Ministry of Justice conducting an examination targeted at finding out whether the current age limit of 16 to be eligible for the Youth Courts should be raised. The Youth Courts tries offenders below the age of 16, and the offending does not appear on their criminal record. …

Amicus Curiae: The Budget bites back – repercussions of the new 10-year plan for Auckland

Eugenia Woo, Leading Contributor The last time a budget attracted public attention and scrutiny from Aucklanders, it was to do with concerns about crime and justice investment. However, the matter that has brought Mayor Len Brown’s 10-year budget for Auckland into the spotlight is to do with the rates increases for property owners that will accompany this long-term plan. The …

Amicus Curiae: Establishing A Child Sex Offender Register in New Zealand – A Reasonable Infringement of Rights?

James Peacock, content contributor On August 13 2015 Social Development Minister Anne Tolley introduced the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill to Parliament. This bill will create a child sex offenders register with the purpose of “reducing sexual reoffending against child victims” and mitigating the “risks posted by serious child sex offenders”. The proposed register would provide the police with …