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 …

Amicus Curiae: A Brief Rundown on Why Raupatu (Land Confiscation) is Still a Live Issue

Content Contributor, Meg Williams The author acknowledges that she is pakeha and does not wish to speak over Maori voices. If you have any issues with the content of this article, she invites you to please contact her. As New Zealanders, we often pride ourselves on being a tolerant and progressive society. However, for a long time there has been …

Amicus Curiae: It Beggars Belief – Why Wellington Wants to Ban Begging

Pooja Upadhyay, Content Contributor Concerns over the behaviour and growing presence of street beggars in the nation’s largest cities have increased pressures on city councils to take action. Retailers and pedestrians alike have expressed frustration with beggars aggressively targeting passers-by. This has resurfaced the nation-wide street begging problem that must be dealt with through a combination of long and short-term …

Amicus Curiae: This 4/20, The War on Drugs Continues

Family First NZ’s Bob McCoskrie has just hit out at suggestions of the legalisation of marijuana in New Zealand. In an opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald, McCoskrie slams ideas surrounding medical marijuana and any potential benefits of taxing the drug. The controversy surrounding the legal status of this drug is not new. In recent years there has been …