Cross-Examination: Transgender Personnel in the Armed Forces

BY ALEX CRANSTOUN The palindrome of blue and pink stripes with a central white line in the transgender flag means that it is impossible to fly the flag incorrectly. This is analogous to the view that there is no right or wrong approach to gender. The LGBT+ community has struggled to gain the same rights and privileges of the wider …

Cross Examination: Andrew Little & New Zealand’s Defamation Laws

BY HANNAH YANG The reach of qualified privilege as a defence to a defamation claim and the conflict between free speech and personal reputation has recently come under scrutiny by the courts once again. In Hagaman v Little, or the Andrew Little defamation case, as it is more popularly known, Clark J ruled that comments made by a person in …

Law Students: the Silent Struggle with Mental Health and Wellbeing

By Haya Khan ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ is one of the multiple mental health groups from the University of Auckland. The Warriors aim to promote positive discussion around issues of mental health and spread awareness by creating an inclusive atmosphere within law school. In doing so, they hope to lower stress levels and anxieties that are rarely discussed but which are collectively …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Rapidly Increasing Prison Population

By Olivia Folu June 2017 was the deadline set for the Government’s goal of reducing reoffending by 25%. However, as of May 2017, the reoffending rates had only decreased by 4.5%[1]. Despite the government’s goal, the prison population increased by 1454 between 2014 and 2016 alone. With the prison population, as of December 2016 at 9,914[2], this will likely be …

Cross-Examination: The Universal Basic Income – A Step on the Road to Serfdom?

BY JASPER LAU In the past couple of years in New Zealand, there has been growing calls for the introduction of a form of universal basic income to be implemented in New Zealand. With a study conducted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand finding that up to 46% of current New Zealand jobs (885,000) are at a risk of …

Exclusive Interview with Gareth Hughes on the Green Party’s Public Journalism Fund Proposal

Claudia Russell discusses solutions with Gareth Hughes and explores the Green Party’s latest proposal. Journalism in New Zealand is becoming an industry marked by desperation. News headlines are growing increasingly trivial, and ‘fake news’ has become the phrase of the year. In a changing industry increasingly dominated by global giants such as Google and Facebook, our media organizations are struggling …

Cross-Examination: Motels Replacing State Homes?

BY SABRINA SACHS Housing has reached crisis point in this country. New Zealand and its people stand at a crossroads; do we continue business as usual (with a few minor adjustments), or do we take a stand against the blatant disregard for our rights to shelter and housing? The situation is one where housing prices are increasingly rising, wages are …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Ancient Abortion Laws

BY HART REYNOLDS It is time to reform New Zealand’s abortion laws. On 3 February 2017, the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) added its voice to growing calls for review of the law.[1] The law was enacted in 1977 and states an abortion is only lawful if it meets one of the following criteria: The continuance of the pregnancy would result …

Cross-Examination: The UK’s Climate Change Act – A Hard Act to Follow?

BY JAMES ADAMS Many people see climate change as a technical issue, a challenge for inventors of electric cars or designers of sustainable homes. Others see it as a policy problem, a debate over which levers will most effectively encourage households and businesses to reduce their emissions. Both perspectives have much to contribute, yet I would argue that climate change …