End of Year Report 2018

EJP celebrated another successful year in 2018, with over 130 volunteers working on legal research, outreach and education and community services, spread across our four teams. Photos from our end of year function will be posted on our Facebook shortly. In the meantime, we present EJP’s End Of Year Report for 2018.

Event & Research Paper: “Modern Slavery in New Zealand” Symposium

  Symposium The Equal Justice Project’s Access Team presented their second symposium of the year: “Modern Slavery in New Zealand – Time to Act” on the 17th of September. Given the continuing exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand, increasing rates of human trafficking, the issue of orphanage tourism as a form of modern slavery and limited supply chain accountability …

The Future of Māori Seats

Rachel Buckman “The fact is that Māori don’t need to be told that they’re not good enough to be equal, or that somehow they should be handicapped, or somehow they should be pigeon-holed … Māori don’t need the Māori seats – they don’t need any more tokenism.”[1] These are the words of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, speaking at his …

Australia’s Crackdown on Classified Disclosures

Eve Gamet Amidst the turbulence that is Australian politics, and with the international community’s growing interest in media-related legislation, it would seem odd that harsh and restrictive legislation could be passed without too much by way of uproar. However, under the recently ousted Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 came into …

Pushed to the Limit: Double-Bunking and New Zealand’s Overcrowded Prisons

Anuja Mitra From the Waikeria prison,[1] to controversy over the use of solitary confinement,[2] to a recent United Nations ruling that New Zealand had abridged the rights of prisoners in preventative detention,[3] prisons have been frequently hitting the media recently. Prisoners “double-bunking” is the latest issue to do so. Individual cells are the norm for New Zealand prisons, but the …

The Euthanasia Bill: Everything You Need To Know

Katrina Bernadette Currently, assisted suicide is illegal in New Zealand. Before David Seymour introduced the End of Life Choice Bill in 2017, there have been two attempts to legalise euthanasia. In 1995, the Death With Dignity Bill co-authored by National Party MP’s Cam Champion and Michael Laws went to Parliament. It failed by 61 votes against to 29 votes for. …

Better, Faster, Stronger, CRISPR: The Future of Gene-Editing and its Implications

Patricia Lu CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a revolutionary gene-editing tool that has the scientific world abuzz. Viewed by many as “one of the greatest biotechnology advances of the past century”[1] since its discovery 6 years ago, CRISPR’s potential is found to be both extensive and varied. Talks of an inevitable Nobel Prize are also frequently thrown around.[2] With applications in …

Voluntourism and New Zealand: It’s Time for Parliament to Intervene

This article is based on research by EJP’s Pro Bono Team, consisting of Imogen Little and Lucy Kelly (Pro Bono team Co-Managers), Rosa Gavey, Carissa Fleury, Helen Loveridge, Jarod Davies, Lexi Finucane, Madeleine Hay, Renée Zhang and Yash Patel. Their extensive research was summarised into this article by Rachel Buckman, Eve Gamet, Nithya Narayanan, Anuja Mitra, Goergia Osmond and Milly …