High Hopes? Weighing the Pros and Cons of Cannabis Decriminalisation

By Joshua Sade-Ina New Zealanders will soon have the chance to decide whether Cannabis should be decriminalised and allowed for recreational use as part of an upcoming referendum set to take place in 2020. This is a key demand under the GreenParty’s confidence and supply agreement that is currently active with the Labour led Government.  In the past, marijuana has …

Tea Time?: What the Changes to the Employment Relations Act Actually Mean

BY FIONA WU On the 11th of December 2018, the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 received the Royal Assent and was officially passed into law. It was the cumulation of a longstanding promise by the Labour Party to reform employment policy and deliver fairer outcomes for workers. Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway argues these amendments essentially restore the system to …

“Unworkable”: How New Zealand’s Euthanasia Bill Can Be Improved

By Nithya Narayanan   David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, introduced to the House in 2017, is arguably one of the most contentious pieces of legislation to have been floated in New Zealand Parliament. Unsurprisingly, the bill has triggered strong and highly emotional responses since its introduction. In a 2018 debate, ex-Prime Minister Bill English referred to the proposed …

The New World: The “death” of piracy in New Zealand

By Harry Cui The death of digital content piracy has been foretold. The story is inextricably woven with our expectations, a simple tale of good and evil. Akin to the actions of King George I, governments will not enforce laws retroactively and grant clemency to those who have committed wrongs in the past. However, future offenders will be given no …

Understanding the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

By James Adams Several lengthy documents on New Zealand’s response to climate change have been published this year. For example, the Ministry for the Environment (“MfE”) sought public feedback on the design of a Zero Carbon Act in June this year. 14,500 submissions were received, suggesting that there is substantial public interest in this policy area.   The Productivity Commission …

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 …