Cross-Examination: The Housing Crisis in Auckland: A Discussion

By Katrina De Joya In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the decline of affordable residential housing in Auckland. Homeownership has been at its lowest level in 66 years.[1] In 2013, 65% of individuals owned a home, the lowest it has been since 1953.[2] As prices for homes keep increasing, the Kiwi Dream of homeownership seems to be …

Cross-Examination: The Fault in Our Funded Family Care Policy: Why New Zealand should reform how family carers of disabled New Zealanders are compensated

By Lauren White The Government has been sending mixed signals to the international community. On one hand, they have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, displaying a commitment to preserving the rights of New Zealanders who live with disabilities. On the other hand, ahead of their periodic report on New Zealand, the UN have …

Cross-Examination: Oil and Gas Exploration: What Does the Ban Mean for New Zealand?

By Nithya Narayanan For New Zealand, “clean and green” is much more than a slogan—it represents a brand. Amidst growing global concern around climate change, the introduction of a ban on future offshore oil and gas exploration provides the perfect opportunity to examine how the permit system in New Zealand functions, and the impact that the ban may have in …

Cross-Examination: The Underrepresentation of Women on Boards

By Anuja Mitra Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter recently caused a stir with her comments that “old white men” on private sector boards needed to make room for others. Genter stated that boards across New Zealand comprise overwhelmingly of men, many of them older men, and that they should step aside to welcome new and diverse talent in their …

Cross-Examination: #healthneedsnursing and Why Pay Equity for Nursing is a Gender Issue

By Amy Dresser Nurses protests have flooded New Zealand media over the past month. Considering that recent headlines have been full of pay equity claims by health professionals in female-dominated areas, protests come as no surprise. Care workers were granted a landmark $2 billion pay equity settlement in April last year, following proceedings in the Employment Court and Court of …

Cross Examination: A New Zealand Republic?

By Anuja Mitra Last year’s election has brought up a great deal of questions about our nation. Perhaps not something at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but one raised by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as Leader of the Opposition at the time is New Zealand’s status as a constitutional monarchy. When asked whether we should become a republic, Ardern replied …

Cross Examination: The Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Court: A New Hope?

By Hart Reynolds “This Court is not an easy option” reads the participant handbook given to those accepted into the Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Court (AODTC). The Court requires full commitment from participants to work with case managers, peer supporters and the community to confront the symptoms and, crucially, the underlying causes of their addiction. The AODTC was established …

Cross-Examination: Russell McVeagh Allegations just a Drop in an Ocean of Sexism

This post originally appeared in Craccum magazine. BY CLAUDIA RUSSELL Allegations of serious sexual misconduct have been made against two senior lawyers at one of New Zealand’s most prestigious law firms, Russell McVeagh. The claims have caused the entire profession to question how their most vulnerable members of staff are treated. Dozens of female lawyers have spoken up in the …

Cross-Examination: Water Pricing and Treaty Settlements

BY CHRIS RYAN Water become a major issue in this year’s election campaign following public concern about the extraction and sale of water resources and the Labour party’s policy of introducing a charge on commercial water users.[1] However, the status of Māori claims over freshwater means that such a policy has raised some concern. Māori and Water Article Two of …