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 …

Cross-Examination: A Less ‘Brutalising’ Way? A New Court for Sexual Violence Cases

By Anuja Mitra Sexual violence is arguably the gravest violation of a person’s dignity and bodily integrity, but there has been considerable criticism of the way the courts deal with sexual violence cases. In response to this, as well as the 2015 Law Commission’s report The Justice Response to Victims of Sexual Violence: Criminal Trials and Alternative Processes,[1] Chief District …

Cross-Examination: Maori Co-Governance of Freshwater: Will the Reforms Sink or Swim?

BY ALEX SIMS The Maori role in improving freshwater quality New Zealand’s rivers and lakes make up a key part of our natural environment, and are central to the idea of our ‘clean and green’ image. Freshwater is also vital to the survival and existence of our native plants and wildlife, in allowing them to grow and prosper.[1] However changes …

Cross-Examination: A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand?

By Jade Du Preez   A New Blueprint? The recent release of the book “A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand” is intended to stimulate discussion on what shape a written constitution for New Zealand would take. The joint authors are former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and litigator and the New Zealand Bill of Rights expert Andrew Butler. The book, launched …

The UK’s Climate change legislation: 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 …

Cross-Examination: A Damned Dam? Investigating the Controversial Ruataniwha Dam Proposal

By Chris Ryan   The Ruataniwha dam is a proposed 83m-high dam in the central Hawkes Bay’s Ruahine Range to supply water to 28,000ha of farmland[i]. The proposal would flood a section of the Tukituki River and provide storage for 93 million m³ of water[ii]. The project has been immensely controversial. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) is backing the …