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 …

Cross-Examination: The Maori Seats Debate: Do We Still Need Them?

BY JASPER LAU With the election campaign calls from Winston Peters to hold a binding referendum if NZ First gets into a coalition government, the status of the Maori seats has yet again been pushed into the spotlight.The Māori seats remain a unique feature of our governmental structure and yet remain controversial to this very day, due to the criteria …

Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? The National Party vs Eminem

  By Isaac Chen With election season on the forefront of many people’s minds, many will recall the media flurry over the high profile legal battle that came before the High Court in May this year over Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”. The judgment is yet to be made, as this case highlighted how complex the assessment of copyright infringement in …

Cross-Examination: Political Donations and Transparency

BY JASPER LAU Who funds our political parties? That is the $31m question that has been asked of New Zealand political parties since 2011.[1] Whilst $31m might seem like a drop in a bucket compared to the money channeled in American politics, this still constitutes a large sum of money that cannot simply be ignored. Despite New Zealand being labeled …

Cross-Examination: Robo-advice and the Future of the Legal Industry

BY JANNA TAY Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the very nature of how we live and work. As law firms start taking advantage of the latest technology, recent developments in New Zealand surrounding financial “robo-advice” raise questions as to how automation might affect the legal industry. Financial Robo-Advice Financial robo-advice refers to the use of algorithms which generate financial advice …

Putting New Zealand’s Meth Addiction Under the Microscope

By Claudia Russell   New Zealand’s talent for drug making has grown out of distance and necessity. Surrounded by oceans, our geographic isolation and tough border controls have forced us to be innovative. Combine this with the ease with which methamphetamine can be produced from readily available materials, and you have the perfect conditions for a nationwide meth problem.[1] There …

Cross Examination: Withdrawal of Life Support Without Parental Permission?

BY HANNAH YANG The issue of withdrawing life support from a child against parents’ wishes is one ileich has come under public scrutiny recently in the UK, with media closely following the case of Charlie Gard, an infant who suffers from a fatal and incurable disease. The case attracted much public controversy and after much attention on social media, ultimately …

POLITICS WEEK: Boot Camps for Young Offenders?

By Anonymous On the 13th August, the National party revealed its plan for serious young offenders if re-elected. While New Zealand’s youth justice system has been relatively successful, with youth conviction rates down by 45% since 2011,[1] National says this new policy is to keep the New Zealand public safe by cracking down on “a small group of 150 young …

POLITICS WEEK: Protector or Persecutor? An Inquiry into State Care Child Abuse

By Janna Tay Between the 1950s and 1980s, the New Zealand government placed more than 100,000 children in state care.[1] Supposedly rescued from broken family situations as a protective measure, these children then experienced physical and psychological abuse in their new homes due to failures in government oversight.[2] They suffer the repercussions to this day, and often fall into groups …

POLITICS WEEK: Māori Incarceration Rates and Māori-Only Prisons?

BY ALEX SIMS Māori currently make up 51 percent of our prison population, however only 14.6 percent of the population in New Zealand are Māori.[1] With this year’s election fast approaching, it is an important time for us to consider why New Zealand’s Māori prison population is at an all-time high. Māori currently make up a higher percentage of all …