Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Act – a great leap forward?

Amy Dresser The Domestic Violence — Victims’ Protection Act 2018 is an Act “for every victim of domestic violence who ever felt trapped and for every person who knew a workmate was being abused but did not know how to help.”[1] New Zealand has the highest prevalence of domestic violence of any country in the OECD,[2] and the police attend …

Treating Mental Illness

Akhil Parashar Being diagnosed with, and coming to terms with mental illnesses is a trying time in an individual’s life. Things often get more challenging when it comes time for treatment, as a lot of the medications tend to have nasty side-effects. This essay will explore the appropriate treatments for those suffering from serious mental illnesses, the ethical and human …

Legislate Away the Hate: the Future of Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Lauren White On the surface, New Zealand seems to be a nation where LGBTQIA+ people can freely live as themselves. With recent legislative developments such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage and the new ability to wipe convictions for homosexual activity from criminal records, it seems New Zealand has become a nation that is tolerant and accepting of LGBTQIA+ people …

Clickbait Journalism and Media Regulation

Patricia Lu The growing sensationalism in local media is causing a crisis in journalistic integrity, and a proactive government response is long overdue. Clickbait journalism has become a very visible part of mainstream news. The New Zealand Herald, one of the country’s leading news sources, has been increasingly critiqued for turning into something that is “little better than a trash …

Setting Targets for Child Poverty

This is the second of two articles by James Adams on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is presently before Parliament. The first article looked at how the Government proposes to measure child poverty, while this article assesses whether the targets to reduce child poverty are appropriate, ambitious and achievable. In a perfect world, no child would grow up in …

Measuring Child Poverty

This is the first of two articles on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is presently before Parliament. EJP contributor James Adams will discuss the technical side of the Bill: how it proposes to measure child poverty in New Zealand. Are the Government’s targets both ambitious and achievable? The public became increasingly concerned about child poverty in the last years …

Cross-Examination: Exploring the Regional Fuel Tax

By Nithya Narayanan The Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in late June 2018, and came into force in the beginning of July.[1] The legislation allows Auckland Council to levy an 11.5c per litre tax on fuel sold within Auckland.[2] The bill was passed by a 63-57 majority: Labour, New Zealand First and the …

Cross-Examination: Let down by the system: What else can be done to protect sexual assault survivors in the criminal justice system?

By Eve Gamet The criminal justice system has historically been a difficult space for victims of sexual violence. In a process that focuses much on cross-examination, remembering meticulous details, and recounting distressing events in a public space, the court system is arguably flawed. Sexual violence incidents are massively unreported, and only 13% of recorded incidents actually result in conviction.[1] With …

Cross-Examination: The Madness of the Insanity Defence

By Ben Bowley-Drinnan The defence of insanity can be found in s 23 of the Crimes Act 1961.[1] In practice, the defence means that the defendant did not have the mental capacity to commit an offence, and hence results in complete exculpation. However, in recent years the insanity defence has been increasing in use,[2] and groups such as the Sensible …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

By Georgia Osmond   Disability law is a highly specialised area of human rights law, and focuses on securing equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) was created in 2007, with the purpose of “promot(ing), protect(ing), and ensur(ing) the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights …