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 …

Cross-Examination: What is the Iran Deal? Why Did Trump Withdraw? Why Should You Care?

BY RACHEL BUCKMAN Donald Trump made his opinions clear from the moment he stepped into the political arena in 2016. He had many complaints, including the United States’ role in the Iran Deal. His predecessor Barak Obama, who negotiated the agreement, saw the Iran Deal as “one of his most important accomplishments.”[1] Trump disagreed, labelling it the “worst deal ever.”[2] …

Event & Research Paper: “Retribution vs Restoration” Symposium

Our first symposium of the year Check out the photos from the Access Team’s first symposium of the year, “Retribution vs Restoration: What is the future of the prison system in New Zealand?” It was so popular we had attendees standing at the back! Thank you all for attending, including above all our very lively panel, which featured Justice Whata …

The Windrush Scandal – Institutional Racism Married with Decades of Governmental Error

By Milly Sheed The Windrush scandal – a political blunder that hit the United Kingdom only a few weeks ago – has forced the British government to apologise and compensate for the unlawful refusal-of-entry, detainment and deportation of descendants of the Windrush generation immigrant workers. The scandal has sparked national and international debate about the immigration status of those who …

Cross-Examination: Modern Slavery and Fast Fashion, a Match Made in Heaven?

By Haya Khan The legend goes that for every $400 Gucci design, there will be a version of it available to you for the affordable price of $14.99. As University students, struggling graduates, new parents, or people from any other walk of life, it is not easy to purchase from a higher-end price range that guarantee ethical production of clothes …

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 …