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 …

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 …

EJP Access Plea Bargaining Symposium Paper

Earlier this year, there was a public outcry surrounding the Crown’s decision to charge Moko Rangitoheriri’s killers with manslaughter, instead of murder. The decision to charge them with manslaughter was the result of a plea deal. Plea bargaining has historically been used by the defence in criminal court cases, but in recent years it has become increasingly used by the prosecution, arguably in …

Cross-Examination: Is Dairy Farming a Dud?

By Ashley Wainstein New Zealand is well known for its lush landscapes and green pastures, promoting a clean environment and unsoiled vista. As a nation, we are predominantly rural and our economic wellbeing has historically been founded upon maintaining a high level of exports in the dairy farming industry. The New Zealand dairy farming industry remains our biggest exporter to …

Cross-Examination: Too COOL for School – Is Reforming the Education Act The Right Thing To Do?

Isabel Ko Last week, the Education (Update) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament by Education Minister Hekia Parata, proposing to better support an evolving education system. [1] As a part of this amendment, the bill proposes to “to enable new partnerships between schools and online learning providers, and enable children and young people to access their education through online delivery.”[2] What …