Cross-Examination: Understanding the Opposition to the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill

  Content Contributor, Meg Williams In 1993, a piece of legislation was passed in order to reform the laws relating to Māori land – its purpose was to reaffirm Te Tiriti ō Waitangi and to acknowledge the different nature of Māori relationship to whenua. That piece of legislation is Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, and it purported to promote …

Cross-Examination: If You Like It, You Should Be Able to Put a Ring On It?

Content Contributor, Hannah Yang In a landmark case, the United States Supreme Court held last year in Obergefell v Hodges that same-sex couples in the United States were also to be guaranteed the right to marry.[1] In response to this ruling, the Mississippi legislature earlier this year passed House Bill No. 1523 (HB 1523), or the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience …

Cross-Examination: Bill vs Bill – Bill English Kills Six Months Paid Parental Leave

Content Contributor, Jade Du Preez Finance Minister Bill English’s recent veto of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill has sparked debate over the democratic process. The following article provides an overview of the bill itself, the nature of the financial veto, and political and public responses. Sue Moroney claimed the …

Cross-Examination: The Panama Papers – Who You Gonna Call? Trustbusters!

Content Contributor, Jasper Lau In recent months the infamous ‘Panama Papers’ have dominated hundreds of news outlets around the world. These documents have shed an inconspicuous light on the affairs of the rich and powerful, raising questions about global tax avoidance. For New Zealand, the fallout from the Panama papers has become primarily focused on the issue of Foreign Trusts …

Cross Examination: Time to Adopt a New Approach – Confronting the Adoption Issue

Content Contributor, Daniel Gambitsis New Zealand’s adoption laws are widely recognised to be ‘discriminatory and outdated’:[1] the Adoption Act 1955, and the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985, discriminate against people on multiple grounds prohibited under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZBORA).[2] Despite the veritable age of the Adoption Act and its anachronistic presence in the modern social …

Cross-Examination: The Decile System – An Equitable Remedy Causing An Inequality Gap

Content Contributor, Isabel Ko The decile system aims to level the playing field by providing extra funding for schools with higher numbers of disadvantaged students. This reflects the higher costs of educating them. The system should help to overcome any barriers to learning that students from lower socio-economic communities might face. The lower the school’s decile, the more funding the …

Cross Examination: A National Disgrace – Will the CYF Overhaul be 15th Time’s the Charm?

Content Contributor,  Jess Fitzgerald It has long been a public perception that Child Youth and Family (“CYF”) does not fully serve those it was designed to look after – vulnerable New Zealand children. The service has been especially present in the media for the past two years for all the wrong reasons. It has previously gained attention for its passive …

Cross-Examination: The Pot Calling The Kettle Black – Do we really treat asylum seekers better than Australia?

Naushyn Janah, Content Contributor Australia continues to face widespread condemnation for its hardline border control policies and its attitudes towards asylum seekers. By contrast, New Zealand’s generosity in the area is often held up as exemplary. There is a sense of self-approbation in New Zealand – we commend ourselves because, at the very least, we’re not on par with Australia.[1] …