Cross-Examination: Will the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Bring the Changes We Need?

Content Contributor, Claudia Russell   After repeated allegations of failing New Zealand’s most vulnerable, Child Youth and Family (CYF) is set to be replaced by a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, as of March 2017. After the system was restructured fourteen times, it was crystal clear that nothing short of a complete overhaul would bring positive change. Opposition …

Cross-Examination: The Blight of Rape Culture on New Zealand

Content Contributor Paht Satjipanon New Zealand is often considered a progressive country when it comes to what has been done in the field of gender equity, but the societal stigma surrounding those who are sexually assaulted still persists. According to a comparative study of 56 countries in The Lancet, New Zealand ranked third in terms of reports of sexual assault …

Cross-Examination: The Efficacy of Legal Assistance Services – Reviewing our legal aid practices and institutions 

Content Contributor, Pooja Upadhyay From physical prison gates to figurative glass ceilings, barriers can take many forms. Even an unassuming piece of paper can obstruct citizens from performing their fundamental legal rights. Papers for Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ), employment, or Accident Compensation applications are often difficult to find, and contain legal terminology. Among other things, community law centres …

Cross-Examination: Unconscious Decisions – Who Should Be Able to Say Yes to Clinical Trials?

Content Contributor, Jade du Preez Academics and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) have raised concerns over upholding consumer rights where clinical trials have been conducted on unconscious patients. What is in the best interests of the patient who cannot consent? The question is complex, and it is one that reasonable people may disagree on. However, the present relevant passage in the Code …

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 …