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Content Contributor, Daniel Gambitsis New Zealand’s adoption laws are widely recognised to be ‘discriminatory and outdated’:[1] the Adoption Act 1955, and the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985, discriminate against people on multiple grounds prohibited under the New Zealand Bill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] …

Cross-Examination: Running Up That Hill – The Continuing Trials of Trans Prisoners

Eugenia Woo, Communications Co-Manager Editor’s note: In the interests of fairness, No Pride In Prisons and the Department of Corrections were invited to give a statement to the author on their stances on current issues affecting transgender prisoners. Both parties’ statements have been reproduced in full below the article and attributed to the relevant sources.  Last year, we reported on the hunger strike …

Cross-Examination: Data Deaths and a Funeral – The Right to be Forgotten

Pooja Upadhyay, Content Contributor Digital media is increasingly changing the nature of identity. Generations are growing up with their lives open to scrutiny on the Internet by virtue of a culture of documenting actions online. Google’s concrete memory bank means that, “[y]ou are what Google says you are”.[1] This can have serious psychological and occupational repercussions for data users.[2] Consequently a …

Cross-Examination: The Phantom Menace – Misogyny in NZ Politics

Elizabeth Murray, Contributor Women are being left out of the political sphere in New Zealand. The level of female representation in Parliament looks at best to be stagnant, at worst to be declining. Neither of the major parties have put active steps in place to rectify the discrepancy between male and female representation in Parliament. Despite women having won suffrage …

Cross-Examination: Social Bonds – The Final Frontier?

Rebecca Hallas, leading contributor Introduction One in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some point in their lives. Depression and anxiety are particularly prominent. In the 2011/2012 New Zealand Health Survey, over half a million New Zealanders reported being diagnosed with these disorders.[1] The use of anti-depressants has accordingly spiked in recent years, …

Cross-Examination: Shifting the Burden of Proof in Sexual Assault Cases

Jessica Fitzgerald, content contributor The prevalence of sexual assault cases that have dominated the New Zealand media in the past few years, such as the infamous “Roast Busters” scandal, has led to public outcry over the perception of a justice system that is “broken”.[1] In response, in 2014 both National and Labour released pre-election proposals aiming to improve how the …

Cross-Examination: How Universal is ACC?

James Peacock, content contributor The Accident Compensation Commission was established in New Zealand in 1974 pursuant to the Accident Compensation Act 1972 with the purpose of  better facilitating“the rehabilitation and compensation of persons who suffer personal injury”. [1] In effect, the ACC scheme was created to act as a safety net to compensate those who injured themselves either at work …