Cross-Examination: Is our democracy in trouble? Public trust in politicians and news media

Lydia Buckley, Content Contributor Politicians are sometimes associated with shady dealings, broken promises, deceit and propaganda. Regardless of whether this stereotype is accurate or not, it is one that is commonly held by the public. In fact, a recent survey prepared by Research New Zealand ranked politicians as the second least trusted occupation by the New Zealand public.[1] A glance …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Child Poverty Problem

Ari Apa, content contributor In 1978 New Zealand signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), which requires the State to protect children’s rights to social security and standards of living adequate for their mental, spiritual, moral and social development.[1] This is a binding legal obligation, which not only guarantees the provision of adequate …

Cross-Examination: Locked out of the Conversation – The Consequences of Depriving Prisoners of Voting Rights

Jade Du Preez, content contributor The New Zealand prison system has come under criticism with the recent release of a UN Report from the Committee against Torture.[1] The report comes from a body of independent experts monitoring compliance with the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Highlighted were concerns over Māori …

Cross-Examination: An Obsolete Status Quo – Does Religion Still Have A Place in New Zealand Schools?

Jess Fitzgerald, content contributor The recent media attention concerning Jeff McClintock’s High Court action against the Attorney General and his daughter’s Hibiscus Coast school has reignited debate over a complex issue sensitive to many New Zealanders: the place (if any) that religion should command in our schools. Religion has always been a fundamental aspect of New Zealand schools’ curriculum — …

Cross-Examination: The Unintended Consequences of the Harmful Digital Communications Act

Daniel Gambitsis, content contributor On 30 June the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDC) passed its third and final reading. The highly controversial Act seeks to ‘deter, prevent, and mitigate’ online bullying and harassment and provide victims with a means of redress.[1] There is indubitably a crisis of online bullying and harassment in New Zealand, the online dimension to a widespread …

Cross-Examination: Abortion Law Reform in New Zealand – The Continuing Conversation

Rebecca Hallas, Content Contributor Since my first article on New Zealand’s abortion laws was published, there have been significant developments in the continuing debate over access to abortion. For the first time in almost 40 years, New Zealand’s abortion laws may change as a result of three concurrent developments in the ongoing debate around abortion law reform.[1] Parental Information Requirement for …

Cross-Examination: The Persecution Game – Historic Convictions for Homosexual Conduct

The decriminalisation of homosexual conduct in 1986 represented a triumph for equal justice. Nearly thirty years later, however, men prosecuted under the previous laws still have convictions marked against their name. Though these convictions can be concealed, hundreds of New Zealanders are still labelled as criminals for, in many cases, nothing more than having sex with another consenting adult. Today, Content …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Questionable Commitment to Refugee Settlement

Ari Apa, Content Contributor Earlier this year, New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy spoke out about New Zealand’s minimal efforts to alleviate the current global refugee crisis.[1] New Zealand is a signatory to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. New Zealand has assented to be bound by the Convention, and had adopted the principles underpinning the …

Cross-Examination: An Impossible Choice – ‘Seales v Attorney-General’

Lecretia Seales’ application to the High Court for declarations stating that her physician was able to assist her, as an individual facing an incurable and intolerable terminal disease, to end her life is the latest in a large number of assisted suicide cases to have come before the common law courts in recent years. Today, Communications Co-Manager Sebastian Hartley provides an in-depth analysis of …