POLITICS WEEK: Māori Incarceration Rates and Māori-Only Prisons?

BY ALEX SIMS Māori currently make up 51 percent of our prison population, however only 14.6 percent of the population in New Zealand are Māori.[1] With this year’s election fast approaching, it is an important time for us to consider why New Zealand’s Māori prison population is at an all-time high. Māori currently make up a higher percentage of all …

End of Year Report 2016

Last night was our End of Year event and we had a great time with speeches from Dean of Law Andrew Stockley, and Marie Dyhrberg QC, as well as our tradition of giving out awards to volunteers who have gone above and beyond. But before we look forward to 2017, don’t forget to check out the End of Year Report …

Returning Volunteers: Representing EJP on an ADLSi Committee in 2017

Are you interested in representing EJP on an ADLSi Committee in 2017? If you plan on returning as an EJP volunteer in 2017, you are eligible to apply to sit on an ADLSi Committee next year. About the EJP-ADLSi partnership In 2015, we secured the opportunity for our volunteers to represent EJP on Auckland District Law Society Committees. Over the …

Amicus Curiae: The Controversy Surrounding Helen Clark’s Bid for Secretary General

Communications Co-Manager, Rebecca Hallas   Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is currently making headlines as a result of her bid for Secretary-General of the United Nations. However, not all such headlines are positive. Aside from the age-old ‘boys club’ problem that can arise for women in elections for powerful positions, there may be valid criticism of her bid for Secretary-General. …

Report on the EJP Symposium: The Rights of Transgender People in Prison

Eugenia Woo, Communications Co-Manager The rights of transgender people in prison is considered a controversial issue in New Zealand. Transgender prisoners are entitled to a range of legal rights and protections under legislation, though recent allegations of discrimination and abuse have put the system under the spotlight. From the efforts of No Pride In Prisons to facilitate Jade Follett’s transfer …

EJP Outreach Presents: The Euthanasia Symposium

The euthanasia debate has been reinvigorated following Lecretia Seales’ highly prominent attempt to secure a declaration allowing physician-assisted suicide in New Zealand. Following a petition, Parliament’s Health Select Committee will investigate public attitudes towards introducing legislation allowing the terminally ill and those suffering from irreversible conditions to seek their doctors’ assistance in ending their lives. The Equal Justice Project is …

Exclusive Interview with Jan Logie MP on Abortion Law Reform

EDITORIAL NOTE: In preparing her recent article on abortion law reform (available to view here), EJP Content Contributor Rebecca Hallas had the opportunity to interview Jan Logie MP regarding the Green Party’s policy on abortion. Released in the build up to the 2014 election, the Greens’ policy was met with fierce criticism by opponents of liberalised abortion laws. The full text of …