Understanding the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

By James Adams Several lengthy documents on New Zealand’s response to climate change have been published this year. For example, the Ministry for the Environment (“MfE”) sought public feedback on the design of a Zero Carbon Act in June this year. 14,500 submissions were received, suggesting that there is substantial public interest in this policy area.   The Productivity Commission …

Understanding the Refugee Quota

Rachel Buckman After awkward contradictions by coalition partner Winston Peters, on 19 September Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that from 2020 onwards New Zealand would raise the refugee quota to 1500 people. For 30 years, despite massive displacement taking place across the globe, the New Zealand quota has remained fixed at 750. In 2016, the National government raised this to …

End of Year Report 2018

EJP celebrated another successful year in 2018, with over 130 volunteers working on legal research, outreach and education and community services, spread across our four teams. Photos from our end of year function will be posted on our Facebook shortly. In the meantime, we present EJP’s End Of Year Report for 2018.

Does the ‘Waka-Jumping Bill’ Address a Problem that Does Not Exist?

By Ben Bowley-Drinnan The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill may prove to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation passed by the coalition Government. However, in the media’s fawning over Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy and the birth of baby Neve, the Bill has largely lapsed from the public view. The Bill itself proposes to amend the Electoral Act 1993 to …

Event & Research Paper: “Modern Slavery in New Zealand” Symposium

  Symposium The Equal Justice Project’s Access Team presented their second symposium of the year: “Modern Slavery in New Zealand – Time to Act” on the 17th of September. Given the continuing exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand, increasing rates of human trafficking, the issue of orphanage tourism as a form of modern slavery and limited supply chain accountability …

Manager Applications 2019

Want to be a part of running a charity which promotes social justice in our community? EJP is run by 2 Co-Directors and an Executive of 8 Managers. Being a Manager is an incredible opportunity to lead a team made up of intelligent, committed and hardworking volunteers. It is an immensely rewarding experience and is a real lesson in leadership. …

“Nothing but leeches”? The Question of Foreign Aid

James Adams Heather du Plessis-Allan does not think that Jacinda Ardern should have taken a New Zealand Air Force plane to visit the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru. Pacific Island nations, in her view, “are nothing but leeches on us.” Countries in the region, apparently, “don’t matter” and only want our money. Predictably and justifiably, these comments have been widely …

The Future of Māori Seats

Rachel Buckman “The fact is that Māori don’t need to be told that they’re not good enough to be equal, or that somehow they should be handicapped, or somehow they should be pigeon-holed … Māori don’t need the Māori seats – they don’t need any more tokenism.”[1] These are the words of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, speaking at his …

Hidden in Plain Sight: Regulating Influencer Marketing

Patricia Lu Anyone on social media has been exposed to some form of influencer marketing. Whether it is in the form of sponsored posts, free gifts or affiliate links (just to name a few), an increasingly problematic aspect is the issue of sponsorship disclosure. The distinction between opinion and advertisement is being muddled, especially given the various ways paid promotions …