Cross-Examination: Water Pricing and Treaty Settlements

BY CHRIS RYAN Water become a major issue in this year’s election campaign following public concern about the extraction and sale of water resources and the Labour party’s policy of introducing a charge on commercial water users.[1] However, the status of Māori claims over freshwater means that such a policy has raised some concern. Māori and Water Article Two of …

The Equal Justice Project: End of Year Report 2017

We’ve had an amazing year at EJP, coming runner up for Club of the Year in the 2017 Clubs Awards, and being granted official charity status! Photos from our End of Year Event will be coming soon (thanks to Bird Wines and Lush Cosmetics for sponsoring us!) but in the meantime you can check out our end of year report …

Cross-Examination: The Maori Seats Debate: Do We Still Need Them?

BY JASPER LAU With the election campaign calls from Winston Peters to hold a binding referendum if NZ First gets into a coalition government, the status of the Maori seats has yet again been pushed into the spotlight.The Māori seats remain a unique feature of our governmental structure and yet remain controversial to this very day, due to the criteria …

Amicus Curiae: The 1.5 Generation and Asian Political Representation

By Janna Tay Whenever we are in a crowd or watching a show, someone in our group inevitably asks, ‘Where are the Asians?’, and so it was with the Labour campaign launch at the Auckland Town Hall in late August. It’s one thing to ask this question for mainstream TV shows or in Asian fusion eateries in Ponsonby, but it’s …

Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? The National Party vs Eminem

  By Isaac Chen With election season on the forefront of many people’s minds, many will recall the media flurry over the high profile legal battle that came before the High Court in May this year over Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”. The judgment is yet to be made, as this case highlighted how complex the assessment of copyright infringement in …

Cross-Examination: Political Donations and Transparency

BY JASPER LAU Who funds our political parties? That is the $31m question that has been asked of New Zealand political parties since 2011.[1] Whilst $31m might seem like a drop in a bucket compared to the money channeled in American politics, this still constitutes a large sum of money that cannot simply be ignored. Despite New Zealand being labeled …

Amicus Curiae: Accessibility Legislation Would Be a ‘Win-Win’ For Everybody

BY CLAUDIA RUSSELL Accessibility legislation could be a ‘win-win’ for employers and people with disabilities. A recent national poll has revealed mass support for accessibility legislation. 80% of respondents said they support the introduction of minimum standards for disability access. Shockingly, New Zealand currently has no formal standards for building and transport accessibility. In conversation with Radio New Zealand, spokesperson …

Cross-Examination: Robo-advice and the Future of the Legal Industry

BY JANNA TAY Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the very nature of how we live and work. As law firms start taking advantage of the latest technology, recent developments in New Zealand surrounding financial “robo-advice” raise questions as to how automation might affect the legal industry. Financial Robo-Advice Financial robo-advice refers to the use of algorithms which generate financial advice …