Penalising Solo Parents

Georgia Osmond Life as a sole parent can be difficult, and arguably the government contributes to this by continuing to allow Section 70A of the Social Security Act 1964 to remain. Under this provision, it is possible for sole parents to have the benefit paid per child reduced if they fail or refuse to identify the other parent of their …

Amicus: The Case for Legalising Recreational Cannabis

By Valeeria Slaiman Cannabis has been criminalized in many countries, with the exception of medicinal use in certain circumstances. However, earlier this year Canada made the decision to legalise recreational use. New Zealand’s Green Party, as part of their political campaign, promised drug reform policy that would allow cannabis for personal use and further accelerate medicinal cannabis licenses for use. …

Cross-Examination: Clickbait Journalism and Media Regulation

Patricia Lu The growing sensationalism in local media is causing a crisis in journalistic integrity, and a proactive government response is long overdue. Clickbait journalism has become a very visible part of mainstream news. The New Zealand Herald, one of the country’s leading news sources, has been increasingly critiqued for turning into something that is “little better than a trash …

Amicus: New Zealand’s abysmal mental health statistics

Emily Davidson New Zealand has appalling mental health statistics. In 2017, 606 people died by suicide.[1] This is an all-time high. The previous record was set in 2016.[2] Within our broader suicide problem, it is evident that we have a child and adolescent mental health crisis. Our teen suicide rate (those 15-19) is the worst in the developed world and …

Amicus: The Hidden Shame: Force Marriages in New Zealand

Anuja Mitra When the average person thinks of forced or underage marriage, they probably envision a girl from a specific culture or even a different time period, in a country that is decidedly not New Zealand. Yet forced marriage does occur in New Zealand — and has raised significant enough concerns for Parliament to take notice. What is Forced Marriage? …

Cross-Examination: Setting Targets for Child Poverty

This is the second of two articles by James Adams on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is presently before Parliament. The first article looked at how the Government proposes to measure child poverty, while this article assesses whether the targets to reduce child poverty are appropriate, ambitious and achievable. In a perfect world, no child would grow up in …

Cross-Examination: Measuring Child Poverty

This is the first of two articles on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is presently before Parliament. EJP contributor James Adams will discuss the technical side of the Bill: how it proposes to measure child poverty in New Zealand. Are the Government’s targets both ambitious and achievable? The public became increasingly concerned about child poverty in the last years …

Cross-Examination: Exploring the Regional Fuel Tax

By Nithya Narayanan The Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in late June 2018, and came into force in the beginning of July.[1] The legislation allows Auckland Council to levy an 11.5c per litre tax on fuel sold within Auckland.[2] The bill was passed by a 63-57 majority: Labour, New Zealand First and the …

Amicus Curiae: Transgender Rights in New Zealand: How Far Have we Really Come?

By Nithya Narayanan “Feminism is fundamentally about broadening the parameters of gender – not narrowing them.” As far as gay rights go, it would not be untruthful to say that New Zealand is a bit of a world leader. By the time Australia legalised same-sex marriage in 2017, New Zealanders had already been enjoying the same right for over four …