Cross-Examination: Oil and Gas Exploration: What Does the Ban Mean for New Zealand?

By Nithya Narayanan For New Zealand, “clean and green” is much more than a slogan—it represents a brand. Amidst growing global concern around climate change, the introduction of a ban on future offshore oil and gas exploration provides the perfect opportunity to examine how the permit system in New Zealand functions, and the impact that the ban may have in …

Cross-Examination: The Underrepresentation of Women on Boards

By Anuja Mitra Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter recently caused a stir with her comments that “old white men” on private sector boards needed to make room for others. Genter stated that boards across New Zealand comprise overwhelmingly of men, many of them older men, and that they should step aside to welcome new and diverse talent in their …

Amicus: Syrian Airstrikes and the Fragility of International Law

By Haya Khan Saviour in the Aggressor’s cloak? If by any chance you’ve been living under some magical rock where you’ve been able to avoid all 2018 has to offer, such as Fortnite, the yodelling kid and US launching airstrikes on Syria for the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, let’s talk. No, World War Three hasn’t started but …

Amicus: Why the Mega-Prison Won’t Work

By Valeeria Slaiman The New Zealand government is on the verge of making a decision that may potentially lead to the further detriment of the criminal justice system. The former National government instigated plans to build a mega prison in Waikato, this being the biggest prison that New Zealand has ever seen, accommodating 3000 inmates. With Labour now in office, …

Amicus Curiae: Endometriosis: The Hidden Epidemic – a dire need for funding in New Zealand?

By Milly Sheed Endometriosis: an exclusively female disease that we as a country know virtually nothing about. Affecting 1 in 10 women, endometriosis is a chronic gynaecological condition that is, as yet, incurable. With unacceptable diagnosis times, limited and invasive treatments and minimal knowledge on where it even comes from, women across New Zealand continue to battle the detrimental affects …

Cross-Examination: #healthneedsnursing and Why Pay Equity for Nursing is a Gender Issue

By Amy Dresser Nurses protests have flooded New Zealand media over the past month. Considering that recent headlines have been full of pay equity claims by health professionals in female-dominated areas, protests come as no surprise. Care workers were granted a landmark $2 billion pay equity settlement in April last year, following proceedings in the Employment Court and Court of …

Amicus: The Changing State of Rights in New Zealand

By Rachel Buckman Should prisoners have the right to vote? A controversial question, and one that has circulated in public discussion ever since a blanket ban was enacted in 2010. Perhaps the change would have faded into the legislative background if it were not for the legal battle that followed. A group of prisoners, including ‘jailhouse lawyer’ Arthur Taylor, challenged …

Events: EJP Opening Night and Training 2018

Our 2018 Opening Function was held at the awesome Thievery Studio on K Road. For our first big event of 2018, we welcomed new volunteers, returning volunteers, former volunteers, supporters and community partners. We presented the annual Equal Justice Project Award to Sylvia Bell in recognition of her ongoing commitment to justice. She gave an inspiring speech, as did the …

Amicus Curiae: How can the New Government Advance Animal Welfare?

By Ashley Wainstein In the wake of political debate and upheaval on issues such as the housing crisis, immigration policy, the current health and education systems, and what to do about global warming, there is, and it seems there will always be, an alarming lack of regulation around our intensive farming practices and animal welfare in New Zealand. In anticipation …