Cross-Examination: ‘I Too, Deserve an Education’ – UTAS and Affirmative Action in Tertiary Education

YE LIN KO Recently, there have been debates regarding alternative schemes that help minority groups in universities throughout New Zealand.[1] The main issue is whether these alternative programs — such as the Undergraduate Targeted Admission Scheme (UTAS) — reflect or breach affirmative action.[2] Does providing extra assistance to those less fortunate reflect equality or equity or both? Or do these …

Amicus Curiae: On Auckland Council’s Proposed ‘Legal Highs’ Policy

Sebastian Hartley When I last discussed ‘legal highs’ in May 2014, I predicted that the Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act 2014 would not only remove all legal highs currently on sale, but, because of the ban it introduced on animal testing of legal highs, would effectively prevent any legal high from ever being approved for sale, since animal testing is a …

Dictum: Savannah Post, Pro Bono Co-Manager

At the Equal Justice Project, we strongly believe that there are a huge number of law students at Auckland who are passionate about equal justice, and are looking for the opportunity to complement their classroom learning with some real world legal experience connected to equal justice issues. For that reason we have decided to highlight the work being done by …

Amicus Curiae: On the St Bede’s College Rowing Row Injunction

Elizabeth Murray The decision to grant an interim injunction to two St. Bede’s rowers to allow them to race in the Maadi Cup has caused controversy among the New Zealand public over the last few days. The two boys, Jack Bell and Jordan Kennedy, were removed from the team after they jumped on a luggage carousel at Auckland Airport and …

Equal Justice Project 2014 Publication

Click here to read our inaugural Equal Justice Project publication.  This year has been one of the Equal Justice Project’s best yet. 2014 saw over 150 volunteers involved in the organisation, a successful blog entitled Cross-Examination being a source of interesting social justice analysis, over 1500 hours spent volunteering in Community Law Centres, seven pro bono projects completed for practitioners, the creation of a separate Law …

Cross-Examination: The Responsibility of Local Councils

Cross-Examination: The Responsibility of Local Councils CROSS-EXAMINATION IS A BLOG SERIES ABOUT CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN NEW ZEALAND PRODUCED BY EJP COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEERS. Nicole Godber It is widely accepted that an important function of local councils is to serve their constituents. The matter of the Eltham Eader, however, illustrates how negligence, mismanagement and poor communication can cause residents to feel …

Cross-Examination: The Education Amendment Bill And Implications for University Autonomy

Cross-Examination: The Education Amendment Bill And Implications for University Autonomy Cross-Examination is a blog series about current legal issues in New Zealand produced by EJP Communications volunteers. Jordan Margetts EJP Communications volunteer Jordan Margetts had an opportunity to interview The University of Auckland Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, on the Education Amendment Bill (No. 6). The following is an analysis …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Role In Improving Access To Justice Across the Pacific

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Role In Improving Access To Justice Across the Pacific CROSS-EXAMINATION IS A BLOG SERIES ABOUT CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN NEW ZEALAND PRODUCED BY EJP COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEERS.   Elise Franklin In collaboration with international organisations, the New Zealand Aid Programme and New Zealand-based NGOs are working to improve access to justice in the Pacific.  Particularly in resource-rich Pacific …