Amicus Curaie: Asian Names and Blame Games in Auckland Housing

Ye Lin Ko, content contributor Recently, Phil Twyford, Labour’s housing spokesman, released data showing Chinese sounding names accounted for 39.5% of the 3922 Auckland property sales, despite the fact that people of Chinese ethnicity only makes up 9% of the city’s population. This has led to accusations of racial profiling, as at face value it appears that the Labour party …

Cross-Examination: An Obsolete Status Quo – Does Religion Still Have A Place in New Zealand Schools?

Jess Fitzgerald, content contributor The recent media attention concerning Jeff McClintock’s High Court action against the Attorney General and his daughter’s Hibiscus Coast school has reignited debate over a complex issue sensitive to many New Zealanders: the place (if any) that religion should command in our schools. Religion has always been a fundamental aspect of New Zealand schools’ curriculum — …

Cross-Examination: The Unintended Consequences of the Harmful Digital Communications Act

Daniel Gambitsis, content contributor On 30 June the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDC) passed its third and final reading. The highly controversial Act seeks to ‘deter, prevent, and mitigate’ online bullying and harassment and provide victims with a means of redress.[1] There is indubitably a crisis of online bullying and harassment in New Zealand, the online dimension to a widespread …

Cross-Examination: Abortion Law Reform in New Zealand – The Continuing Conversation

Rebecca Hallas, Content Contributor Since my first article on New Zealand’s abortion laws was published, there have been significant developments in the continuing debate over access to abortion. For the first time in almost 40 years, New Zealand’s abortion laws may change as a result of three concurrent developments in the ongoing debate around abortion law reform.[1] Parental Information Requirement for …

Amicus Curiae: Pipping the Government to the Post – NZPIP and Miscarriages of Justice

At the start of this month, a group of prominent legal practitioners and academics motivated joined together to form the New Zealand Public Interest Panel (NZPIP) in order to investigate cases showing the hallmarks of a miscarriage of justice rather than await the establishment of an official body discharging the same function. Today, Guest Contributor Naushyn Janah, of the EJP Outreach team, …

Amicus Curiae: Mythbusting the Unlicensed Maori Driver Controversy

Elizabeth Murray, Leading Contributor Since yesterday there has been a chaotic stream of media commentary and public outrage on the directive issued by Counties Manukau District Police instructing officers in that district to give traffic compliance to unlicensed Maori drivers instead of immediately giving them a fine. Instead of stimulating discussion of the relative success of such directives in promoting …

Cross-Examination: The Persecution Game – Historic Convictions for Homosexual Conduct

The decriminalisation of homosexual conduct in 1986 represented a triumph for equal justice. Nearly thirty years later, however, men prosecuted under the previous laws still have convictions marked against their name. Though these convictions can be concealed, hundreds of New Zealanders are still labelled as criminals for, in many cases, nothing more than having sex with another consenting adult. Today, Content …

Amicus Curiae: The Elephant in the Debating Chamber – Debating Euthanasia After ‘Seales’

Eugenia Woo, Leading Contributor In the aftermath of the highly-publicised Seales v Attorney-General case, there has undoubtedly been a renewal of the discussion around end of life choices and their place in New Zealand’s future. Justice Collins’ decision to not grant Lecretia Seales’ application for declarations stating that her physician was able to assist her in ending her life has reignited the debate around euthanasia, and a New Zealand …

Amicus Curiae: Equal Access to Medicine and the TPPA – A Follow-Up

Last Thursday, WikiLeaks released more of the negotiating text of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The section released dealt with proposals to harmonise the regulatory regimes for pharmaceuticals between member states, the details of which have aggravated concerns that agencies such as Pharmac will have less power to secure the best deals for the New Zealand healthcare system. In a follow-up to his recent article …