Cross-Examination: The Right to Die in New Zealand

Pooja Upadhyay Our right to life is enshrined in the fabric of New Zealand society through legislation such as the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.[1] However, our right to death can be seen as non-existent or inaccessible to all. The autonomy to choose when and how to die when suffering intolerably from a terminal disease is not granted …

Amicus Curiae: When The Courts Wave Play-On

Jason Kim Being a sports fan in 2015 is hard. Not in the sense that it’s more difficult to follow and enjoy the games – in fact, with the internet providing live streaming and content from all over the globe it’s never been easier to be a Real Madrid fan in India, to be an Oklahoma City Thunder fan in …

Exclusive Interview with Jan Logie MP on Abortion Law Reform

EDITORIAL NOTE: In preparing her recent article on abortion law reform (available to view here), EJP Content Contributor Rebecca Hallas had the opportunity to interview Jan Logie MP regarding the Green Party’s policy on abortion. Released in the build up to the 2014 election, the Greens’ policy was met with fierce criticism by opponents of liberalised abortion laws. The full text of …

Cross-Examination: Abortion Law Reform in New Zealand

The Equal Justice Project is a strictly apolitical organisation. We are committed to giving equal expression to, and providing fair critique of, all ideologies and viewpoints. Accordingly, in preparing this article we contacted all parliamentary parties, ALRANZ, Family First New Zealand, Pro-Life New Zealand, and the University of Auckland Campus Feminist Collective for comment; believing these groups to represent, between them, a wide range …

Amicus Curiae: Is Housing A Human Right?

Daniel Gambitsis New Zealand’s housing issues are a perennial news item, whether it is the price bubble, the leaky house crisis or state housing, and now David Rutherford, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner has addressed the issue. Mr Rutherford called for cross-party cooperation to confront the problems, bemoaning the lack of coordination in the current approach. He cited housing affordability and …

Cross-Examination: Drinking While Pregnant – A Woman’s Choice?

Chantelle Murray On the night of March 17 2015, a 36 week pregnant woman went out to dinner with her husband.[1] When asking for a glass of wine she was refused service and instead offered a complimentary ginger beer. Nichola Hayes said she felt “completely flabbergasted and embarrassed” at this treatment.[2] Her argument was that she was a well-educated woman who …

Dictum: Maree Cassaidy, Outreach Co-Manager

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 our managers and volunteers to offer …

Amicus Curiae: Should Old Dogs Be Allowed to Learn New Tricks?

Elizabeth Murray As students, we understand only too well the financial struggles that come with trying to put ourselves through tertiary education. With both the cost of living and tertiary fees rising, the Government continues to restrict access to various parts of the student loan system. Recently, the Government has been accused of implementing ageist policies as part of this effort. …