Each year, a team of communications volunteers work together to produce a bill submission for consideration by the Select Committee. Each team member is delegated a particular area of research within the bill in order to build a detailed image of how the bill might impact New Zealanders if it is passed into legislation.
We are working on increasing the amount of bill submissions made each year so that every volunteer has the opportunity to submit to parliament.
2018 – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP Treaty)
This treaty amends the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) after the withdrawal of the United States of America. As an incredibly large and complex free trade agreement, our volunteers worked hard to analyse the treaty from several perspectives, including: intellectual property, environment, public health, indigenous rights and labour concerns.
Team Members: Akhil Parashar, Ben Bowley-Drinnan, Olivia Fisher, Patricia Lu, James Adams, Valeeria Slaiman, Emily Davidson, Haya Khan, Claudia Russell and Hannah Yang (Head Editor).
2017 – Domestic Violence Victim’s Protection Bill
This Bill sought to enhance legal protections for victims of domestic violence by offering victims the ability
to request a variation of their working arrangements, by replacing the definition of ‘hazard’ to ensure employers
have policies on how to manage workers suffering because of domestic violence, and by providing victims of
domestic abuse a minimum entitlement to 10 days paid leave
Team members: Claudia Russell, Hannah Yang, Jasper Lau, Haya Khan, Hart Reynolds, Olivia Folu, Rebecca Hallas,
Daniel Gambitsis and Meg Williams.
2016 – Te Ture Whenua Maori Act
This bill sought to repeal and replace the current law relating to Māori land, Te Ture
Whenua Māori Act 1993. The bill proposed a new approach that aimed to increase the ability of Māori land
owners to use their land by empowering them to make decisions by and for themselves,
supported by an owner-focussed Māori land service. At the same time, it aimed
to maintain, and even to strengthen, the protections that currently exist for the retention
of Māori land for the benefit of future generations
Team members: Daniel Gambitsis, Meg Williams, Naushyn Janah, Rebecca Hallas and Eugenia Woo.
Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Act parliamentary submission