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Dr Muriel Newman

Justice Matters

Like other areas of public policy the Justice System is constantly under review. Amongst the many areas that need attention are, concerns over the large number of convicted offenders, who continue to commit crime and the conviction of innocent ng convicted and sentenced for crimes they did not commit

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Judge Anthony Willy

Trial by Jury in New Zealand

In recent times there have been a number of high profile criminal case in which the jury findings of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, or acquittal have given rise to public disquiet. The list is disturbingly long and includes: The Crew murders, the killing of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope...

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Sir Bob Jones


Leadership is held up as a virtuous concept. It most certainly is not. The existence of a leader implies by definition the existence of followers. We are constantly told we need good leaders. It is so very wrong.

Dr Muriel Newman

Report lifts covers on child abuse

Child abuse is never far from the headlines in New Zealand. We like to think of ourselves as a great country in which to live, work and raise our families. While that is true for the vast majority of New Zealanders, for a vulnerable minority of children living in violent families, life falls well short of these ideals.

Lindsay Mitchell

Re-inventing CYF is not the answer

Listening to Paul Henry interview Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley about the latest condemnatory report into Child, Youth and Family was very dissatisfying. There was no discussion about getting to the real core of the problem.

Dr Muriel Newman

Freshwater Deals

There is an old saying that ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance’. In a democratic society like New Zealand, that means being on constant guard against those who seek control through unelected power. Right now Iwi Leaders are demanding the ownership and control of New Zealand’s freshwater. That is their new agenda.

Dr. Don Brash

A Dangerous Path

One of the objectives of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group (a group representing most of the major iwi in the country) is to ensure that all Crown-owned lake beds and river beds, together with the related “water column, the space through which the water flows” are vested in the relevant hapu or iwi.

Dr Muriel Newman

Economy Under Pressure

The slowing of the economy and the falling of business and consumer confidence, are of concern to all New Zealanders. So let’s look at what is driving these changes, and what can or should be done to restore confidence and growth.

Dr Phil McDermott

Meeting Auckland’s Urbanisation Challenge

Housing hogs the headlines, but Auckland’s issues are bigger than that: how to manage resurgent urbanisation in the 21st century. The answer is much the same as in the 20th century - get the land market working effectively.

Dr Muriel Newman

Climate Justice

Should fact be the only issue that drives public policy? That is a question that is no doubt being asked by the 24,000 coastal residents in Christchurch whose properties have been designated by their Council as being at risk of sea level inundation because of global warming.