Category: Crime & Justice

Ross Meurant

Apartheid in New Zealand

The 1981 Springbok Tour was to have a major impact on my life. At first it seemed the tour handed me a golden chalice. But, as time passed by, I found that chalice to be filled with poison. From famous to infamous. From revered to reviled. The vicissitudes of life. 


Dr Muriel Newman

A Slow-Moving Coup

A slow-moving coup is underway in New Zealand. Unlike most coups, the transfer of power through non-democratic means that’s taking place is being orchestrated by the Prime Minister.


Dr John Robinson

Tikanga in law: what does it mean?

Tikanga is a religion.  We are presented with a set of beliefs that we are asked to accept and adhere to, without questioning, without rational understanding.  For myself, I refuse.


Anthony Willy

Maori Lore

The places where the common law exists are among the most successful, settled, prosperous societies on earth enjoying the greatest degree of personal freedoms. Almost without exception they also enjoy democratic government which is protected by the Rule of Law.


Ross Meurant

A Step too far: Bi-Cultural Partnership

This misguide belief that the Treaty did create a partnership of governance, has been weaponised. It is no longer just a tool of convenience for self-proclaimed “influencers” but a dangerous weapon in the hands of “wannabe” politicians who seek to chart our future.


Dr Muriel Newman

Protecting Vulnerable Children

New Zealand’s child abuse problem is largely due to the incentives in public policy that encourage children to be born into homes that do not provide them with the stability of two loving parents. Changing those incentives should be the Government’s top priority...


Dr Muriel Newman

Attacking Free Speech

The freedom of expression is a bedrock New Zealand value. The last thing we need is the chilling effect of Big Brother watching - policing our speech and monitoring our every utterance, telling us which words we can and cannot use.


Karl du Fresne

Incompetence is one thing, misinformation another

A watershed moment point came for me when I heard political commentator Richard Harman state the unthinkable on Jim Mora’s The Weekend Panel when he called on Bloomfield to resign for misleading his minister.


Dr James Farmer QC

Will the Proposed Cannabis Legislation Achieve its "Overarching Objective" of Reducing the Harms Associated With Cannabis Use?

No doubt the middle classes who fashionably use cannabis for recreation will happily bear the extra costs of their habit and also be relieved that their reputations are no longer at risk from prosecution.  The harm that is being done with the growth of the cannabis, meth and heroin markets elsewhere is to them someone else’s problem.


Barry Brill

Was Level 4 a Step Too Far?

Andrew Borrowdale, a former parliamentary draughtsman and author of respected law texts, alleges that the “special powers” delegated by section 70 of the Health Act 1956 cannot provide Parliamentary authority for the entire populace to be locked up at home.