Category: Crime & Justice

Bruce Tichbon

Our Family Law – times are changing

Our family law system has the characteristics of a cultural and ideological war, where the ‘facts’ too often have the properties of propaganda and policy is seemingly developed politically rather than by sound social research. We urgently need a total change of direction.

Dr Muriel Newman

Hate Speech

Sir Salman Rushdie understands the importance of free speech more than most. In 1988, the British writer was accused of insulting Islam in his fourth novel, The Satantic Verses. A year later a fatwa calling for his death was issued.

Dr Muriel Newman

Drug Testing Drivers

The carnage on New Zealand’s roads is continuing, with 326 fatalities last year - seven more than in 2015, and 30 more than in 2014. While one in four of the drivers were going too fast for the conditions, drugs and alcohol were factors in 40 percent of the crashes.

Mike Noon

Drugged driving a hidden killer

No one would be happy to know that the driver heading towards them on the road was drunk. That’s why we use a lot of Police time and taxpayer’s money to try and keep drunk drivers off our roads. But what about if the driver heading towards you was stoned instead?

Mike Butler

Govt to blame for Maori reoffending?

The government is to blame for the high numbers of Maori in jail, according to a Treaty of Waitangi claim filed by retired probation officer Tom Hemopo. An urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing was held in Wellington through the last week of July, to investigate Hemopo's claim.

Dr Muriel Newman

Nemo Judex in Causa Sua

The principle that nothing should create even a suspicion that there has been any improper interference with the course of justice, underpins our legal system. In Latin it is stated as nemo judex in causa sua - ‘no-one should be a judge in his own cause’.

Frank Newman

Papakainga Housing

The papakāinga provisions should apply to all properties, or they should not apply at all. One’s connection to land and environmental effects are, after all, not defined by race. Many of us more recent immigrants also have an ancestral connection with our land, or would like to create a legacy property for future generations. Why can't they have the same rights as Maori?

Anthony Willy

Waitangi Tribunal hearing on fresh water

The Tribunal has embarked on round two of its hearings concerning a variety of claims relating to New Zealand’s fresh water resources. The nature of the claims are discussed in exhausting detail in the Tribunal’s first report made in 2012.

Dr Muriel Newman

Social Challenges and Social Bonds

The National Government has prioritised social reform. While addressing persistent social failure is a long-term process, their approach has been to use technological advancements to develop accountability measures and to provide open access to leading-edge information in an attempt to find genuine and long-lasting solutions.

Jane Newman

Investing to change society for good: embracing Social Impact Bonds

When Social Finance launched the world’s first Social Impact Bond in 2010 our aim was modest, but our ambitions radical: we wanted to test the idea that it was possible to make positive social change investable. And we wanted to shine a light on a problem within our criminal justice system to make the case for more preventative, up front investment.