Author Archive: Conrad Reyners

Conrad is a very grumpy boy. When he was little he had a curl in the middle of his forehead. When he was good, he was moderately good, but when he was mean he was HORRID.

He likes guns, bombs and shooting doves. He can often be found reading books about Mussolini and tank warfare. His greatest dream is to invent an eighteen foot high mechanical spider, which has an antimatter lazer attached to its back.

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Bent: Marriage Matters

Bent: Marriage Matters

by / September 24, 2012 / No Comments

When I came out to my father he was driving down Cobham Drive on the Wellington Waterfront. I waited until we were halfway through our trip before I told him. It was one of the proudest, happiest and most frightening days of my life.

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Laying Down the Law – I Spy With My Little Eye

Laying Down the Law – I Spy With My Little Eye

by / October 10, 2011 / [ 2 Comments ]

Just before his death former Governor General Sir Paul Reeves spoke about the Rule of Law. He said that for an important concept, it was a fragile thing. The Government’s actions over the past week have vindicated Sir Paul. The Rule of Law is inherently fragile, and it is up to us to protect it. [...]

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In Defence of Politics

In Defence of Politics

by / September 25, 2011 / [ 2 Comments ]

Over the last three years I have become increasingly frustrated with the way politics operates. My concern is not directed at what political parties say or what they do, instead it’s directed at the political space in which they talk. Something is missing from our generation’s politics. Something important, and it’s been lost. Former Prime [...]

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Laying Down the Law –  A game of two Halves

Laying Down the Law – A game of two Halves

by / September 19, 2011 / No Comments

Last week New Zealand welcomed in the Rugby World Cup. It’s been a long time coming—first bid for by the fifth Labour Government in 2005 and finally implemented by the current National-led Government, it was intended to showcase New Zealand to the world. To an extent it has done that. While opinions on the opening [...]

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Laying Down The Law – Harsh Truths

Laying Down The Law – Harsh Truths

by / September 12, 2011 / No Comments

It’s difficult to pin down exactly what Universities are and what they do. On the one hand, they provide a place where students can learn new things, gain new knowledge and equip themselves not just with skills, but with a career. On the other, they are the locus of an intellectual community, one that contributes [...]

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Laying Down The Law – It’s My World That I Want to Have a Little Pride in

Laying Down The Law – It’s My World That I Want to Have a Little Pride in

by / August 15, 2011 / [ 5 Comments ]

It’s hard to know where to begin when discussing homosexuality and the law. As a tool of social control, the law has played a role in the subjugation and then liberation of those in the queer community. Throughout New Zealand’s history homosexuals have felt the harsh sting of injustice. Here, consenting homosexual acts were illegal [...]

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Laying Down The Law – Eyes Wide Shut

Laying Down The Law – Eyes Wide Shut

by / August 1, 2011 / No Comments

For years, law students have been obediently paying attention at law school. They’ve listened carefully to their lecturers, and they’ve studied hard for exams. But there is something law students don’t spend much time on—which is odd considering how important it is to the law itself. And that thing is justice. Throughout our legal educations [...]

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Laying Down The Law – Down with the System?

Laying Down The Law – Down with the System?

by / July 25, 2011 / No Comments

Last week I became obsessed with domino theory. I read up on it, listened to podcasts and pondered its implications. But it wasn’t the traditional domino theory of the cold-war era I was concerned with; instead I was researching a new way of thinking about how systems work—and what happens when systems fail. There is [...]

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Laying Down The Law – Surviving Socrates

Laying Down The Law – Surviving Socrates

by / May 16, 2011 / No Comments

The hardest I’ve ever studied at University was for my first year law exams. I swotted and memorised, wrote screeds of notes, peered into dusty tomes and bounced ideas of my friends. Those two crucial courses, case and statute law, really tested my studious limits. Thankfully, the mental exertion paid off, and I was lucky [...]

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Laying Down the Law – “It takes a bit from this box, & a bit from that box…”

Laying Down the Law – “It takes a bit from this box, & a bit from that box…”

by / May 9, 2011 / 1 Comment

Last month, members of New Zealand’s Parliament demonstrated the dangers of inter-generational politics gone wrong. Under Parliamentary urgency (the abuse of which is a topic that deserves a column all to itself) the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was passed. The Act adds new provisions into the Copyright Act—the main piece of legislation regulating [...]

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