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May 29, 2017

A Tongan advocacy group has launched a campaign to prevent child marriages. The Talitha Project Tonga launched the Let Girls Be Girls! campaign on May 19. The campaign seeks to lift the legal age of marriage in Tonga to 18 years old. Currently, those aged between 15–17 are able to marry with parental consent. Vanessa […]

May 29, 2017

A new app allowing hopeful tenants to “bid” against each other for rental properties has highlighted a practice already prevalent in New Zealand.

May 8, 2017

Criminal justice experts are calling on politicians to practically address the escalating prison population.

May 1, 2017

Members of the Save Our Unique Landscape campaign (SOUL) have travelled to New York to seek international recognition that a proposed housing development on iwi land in Auckland breaches indigenous people’s rights.

April 3, 2017

Green MP Jan Logie’s Equal Pay Amendment Bill, which was drawn from the ballot last week, seeks to provide greater transparency and remove gender discrimination in the workplace. In brief, the bill requires businesses to make pay rate information available to the Ministry for Business, Information, and Employment for publication. Catherine Flemming, a Senior Associate […]

March 13, 2017

A new Ministry of Social Development (MSD) proposal could see more than 800 social services having to provide client’s names, birthdates, ethnicities, and the personal details of any dependents, in order to secure contracts. The ‘data-for-funding’ scheme has been criticised by privacy law experts, and affected organisations — particularly Women’s Refuge and Rape Crisis, the […]

March 3, 2017

In response to one of the biggest party weeks of the year for students, the Wellington City Council (WCC) and NZ Police released the Check Yourself campaign. The WCC says the campaign is designed to encourage people aged between 18–25 to be safe and responsible in the city. The campaign, which was developed by Massey […]

March 3, 2017

A centuries-old New Zealand law has sparked controversy after George Siaosi recently died as a result of an assault in Auckland that occurred 15 months ago. Under section 162 of the Crimes Act 1961, a person cannot be held liable for the death of a victim who dies a year and a day after the […]