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AuthorConrad Reyners

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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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May 9, 2011

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 […]

April 11, 2011

At high school, I had an archenemy— a proper schoolyard nemesis. Man, did we not get on. We locked horns on every single possible issue conceivable; our minds just didn’t want to work together. Although our intense dislike for each other was palpable and ever-present, we were alike on quite a few levels: we were […]

April 4, 2011

On 12 September 2001, Bailey Kuarariki Junior and six others beat pizza deliveryman Michael Choy to death. Michael was 40 years old; Bailey was only 12. Bailey Kurariki remains one of the youngest convicted killers in New Zealand legal history. In September 2002, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for manslaughter (not murder, as […]

March 21, 2011

Prima facie, the law and sport don’t seem to have much to do with each other. One is concerned with running around throwing, catching, shooting or dodging—while the other is much more content with being ensconced behind a dusty desk. But once you peer a little closer you do discover that there are some interesting […]

March 14, 2011

Cuisine. Food. Things that you put in your mouth. To be honest, there’s not really all that much exciting to say about that when it comes to the law. We could rant for pages about the internal contradictions inherent in the Food Act 1981 (which, by the way, extends food safety protection laws to all […]

February 28, 2011

Everyone always derides lawyers for being heartless creatures. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. While some tax lawyers are undoubtedly drier than the Sahara, the law can’t seem to get enough of love. Legislation is used to regulate almost every facet of our love life. It states the age at which you […]

March 5, 2009

Everyone seems to have forgotten about Darfur. It was the Rwanda of the naughties (and a bit before then). Even with the small amount of press thats been generated, the international news and academic focus has all been on Iraq, Afghanistan and Christopher Hitchen’s anti-fascist punch ups. But things have still been developing in Darfur. […]

February 9, 2009

Tom Ricks has been slamming the US invasion of Iraq for quite some time. His first book Fiasco, was pretty hard hitting stuff – and he is widely regarded as one of the best writers/analysts/soothsayers of his field. He has put out a second book – focusing mainly on the handling of Iraq by the […]

September 10, 2008

Things do not look good for the National party, Trevor Mallard has released three National policies over the last week. That’s not a good look at all. It’s very untidy. It’s also pretty unprecedented. No longer can the Nats claim to have just left things on cafe tables. Its pretty obvious that things are being […]

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