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Harkness Henry Lecture

In 1992 Harkness Henry Lawyers partnered with the then "Waikato School of Law" for the inaugural lecture which is now in its 25th year. The annual public lectures are delivered by a person distinguished within his or her field and their topics are intended to address issues relating to the development of New Zealand jurisprudence.

The lectures are well attended by senior members of the judiciary, the local bar, practitioners, academics, students and the general public. The lecture is traditionally the lead article in the subsequent Waikato Law Review.


2016 Lecture

Hon. Sir Ron Young: "Has New Zealand Criminal Justice System been compromised?"

Wednesday 7 September 2016

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The right of a defendant to a fair trial and the public’s right to a fair and properly funded criminal justice system has been compromised in recent years and remains vulnerable to further compromise.

This vulnerability stems from a variety of sources including: reduced legal aid for defence lawyers; unavailability of expert witnesses for the defence; reduced and changed funding for Crown solicitors and Crown Law; the effect of lobby groups such as the Sensible Sentencing Trust; and some recent legislative changes including the three strikes law; the effect of the media especially when reporting sentencing; victim involvement in policing initiatives.

The Honourable Sir Ron Young, a former High Court and Chief District Court Judge, will look at these and other issues in the annual Harkness Henry lecture.


Past Speakers

2015Judge MacLean
The Vision and the Reality

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2014Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Law Making in New Zealand: Is There a Better Way? (WLR, Vol. 22, 2014)

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2013Hon. Justice Joseph Williams
Lex Aotearoa: An Heroic Attempt to Map the Maori Dimension in Modern New Zealand Law (WLR, Vol. 21, 2013)

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2012 Judge Sir David Carruthers
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)

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2011 Rt. Hon. Dame Sian Elias
Fundamentals: A Constitutional Conversation (WLR, Vol. 19, 2011)

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2010 Professor Margaret Wilson, DCNZM
From Privy Council to Supreme Court: A Rite of Passage for New Zealand’s Legal System (WLR, Vol. 18, 2010)

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2009Hon. Justice John Priestley
Chipping Away at the Judicial Arm? (WLR, Vol. 17, 2009)
2008Hon. Justice Paul Heath
Hard Cases and Bad Law (WLR, Vol. 16, 2008)
2007Hon. Justice Baragwanath
The Evolution of Treaty Jurisprudence (WLR, Vol. 15, 2007)
2006Hon. Justice Grant Hammond
The New Miscarriages of Justice (WLR, Vol. 14, 2006)
2005Hon. Justice Blanchard
Approaches to Business Rehabilitation (WLR, Vol. 13, 2005)
2004Hon. Justice Noel Anderson
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)
2003John F Burrows
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)
2002Rt. Hon. Justice Tipping
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)
2001Hon. Dame Sylvia Cartwright
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)
2000Rt. Hon. Justice Thomas
Restorative Justice: Lessons from the Past, Pointers and the Future (WLR, Vol. 20, 2012)
1999John McGrath QC
The Crown, the Parliament and the Government (WLR, Vol. 7, 1999)
1998Rt. Hon. Sir Kenneth Keith
The Impact of International Law on New Zealand Law (WLR, Vol. 6, 1998)
1997Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Hardie Boys
Continuity and Change: The 1996 General Election and the Role of the Governor-General (WLR, Vol. 5, 1997)
1996Sian Elias
“Hard Look” and the Judicial Function (WLR, Vol. 4, Issue 2, 1996)
1995Rt. Hon. Sir Ivor Richardson
Public Interest Litigation (WLR, Vol. 3, 1995)
1994Rt .Hon. Sir Robin Cooke
The Challenge of Treaty of Waitangi Jurisprudence (WLR, Vol. 2, 1994)
1993Sir Thomas Eichelbaum
The New Zealand Court Structure, Past Present and Future (Anatomy of the Courts system)
1992Hon Justice Gault
The Development of a New Zealand Jurisprudence
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Harkness Henry Lecture 2014
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Justice Joe Williams

Harkness Henry Lecture 2013
Justice Joe Williams

Judge Sir David Carruthers

Harkness Henry Lecture 2012
Judge Sir David Carruthers

Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias

Harkness Henry Lecture 2011
Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias

Justice Paul Heath

Harkness Henry Lecture 2009 Justice J Priestley

Justice J Priestley

Harkness Henry Lecture 2008 Justice Paul Heath

Harkness Henry 2008

Harkness Henry Lecture 2008 Justice Paul Heath, Mrs Heath, Simon Menzies, Prof Nan Seuffert and Prof Barry Barton. Back row: Assoc Prof Jacquelin Mackinnon, Christine Grice and Warren Scotter

Justice Grant Hammond

Harkness Henry Lecture 2006 Justice Grant Hammond

Prof John Farrar, Hon Justice Blanchard, Warren Scotter

Harkness Henry Lecture 2005 Dean of Law Prof John Farrar, Hon Justice Blanchard, Warren Scotter

Andrew Cameron

Harkness Henry Lecture 2001 Prof Peter Spiller, Dame Sylvia Cartwright, Dean of Law David Gendall


Harkness Henry has a proud history of providing high quality legal advice since as far back as 1875.

The firm’s current name resulted when the practices of the late Phillip Harkness and Clive Henry merged in 1945. With its primary offices in Hamilton, the firm has also had a branch office in Paeroa since 1978.

Today, Harkness Henry has become one of New Zealand’s best known mid-sized law firms. Former Governor General, Justice Dame Silvia Cartwright, was a partner prior to her appointment to the bench. Dame Silvia’s successor in the firm, Christine Grice, is a past president of the New Zealand Law Society and currently a judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Cook Islands.

Harkness Henry Lawyers have over 100 years of excellence in the law behind us. We enjoy an exceptional reputation throughout New Zealand due to the firm’s ability to meet our clients’ legal needs with prompt, pragmatic and specialist advice.


The Law Faculty was founded in 1990 and adopted the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context.

The Faculty is committed to professionalism and is constantly thinking what this entails in the light of developments such as the communications revolution, globalisation and the changing market for legal services.

Biculturalism remains a foundational principle of the Law Faculty with the challenge being to further a bicultural goal within an increasingly multicultural society.

The focus on law in context reflects a broad approach to legal education, enabling our graduates to assume a leadership role in practice, in industry, and in the development of public policy

In 2010 the Faculty changed its name to Te Piringa – Faculty of Law as it celebrated 20 years since its formation.

Te Piringa translates as the coming together of people. It was given to the Law Faculty by the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the Maori Queen, when the Faculty buildings were opened by Tainui tohunga using Maori ceremonial karakia in 1990.