Te Piringa - Faculty of Law News
Devastated by disease in the past, Samoa is on high alert after recent coronavirus scares (26 November 2020)
Within minutes of news that crew members of the cargo ship Fesco Askold had tested positive for COVID-19, a social media storm broke across Samoa. COVID-free until then, the island nation’s anxiety was understandable. More so when you consider its history.
A Biden presidency might be better for NZ, but the big foreign policy challenges won’t disappear with Trump (29 October 2020)
The presidency of Donald Trump has been challenging for New Zealand’s foreign policy. Our commitment to multilateral solutions to global problems has run into a new isolationism in the United States.
WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases (20 October 2020)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has come in for its share of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With foreign policy largely missing from NZ’s election campaign, what global challenges face the next government? (9 October 2020)
Most of the time, New Zealand looks outwards at the world. For the past three years, however, the world has watched New Zealand deal with a terror attack, a natural disaster and a global pandemic.
Four leading academics awarded the title of Emeritus Professor (24 September 2020)
The University of Waikato has proudly awarded four academics, the Hon. Margaret Wilson, Peter Kamp, Ernie Kalnins and Anne McKim, with the title of Emeritus Professor for their exemplary work in their respective fields, as well as their outstanding contributions to the community.
With the election campaign underway, can the law protect voters from fake news and conspiracy theories? (15 September 2020)
Last weekend’s “anti-lockdown” protest in Auckland provided a snapshot of the various conspiracy theories and grievances circulating online and within the community: masks, vaccination, QAnon, 5G technology, government tyranny and COVID-19 were all in the mix.
New Zealand is violating the rights of its children. Is it time to change the legal definition of age discrimination? (9 September 2020)
The comforting claim that New Zealand is a great place to bring up kids took another hit with last week’s damning UNICEF report on child well-being.
If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed (8 September 2020)
The case for a referendum on New Zealand’s cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was costing society far more than the drug itself.
When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist (27 August 2020)
Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick?
Jailing the Christchurch terrorist will cost New Zealand millions. A prisoner swap with Australia would solve more than one problem (19 August 2020)
There is no death penalty in New Zealand, unlike the United States. But Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant, due for sentencing next week, will be going to jail for a very long time.