The proposed Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand improves legal protection for trans* people, but doesn’t go far enough, says Frankie Wood-Bodley.
Continue reading Marginal improvement: the trans* community and discrimination
If New Zealand doesn’t protect environmental rights there’ll be no environment – or economy – left to protect, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading Environmental right needed before it’s too late
Christchurch City Councillor Raf Manji makes the case for a constitution with enforceable economic rights.
Continue reading The case for economic rights
Sir Geoffrey Palmer makes the case for including a right to privacy in New Zealand’s constitution.
Continue reading The case for a right to privacy
It’s time for the constitution to protect New Zealanders’ rights to a health environment, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading The case for environmental rights
A four-year Parliamentary term won’t on its own improve the quality of New Zealand legislation, argues Professor Margaret Wilson. What’s needed are broader reforms to protect citizens’ rights and change Parliament’s adversarial culture.
Continue reading A four-year term: would it make a difference?
The interests of future generations must be protected in any constitution, argues Professor Jonathan Boston, but we can’t afford to wait for constitutional reform before tackling environmental challenges.
Continue reading How can the rights of future generations be protected?
In 2013 Parliament passed law under urgency allowing it to discriminate against people who care for disabled family members. Angela Hart gives a parent’s perspective.
Continue reading What’s fair for families who care?
The discriminatory nature of New Zealand’s adoption laws shows the importance of constitutional protection for human rights, says Wellington lawyer Joss Opie
Continue reading Adoption laws and the case for a written constitution
The Bill of Rights should be included in a written constitution to ensure Parliament cannot legislate away human rights, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why the Bill of Rights Act should be in NZ’s constitution
Is it okay for Parliament to limit human rights without bothering to consult the people affected?
Continue reading When Parliament sets aside your rights
In 2013, many New Zealanders asked an independent constitutional review panel for stronger protection of their human rights, and the panel recommended change. Three years later, the United Nations made similar recommendation. When will New Zealand act?
Continue reading When will Parliament strengthen the Bill of Rights Act?
The turmoil in America shows the need for constitutional checks and should spur NZ to adopt a codified constitution, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
Continue reading A Trump in New Zealand could wreak havoc
It’s time for New Zealand to have a constitution that is accessible and clear, say Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why New Zealand needs a written constitution
Many New Zealanders don’t know the country has a constitution, let alone know what’s it in. That has to change, says Sam Bookman.
Continue reading A constitution all New Zealanders can understand
Adopting a written constitution could move New Zealand from ‘a very healthy culture of constitutional accountability’ towards ‘an austere mindset of bare compliance’, writes Dr Ed Willis.
Continue reading Would a codified constitution reduce accountability?
Neither the current Bill of Rights Act nor the proposed constitution provide enough protection for basic rights and freedoms, argues Dr Gavin Ellis
Continue reading Who should guard the Constitution?
The experience of Canterbury homeowners highlights the need for better protection for property rights, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading The proposed constitution, property, and Christchurch