Covid 19 ~ Govt makes urgent law change after High Court ruling on legality of vaccine rollout

The Health Minister is making an urgent law change after a High Court judgment ruled it was “reasonably arguable” the Government’s provisional approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is “problematic”. The case – Nga Kaitiaki Tuku Ihu Medical Action Society Incorporated v The Minister of Health – was in the High Court at Wellington last Read More …

Trans-Tasman Agreement.

The purpose of the Arrangement is to give effect to a scheme implementing mutual recognition principles between the Parties relating to the sale of Goods and the Registration of Occupations, consistent with the protection of public health and safety and the environment. The objective of the Arrangement is to remove regulatory barriers to the movement of Read More …

The Evolution of the Office of Governor-General of New Zealand

This paper is in three sections. The first looks at the evolution of the office of Governor-General. Once the tool of imperial government, the Governor-General became one of theprincipal means though which national independence is symbolised. The process again is one primarily of the political executive, with legal changes having generally followed practical orpolitical changes. The Read More …

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand ~ Does she exist?

From: Anna Fleming [DPMC] Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet March 20, 2017 Dear Andre Thank you for your email of 2 March, seeking clarification following our response to your Official Information Act 1982 request of 2 February 2017. ‘The Laws of New Zealand’, an encyclopaedic work that provides a statement of the law Read More …

HONOURS AND ARMS: LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF PRACTICE CONCERNING HERALDRY AND ROYAL HONOURS IN NEW ZEALAND

The Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 provides that the enactments and subordinate legislation specified in the schedules to the Act together with the common law of England, insofar as it was already part of the laws of New Zealand, are the only ‘Imperial’ laws inherited from the United Kingdom which are of effect in New Read More …

Criminal proceedings 101 ~ from beginning to end

1. Arrest​: ​Valid arrests must be based on ​probable cause.​ A reasonable belief that a certain set of facts which rises to the level of a threat to life or property are true. Must be based entered into the court record via sworn statement. ​(REMEMBER – no sworn statement of probable cause, even in a Read More …