A four-year term: would it make a difference?

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. 

What’s fair for families who care?

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.

When will Parliament strengthen the Bill of Rights Act?

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?

Who should guard the Constitution?

Neither the current Bill of Rights Act nor the proposed constitution provide enough protection for basic rights and freedoms, argues Dr Gavin Ellis