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.
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.
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?