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Te Aka Korerō No 6 - News from the Law Commission

Te Aka Korerō No 6 - News from the Law Commission

Should the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 affect creditors’ rights?
The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 gives each partner a right to share equally in the couple’s relationship property. But what should happen if one partner’s creditors also claims a right to the property? Whose should take priority – the creditors or the partners?
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Column from the Minister Responsible for the Law Commission - Hon Andrew Little
"There are three pillars that have guided me through my role as a father, a politician, and now as a Minister; equality, fairness, and kindness. These values are what underpin the Sixth Labour Government, and what I believe are fundamental principles of our justice system."
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Abandoned DNA
People leave DNA all over the place – on hairbrushes, coffee mugs and door handles. So what happens or what should happen when the Police want to use that DNA for an investigation.
Law Commission Legal and Policy adviser Clare Tattersall talks to us about the law on abandoned DNA in relation to criminal investigations.
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Reviewing the Evidence Act 2006
The rules of evidence help courts determine proceedings fairly, justly and quickly. They are an integral part of the rule of law.
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Robot cars, cricket bets and class actions: Law Commissions around the world
The Law Commission of England and Wales is developing legislation to promote safe use of driverless vehicles. The Guardian reports that the review “is likely to consider the difficult question of who is liable in an accident involving a driverless bus or car – the manufacturer, operator or other drivers”.
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Law Commission dispatches
Follow the link for a quick rundown of some of the key events and newsworthy stories from the Law Commission in recent months.
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Knowledge vine inspires new Law Commission logo
The Law Commission is slowly integrating a new logo and design style into its work. The logo is inspired by the Commission’s Māori name, Te Aka Matua o te Ture. In Māori mythology. Te Aka Matua refers to the parent vine that Tāwhaki used to climb up to the heavens to seek knowledge.
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Gordon Campbell: On Our (Fatal?) Shortage Of Ventilators

With a few honourable exceptions there has been a striking lack of focus on the (insufficient) number of ventilators in our intensive care units – and an almost complete absence of overt urgency about acquiring and/or building more of them. Ventilators are literally the difference between life and death for seriously ill Covid-19 patients. Arguably, this shortfall is more vital than having enough PPE gowns, masks and gloves, important as those are...More>>

 
 


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>

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Government: Nation Steps Up To COVID-19 Alert Level 2

New Zealand has been moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Reduce Contact, in an escalation of efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today... More>>

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COVID-19: Business Response Package

Cabinet today approved the development of a Business Continuity Package to help support the economy through the disruption caused by COVID-19. “New Zealand is well-placed to respond to COVID-19. More>>

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Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>

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SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>

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Land, Air And Sea: Regions To Benefit From NZ Upgrade

Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion ... More>>

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