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Oldest legal writing prize open to entries from 3 April

20 March 2018

Entries will be accepted from 3 April 2018 for the Honourable Rex Mason Prize for excellence in legal writing.

The window for entries closes at 4pm on 23 June.

To be eligible for the award entries must have been published in a New Zealand legal publication between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

For more information and a link to the official entry form click here.

The prize, New Zealand's oldest for legal writing, was established in 1973 and commemorates Henry Greathead Rex Mason (1885-1975), one of New Zealand's longest-serving MPs. After completing an LLB at Victoria University College, Mr Mason became a lawyer in Pukekohe. He began a long career as an MP when he was elected to Parliament in 1926 as a Labour Party candidate.

When he retired in 1966 he had been Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the first Labour Government and also in the second Labour Government, from 1957 to 1960. He was the driving force behind the Crimes Act 1961 and was awarded an honorary LLD by Victoria University.

The prize – which is valued at around $1,000 each year – is managed by the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Law Society, as trustee for the Honourable Rex Mason Trust. Under the terms of the trust, the judges are a nominee of the Chief Justice, the Dean of Victoria University of Wellington Law School, and the Editor of the New Zealand Law Journal.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019