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Let's have some fun out there

Let's have some fun out there

I will be joining you in the audience today, readers. I will be sitting beside you and stealing your chocolate biscuits and saying to no one in particular that I could really go a cup of tea if anyone was making one, and then jiggling my leg annoyingly while we…

Judge Herbert Carr

Tena Koe, Could we please have a correction on page 74 of LawTalk 902 (August 2018), “Some trailblazers”. I have constantly seen an inaccuracy over the years in regard to the first Māori judge appointments to the bench, and this really needs to be corrected. The first Māori person appointed to the bench was…

Helping hatch the stars of the future

Arti ChandFocused parents were one of the key reasons behind the career choice of Wellington tax lawyer and Pacific business mentor Arti Chand. Ms Chand grew up in Fiji and came to New Zealand to study law at Victoria University, completing LLB and BCA degrees. She was admitted as a barrister…
Consensus Building

Consensus Building

One of the issues I often raise when presenting on mediation and dispute resolution is that we don’t think outside the square enough about the ways to use mediation or facilitation skills. In New Zealand, the square is the traditional one-day mediation held in the days or weeks leading up…

Carl Rowling — the Napier lawyer with the big-time boxing connection

Given the way business can be done in 2018, with everything a mere send button away, the opportunities for using a provincial town as a base have become increasingly within reach. Which is certainly the case for Carl Rowling, the Napier-based Director of Rowling Law & Strategy – a name that…

Chapman Tripp pro bono assistance helps Dignity social enterprise

We at Dignity, a New Zealand social enterprise, are grateful to receive pro bono assistance from Chapman Tripp. Our organisation provides female sanitary items in the workplace, using a ‘buy-one give-one’ model. Under our model, employers pay a monthly subscription with orders sent varying in size and cost depending on the…

Update on two environment projects

Three new options for organising the resource management system will be proposed by a major Law Foundation-funded review due to report by the end of the year. The Environmental Defence Society’s first principles review of resource law recognises that the Resource Management Act, world-leading when introduced 27 years ago, is no…

The lawyer who proved the doctors wrong

Vanassa McGoldrickVanassa McGoldrick isn’t one to let small things get her down. The Whangarei litigation lawyer has struggled all her life with health issues, having been diagnosed with a rare condition when she was born. Ms McGoldrick, who is 52, was born with Nail-Patella syndrome, and has no kneecaps or quadriceps muscles…

Administrative impositions on the judicial process

As a retired barrister I see an increasing risk to our courts system in the way the Ministry of Justice is imposing its own changes and standards on the delivery of justice. The historic approach in this and other Westminster-based countries left judicial decisions squarely in the hands of our judges.…

Lawyer and journalist: the busy life and the many talents of Reina Vaai

Reina VaaiHereina Vaai is a busy person. She is a Public Defence Service lawyer, and a television journalist. Better known as Reina, being on the move is a lifestyle she enjoys. To Reina it is not tiring being constantly busy, it actually energises and encourages her to do more. Like some other…
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