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Embracing Diversity

Diversity is often considered in terms of cultural, religious and racial diversity. For the purposes of this article, the term cultural diversity encompasses all of these areas. When there is cultural diversity between parties in negotiation, focus on the cultural practices of the individuals concerned rather than the culture as a…

Kiwi attitude a barrier to fraud detection

This article was prepared by the New Zealand Parole Board. Fraud and its many complexities were at the forefront of discussion at the New Zealand Parole Board conference, which heard a “she’ll be right attitude” hampers detection of the crime in this country. The Serious Fraud Office’s general counsel, Paul O’Neil, made…

Xiaoji Li, solicitor, Carson Fox Legal, Auckland

Xiaoji LiBorn and raised in China, Xiaoji Li has had a prominent and varied career in both the Chinese and New Zealand justice sectors. Starting his education in China, Mr Li attended a highly-ranked police academy where he finished a law degree while training as a police officer. In 2002 he came…

High Court rubs sale into the wound

The New Zealand High Court has ruled on the extent to which a target company that successfully defends a takeover bid can recover the cost of doing so from the unsuccessful bidder (Abano Healthcare Group Ltd v Healthcare Partners Holdings Ltd [2018] NZHC 817). A unique aspect of New Zealand takeover…

Turou Hawaiki

In my first two LawTalk articles, I explored different ways to incorporate te reo Māori within our profession and the importance of getting te reo right. This helps us as lawyers to maintain our professional integrity and standards. Every time I hear and see my colleagues using te reo in their…

Heart of the Waikato is a New Zealand success story

In the past decade or so Hamilton has capitalised on its gateway status with businesses and people moving there for its lower costs, space and potential. It’s also a help that the never-ending growth of a certain city just up the road has benefits for the wider Upper North Island area. New…

Bullying from the bench

The article in the May issue of LawTalk on this topic charts the scale of this problem and the various causes and consequences (“Bullying from the bench”, LawTalk 917, page 44). Geoff Adlam has consulted all the appropriate groups and produced a worthwhile picture. But I wonder if the problem has a simpler…

Jessica Palmer’s pragmatic approach to the classroom and being Dean of Law

Jessica PalmerHow do you juggle teaching law while being Dean of Law, along with managing a busy family life? Professor Jessica Palmer, who was admitted in 2002, was appointed Dean of Otago University’s Faculty of Law in April this year, replacing Professor Mark Henaghan. She is the first woman to be…

The Land Transfer Act 2017 – Identity and Beyond

The Land Transfer Act 2017 has, by popular demand, been renamed the Land Transfer, Identity Verification, Risk Assessment, Respect of Practitioners’ Role in Upholding the Register, and Not-quite-indefeasible Title Act 2017. It hasn’t really, I just made that up. But it highlights that this legislation, which comes into force later…

Why we don't need a written constitution

Should New Zealand have a written constitution? It’s a perennial debate, but one most useful for law students. “Wow! New Zealand is different? Why aren’t we like those other countries? If we were to have a written constitution, what would we include? And let’s not forget [insert unique cultural or historic…
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