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It’s been almost one year since the New Zealand Law Society introduced the Gender Equality Charter to the legal community. There’s been a good response with 112 signatories – including many of the largest firms in the country – committing to this important workplace initiative. We want to see 30% of…

Snapshot of the profession 2019

Over 14,000 lawyers now hold practising certificates issued by the New Zealand Law Society. They range in age from 22 to over 90. While there is obviously a lot more than the numbers, the information which the Law Society collects in its regulatory role can provide some useful details on…

Revamped website heralds new look

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, will introduce a membership fee and a new website in March. The Society’s executive undertook two rounds of consultation last year about the fee proposal which will mean that practising lawyers and judges will be charged an annual $100 plus GST…

Kamil Lakshman: Representing those who have escaped from the worst that life can throw up

Kamil LackshmanImmigration and refugee lawyer Kamil Lakshman was unaware that law was in her family bloodline until she was a teenager. Mrs Lakshman was born in Suva, Fiji, but never knew her father, a lawyer and a University of Canterbury graduate, who died when she was just three months old. “I was…

Regulating fake news and video

New technologies offer exciting new channels for effective communication – but their misuse can pose threats to individual rights, and to wider society. The Law Foundation, through its Information Law and Policy Project, is backing two projects that are looking at how to regulate harmful use of two fast-moving technology areas:…
Tyson Hullena: Battling cancer to become a lawyer

Tyson Hullena: Battling cancer to become a lawyer

Kahui Legal solicitor Tyson Hullena (Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira) has travelled a long and somewhat bumpy road to becoming a lawyer. Raised in Wairarapa, Tyson’s father works in education, his mother works in management and his two younger siblings are in banking and the New Zealand Navy, with the…

The Innovators: Renee Knake

Renee Knake LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and technology stories. Renee Knake holds the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology University and is Professor of Law and Director of Outcomes and Assessments at…

Technology helping to overcome barriers at work

Simon LaurentAuckland barrister sole Masumi Scherb has been “pretty much fully” blind since birth. And like other blind lawyers he has found technology a massive boost to his ability to do his work. “We’ve come a long way since I was admitted and I use a lot of Apple technology. I have…

The search for body corporate maintenance

Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one. By this time, some will be thinking of Spock and Kirk. Some of JS Mill, more or less. And some will be thinking of body corporate maintenance. For that is the key message of recent court…

How gold and grog made Oamaru a thriving criminal capital

In the mid-1800s, when Oamaru was the gateway to the Otago goldfields and bigger than Dunedin, more than 13% of the town’s population appeared in court. The port town was called a drunken metropolis “full of inebriated sailors and prostitutes” and with the highest crime rates in Otago. After the gold mining…
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