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New Zealand: Psychoactive Substances Bill Proposed

(Mar. 5, 2013) On February 26, 2013, the Psychoactive Substances Bill was introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The bill aims to provide the government with greater ability to control what have commonly been called “legal highs,” such as synthetic cannabis-like products and party pills that may contain a range of substances. (Press Release, Hon. […]

New Zealand: Legal Views on Scientific Whaling to Be Submitted to International Court

(Nov. 27, 2012) On November 20, 2012, the <?New Zealand government formally lodged with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a declaration of its intention to intervene in the Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan) case. (Press Release, Hon. Murray McCully, NZ’s Views on Japanese Whaling to Go Before International Court of Justice (Nov. […]

New Zealand; Taiwan: Joint Venture Capital Investment Agreement

(Oct. 19, 2012) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, which already enjoy “robust economic and trade relations with complementary industrial strengths, … will boost cooperation, […]

New Zealand: Court Rejects Challenge to Climate Change Research Findings

(Sept. 7, 2012) On September 7, 2012, the New Zealand High Court (the third highest court in New Zealand’s court hierarchy) dismissed a challenge to the findings of reports that stated that average temperatures in the country had increased by nearly one degree Centigrade in a hundred years. (New Zealand Climate Science Education Trust v […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Vote

(Aug. 30, 2012) On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. 29, 2012).) The 80-40 vote in favor of the bill means that it will now be referred […]

New Zealand: Court of Appeal Finds Non-Payment of Family Caregivers to Be Discriminatory

(May 15, 2012) On May 14, 2012, New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled that a Ministry of Health policy affecting the payment of caregivers of disabled family members is discriminatory. (Ministry of Health v. Atkinson [2012] NZCA 184.) Under the policy, government funding is available to pay for support services for disabled people where those […]

New Zealand: Legislation Requiring Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products to Be Developed

(Apr. 23, 2012) On April 19, 2012, New Zealand's Associate Health Minister, Hon. Tariana Turia, announced that the Cabinet had agreed in principle to develop legislation requiring plain packaging for tobacco products. However, any proposed legislation will be subject to a public consultation process, to be conducted later this year. (Press Release, Hon. Tariana Turia, […]

New Zealand: Legislation Enabling Partial Sale of Government Assets Introduced

(Mar. 8, 2012) On March 5, 2012, New Zealand's Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, Hon. Tony Ryall, introduced a bill that, if passed, will enable the partial sale of four state-owned energy companies. (Mixed Ownership Model Bill 7-1 (2012), New Zealand Legislation website; Mixed Ownership Model Bill, New Zealand Parliament website (last visited Mar. 7, 2012); […]

New Zealand: New “Freedom Camping” Laws Aim to Protect Pristine Areas

(May 20, 2011) On May 15, 2011, the New Zealand Minister for the Environment, Hon. Nick Smith, announced that a new law regulating “freedom camping” would be introduced in Parliament this month to address problems related to irresponsible campers. (Press Release, Hon. Nick Smith, New Freedom Camping Laws Announced (May 15, 2011).) Freedom camping – […]