It comes down to this: is such an unprecedented decision a 'demonstrably justified' limit on people’s rights, explains public law expert Andrew Geddis.
The argument that we should keep the Queen to avoid being saddled with a worse alternative is spurious at best.
There are legal and moral issues around enforcement for failing to properly isolate. But if our goal is stamping out Covid, don't overlook the unintended consequences.
Sorry, but you can’t go in front of a court after an election (or referendum) and simply say, 'I don’t like how things were done – so let’s have another go'.
Winston Peters claims complete exoneration, but the idea the fundraising activities of the NZ First Foundation are unlinked to the party just won’t wash.
The court will be asked to rule that the current voting age, while legally valid, is a form of unjustified age discrimination.
In choosing to lead with the threat that Covid-19 poses the court makes it abundantly clear that it is going to cut the government a lot of slack.
Parliament is scheduled to be dissolved today for an election on September 19. University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis runs through how and under what circumstances the election will happen – or be delayed.
The Borrowdale case, which goes before a full bench in the High Court today, demonstrates a society taking its basic governing commitments seriously, writes Andrew Geddis. As time goes by, it â€¦
Last night should have been a cause for muted celebration in parliament. Instead, it's been overshadowed by procedural games and unhelpful amendments.
While the announcement that nobody in managed isolation will be allowed out early on compassionate grounds might sound reassuring, its legal basis appears extremely shaky.
The government says it's providing an essential service as the country emerges from Covid-19; the opposition says it's election propaganda in disguise.
The legality of the actions taken in response to Covid-19 are coming under question. And some are very reasonable questions to ask.
The Health Act order quietly released on Friday night tidies up some of the grey areas around what we can and can't do.
When officials don't seem clear on the rules around movement, it makes it harder for everyone to do the right thing.
Sweeping new restrictions on travel and assembly are being rolled out, with more likely. These are the laws which allow the government to impose them.
Launching a week-long series on the crisis in electoral funding, Andrew Geddis explains why the issue is so crucial to our democracy.