Andrew Geddis

Andrew Geddis is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago.

Politics
Jun 25, 2020

The prisoner voting law and the dawn of the zombie electors

Last night should have been a cause for muted celebration in parliament. Instead, it's been overshadowed by procedural games and unhelpful amendments.

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Politics
Jun 22, 2020

One problem with the compassionate leave ban: it's quite possibly not legal

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.

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

Disentangling the Unite for the Recovery ad campaign conundrum

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.

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Politics
May 14, 2020

Andrew Geddis: The level two law is necessary – and full of flaws

The shortcomings seem to reflect a broader problem with how Māori have been overlooked in the plans to move to level two.

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Politics
May 11, 2020

Where we are now on the lockdown and the law

As the question of whether the lockdown notices were lawful continues to fester, Andrew Geddis takes a deep dive into the issues at play.

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Politics
May 7, 2020

Yes, the courts should scrutinise the lockdown. But Bridges’ committee should back off

The legality of the actions taken in response to Covid-19 are coming under question. And some are very reasonable questions to ask.

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Politics
Apr 5, 2020

The lockdown has a new legal basis – but does it makes the rules any clearer?

The Health Act order quietly released on Friday night tidies up some of the grey areas around what we can and can't do. 

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Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Lockdown policing can’t work well while there’s still confusion over rules

When officials don't seem clear on the rules around movement, it makes it harder for everyone to do the right thing.

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Politics
Mar 25, 2020

How politics, police and power work in lockdown New Zealand

And who watches over the use of that power?

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Politics
Mar 22, 2020

The government is giving new orders. What is the legal basis for them?

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.

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Politics
Mar 18, 2020

The NZ election is a big event. Could it be delayed in a Covid-19 world?

The legal issues around a possible postponement to the election date, explained.

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Politics
Mar 2, 2020

Money talks: Why the donations crisis goes to the heart of trust in our politics

Launching a week-long series on the crisis in electoral funding, Andrew Geddis explains why the issue is so crucial to our democracy.

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Politics
Feb 10, 2020

The NZ First donations investigation had to happen. And ignorance is no excuse

Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis explains why authorities are so interested in what the NZ First Party did with donations to the 'NZ First Foundation'.

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Politics
Jan 29, 2020

A political donations powderkeg: on SFO criminal charges and the National Party

A flurry of questions attend the Serious Fraud Office's announcement it is charging four people in relation to donations, and the answers could have huge implications in election year.

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Politics
Dec 4, 2019

No wonder Andrew Little is pissed off. But done-in-a-day law is usually bad law

The justice minister basically said that he’d had enough of the select committee’s shit.

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Politics
Nov 23, 2019

The reversal of the prisoner voting ban is a big move, and especially sweet for two men

Many prisoners who had the vote taken away from them will now see their rights restored.

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Politics
Nov 20, 2019

One possibility is NZ First has broken electoral law. The other possibility is worse

If what is reported is true, and is not a breach of the rules for political donations, then NZ's reputation for being squeaky clean is a joke.

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Politics
Oct 1, 2019

How the free-market squad devoured its free-speech children

The High Court rejection of the Free Speech Coalition challenge to the cancellation of an event by Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux carries a cruel irony for the zealous right.

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Politics
Sep 27, 2019

Why political attack ads will have to stop using footage from parliament

An electoral law expert explains the latest ruling from Speaker Trevor Mallard that has parliament up in arms

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Local Elections
Sep 10, 2019

Convicted of indecent assault. Kicked off council. Now he’s seeking re-election

The judgment on whether David Scott, who is seeking election on the Kāpiti Coast, is fit for public office should lie with the voters, rather than the law-makers.

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Politics
Aug 29, 2019

So, you want to hack New Zealand’s democracy?

A mystery donation to National has people asking how secure our electoral system is from corrupt foreign actors. Law expert Andrew Geddis explains what's at stake.

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Politics
Aug 14, 2019

Yup, the census is a shambles. But Simon Bridges need not make it worse

The National leader says census data is so ropey we should halt redrawing electorate boundaries. Down that path lie 'alternative facts'.

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Ātea
Aug 12, 2019

The Waitangi Tribunal just ripped to shreds a populist, pointless, pernicious law

This ruling on the prisoner voting ban says to the government: put up or shut up.

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Society
Jun 12, 2019

A damning court decision has huge implications for NZ-China relations

The Court of Appeal has decided that China's criminal justice system is so flawed that an alleged murderer living in New Zealand should not be extradited there.

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Politics
May 7, 2019

Sorry, but the cannabis vote is going to look a lot like the flag referendum

Tribal party loyalties will play a big part, writes Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Apr 29, 2019

Brian Tamaki’s bizarre self-sabotaging ‘inmate revolts’ threats

Publicly telling the world a bunch of private visitors intend to cause prisoner revolts is a very good way of giving prison authorities “reasonable grounds” to deny you entry.

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