Society Archive

Hey, proctor, leave our bongs alone: How Otago’s ‘campus cop’ is breaking the law

If the Otago University proctor won't respect students' private property rights, students may have to take matters into their own hands, writes Otago law professor Andrew Geddis.

Second Dunedin flat claims Proctor entered home without permission, took bongs

Otago University Dave Scott, a former police officer, appears to be making a habit of entering private property and removing inhabitants' possessions, reports Critic editor Joel MacManus.

Otago proctor under fire for entering student flat and seizing private property

Dave Scott defends going into a privately owned flat without permission and taking bongs worth hundreds of dollars

NZ has to stop telling whoppers about our care for the ocean

We’ve been telling the world our level of marine protection is world-leading when in fact, it’s tiny – about time we owned up

Miscarriage can be a bereavement, and we must reflect that in employment law

New Zealand needs Ginny Anderson’s miscarriage amendment – it’s a subject close to my heart, writes Alex Penk

Comments on truancy and rape point to a deeper misreading of teenagers

A controversial speech by a school principal who said students skipping school are more likely to get raped speaks to a failure to understand the complex issues teenagers face, writes Jared Ipsen 

Why the inclusion of disabled people still has a long way to go

As we celebrate Suffrage 125, let us not forget that just as disabled people were excluded in 1893, many continue to feel excluded from society today.

A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others

How come little NZ was the first country where women won the right to vote?

Why did a global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?

Congratulations Jackie Clark, supreme Woman of Influence and supreme Aunty

'Women are silenced every minute of every day.' An interview with Alex Casey from 2017.

The struggle for gender equality in tertiary education is a glass half-full story

The status of women in New Zealand universities as academic and professional leaders still has some way to go

‘Do you have to be naked to get those $1 seats?’: a former employee remembers Nakedbus

Low-cost bus company Nakedbus shut down this July to the disappointment of students, non-drivers and people who needed to travel for cheap all over New Zealand.

Separating fact from fiction in the 1080 debate

Facebook is flooded with rabid anti-1080 activism, but the poison is the only barrier between many of New Zealand's native species and extinction.

When anti-1080 activism grew noisy, and got ugly

Anti-1080 activism has exploded in popularity and intensity in the last few months. Hayden Donnell goes down the rabbit hole to find out what’s behind the movement’s rise.

The question that echoes in every NZ expat’s ears: ‘Will you go back?’

London-based Elle Hunt, along with just about every New Zealander living and working overseas, is routinely asked if and when she might return home. 

How Terri Friesen, convicted of killing her baby, finally cleared her name

Last week Terri Friesen saw her wrongful conviction quashed. Here law student Kelly Phillips recounts her crusade for exoneration, one which began when she saw an episode of I Am Innocent

Man down: how homophobia remains rife within Christian circles

From Destiny Church and Israel Folau, to splinter groups opposing the Anglican Church's acceptance of same-sex marriages, bigotry against New Zealand's LGBTQ community is still well and truly alive.

There’s a better way than Ray Avery’s pods to save babies in developing countries

Sometimes, the solution to a big problem doesn’t lie in western technology. Sometimes the solution can be simple

C’s get degrees: the extra tough law school grading at Victoria University

Victoria University has this week been shown to award significantly more C and D grades to its law students than the Universities of Auckland and Otago. But does it matter?

Why MPs playing wheelchair dress-ups is such a terrible idea

Our wheelchairs are not gimmicks to help you realise 'how good you’ve got it', writes Red Nicholson.

‘We’re not here to judge your lifestyle, we’re here to make sure you’re housed’

Housing First is designed to get the most vulnerable homeless people into stable accommodation irrespective of mental or physical wellbeing or any history of substance abuse

‘Who do you despise more?’ Jordan Williams and Colin Craig at the Supreme Court

The long-running and expensive legal spat arrived at NZ's highest court this week. What happened?

On the Rag: How do TERFs get to call themselves feminists?

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop. 

A Pacific powderkeg: why Nauru will dominate the news this week

Jacinda Ardern flies to Nauru this week for the Pacific Islands Forum, and the host is already making headlines way beyond the official agenda