Newsletter | Te Aka Kōrero No. 6

Published: 2 March 2017

Law Commission Newsletter No. 1
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The Tale of Tāwhaki and Te Aka Matua

Speaking at the Commission's 30th anniversary Justice Joe Williams told the story of the Law Commission's Māori name, Te Aka Matua o te Ture. Te Aka Matua refers to the parent vine that Tāwhaki used to climb up to the heavens to retrieve knowledge.

Listen to Justice Williams tell Tāwhaki's story

Commission launches second review of Evidence Act

Law Commission President Douglas White says a new review of the Evidence Act will look at many interesting issues, including those raised in the Supreme Court case R v Wichman [2015] NZSC 198; [2016] 1 NZLR 753.


Radio NZ Commissioned

Law Commissioners Donna Buckingham and Helen McQueen spoke to Radio New Zealand's Lynn Freeman on her programme The Weekend about the work the Commission does, and specifically about the Commission's current reviews of search and surveillance law and property relationship law.

Listen to the Radio NZ interview

Distributing property when a relationship ends

In 1976, when the Matrimonial Property Act 1976 became law, only one in five babies had unmarried parents. Today half of the babies born in New Zealand have parents who are not married.


Contempt of Court

The Law Commission has nearly finished its review of the laws of contempt. Contempt of court an ancient legal concept but essentially it aims to make sure that courts have the ability to provide justice that is impartial, fair and effective.


Search and Surveillance Act 2012

For the last eight months, the Law Commission has been working with the Ministry of Justice to review the Search and Surveillance Act 2012.