Newsletter | Te Aka Kōrero No. 8

Published: 3 July 2017

Te Aka Kōrero
News from Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission

Ngā mihi o Matariki.

Contempt Report completed

The Law Commission has finished its review into the laws of contempt of court. Law Commission President Douglas White says contempt continue to arise and so reform is timely.


Wayne Mapp reflects on five years with Commission

Wayne Mapp has left the Law Commission after serving five years as a Commissioner. We took a few minutes to ask him about his time with the Commission and what he thinks the future holds.

Listen to his interview here...

Canada looks to NZ Law Commission for inspiration

Canada is looking at a New Zealand Law Commission report to help it lift its conviction rate for crimes of sexual assault. Earlier this year Kate McKenzie-Bridle represented the Law Commission at a Canadian Government Knowledge Exchange on the Criminal Justice System's Responses to Sexual Assault against Adults.


Courts influence Commission's work

Late last year two farmers in the High Court case, Cygnet Farms Ltd v ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd [2016] NZHC 2838, showed their bank was liable for giving them bad financial advice. However the bank did not need to pay any damages because its contract with the farmers precluded any liability in contract and the Contractual Remedies Act 1979 precluded the farmers from recovering damages in tort.

Justice Palmer called this a gap in the law and referred the problem to the Law Commission to consider.


Jasmine Tietjens becomes Commission's new General Manager

The Law Commission has a new General Manager, Jasmine Tietjens.

"Jasmine brings broad legal and management experience to the Commission along with demonstrated people leadership and team building skills," says Law Commission President Douglas White.

Starting conversations on Facebook

You can now find, and more importantly talk to, the Law Commission on Facebook.

"Facebook is a forum where people who are interested in the issues can not only communicate with us but can communicate with each other, sharing, debating and refining ideas about how to improve the law," says Law Commission President Douglas White.