Tuning the courts

Our justice system has been improved and is now easier for New Zealanders to use, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell says.

“The Judicature Modernisation Bill is an important law reform that helps modernise our courts, with most of the changes coming into effect today,” Mr Mitchell says.

“Courts are a fundamental part of the justice system, and these changes will help provide a better service for witnesses, court staff, defendants, and our communities who use the courts.

“The changes focus on creating a more people-centred justice system by making it easier to understand and more efficient for people to use.”

One of the most significant improvements is combining the District Courts throughout the country to form the New Zealand District Court.

“This will make it the largest court in Australasia, spanning across 58 court sites and hearing more than 200,000 cases a year. The District Court can now hear cases worth up to $350,000, up from $200,000,” Mr Mitchell says.

“The reform also includes steps to enable the digitisation of court processes. For example, defendants can now appear by audio-visual links for criminal procedural appearances. Read more »

It has a name already: The “Jacinda effect”

Barely 48 hours ago Jacinda Ardern told RNZ that talk of her becoming Labour’s deputy leader was a “distraction”.

That job, she said, was just “not an issue”. Her leader Andrew Little was even stronger, saying repeatedly “there is no vacancy” and “don’t expect any change”.

Jacinda Ardern and Andrew LittlePerhaps the biggest risk to Labour is how the ‘Ardern glow’ bounces off her leader, Andrew Little. Photo: RNZ / Brad White
Of course, saying “there’s no vacancy” left the door open for Ardern should Annette King choose to step aside. And today she’s done just that.

King has given way to the overwhelming logic of generational change within Labour and Ardern will, I expect, walk into the deputy shoes even more seamlessly than Bill English walked into John Key’s.

It’s a move that’s both full of promise and risk for Labour. First, the promise.

Ardern is Labour’s most attractive face.

Author Tim Watkin then goes all awkward in a long paragraph trying to pretend he doesn’t mean she’s pretty… like… physically, but… you know… he doesn’t want a Twitter backlash.  He continues   Read more »

Tweet of the Day

Swapping Ardern for King may be similar to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, except these deck chairs have been freshly upholstered with a bright festive fabric.   Read more »

King out, Princess in

How does Jacinda Ardern winning a safe seat lead to Annette King falling on her sword?

Ele Ludemann writes

Last week Labour deputy leader Annette King said suggestions Jacinda Ardern should replace her were ageist:

Ardern’s win in Mt Albert prompted fresh speculation Little should replace his steady pacemaker King with the crowd-pleasing sprinter Ardern as deputy for the home straight to the election.

There is sense in that. But King can not see it. King’s response was a quite astonishing and vociferous defence of her turf.

She claimed the talk around Ardern was ageist. She even went a little bit Trump, accusing media of having a vendetta against her.

Speaking to the Herald she questioned what Ardern could offer that she did not, other than relative youth. . . 

This week King says: Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

The All Blacks are baffled their own security consultant has been charged over the installation of a listening device in their meeting room at the team’s Sydney hotel in 2016.

The bug was discovered embedded in a chair in the room at Double Bay’s InterContinental in August before New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says the charge seems “bizarre and unbelievable”.


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Word of the day

The word for today is…

dudgeon (noun) – 1. A sullen, angry, or indignant humour.
2. (Obsolete) A kind of wood used in making knife handles.
3. (Archaic) (a) A dagger with a hilt made of this wood.
(b) The hilt of a dagger.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1570s, duggin, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Italian aduggiare “to overshadow,” giving it the same sense development as umbrage. No clear connection to earlier dudgeon (late 14th century), a kind of wood used for knife handles, which is perhaps from a French word.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 2

8 He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.

Wednesday nightCap

MUST WATCH.  You’ve never seen anything like this.  I told Cam to put a visit to this place on his bucket list.

MUST WATCH: Geert Wilders talks with Ezra Levant