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The story of Chief Justice Prendergast

Tune in to Radio New Zealand’s new Black Sheep podcast for “Unjust: the story of James Prendergast”. Prendergast, who will be remembered as having dismissed the Treaty of Waitangi as “a simple nullity” in the now infamous decision of Wi Parata v Bishop of Wellington (1877), was Attorney-General of New Zealand from 1865 to 1875, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until 1899.

Access the podcast episode below:

For more, read A Simple Nullity? The Wi Parata Case in NZ Law and History by Professor David V Williams, a professor of Law at the University of Auckland; and Prendergast: Legal Villain? by Grant Morris, Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

CPTPP talks continue

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that all but four points are now agreed in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”) deal between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam (formerly the “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement”, the deal was re-branded following US President Donald Trump’s decision in January 2017 formally to withdraw from negotiations). Talks between nation leaders continue at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”) meetings being held in Vietnam this week.

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Legal aid on the road

Legal Aid Services will be running a “Legal Aid Roadshow” next week. The aim is “to talk about the changes that have occurred [to legal aid] over the last 12 months and to provide an update on the direction of Legal Aid in the future”.

Two Auckland sessions will be convened in the jury assembly area (ground floor) of the Auckland District Court at 10 am and 1 pm on Friday, 17 November 2017.

For more information, see:






By Megan Cucerzan