New Zealand public law
The Centre explores New Zealand public law issues concerning the constitution, administrative law, and a wide range of areas of governance.
We analyse and discuss issues pertaining to New Zealand public law. This includes core constitutional law issues related to the nature and limits of the power of the New Zealand state, the constitutional status of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the past and future of the country’s constitution.
Other issues we examine include administrative law and aspects of governance, such as resource management, immigration, the public health system, criminal justice, and the regulation of the economy.
The Centre holds an annual Government Law Year in Review half-day seminar, where new developments in many of these areas are discussed. We also hold public lectures by academics, judges, and other state officials.
Find out more about our events.
Our research, publications, and projects examine many different aspects of New Zealand’s system of public law.
New Zealand Lives in Public Law
In this episode, the NZCPL Director Professor Joel Colón-Ríos talked to Emeritus Professor Tony Angelo about his early life and education, his experience in the teaching of comparative law, his work in small island states in the Pacific and beyond, and his views on NZ constitutional future.
Children’s Commissioner Series: Five missing pieces in the Youth Justice jigsaw
On 13 October 2021, Commissioner Andrew Becroft focused on the challenges for, and gaps in, Aotearoa’s youth justice system.
Kaikōmihana Ture—The Changing Roles and Responsibilities of Law Commissioners
Amokura Kawharu, President of the Law Commission spoke on 6 October 2021 as part of the public officeholders series.
New Zealand Lives in Public Law
NZCPL Director Professor Joel Colón-Ríos talked to Sir Kenneth Keith about his early life and education, about his role in the judiciary and experience in law reform, and about some of his views about sovereignty and the Treaty of Waitangi.
On the Value and Future of the Office of the Ombudsman
On 27 September 2021, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier reflected on the value and future of the Office of the Ombudsman in New Zealand.
Working together for disarmament
The Hon Phil Twyford facilitated a discussion on disarmament - 1 June 2021.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori issues
Dr Carwyn Jones of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington gave a presentation on Māori issues related to health services in New Zealand.
Find out about the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry on the Waitangi Tribunal website.
Dr Eddie Clark gave a judicial review presentation as part of the NZCPL Government Law Year in Review 2020.
Bill of Rights and human rights
In February 2020, Prof Claudia Geiringer gave a presentation to the Government Law Year in Review on the New Zealand Bill of Rights in 2019.
Crown–Maori relationship: change or status quo?
Nicola Ngawati from the Ministry for Women led a panel discussion on New Zealand's new Public Service Legislation Bill.
New public service legislation bill
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC contributed notes to a panel discussion on new public service legislation.