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PRA coupleDividing Relationship Property – Time for Change?

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA) tells couples how to divide their property when they separate or if one partner dies. It affects almost every New Zealander over their lifetime.

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Relationship property review underway

The Law Commission launched its Issues Paper reviewing the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 this month. The Issues Paper Dividing relationship property – Time for change? Te mātatoha rawa tokorau – Kua eke te wā? deals with 13 different major issues. 

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DNA buccal sampleDNA and Crime

The Law Commission has launched a website of four short stories that look at how Police could use DNA science to investigate crime.

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Select Committee endorses Commission report on tūpāpaku

The Māori Affairs Select Committee has recommended that the Government consider implementing the Law Commission’s recommendations on death, burial and cremation.

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Sir John McGrath commends Commission reports

Courts get great assistance from Law Commission reports says the Hon Sir John McGrath, recently retired Judge of the Supreme Court. In a presentation to Commission staff, Sir John said judges never have any doubt that Law Commission reports are well researched and politically neutral.

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Law reform and climate change

When as many as 1.75 million people who live in the Pacific region lose their homes to climate change, New Zealand will face a unique law reform challenge.

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Judge McElrea Restorative Justice Collection

Two Law Commission advisers recently attended the Wellington launch of Napier Library’s greatly expanded and enhanced online collection of Judge Fred McElrea’s ground-breaking restorative justice papers.

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Law Commissioners Douglas White, Donna Buckingham and Helen McQueen with one of the Tumuaki o te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa, Ophir Cassidy at Te Hunga Roia Hui-ā-Tau this month.
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