Chen Palmer is at the cutting edge of public law – so there’s always lots going on. Here you can find media releases, articles and presentations by us, and examples of our work in the news.

Jack Oliver-Hood (Supreme Court Blog) Haronga v Waitangi Tribunal: Case Comment

14 Feb 2012 / Publications and presentations

The cost of that pragmatism was weighed by the Supreme Court in Haronga v Waitangi Tribunal (Haronga). The government has changed from red to blue; the assets have changed from forests to power; but the questions for tangata whenua are the same: how can what has been lost be regained? And will the same problem be posed in another twenty-three years’ time?


Mai Chen and the Treaty Debates

13 Feb 2012 / News articles

Listen to Mai Chen and Justice Joe Williams during the first Treaty Debates Lecture titled Treaty Debates Series 2012 -  Pathways to teh Future.


Can Ports Start Hiring New Workers

13 Feb 2012 / News articles

Susan Hornsby-Geluk, on TV ONE's Breakfast, answering whether the Ports of Auckland can start hiring contractors despite on-going negotiations with workers.


Tariana Turia: Open letter to NZ

06 Feb 2012 / News articles

An open letter from Tariana Turia regarding section 9 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986.


Maori now have greater political clout

05 Feb 2012 / News articles

Treaty principles might not be centre stage this Waitangi Day if Maori had agreed to a general Treaty of Waitangi clause in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (Bill of Rights), as originally proposed in the 1985 White Paper.


Key Government relationship put to the test

04 Feb 2012 / News articles

 New Zealand is well used to Waitangi Day being politically charged. The dissent has been less intense of late compared with the disgraceful antics of some "activists" over the past two decades.



Public Law Toolbox - reviews

04 Feb 2012 / Publications and presentations

Mai Chen will be publishing Public Law Toolbox with LexisNexis in 2012. Read some reviewer comments on the book so far.


Section 9: Why it matters for asset sales

02 Feb 2012 / Publications and presentations

Whether the Government decides to remove section 9 of the State Owned Enterprises Act when establishing four new mixed-ownership companies matters because it directly taps into the much bigger debate around Maori constitutional aspirations for the Treaty of Waitangi and the status of Treaty principles.


Seminar on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children

01 Feb 2012 / News articles

The Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc. have organised a series of seminars on the Green Paper.


Radio New Zealand National, Nine to Noon

25 Jan 2012 / News articles

Mai Chen casts a legal eye across the Government's programme for 2012 on Radio New Zealand National's Nine to Noon programme.