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Catriona Maclennan

Catriona MacLennan is a barrister, journalist, author, report writer, television presenter, media commentator and project director.

Catriona has practised law in the areas of consumer credit, family, domestic violence, employment, traffic, criminal, benefit and immigration law. She was a Duty Lawyer for eleven years. Catriona was a political reporter for six years in the Press Gallery at Parliament. She writes opinion pieces for The New Zealand Herald and The Dominion Post and has written extensively for legal publications over the past 14 years. She is the author of five books and has presented six television series. Catriona has written reports for the Parliamentary Counsel Office and the New Zealand Law Society and worked on a report for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. She helped establish and was the first lawyer to work at Nga Ture Kaitiaki ki Waikato Community Law Centre and was the Project Director for Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust, a scheme to provide affordable loans to low-income families. Catriona was the co-winner of the Bruce Jesson Foundation’s Senior Journalism Award for 2015 for a report on the feasibility of Auckland Council paying a Living Wage to employees and contractors. Click on the tabs for more details of work in specific areas.

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30 Apr 2017
TIPS FOR THE MEDIA ON REPORTING RAPE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES When a woman is killed by her husband, it is not love and it is not an isolated event. The killing is about power, control and regarding the woman as his possession. It is not an isolated event, because it is something that happens in every country on the planet and has done so for thousands of years. Since Verity McLean was killed this week, allegedly by her husband, the media has reported on a “love triangle” …
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18 Oct 2016
  12 June 2016 SUBMISSION BY CATRIONA MACLENNAN TO THE REGULATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE ON COMPLAINT ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE (LAYER HENS) CODE OF WELFARE 2012 BY SAFE (13 AUGUST 2015)   BACKGROUND I note the committee’s request in its letter dated 12 May 2016 to Mr Ahluwalia that he limit his oral submission to the part of the complaint relating to Standing Order 319(2)(c). Accordingly, this submission is confined to that issue.   My apologies for this very late submission, …
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01 Sep 2016
LIVING WAGE PEOPLE’S ELECTION ASSEMBLIES SPEECH WEST AUCKLAND 19 AUGUST 2016 ST MATTHEW IN THE CITY 1 SEPTEMBER 2016   AUCKLAND COUNCIL CAN AFFORD TO PAY A LIVING WAGE   Kia ora koutou katoa. Auckland Council’s Chief Executive is paid $690,000. He was given a $60,000 pay rise in January. Auckland Council can afford to pay a Living Wage. At the moment it chooses not to do so because it doesn’t value its low-paid workers properly. The heads of the Council-owned…
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