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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 and prior to that was a business journalist and editor of The Accountants' Journal. Catriona 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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25 Apr 2016
This is information provided by MPI about the actions it has taken since the Animal Welfare Amendment Act was passed. The information was provided under the Official Information Act to someone who requested it. We thought this information might be of interest to others.             7 APR 2016         OFFICIAL  INFORMATION ACT  REQUEST Ministry for Primary Industries Manato Ahu Matua     I refer to …
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09 Apr 2016
Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries Parliament Buildings WELLINGTON   BY EMAIL: n.guy@ministers.govt.nz   Dear Minister,   RE: ANIMAL WELFARE   I write to ask that the Government create a new position of Commissioner for Animal Welfare and resource the position so that its functions can be properly fulfilled.   The following are the reasons I consider it is essential for New Zealand to introduce a Commissioner for Animal Welfare –   1…
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03 Dec 2015
The following is a list of some convictions for cruelty and neglect, primarily on dairy farms - February 2005 - Far North dairy farmer Alan Summers pleaded guilty to ill-treating an animal and a representative charge of ill-treating an animal after MAF officials removed 386 cows from his farm and took them to another farm, where 68 had to be shot immediately as they were close to starvation 2005 Lester Donald Reuben Johnstone of Maungatapere fined $34,000 and banned from owning stock for fiv…
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