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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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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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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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