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Media Comment


Catriona MacLennan comments on tv, radio and in print on the law, loan sharks and credit laws, poverty, domestic violence and rape law reform, animal cruelty and other issues. Over the past 15 years she has commented on One News, Three News, Campbell Live, Tagata Pasifika, Te Karere, the Holmes Show, Agenda, Media 7, The Nation, Media Take, Breakfast, Firstline, Radio New Zealand, Radio Live, Newstalk ZB, Radio Pacific, 531pi and other media outlets.

Catriona for eight years was a legal commentator on Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand, commenting on a broad range of legal issues. She had a legal slot for a year on both Radio Pacific and Radio Waatea. Below are some of Catriona’s recent articles and commentaries.

 

NEW ZEALAND HERALD

Pay equity principles a missed opportunity 10 June 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11654046

Government rides roughshod over democracy 7 June 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11651644

Commissioner for animals needed 23 May 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11643316

Eleven years for wife murder - that is not enough 11 May 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11636939

Goats are not captive lawnmowers 18 April 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11624436

Easter eggs ? We should ban hen cages 25 March 2016

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11611174

Hypocrisy and Auckland Council 3 March 2016 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11599292

Specialist sexual violence courts needed 15 December 2015

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11561227

Action needed on shocking dairy cruelty

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11553358

Equal Pay day message to Mayor Len Brown

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11542813

Why doesn't she leave ?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11522171

Bid to cut family violence needs cash backing

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11499773

#YesAllWomen Face Harassment

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11440602

Benefit debt punishment out of all proportion to "crime" (January 2015)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11388704

Car lovers wanted for community project (14/10/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11341770

Little progress on genuine equality for women (9/9/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11320994

Only a broad-ranging inquiry will do to tackle allegations (2/9/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11317472

Strangling law will help tackle domestic violence  (23/7/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11297444

Animals need a dedicated watchdog (10/7/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11290706

Animal lovers’ red-letter year (8/5/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11251339

Cap an easy way to protect vulnerable from loan sharks (7/5/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11250619

Cameras keep courts an open book (4/4/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11231712

Disclosure law could save women’s lives (24/3/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11224856

Hand the top cop role to a woman (6/3/14)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11214525

Stop dodging tax and we can end child poverty (15/3/13)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/fraud/news/article.cfm?c_id=213&objectid=10871292

Use of power to get sex ensures equality a myth (20/12/13)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11175342

Monarch’s reign is in danger of ending (2/12/13)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11165425

Soft sentencing salt in animals’ wounds (5/11/13) 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11151392

Police force fails NZ’s women – again (8/11/13) 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11153338

Stop blaming the victims (19/9/13) 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11126770

CONSUMER

Mobile trucks preying on vulnerable consumers (April 2015)

https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/truck-shops

DOMINION POST

Lawyers mus stop "peddling rape myths", 7 April 2017

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91339983/lawyers-must-stop-peddling-myths-in-rape-trials.

Pain and death for naught - animal testing - 19 May 2016

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/383705/pain-and-death-naught


New Zealand needs to stop putting animals in floating prisons (12/6/15)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/69298371/nz-needs-to-stop-putting-animals-in-floating-prisons

Feeble animal welfare laws should be an election issue (30/7/14)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/10325390/Feeble-animal-welfare-laws-should-be-an-election-issue

Author joins rape culture protest (17/11/13)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9409649/Author-joins-rape-culture-protest

Family Court review just a cost-saver (9/8/12)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7443418/Family-Court-review-just-a-cost-saver

Sea-protest proposal a blow to human rights (15/4/13)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8550388/Proposed-sea-protest-law-a-big-blow-to-human-rights

Shock collars are barking mad (15/10/13)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/9283216/Shock-collars-are-barking-mad

New Zealand dragging chain on sex abuse cases (15/11/13)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/9402943/NZ-dragging-chain-on-sex-abuse-cases

Cameras aid public faith in courts (28/9/12)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7739089/Cameras-aid-public-faith-in-courts

Failure to cap interest rates undermines law (6/6/12)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7046419/Failure-to-cap-interest-rates-undermines-law

RADIO NEW ZEALAND

Gender pay gap due to sexism, Radio NZ, Morning Report, 8 March 2017 

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201835823

Gender pay gap fixable 'overnight' - Radio NZ, Mididay Report,  8 March 2017

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/326092/gender-pay-gap-fixable-'overnight'

Domestic violence victims placed in danger by disclosure law - NewsTalk ZB 15 September 2016

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive-with-anz/audio/catriona-maclennan-forcing-mothers-to-name-father-of-children-puts-them-in-physical-danger/

Effectiveness of domestic violence changes questioned - Radio NZ 14 September 2016

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/313155/nz's-'devastating'-family-violence-rate

Unfair treatment of beneficiaries - bfm 4 July 2016

http://95bfm.com/bcasts/interview-catriona-maclennan-and-the-child/

Government punishes women unduly for benefit fraud - 30 June 2016  http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201806553/govt-punishes-women-unduly-for-benefit-fraud

Radio NZ - The Living Wage and Auckland Council  1 March 2016

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/201791399/auckland-council-and-the-living-wage

Pay Equity gap a result of sexism 23 January 2016

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/294770/no-progress-on-gender-pay-gap-professor

NewsTalk ZB 

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-violence-offender-history-scheme-praised/

Domestic violence and non-fatal strangulation 3 August 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201764887

Family Court changes and access to justice 2 August 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/280288/child-mediation-service-success-doubted 

Discussion on 95bfm about defence lawyers and rape trials 27 July 2015

http://www.95bfm.co.nz/assets/sm/222820/3/CatrionaMaclennanKellyEllis27July2015.mp3 

DHB wants guardianship of young boy to ensure HIV treatment (Morning Report 9 February 2015)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20166442

State Services Commission criticised over handling of Sutton investigation (Morning Report 20 November 2014)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20157977

Half of country’s homicides are family violence related (Morning Report 26/6/14)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2601060

Lawyer backs Glenn Inquiry criticism of Family Court (Checkpoint 16/6/14)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2599833

Barrister alarmed child protection clauses being removed (News 28/4/13)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/133688/barrister-alarmed-child-protection-clauses-being-removed

The outcome of the review of the Family Court and how it compares with a similar review in the United Kingdom (Nine to Noon 8/8/12)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2527509

Human rights law (Nine to Noon 27/6/12)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2523187

Legal changes to legal aid (Nine to Noon 23/5/12)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2519685

Loan sharks and consumer law (Nine to Noon 18/4/12)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2516172

Catriona reviews a pilot drug treatment court’s programme (Nine to Noon 14/3/12)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2512675

The right to protest versus public order – at what point do the police step in ? (Nine to Noon 14/12/11)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2505046

 

TVNZ, TV3 AND MAORI TELEVISION

Kathryn's Story - Our punitive double standard Waatea 5th Estate 30 June 2016

http://www.waateanews.com//Video%20Story%20Page/x_video/157

One News - Law change won't fix domestic violence 12 May 2016  https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/changing-rights-abuse-victims-wont-fix-our-domestic-violence-problem-lawyer?autoPlay=4889759169001

One News - Law Commission's proposals for dealing with sexual violence 15 December 2015 https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/concerns-raised-about-proposed-alternative-handling-of-sex-abuse-cases?autoPlay=4661659649001

3 News - animal cruelty and links between animal abuse and domestic violence, 21 November 2104

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/convictions-send-clear-message-to-animal-abusers--spca-2014112119

One News - State Services Commission criticised over handling of Sutton investigation, 20 November 2014

http://tvnz.co.nz/one-news/s2014-epthursday-video-6148871

Seven Sharp - comment on police not laying charges over Roastbusters, 29 October 2014

http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/s2014-epwednesday-video-6119011

Media Take 21 October 2014 - Official Information Act abuses

http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/media-take/S01E017/media-take-series-1-episode-17

Smacking – Bob McCoskrie and Catriona MacLennan (One News Tonight 11/1/12)

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/smacking-bob-mccoskrie-and-catriona-maclennan-talk-tvnz-video-2941682

Breakfast speaks to barrister Catriona MacLennan (19/4/12)

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/thursday-april-19-4840471

 “Horrendous” case renews calls for mandatory reporting (One News 18/4/12)

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/horrendous-case-renews-call-mandatory-reporting-4841131

SPCA to lobby for Commissioner for Animals (3 News 12/11/13)

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/spca-to-lobby-for-animals-commissioner-2013111716

Family Court overhaul puts onus on families (3 News 2/8/12)

http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/family-court-overhaul-puts-onus-on-families-2012080218

Judges too soft on animal abusers, lawyer says (3 News 1/12/11)

http://www.3news.co.nz/environmentsci/judges-too-soft-on-animal-abusers-lawyer-says-2011120107