Constitutional law bookOn Thursday I was fortunate to attend the launch of the new edition of Prof. Philip Joseph’s indispensable book, Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand. The book is now in its fourth edition and the launch provided an excellent opportunity to hear about how the book has developed; a great reminder that law is never a stagnant force.

Philip Joseph is an Associate Dean at the University of Canterbury’s School of Law and was also a speaker at EmpowerNZ, so it was great to have the chance to support his work. We are lucky to have a copy of the new edition in the office and invite anyone interested to visit and enjoy a peruse – it is well worth it.

On a similar note, I will be interested to hear the Government’s response to the Constitutional Advisory Panel’s Report on New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements (released late 2013). So many New Zealanders engaged with the process and the CAP Report clearly indicates a considered way forward. I am sure I am not the only one keen to see how our constitutional conversation progresses. What we can be sure of is that Philip Joseph’s book will contribute significantly.