JLR Davis, 2010
The author considers the impact of several pieces of legislation on the relationship between Australia and New Zealand. Particular attention is paid to the extension of the jurisdiction of the superior courts of each county under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010. The criticism of this extension regarding potential forum shopping as well as the problems related to the differing approaches to forum non conveniens issues are discussed. It is argued that the cumulative effect of this legislation has been to extend the jurisdictional reach of the courts of both countries to such an extent that their relationship can now be characterised as a loose confederation.