6 Oct 2018

Ruth Busch - Bronx-born campaigner for better family law

From Saturday Morning, 8:13 am on 6 October 2018

Ruth Busch was born in 1944 in the Bronx, New York, to Holocaust survivors. Training as a lawyer with an interest in civil rights, she moved to New Zealand in 1982 and shortly thereafter taught the first foundation law course at the University of Waikato. She wrote the report which formed the basis of the Domestic Violence Act 1995 and her work on the Bristol Ministerial Inquiry led to the enactment of the violence provisions in the (now) Care of Children Act. She is also a co-founder of the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project, a domestic violence NGO which served as the pilot project for New Zealand. As well as running two free family law clinics in retirement, Busch is also a dancer with the New Zealand Dance Company's Feisty Feet Senior Dancers - and her troupe will perform with the NZDC's Youth Spring School soon in a performance reflecting 125 years of sufferage called RESPECT: Perspectives in Motion. Details: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/whats-on/art-and-culture/respect-perspectives-in-motion