A defendant in a civil proceeding chooses to play no active part and says they will abide the court's decision.
However, they add that because "the Court is left with no active contradictor in the proceedings ... the Court may wish to direct the Solicitor-General to appoint counsel to appear and be heard as counsel assisting the Court in this proceeding". NZ courts indeed can do this under rule 10.22, which the defendant explicitly refers to:
10.22 Counsel assisting
At the request of the court, the Solicitor-General must appoint counsel to appear and be heard as counsel assisting the court.
What would be the defendant's motivation for such a suggestion? What would they want to achieve by having the court appoint an amicus curiae?