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  • Fraud probe over missing $700k

    Fraud probe over missing $700k

    A senior manager at the Ministry of Transport, Joanne Harrison, was sacked last week for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars. She's understood to have left New Zealand, possibly for Canada, after being accused of stealing money through false contracting arrangements. It's alleged Ms Harrison used false contracting arrangements to steal about $750,000 to $1 million after ministry management was reportedly alerted to the financial discrepancies earlier...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"

    NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"



    When Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush delivered a eulogy at the funeral of former Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton last April, in which he described the disgraced Hutton as having “integrity beyond reproach”, some people concluded Bush had written off his chances of taking the top police job. They were wrong. On April 3, Bush took over as Commissioner of Police.

    With Bush’s promotion, his words invite critical re-examination. And the inescapable conclusion is...
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  • Transparency International under fire

    Transparency International under fire

    The leadership of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International is under fire after executive director and Wellingtonian of the year Suzanne Snively was accused of promoting a fraudulent company. Ms Snively this week survived an ethics investigation for running a non-existent company trading on the Transparency name to promote her personal consultancy services. The undated and unauthored ruling emailed by Transparency NZ director Murray Sheard to Transparency HQ in Berlin determined Ms S...
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  • 100% pure propaganda

    100% pure propaganda


    Some forms of propaganda are more obvious than others. At the height of New Zealand's 'clean green' image campaign 14 years ago, tourists were astonished to see cars billowing thick exhaust, people burning rubbish in their yards and waterways clogged with animal waste. It was not only the old cars shipped to New Zealand because they no longer met emission standards in Japan, it was also the statistic that New Zealanders led the world in per capita boat and car ownership. The...
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  • Justice staff feared a 'feral' judge

    Justice staff feared a 'feral' judge

    Emails released in the High Court at Auckland today show Justice Minister Judith Collins' staff were seeking to stop a judge appointed to independently review David Bain's compensation case from "going completely feral". An email sent from Ms Collins' press secretary Rachael Bowie to Ms Collins, her senior private secretary Megan Wallace and Ms Collins' senior adviser Margaret Malcolm said Justice Ian Binnie needed to be kept "in the tent for as possible" to avoid his "very damaging" report from being...
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  • AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT

    AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT


    Common sense has gone to the dogs at the Auckland City Council after a dispute over $300 ticket turned into a $20,000 legal battle. The saga began when a summons was posted to Whangaparoa resident Jane Siemer following an anonymous complaint alleging her pet schnauzer had “charged a person” in early 2011. The Council prosecuted the fine but failed to notify Mrs Siemer of the court hearing which resulted her contesting the criminal charge and fine. A rehearing was ordered but...
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  • Court closures signal reduction in services

    Court closures signal reduction in services

    Confirmation that the Government will close some district courts and downgrade others is hardly proof of National’s commitment to maintain access to justice for ordinary New Zealanders, says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Charles Chauvel.
    “We accept that services should always be kept up-to-date with changing technology and population patterns, but changes should not simply be a cost cutting exercise.

    “This proposal will seriously impinge on access to justice in those regions...
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  • Court overhaul comes with human cost

    Court overhaul comes with human cost

    Today’s announcement that the Government is closing some provincial courts and restricting the operating hours of others will impact on the ability of ordinary New Zealanders to access the justice system, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Charles Chauvel says. "Labour is all for a more efficient justice system, but today's announcements are plainly driven by cost-cutting, not by a desire for better services. “E-Justice certainly has a catchy ring to it, but as with anything that looks to save...
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  • Government announces court closures

    Government announces court closures

    The Government has announced court closures as a part of changes being made to the Justice ministry. Four courtrooms are to close in Feilding, Upper Hutt, Warkworth and Whataroa. Nine more local courts will only be used for hearings, instead of being open five days a week. Courts minister Chester Borrows made no mention of how many jobs will go but said the Justice ministry is consulting with staff. Borrows said Whataroa court, with only 11 sitting hours spread over four days in 2011, is o...
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  • Pike river report delayed

    Pike river report delayed

    The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River Mine tragedy has been given a two month extension to deliver its report.Governor-General Jerry Mateparae granted the extension on Cabinet's advice, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. The inquiry will now report back by November 30, instead of September 28.Finlayson said preparation for a judicial review application involving the Royal Commission had "diverted resources and delayed the drafting of the Commission's final repor...
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  • Fraud probe over missing $700k
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    A senior manager at the Ministry of Transport, Joanne Harrison, was sacked last week for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars. She's understood to have left New Zealand, possibly for Canada, after being accused of stealing money through false contracting arrangements. It's alleged Ms Harrison used false contracting arrangements to steal about $750,000 to $1 million after ministry management was reportedly alerted to the financial discrepancies earlier...
    22-07-2016, 11:01 AM
  • NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"
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    When Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush delivered a eulogy at the funeral of former Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton last April, in which he described the disgraced Hutton as having “integrity beyond reproach”, some people concluded Bush had written off his chances of taking the top police job. They were wrong. On April 3, Bush took over as Commissioner of Police.

    With Bush’s promotion, his words invite critical re-examination. And the inescapable conclusion is...
    06-04-2014, 11:51 AM
  • Transparency International under fire
    by admin
    The leadership of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International is under fire after executive director and Wellingtonian of the year Suzanne Snively was accused of promoting a fraudulent company. Ms Snively this week survived an ethics investigation for running a non-existent company trading on the Transparency name to promote her personal consultancy services. The undated and unauthored ruling emailed by Transparency NZ director Murray Sheard to Transparency HQ in Berlin determined Ms S...
    05-04-2014, 11:35 AM
  • 100% pure propaganda
    by admin

    Some forms of propaganda are more obvious than others. At the height of New Zealand's 'clean green' image campaign 14 years ago, tourists were astonished to see cars billowing thick exhaust, people burning rubbish in their yards and waterways clogged with animal waste. It was not only the old cars shipped to New Zealand because they no longer met emission standards in Japan, it was also the statistic that New Zealanders led the world in per capita boat and car ownership. The...
    22-08-2013, 02:01 PM
  • Justice staff feared a 'feral' judge
    by admin
    Emails released in the High Court at Auckland today show Justice Minister Judith Collins' staff were seeking to stop a judge appointed to independently review David Bain's compensation case from "going completely feral". An email sent from Ms Collins' press secretary Rachael Bowie to Ms Collins, her senior private secretary Megan Wallace and Ms Collins' senior adviser Margaret Malcolm said Justice Ian Binnie needed to be kept "in the tent for as possible" to avoid his "very damaging" report from being...
    06-08-2013, 08:19 PM
  • AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT
    by admin

    Common sense has gone to the dogs at the Auckland City Council after a dispute over $300 ticket turned into a $20,000 legal battle. The saga began when a summons was posted to Whangaparoa resident Jane Siemer following an anonymous complaint alleging her pet schnauzer had “charged a person” in early 2011. The Council prosecuted the fine but failed to notify Mrs Siemer of the court hearing which resulted her contesting the criminal charge and fine. A rehearing was ordered but...
    25-01-2013, 08:11 PM
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