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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    New Zealand has a horrible history of ponzi schemers. In five of the last nine years, ponzi schemers have been banged up in jail as a result of their scams. Now a Financial Markets Authority analyst has been charged with forging a glowing academic record to get his job and then stealing nearly $210,000 in a Ponzi-type scheme. Benjamin Anthony Kiro is alleged to have convinced women he met on online dating sites such as Tinder, or businessmen introduced to him by associates, to invest in companies ...
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  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial

    Judge rules Banks to stand trial





    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
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  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee

    Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee


    Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. Now days, an offence has to attract a penalty of 2 or more years imprisonment before an accused is entitled to request a jury trial. Judge Tompkins was called in from Hamilton to preside over the trial because of the difficulty in finding a Wellington judge who did not know ...
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  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud

    Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud

    A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in "serious wrongdoing".
    The Wellington Foodbank Service - not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission - has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to hand over more money.

    The bulk of existing donations appear to be have disappeared, as liquidators find the charity's bank accounts emptied and almost...
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  • Shark finning ban to be in force sooner

    Shark finning ban to be in force sooner


    The government has agreed to a tighter timeframe for the banning of shark finning in New Zealand waters.
    Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy confirmed on Thursday the government's plan to ban the controversial practice, which has been descibed as a national disgrace. The ban will mean sharks won't be able to be caught, killed and have their fins sliced off before the rest of the body is thrown back into the water. It's already illegal to ...
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  • Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request

    Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request

    Ministry of Economic Development lawyer Grant Slevin, today rejected requests for further information about the policies adopted by the Official Assignee to allow the executor of a deceased estate to take bankruptcy proceedings against her own estate. The Ministry had been asked to confirm its practice and policy this week, after the executrix of a mutual estate was allowed to bankrupt a beneficiary to whom she owed a greater amount. Last week, Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss was fo...
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  • Department for sick bird

    Department for sick bird



    Last month on a New Zealand television news show, Levin pensioner Sam Probert was interviewed after staging a one-man rent revolt which led to him being evicted from his flat by police.

    Mr Probert had barricaded himself in his flat for the past month to protest a $15 rent increase on his council-owned pensioner flat. Following this sad item about an old age pensioner getting turfed on the street over the price of a packet of cigs, the"good" news story featured an al
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  • CRIES TO SAVE BANK VICTIMS FROM THEIR LAWYERS

    CRIES TO SAVE BANK VICTIMS FROM THEIR LAWYERS


    In a land where victims with legal claims must pay the defendants' anticipated legal costs into court before a judge will allow their claim to be heard, it makes sense such victims not be allowed to congregate, discover they have similar experiences at the hands of the powerful partisans of the Crown and - God forbid - find a lawyer who will screw them out of their well earned poverty.

    This story begins with the life nurturing bankers and the threat to New Zealand's rule...
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  • Pensioner evicted over rates protest

    Pensioner evicted over rates protest

    A Levin pensioner who has been staging a one-man rent revolt has been evicted from his flat by police. Sam Probert had been barricading himself inside his flat for the past month to protest a $15 rent increase on his council-owned pensioner flat, which he has refused to pay since last September. It took four police officers to carry him from his flat, although he had planned a more dramatic exit. "I thought I did but I had no kick and scream left in me. I'm worn out, but that's what this co...
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  • Citizen's advocate wins pensioner housing case.

    Citizen's advocate wins pensioner housing case.

    Citizens advocate Graham Mc Cready has won a case on behalf of Wellington tenants at Strathmore Court in Miramar. He won $700 each for two pensioners earlier this year after City Housing failed to do any maintenance for seven years, leaving the tenants living in damp cold drafty units that cost up to $285/month to heat in the Winter. Mr McCready said " conditions for these elderly people were appalling and temperatures got down to 9 Degrees C with 90% humidity". Mr Mc Cready also won $450 fo...
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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer
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    New Zealand has a horrible history of ponzi schemers. In five of the last nine years, ponzi schemers have been banged up in jail as a result of their scams. Now a Financial Markets Authority analyst has been charged with forging a glowing academic record to get his job and then stealing nearly $210,000 in a Ponzi-type scheme. Benjamin Anthony Kiro is alleged to have convinced women he met on online dating sites such as Tinder, or businessmen introduced to him by associates, to invest in companies ...
    19-09-2015, 02:04 PM
  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial
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    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
    ...
    07-04-2014, 09:45 PM
  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee
    by admin

    Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. Now days, an offence has to attract a penalty of 2 or more years imprisonment before an accused is entitled to request a jury trial. Judge Tompkins was called in from Hamilton to preside over the trial because of the difficulty in finding a Wellington judge who did not know ...
    05-03-2014, 02:38 PM
  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud
    by admin
    A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in "serious wrongdoing".
    The Wellington Foodbank Service - not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission - has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to hand over more money.

    The bulk of existing donations appear to be have disappeared, as liquidators find the charity's bank accounts emptied and almost...
    01-03-2014, 12:27 AM
  • Shark finning ban to be in force sooner
    by admin

    The government has agreed to a tighter timeframe for the banning of shark finning in New Zealand waters.
    Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy confirmed on Thursday the government's plan to ban the controversial practice, which has been descibed as a national disgrace. The ban will mean sharks won't be able to be caught, killed and have their fins sliced off before the rest of the body is thrown back into the water. It's already illegal to ...
    09-01-2014, 12:50 PM
  • Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request
    by admin
    Ministry of Economic Development lawyer Grant Slevin, today rejected requests for further information about the policies adopted by the Official Assignee to allow the executor of a deceased estate to take bankruptcy proceedings against her own estate. The Ministry had been asked to confirm its practice and policy this week, after the executrix of a mutual estate was allowed to bankrupt a beneficiary to whom she owed a greater amount. Last week, Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss was fo...
    20-08-2013, 09:54 PM
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