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  • Judge's decision causes outrage

    Judge's decision causes outrage


    A prominent Tauranga professional has avoided a criminal conviction and had his identity kept secret after admitting he assaulted his young son during a dispute over a cellphone and iPod.The middle-aged man was discharged without conviction despite pleading guilty to a common assault charge when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday. Judge Josephine Bouchier also granted the man permanent name suppression. The man's former partner last night told the Bay of Plenty Times she...
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  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    Act Party leader John Banks will be summonsed to court to face a private prosecution over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.Judge Ian Mill, in a decision released today, said there was sufficient evidence to call Mr Banks before the court. "Access to the courts for the purposes of private prosecutions is an important safeguard against the abuses of the executive's prosecutorial discretion ..." Judge Mill said.The private prosecution has been brought by retired Wel...
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  • 'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    Men's rights campaigners claim they've been silenced by a government select committee reviewing controversial planned changes to the Family Court. Wellington psychologist Craig Jackson said he was told to cut part of his submission or he wouldn't be heard; another campaigner, Adam Cowie, appears to have been excluded entirely. Jackson and Cowie are among 350 submitters on the bill, but Justice and Electoral Reform committee chairman Scott Simpson says he hasn't gagged anyone, but has t...
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  • Help for wrongly convicted

    Help for wrongly convicted

    A leading forensic scientist is launching a charity for people who have been wrongly convicted. Dr Anna Sandiford, an expert defence adviser at the 2009 acquittal of murder accused David Bain, has held initial talks with well-placed supporters such as lawyers, legal academics and professional investigators. Auckland-based Sandiford said that she plans to launch the organisation this year, fearing outdated legal processes and cuts in legal aid funding are leading to a rising number of wrongful impr...
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  • Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    White collar frauds and economic crime costs the country billions of dollars each year, government officials have concluded. Minister for the Serious Fraud Office Anne Tolley said many Ministries had been working for two years on a "Cost of Economic Crime" report that was due to be presented to cabinet soon. Tolley, speaking at the inaugural Economic Crime Action Network meeting in Auckland yesterday, said: "Economic crime can range from pro forma invoicing schemes that drain the resourc...
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  • Claim on deposit shocks couple

    Claim on deposit shocks couple

    A Wellington couple are infuriated and shocked the second receiver of the failed kitchen supplier Kitchen House is looking to claim customer deposits worth $177,876 for the former owners of the firm. Andy Morse and partner Rowan White paid a 20 per cent deposit on a $13,000 kitchen in October 2011 to the Kitchen House as part of renovation project on their Brooklyn home. However, the six-store chain, run by CGKH Ltd, collapsed not long after and was placed in receivership. The s...
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  • Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    A man with an "appalling" list of convictions has cut off his electronic bracelet and fled to Australia before he could face trial on sex charges.The 42-year-old was due to go on trial in Greymouth this week but police told the judge they believed he was now in Sydney. They were trying to find him, but the trial had to be aborted on Monday. Last night, police were unable to say how the man could have left New Zealand, and the Sensible Sentencing Trust decried the decision to grant him bail in th...
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  • Cops on the wrong side of the law

    Cops on the wrong side of the law

    At least 67 police staff have been arrested in the past three years while serving on the force. Some of the charges include dealing LSD, assault, drink-driving and theft. The Police Association say even one arrest was too many. In the year to August, 10 police staff - sworn and non-sworn - had been arrested on charges including assault with a blunt instrument, theft of property under $500, theft of a motor vehicle and drink driving. The districts which led the criminal behaviour were Canterb...
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  • Public Trust refuses to act for estate

    Public Trust refuses to act for estate


    The Public Trust has advised that it wll not take over the administration of a Wellington estate unless the beneficiaries waive taking action against the previous trustees for financial irregularities and the alleged abuse of an enduring power of attorney. The dispute arose after the trustees spent over $250k of the trust fund taking one of the estates beneficiaries bankrupt over a $5k debt to the estate.


    The Public Trust had previously declined to take over administration...
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  • Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    The two Wellington accountants who were last year handed the longest jail terms in a New Zealand tax case are appealing their convictions, claiming Inland Revenue trained their clients in evidence against them. David Ingram Rowley and Barrie James Skinner were last year jailed for eight and eight-and-a-half years respectively, after Justice Kos found them guilty on dozens of charges of fraud, tax evasion and attempting to pervert the course of justice. During sentencing Justice Kos also said the pai...
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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, 01:04 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
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    07-04-2014, 08:45 PM
  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee
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    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, 01:38 PM
  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud
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    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...
    28-02-2014, 11:27 PM
  • Shark finning ban to be in force sooner
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    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, 11:50 AM
  • Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request
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    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, 08:54 PM
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