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  • Petty drug users fill jails

    Petty drug users fill jails

    Smoking cannabis is no worse than eating junk food or gambling, according to a new report by an independent panel of experts. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which has been researching drug use for six years, believes people who grow a small number of cannabis plants should be treated leniently. In New Zealand, hundreds of people are locked up for petty drug offences every year - many for crimes our top legal body says should not exist. Justice Ministry figures show a significant amount of court t...
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  • Papers reveal costly chaos of Family Courts

    Papers reveal costly chaos of Family Courts


    Ministry of Justice staff insisted everything was fine and morale was high within the Family Court in Auckland, even as judges and lawyers described a system in chaos, official papers show. The Sunday Star-Times revealed in August how a new centralised processing system for the courts in Auckland had led to serious delays and huge backlogs within the Family Court, with the Law Society warning it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously hurst, or worse. Cases involving domes...
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  • Horan family rift over mother's estate

    Horan family rift over mother's estate


    MP Brendan Horan's sister tried to take over their mother's affairs three months before she died, on the grounds that she needed a major operation and her memory was failing. But Olwen Horan, 87, resisted the attempt, revoking power of attorney from her daughter, Marilyn Bleackley, and obtaining a medical certificate to prove she could administer her own affairs. The moves were all part of a power struggle within the Horan family as Olwen Horan, a million-dollar lottery winner, died slowly a...
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  • Child-abuse funds 'blown on hype'

    Child-abuse funds 'blown on hype'

    Paula Bennett's action plan to rescue vulnerable children has been dismissed as "an exercise in window dressing" with almost $400,000 spent on consultants. Documents reveal the majority of the cash went on advertising, marketing and "community engagement" consultants. Almost $200,000 was paid to two recruitment consultancies and $9000 to advertisers Saatchi & Saatchi. A communications adviser got $9500 and a copywriter $16,905 for two months' work. Another $50,000 was given to two consultant...
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  • $127.5 million tax mistake that can't be undone

    $127.5 million tax mistake that can't be undone

    Bank of New Zealand and other secured creditors in two collapsed forestry companies can't reclaim $127.5m that was paid to Inland Revenue by a partnership owned by the companies, the Supreme Court has ruled. The forestry firms' receivers, Michael Stiassny and Grant Graham, authorised the payment because they wrongly feared they might have been liable for the GST had they withheld the money. The forestry firms, Forestry Corporation of New Zealand and CITIC, formed a partnership, the Central No...
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  • Mark Lundy launches Privy Council appeal

    Mark Lundy launches Privy Council appeal

    Mark Lundy has applied to London's Privy Council seeking permission to appeal his convictions and is represented by high-profile lawyer David Hislop, QC. Lundy is serving a life sentence with a non-parole period of 20 years after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife Christine and daughter Amber, 7, in a frenzied attack in their Palmerston North home in August 2000. Two years later he was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years, but that was increased by the Court of Appeal after both Lundy ...
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  • Alarm bells sound over Family Court reform process

    Alarm bells sound over Family Court reform process

    Judith Collins' announcement today that the legislation restricting access to the Family Court has raised concerns that it has been timed to avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny, Labourís Charles Chauvel says. "I have had many messages of concern today from family lawyers, providers of counselling services, and others with expertise in the way the Family Court works. They are worried that the legislation being introduced today will be read a first time and then referred to a select committee on one ...
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  • Judge calls Banks to court over donations

    Judge calls Banks to court over donations

    ACT leader John Banks could be forced to answer questions in court over the Kim Dotcom donations saga. A judge has summoned Mr Banks to appear in Wellington District Court next month, after retired accountant Graham McCready launched a private prosecution on a charge of knowingly filing a false election return. District Court judge Ian Mill ruled there was enough evidence to allow the action. Police will now serve Mr Banks with a summons to appear on December 11. The offence carries a maximum p...
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  • Crewe cops accused of conspiracy

    Crewe cops accused of conspiracy

    The brother of Arthur Allan Thomas has filed a formal complaint with police over the actions of detectives investigating the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe. Des Thomas said he wanted police to open a formal investigation into claims against officers who worked on the original inquiry. He said he was unable to escape the impact the inquiry had on his family in the 42 years that had passed since the couple were murdered at their Waikato home - a killing for which his brother Arthur was twice c...
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  • Employment authority backs fired fraudster

    Employment authority backs fired fraudster

    A woman who stole more than $20,000 from a rental car firm was allowed to keep her job so she could repay the money, only to be caught in further alleged fraud.But the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found the company did not follow proper procedures in sacking Michal Tiller. Co-director Edwin Chan said that the fraud almost destroyed his business and the ruling was very disappointing. Ms Tiller was hired for the Auckland branch of New Zealand Rental Car Services by her partner Daniel Al...
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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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