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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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  • Former top NZ cop guilty of drug offences

    Former top NZ cop guilty of drug offences




    A former senior New Zealand policeman, Mark Franklin, has pleaded guilty to drug charges before the Cook Islands High Court today. Mr Franklin was a detective inspector in Northland and was arrested in 2011 over allegations that he was operating as a local drug dealer, selling cannabis from a bar, in Rarotonga.

    Franklin's co-accused included a senior police officer, Inano Matapo and her partner Giovanni Masters, who is the son of the country's deputy Prime...
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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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  • Govt must not intrude on courts-Judith Collins

    Govt must not intrude on courts-Judith Collins


    Justice Minister Judith Collins explains why it would be wrong for her to intervene to
    review the conviction of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett. Her argument that it would be unconstitutionally safe for her to intervene, is in sharp contrast to recent lobbying by judges to influence Parliament over the judges pecuniary interests bill and new Family Court legislation New Zealand has one of the best-performing justice systems in the world. It has minimal corruption,
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  • IRD Largest cause of bankruptcy in New Zealand

    IRD Largest cause of bankruptcy in New Zealand

    Incompetence? Dodgy dealings? Laziness? No - it's the IRD. If someone was running around hitting people over the head with sledgehammers just for the sake of it, you'd be right to be concerned. And concerned we should be, because that's exactly what the IRD have been doing. It's alarming, and both unnecessary and counterproductive. Following the global financial crisis, the IRD have become extremely aggressive on tax collection, to the extent that they are forcing people into bankruptcy and bu...
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  • Top cop accused of drug dealing

    Top cop accused of drug dealing

    Former Police Sergeant Mike Blowers has been identified as the high ranking officer charged with supplying methamphetamine and selling cannabis in March, but his name and all details identifying him were suppressed at the time.

    In May a Judge ruled there were insufficient grounds to continue suppression and last week his lawyer took the matter to the High Court where the application was declined and the suppression orders lapsed this afternoon at 5pm.

    Blowers is
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  • Foss flip flops over insolvency policy

    Foss flip flops over insolvency policy

    Last month, the Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss answered a Parliamentary Question about the powers of the Official Assignee in New Zealand and advised that the OA had no power to override a statute. The question resulted from an unusual situation where an executor of a deceased estate was able to bankrupt a beneficiary of the estate, despite the latter's ultimate entitlement being significantly greater than the debt. However, after it was pointed out that it was Insolvency Service ...
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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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  • Police fear miscarriage of justice

    Police fear miscarriage of justice


    In an unprecedented move, the Police Association is calling for an independent inquiry into the conviction of Teina Pora, who is now into his 21st year in prison for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

    President Greg O'Connor told theWeekend Herald that the request was the first in the 16 years he has led the association, which represents rank-and-file police officers, but he believes it is justified on this occasion.
    It should not be run by the police but could be a...
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  • Insolvency policy questioned

    Insolvency policy questioned

    The right to statutory set-off between legatees of a deceased estate is contained in the Insolvent Debtors Relief Act 1729 and the Debts Relief Amendment Act 1735, known together as the Statutes of Set Off. Until the 18th century there was no right of set-off in an action. A debtor(legatee) who had a mutual debt and was owed money by the creditor (an executor of a mutual estate) risked imprisonment. The legislation was also enacted to prevent a multiplicity of court proceedings over basic equitable pr...
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  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
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    The former New Zealand judge who headed a UK inquiry into child sexual abuse has said she will not appear before British MPs to answer questions about her time in charge. Dame Lowell Goddard said for her to be summoned would compromise the inquiry's "independence and integrity". She also hit out at "malicious, defamatory attacks" by the British media and said she was disappointed the government had not defended her. British MPs have asked the former head of the child sex abuse inquiry to expl...
    11-11-2016, 12:47 PM
  • Judge Lowell Goddard's epic fail
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    Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned last week as chair of the 100 million (N$183.5m) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired. Dame Lowell, appointed by then-Home Secretary Theresa May just over a year ago, had already lost the confidence of senior staff and members of the inquiry panel, according to two well-placed legal sources. The Home Office has denied she was sacked, according to reports. After she ...
    09-08-2016, 11:07 AM
  • Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer claims agreement had no impact on Trust
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    Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer Colin Carruthers QC says the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) theory against his client is wrong, with a key agreement placing no financial cost on the Wellington Tenths Trust. The former leading Treaty of Waitangi negotiator and academic is on trial in the High Court at Wellington, accused of obtaining funds by deception, or alternatively of obtaining a secret commission.The charges relate to allegations that Love showed favour to Auckland property developer Redwood, and ...
    05-08-2016, 02:44 PM
  • Transport boss pleads guilty to corruption charges
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    The Serious Fraud Office says the guilty plea yesterday by an Auckland Council manager to corruption charges shows the dangers in not questioning a culture of gratuities. Barrie Kenneth James George, 69, this morning at the High Court at Auckland pleaded guilty to two charges of accepting bribes as a public official when he took gifts worth $103,580 between 2005 and 2012. The gifts included cash, and lavish overseas holidays for George and his family. SFO Director, Julie Read welcomed the guilty plea...
    04-08-2016, 10:40 AM
  • Identities of corrupt JP's stay secret
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    The identities of Justices of the Peace disciplined for incompetence, making false allegations or misusing their title for personal gain are being kept secret by the Ministry of Justice.In the case of the above JP Denis Selwyn Callesen of Keri Keri, the Crown Law Office even halted a private prosecution against Mr Callessen after evidence emerged that Mr Callessen and his former secretary Robin Morris had perverted the course of justice.

    The Ministry believes the privacy of...
    23-07-2016, 12:35 PM
  • Government funded escape artist Philip Smith found guilty
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    The murderer who embarrassed New Zealand law and border authorities by flying to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been convicted for the audacious escape. Charges of escaping lawful custody and making a false statement to renew a passport have been added to Phillip John Smith's lengthy criminal record, along with murder, child sex abuse, kidnapping, tax fraud and arson. In an unusual legal procedure, a jury was chosen at the Auckland District Court today and the judge immedia...
    22-07-2016, 02:05 PM
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