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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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  • Chief Justice against sending activist to jail

    Chief Justice against sending activist to jail




    Long-time judicial critic and activist Vince Siemer, will begin his prison sentence today for contempt of court following last week's Supreme Court ruling has found an ally in none other than Chief Justice Sian Elias.

    The Chief Justice's minority opinion disagreed with her fellow judges, holding that Siemer's rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act to freedom of expression and natural justice extended to his ability to question the legality
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  • A warning to New Zealanders- keep hold of democracy

    A warning to New Zealanders- keep hold of democracy

    In 2007, John Key, then Leader of the Opposition, gave a powerful speech to the New Zealand Press Club against the Electoral Finance Bill. He declared: "Here in New Zealand we often take our democratic freedoms for granted. We think they will always be there. We have a Bill of Rights which is supposed to protect our right to freedom of expression. What on earth could go wrong?" "I have a different view. I believe what Thomas Jefferson said - that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Ther...
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  • Website Publisher Vince Siemer Ordered to Prison

    Website Publisher Vince Siemer Ordered to Prison

    Website Publisher Vince Siemer, the operator of "Kiwisfirst" and strident critic of New Zealand judges, has been ordered to commence a six week prison sentence today following a Supreme Court decision over publication of a ruling of Justice Helen Winkelmann denying the alleged Urewera terrorists a jury trial.

    Charges were eventually dropped against 14 of the 18 defendants, but not before Justice Winkelmann issued a secret order denying all 18 defendants their statutory right
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  • Fears for justice after cost-cutting

    Fears for justice after cost-cutting

    Crown prosecutors are facing "unsustainable" budget cuts, with some warning that financial pressures will lead to lighter sentences. A change to how the Crown Prosecution Service is funded will cut 25 per cent from its overall budget over the course of four years, with the Palmerston North region losing almost half. Pressure to get rid of cases cheaply could result in an increase in plea bargains, and the "disposal" of cases, where the Crown offers no evidence, critics fear. Docu...
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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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  • From the Archives- Pair who avoided conviction for arson

    From the Archives- Pair who avoided conviction for arson

    The story in the attached clipping was frst reported by the Dominion Post nearly ten years ago, Marcus Wayne Simpson-Wild &...nephew of Justice John Wild & one of his mates from Khandallah in Wellington New Zealand are discharged without conviction after setting fire to scrub near a rural property. Judge Bruce Davidson of the District Court at Wellington said that a conviction would impact on Simpson-Wild's ability to travel as he was a well-respected equestrian, that and the fact that he was from...
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  • Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QCs widow

    Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QCs widow

    Rogue web publisher Vince Siemer is nothing if not persistent in his search for what he believes is fair play. His latest High Court skirmish in which Mr Siemer established an Official Assignee (OA) exceeded his authority and was wrong to consider him a vexatious and frivolous litigant emerges as a two steps forward, one step back result. But after succeeding with a High Court judicial review against the Official Assignee in March, Mr Siemer now claims the OA found by the court to have...
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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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  • 'SHRILL' Tantrum sends judge to therapy !

    'SHRILL' Tantrum sends judge to therapy !

    Judicial Conduct Commissioner David Gascoigne may have used his strongest language yet in rare referral of a complaint to Chief District Court Judge Jan Marie Doogue. A Timaru family of 4 had laid the complaint against Family Court Judge Emma Smith on 28 March 2012, for throwing her toys out of her cot at a Christchurch Family Court hearing in May 2010.

    Judge Smith in her response to the Commissioners' enquiry said, "I reject any improper behaviour by myself as alleged."The Commissioner...
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  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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