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  • Web publisher alleges judges abuses repeat history

    Web publisher alleges judges abuses repeat history

    No one believed at the time it was happening, but it became evident that hundreds of New Zealanders had been denied their rights of appeal when, in 2002, the Privy Council determined in Taito v Queen, the New Zealand Court of Appeal had engaged in systemic abuses of due process. Fa’Afete Taito was first named appellant (of many) in that defining appeal. In 2011, in the landmark Supreme Court decision Chapman v Attorney General, another one of those affected appellants lost any consequent right ...
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  • SUPREME COURT TRICKERY NO LAUGHING MATTER

    SUPREME COURT TRICKERY NO LAUGHING MATTER

    Legal activist Vince Siemer's tale of Supreme Court secrecy and slight of hand raises serious questions regarding our judiciary. The following is reprinted from www.kiwisfirst.co.nzFAILURE IS THE ONLY OPTION A year ago, the turnaround for NZ Court of Appeal filings was two days on average. This year, the average is more than a week. Still, a good many appeals get held up for months over security for costs directions or incidental chambers decisions, which trickle out at a snail's pace. Cour...
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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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  • Law Society slams spy agency bill

    Law Society slams spy agency bill


    The Law Society has made a stinging attack on proposed law changes governing the GCSB spy agency, saying they effectively transform it from a foreign intelligence agency to a domestic one without any justification being given.
    InternetNZ has also raised serious concerns about the bill before Parliament, saying its powers are too broad.Submissions on the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Bill closed on Friday, and hearings on it will begin early next
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  • BANKRUPT DENIED COURT ACCESS TO APPEAL ON FINANCIAL GROUNDS

    BANKRUPT DENIED COURT ACCESS TO APPEAL ON FINANCIAL GROUNDS

    Justice Stevens of the Court of Appeal issued a chambers ruling yesterday which denied Pukekohe resident Richard Guy a waiver of the $1,087.50 filing fee to appeal his bankruptcy, on grounds Mr Guy has not disclosed his ability to obtain the money from family members or access “equitable support” from others. Mr Guy is seeking to appeal a three page judgment by High Court Associate Judge Jeremy Doogue which adjudicated him bankrupt on a petition by the Bank of New Zealand in April over his fa...
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  • Toddlers Kill More Americans Than Terrorists

    Toddlers Kill More Americans Than Terrorists


    In New Zealand numerous security measures have been taken as the direct result of the United States war on terrror, but its worth considering that preschoolers with guns have taken more lives so far this year than the single U.S. terrorist attack, which claimed four lives in Boston.

    Listed below are the 11 gun fatalities I found where a preschooler pulled the trigger (from Jan. 1 to June 9, 2013). Starting with a list of five toddler shooting deaths .

    Jan....
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  • Judge off roster after relationship complaint

    Judge off roster after relationship complaint

    A judge who admitted a relationship with a Ministry of Justice worker in Dunedin has been moved to new duties. Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue said Judge Stephen O'Driscoll would no longer sit in Dunedin after a conduct complaint was made against him to the judicial conduct commissioner earlier this year. "The complaint related to a personal relationship the judge had entered into with a Dunedin employee of the Ministry of Justice," Judge Doogue said. "The judge recognises his mi...
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  • Financial abuse of elderly 'common'

    Financial abuse of elderly 'common'

    Financial abuse is the major form of abuse against elderly people in New Zealand, according to Age Concern. And it's this issue Age Concern wants to raise awareness of during its World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on June 15, which this year has the theme of "always respected, never abused". Staff and volunteers at the Wanganui office yesterday dressed up in purple and decorated their office purple to mark the day, which is celebrated internationally. Wanganui Age Concern manager Tracy Lynn said w...
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  • 24hr Wahi gold mining approved

    24hr Wahi gold mining approved

    For the first time in New Zealand, a mine is to be allowed to operate directly below a residential area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, against the wishes of those most affected. For good reason, the decision by the Hauraki District Council independent commissioners to approve the Correnso Mine operation in Waihi proposed by the Newmont Gold mining company has been described as ‘‘ unprecedented’’. Forty-five households in Waihi will be directly affected. People who bought homes in good fait...
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  • Police have to return material to Dotcom

    Police have to return material to Dotcom



    Kim Dotcom has secured another victory as he fights extradition to the United States.In a decision released today, Justice Winkelmann says police need to return items they seized in the raid on the internet tycoon's Coatesville mansion.


    Anything ruled irrelevant to the internet piracy case has to be returned to Megaupload founder Dotcom and police have to contact their counterparts in the United States and ask that they delete any irrelevant information. ...
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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, 11:47 AM
  • 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, 10:07 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, 01:44 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, 09:40 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, 11:35 AM
  • 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, 01:05 PM
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