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  • Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000

    Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000



    An Auckland lawyer has been struck off the roll after taking $10,000 from a family trust.

    Mary Frances Hackshaw was struck off on Friday after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to how she managed the trust for the children of a deceased man.

    The New Zealand Law Society's national prosecutions manager Mark Treleaven said Hackshaw was required to hold $10,000 in trust, with annual interest being paid to the deceased man's son."The funds ultimately...
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  • Helen Cull QC made High Court Judge

    Helen Cull QC made High Court Judge

    Wellington Queen's Counsel Helen Cull has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today(30 June 2016)

    Justice Cull graduated with a LLB(Hons) in 1978 from Victoria University of Wellington and began her legal career at Brandons. In 1983 she joined the partnership of Tripe Matthews and Feist, leaving in 1990 to join the independent bar. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997.

    Justice Cull has extensive litigation...
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  • Ex-cop 'unlawfully' arrested

    Ex-cop 'unlawfully' arrested

    A former police dog handler wants compensation and an apology after he was unlawfully arrested in his Upper Hutt home by police who mistook him for his daughter's violent ex-partner.

    The Independent Police Conduct Authority published its report on Thursday into the incident on January 23, 2015. It harshly criticises a sergeant and a dog handler who went to the man's property searching for his daughter's ex, who had earlier threatened her and rammed her car.

    The father,...
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  • Supreme Court decision by default

    Supreme Court decision by default


    A recent Supreme Court of New Zealand decision split 2 -2 between four sitting members of the Bench has upheld a Court of Appeal ruling resulting in a decision by default.
    Sir Terence Arnold was not available due to illness and the Court said there was insufficient time to arrange a replacement.

    While in accordance with legislation, the effect "remains frustrating from an appellant's perspective," counsel for the appellant David Chisholm QC says.

    When the...
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  • High Court rules in favour of New Zealand First

    High Court rules in favour of New Zealand First



    A High Court ruling yesterday sent a powerful message to the Electoral Commission - do your job, thatís what you are there for, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

    "The commission failed to uphold the law in the last General Election, which is exactly why we sought a judicial review, which the court has granted.

    "We had laid complaints with the commission over advertisements by the ACT Party and...
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  • Former President of NZ Trustees Association facing jail for theft

    Former President of NZ Trustees Association facing jail for theft

    A flagrant abuse of trust with little in the way of mitigating factors means a jail sentence is inevitable for the former President of the New Zealand Trustees Association and Napier lawyer Gerald McKay. Mr McKay , 74, was found guilty of five charges of theft, five charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage, and one representative charge of criminal breach of trust. McKay practised law in Napier from 1967 until his practising certificate was suspended following a Law Society investiga...
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  • Caregiver's payment claim back in Court

    Caregiver's payment claim back in Court

    A mother who successfully won the right to be paid for caring for her disabled son is back in court seeking compensation for decades of work and damages for "humiliation". Margaret Spencer and her son Paul, aged in his late 40s, were back at the High Court at Auckland on Monday after the Court of Appeal last year rejected a Ministry of Health appeal against a ruling that Spencer be paid for caring for Paul. Spencer has been caring for her son, who has Down syndrome, for the past 25 year...
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  • Government more corrupt under National

    Government more corrupt under National

    Dealings with Saudi sheep farmers, Hollywood, and Judith Collins' relationship with Chinese company Oravida are likely to have played a part in making the country look more corrupt, with New Zealand dropping down anti-corruption scales. That's what an ethics professor's saying after Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 ranked New Zealand as the fourth least corrupt country in the world - our worst ranking since 1998. Associate Professor Tim Dare said it's because th...
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  • Secret police search leaves Golden Bay couple in shock

    Secret police search leaves Golden Bay couple in shock

    A Golden Bay couple already reeling after a police raid last March were shocked to learn of an earlier secret search of their home. Rolf and Ute Kleine, who run teahouse and bakery, Takaka Infusion, received an email last week from Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe that attached a signed copy of a search warrant and a "postponement notice". That notice had enabled police to keep the search secret for 12 months. "We had no clue," Rolf Kleine said. "I had to read it three times. A property...
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  • NZ Government Funding of Transparency International New Zealand

    NZ Government Funding of Transparency International New Zealand



    An alleged ethics violation by the chair of Transparency Internationalís New Zealand chapter has boosted her fundraising success from government agencies. Transparency International New Zealand Chairperson Suzanne Snively was potted by TI NZ members two years ago for advertising she was head of a fictitious limited liability company when promoting her personal consultancy business on the business-networking site LinkedIn. It was revealed around the same time that Ms Snively ...
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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...
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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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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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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