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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    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 ...
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  • Police blunder over top secret documents

    Police blunder over top secret documents

    Top-secret police intelligence documents with details about confidential informants were accidentally sent by our elite organised crime-fighting agency to the criminals they were investigating. The stunning bungle saw the information copied and widely circulated among gang and methamphetamine-producing circles and led to police taking emergency steps to protect those exposed by the blunder.

    Last week, Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the information had been mistakenly...
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  • United Nations slams IPCA

    United Nations slams IPCA

    It appears New Zealand Mainstream Media no longer presents itself as a purveyor of truth or even news. NZME. – the conglomerate of 55 news organisations in New Zealand – does not even list news as a feature in its self-described ‘overarching banner’.

    The acronym stands for New Zealand Media and Entertainment. Not surprisingly, these razzle dazzle members are often potted for inaccurate news reporting when spinning unpleasant news to fit their entertainment mandate. The ...
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  • New Zealand Solicitor General Quits

    New Zealand Solicitor General Quits



    In a suprise move last week, New Zealand Solicitor-General Michael Heron's resignation was announced by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson.

    Several sources have said that Mr Heron was unhappy with his position although the reason given in the official statement from the Attorney General was that he had provided the three years service he had promised and was wanting to return to his family in Auckland.

    “When Mr Heron was appointed Solicitor-General...
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  • Mother of three jailed for 2 years

    Mother of three jailed for 2 years

    A leading figure in Kaikohe's arts and business communities has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of possession of cannabis for supply. When the result of our cannabis law is to lock a mother of 3, with an amazing community reputation, up for 2 years, that law is broken and unjust Kelly van Gaalen was sentenced in the Kaikohe District Court on Thursday following a jury trial last month. Friends and family in the public gallery, including her three children, wept and called out as ...
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  • Shameful new blasphemy law introduced

    Shameful new blasphemy law introduced


    New Zealand has introduced shameful new blasphemy law “by the back door”

    “An embarrassing step backwards and a severe blow to free speech” is what the New Zealand Humanist Society today called our newest de facto blasphemy law, which received Royal assent on 2 July. The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 has come under international scrutiny from human rights organisations for allowing individuals to bring proceedings if they allege that a digital communication has...
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  • Justice Dept Denies Negligence

    Justice Dept Denies Negligence



    General Manager for Higher Courts Paula Tesoriero, today denied that former Appeal Court registrar Claire Brown had been negligent by sealing Court orders altered by Wellington lawyer Roger Chapman. The Ministry of Justice is ultimately responsible for the
    administrative functions of the Courts, this includes sealing orders solicitors make which are supposed to follow the orders made by the Court.

    Ms Tesoriero had been asked to consider evidence Wellington law...
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  • Government takes back Mt Eden prison

    Government takes back Mt Eden prison


    The Corrections Department has confirmed plans to take over Serco's management of Mt Eden Correctional Facility. Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said this afternoon that a management team would take over the day to day running of the prison from Monday "for the immediate future". Serco's staff would remain on site, but a Corrections Department Prison Director and their team would oversee the prison. At a press conference this afternoon, Mr Lotu-Iiga reiterated that Mt Eden Correction...
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  • Former Appeal Court President caught out

    Former Appeal Court President caught out


    Former President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Justice Sir Mark O'Regan was caught with his pants down yesterday, after an application to disqualify him from ruling on a matter involving a fraud on the Court of Appeal was filed in the Supreme Court.

    Earlier this week, Sir Mark dismissed an application seeking to overturn a bankruptcy resulting from fraudulent court orders. Sealed orders of the Court of Appeal were altered by Wellington lawyer Roger...
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  • Establishment Judge heads abuse enquiry

    Establishment Judge heads abuse enquiry


    A senior New Zealand judge with lowest integrity ranking from NZ lawyers will be leading the UK's independent probe into institutional historical child abuse,will be paid a package worth $1.1 million a year. Meanwhile historic abuse cases in New Zealand are stagnating and the process here has been described as unfair, flawed and underfunded. Justice Lowell Goddard has been charged with the inquiry, which was ordered by the British government following revelations that well-known ...
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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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