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  • Gas victim loses home to RINNAI NZ

    Gas victim loses home to RINNAI NZ

    Last week, Waikanae woman Amanda Pickard lost her home as the result of a bankruptcy action taken by Rinnai Corp. After a ten year battle over a faulty gas heater installation, her property was put up for auction by the Official Assignee with her still in occupation. It all started when Ms Pickard and her son Troy began to suffer from the symptoms of acute carbon monoxide poisoning. The installer of the heater, Chas Ambrose, had not complied with regulatory requirements for the flue height abov...
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  • MURKY NZ SUPREME COURT PRACTICES INCREASING CONCERNS

    MURKY NZ SUPREME COURT PRACTICES INCREASING CONCERNS

    Secret judgments, misrepresenting grounds of appeal and inability to access Supreme Court filings are behind a proliferation of complaints to the Office of Judicial Conduct Commissioner and formal claims within the New Zealand Courts. And all this seems to be going on unnoticed by the legal community generally in New Zealand. While annual complaints to the Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner through year-end July 2014 were down 10%, complaints against Supreme Court judges were up 100%, ...
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  • Abuse Judge Criticised

    Abuse Judge Criticised



    Scandal exposing publisher Vince Siemer of Kiwisfirst.com confirmed today that he will accept an invitation to travel to the United Kingdom where he plans to defend comments he has made about the appointment of New Zealand Judge Lowell Goddard as head of a child abuse inquiry. Judge Goddard's appointment by Home Secretary Theresa May has now led to a vigorous enquiry as to her suitability after two previous candidates withdrew due to conflicts of interest. In response to...
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  • Judge Goddard Shipped to United Kingdom for Inquiry

    Judge Goddard Shipped to United Kingdom for Inquiry

    Official comments from the United Kingdom lauding the appointment of New Zealand High Court Justice Lowell Goddard to head an Inquiry into broad child sexual abuse have legal doyens in New Zealand privately scratching their heads. Goddard J scored dead last in the 2014 poll of New Zealand judges last year, with many lawyers extremely critical of Lowell’s opportunistic public stances, liberties with the truth and contrarian judgments. But let us not be burdened by the empirical truth when we sho...
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  • Rich Court, Poor Court

    Rich Court, Poor Court

    “Justice for all” may be the public signpost but a case set to be heard in New Zealand’s highest court on 5 May 2015 threatens to expose a far different reality. It is scheduled to be the 7th hearing this year in the purpose-built $100 million building - out of a likely 18 to be heard in 2015. Marteley v Legal Services Commissioner is a battle which pits the seemingly endless financial resources of the Judges, Crown and their cohorts against the muted masses whose lack of money is the measure...
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  • The New Face of Corruption in New Zealand

    The New Face of Corruption in New Zealand

    Corruption comes in many forms. The local bureaucrat who requires a bribe to award a contract, a judge who abuses her position to protect a partner or mate or a government watchdog who ignores known corruption while trying to convince the public the corruption covered up does not exist. What we shutter to consider is such conduct may constitute judicial street cred in New Zealand. Meet Bryce Edwards, a throwback to the prevailing academic philosophy in civilised countries that education i...
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  • Law firm divulges private files

    Law firm divulges private files

    A lawyer's practice used clients' sensitive files as recycling paper for photocopying - and posted out hundreds of pages of private and confidential details about their cases.The details, sent to a former client who requested a copy of her own file, include names and addresses of people involved in suppressed court cases.

    They include graphic allegations of sexual abuse, domestic violence and Child, Youth and Family matters.
    The former client said she was "rocked to the...
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  • Lawyer admits $2.8m Ponzi scheme

    Lawyer admits $2.8m Ponzi scheme

    A Dunedin lawyer has today admitted being behind a Ponzi scheme where he stole $2.8 million from clients over 21 years.
    John David Milne, a 79-year-old lawyer from Dunedin, admitted the long-term fraud on the morning his Christchurch District Court trial was set to begin.He pleaded guilty to 34 charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that included theft by a person in special relationship and misappropriation of funds.

    A summary of facts will be ready for when Milne is...
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  • Homeowners out of pocket

    Homeowners out of pocket



    Cantabrians whose homes were irreparably damaged in the earthquakes may have missed out on tens of thousands of dollars in insurance money.
    A Court of Appeal decision this week ordered Southern Response, the Crown-owned company that handles AMI's claims, to pay a home owner an extra $300,000 in costs associated with rebuilding the property.

    The money is for out of scope work such as architect and engineering fees and surveying costs. Southern Response had disputed...
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  • Policewoman escapes conviction for racial abuse

    Policewoman escapes conviction for racial abuse


    A police woman has been found guilty of racially abusing a taxi driver during a late-night fare dispute in Queenstown.
    Constable Jeanette May McNee, 44, known as Jenny, appeared in a judge-alone trial in Queenstown District Court last week
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    Judge Tony Couch found McNee guilty of a charge of using insulting words to Malaysian taxi driver Ganesh Paramanathan on November 3, last year. He did not enter a conviction because her lawyer, Nic Soper, said he would apply for a...
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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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