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  • Ethics Trainer Anything But, it Appears

    Ethics Trainer Anything But, it Appears

    Absence of investigative journalism in New Zealand makes life easy for ‘ethics trainer’ Murray Sheard of Auckland. The self-styled thinker has figured out he can write his own press. It was revealed this week Mr Sheard is the latest in a string of Transparency International New Zealand Directors who has cooked his resume, claiming he is currently a lecturer in ethics at the University of Auckland on the TINZ website, despite leaving in 2007 when he obtained his degree. In December TINZ execut...
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  • Environment Court finds in favour of Maori owner

    Environment Court finds in favour of Maori owner

    An Environment Court decision preventing land being taken for a road sets a precedent for Maori land to be protected, the lawyer for the woman who took the case says.
    The court ruled in favour of author Patricia Grace in her fight against the Transport Agency taking her ancestral land north of Wellington for a major new road. The agency is trying to acquire a 980 square metre section of Ms Grace's land in Waikanae under the Public Works Act for the construction of the Kapiti Expressway. ...
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  • UN critical over Maori jail numbers

    UN critical over Maori jail numbers

    A United Nations delegation visiting New Zealand prisons is warning that the high number of Maori in prison is a breach of international law.More than half of New Zealand's prison population is Maori, although they make up just 15 percent of the population.

    The delegation, which reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council, says any bias against Maori leading to their incarceration more than other New Zealanders constitutes arbitrary detention and is illegal under international
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  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial

    Judge rules Banks to stand trial





    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
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  • NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"

    NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush- "character witness"



    When Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush delivered a eulogy at the funeral of former Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton last April, in which he described the disgraced Hutton as having “integrity beyond reproach”, some people concluded Bush had written off his chances of taking the top police job. They were wrong. On April 3, Bush took over as Commissioner of Police.

    With Bush’s promotion, his words invite critical re-examination. And the inescapable conclusion is...
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  • Transparency International under fire

    Transparency International under fire

    The leadership of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International is under fire after executive director and Wellingtonian of the year Suzanne Snively was accused of promoting a fraudulent company. Ms Snively this week survived an ethics investigation for running a non-existent company trading on the Transparency name to promote her personal consultancy services. The undated and unauthored ruling emailed by Transparency NZ director Murray Sheard to Transparency HQ in Berlin determined Ms S...
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  • Driven by fight for justice

    Driven by fight for justice


    ‘If they imprisoned my dad, I was going to be there to set him free."

    With those words, Nothando Musesengwa, nee Gwaze, emerged from the Christchurch courthouse as an enrolled lawyer.

    In the same courtroom where her father, George Gwaze, was acquitted of raping and murdering his 10-year-old niece, Charlene Makaza, the 28-year-old yesterday swore her oath and was admitted to the roll of barristers and solicitors.

    Her father's fight to clear his name inspired...
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  • Tardy insurer keeps 92yr old waiting.

    Tardy insurer keeps 92yr old waiting.


    Sitting in his sloping and half-packed St Martins home, 92-year-old Alf Johnson has only one question for his insurance company.

    "Why am I still waiting for a new house?"After a decision was finally reached to demolish and rebuild his Roscoe St property last April, Johnson was under instruction to pack and be ready to vacate his home around Christmas.

    Christmas came and went and Johnson remains in his slanted house. His story is another in a series of "vulnerable"...
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  • Perjury victim 'stoked' by report

    Perjury victim 'stoked' by report

    The wait is finally over for the man at the centre of a police perjury case.
    Shane Cribb, 26, told The Southland Times from Hamilton yesterday he was "stoked" with the Independent Police Conduct Authority findings into the police handling of a crash investigation and its aftermath.

    In the 80-page report, the authority criticises the multiple failings by Southern District police, which it says enabled the criminal conduct of two officers to go undiscovered following a car crash...
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  • Wellington lawyers lead the country

    Wellington lawyers lead the country

    Wellington New Zealand has one of the worlds highest proportion of lawyers per capita, with one for every 84 inhabitants, according to a Snapshot of the Profession released by the Law society last week. This was well ahead of the next most-lawyered locations, Queenstown (one per 185) and Warkworth (one per 234).

    The snapshot found that the typical lawyer is aged 38, works in Auckland in a law firm with one to three partners or directors, is a non-smoker and is likely to retire at the...
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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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