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  • 100% pure propaganda

    100% pure propaganda

    Some forms of propaganda are more obvious than others. At the height of New Zealand's 'clean green' image campaign 14 years ago, tourists were astonished to see cars billowing thick exhaust, people burning rubbish in their yards and waterways clogged with animal waste. It was not only the old cars shipped to New Zealand because they no longer met emission standards in Japan, it was also the statistic that New Zealanders led the world in per capita boat and car ownership. The...
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  • Shake up for judges mooted

    Shake up for judges mooted

    Judges are facing the biggest overhaul of accountability in decades, with the Cabinet considering legal changes that would compel the judiciary to publish annual reports, bring transparency to judicial appointments and attempt to stem criticism washing up against the bench. The changes being considered by ministers today will see the 115-year-old Judicature Act updated to modernise a branch of state that has come under fire from some.

    A Herald-DigiPoll survey has found 53 per cent...
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    Judges thorn and publisher Vince Siemer has filed a complaint with the Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner against eight top judges for lobbying the Justice and Electoral Select Committee of Parliament to prevent passage of the Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill. It is alleged the judges violated the Guidelines for Judicial Conduct which state it is “inappropriate” for judges to lobby Parliament, as well as in conflict with the Ministry of Justice’s p
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  • Wellington District Court swamped with backlog of cases

    Wellington District Court swamped with backlog of cases

    The Wellington District Court court has advised Crown and defence counsel that the court system is being swamped with a backlog of cases and a stakeholders meeting will be held at the court on the 27th of July 2012, seeking input from those concerned. There are currently 261 trials outstanding and a number of pre-trial conferences to be held. Fixtures are jammed full until the end of the year, with about 30 cases to be called on 31 August for allocation of trial dates in 2013 At stake, is the ...
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  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner rules Judge exceeded authority

    Judicial Conduct Commissioner rules Judge exceeded authority

    Complaints have been upheld against District Court Judge David McNaughton for ordering journalists reporting on Kim Dotcom’s first court appearances , to leave the court. One of the journalists was from the National Business Review, the other from the Herald on Sunday. In what is believed to be an unprecedented finding, Judicial Conduct Commissioner Sir David Gascoigne has referred complaints from two journalists about the judge to Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, for her attention...
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