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CERA sweepstake

Friday, April 15th, 2011

How long before the first amendments are needed to the new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act? 

Bouquet to SST

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Adam Dudding of the SST has written a terrific profile on Paul Henry, deftly revealing him as an egotistical blowhard, but somehow likeable. I am fascinated by Henry’s (no doubt accurate) vision of himself as an opinion merchant. The pride Henry takes in the quality of his opinions is related to their ability to provoke reactions, not any […]

Protesters ahoy

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Andrew Geddis on Pundit has posted an analysis of some of the legal and constitutional issues surrounding Greenpeace’s protest against mining surveyers on the seas off the East Cape. Among other interesting points, he suggests that the seas can’t be a public place for the purposes of a charge of disorderly behaviour. I’ve suggested they […]

Fuck the police indeed

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

If the facts in this story are accurate, this seems a very questionable exercise of police powers: A number of people at the gig said [singer Tiki] Taane began singing “f*** the police” when they carried out a standard inspection of the club. When they approached him afterwards “things got out of hand”, a person […]


Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A scenario: a staff-member at the new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority leaks some information to the media. Maybe it’s about waste or inefficiency in the recovery effort. Maybe it’s about a raging personality conflict hampering operations. Maybe it’s about a contractor on the take. The minister and the chief executive are furious about the leak. […]

A rod for their own backs

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

In the past week or so, both Fran O’Sullivan and Brian Rudman have assailed the courts for removing the Urewera 18’s right to a jury trial. Both are troubled that the reasoning behind the decisions (from the High Court, and then the Court of Appeal) is suppressed. Both say it’s difficult to see how the […]

Worst defamation ever?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Dismissing Vince Siemer’s appeal against NZ’s highest ever defamation damages award, the Court of Appeal said: We have not had our attention drawn to any worse case of defamation in the British Commonwealth, and our own researches have not disclosed one. Really? It’s hard to imagine they looked very hard. What about the famous case […]

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