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Archive for August, 2012

The wrong side of history

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Shane Ardern (N); Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (N); David Bennett (N); Chester Borrows (N); Simon Bridges (N); Bill English (N); Christopher Finlayson (N); Nathan Guy (N); John Hayes (N); Phil Heatley (N)); Brendan Horan (NZF); Colin King (N); Melissa Lee (N); Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZF); Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (N); Tim Macindoe (N); Tracey Martin (NZF); Todd McClay […]

Defending the Law Commission

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Law Commission’s brainchild is being bullied online. It has recommended the creation of a tribunal to hear claims of digital harrassment, privacy invasion, intimidation, bullying and defamation. Not surprisingly, perhaps, it’s now being attacked by netizens as a terrible threat to free speech. Also not surprisingly, many of these people do not seem to […]

Inquiring minds want to know

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Do we have to rename the Beast of Blenheim the Beast of Whanganui?

Lawsuit for intrusion allowed in NZ

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

At a time when the British tabloids are wringing their hands over whether to publish naked photos of Prince Harry, the High Court in NZ has ruled that the mere taking of such photos, whether or not they are published, is an actionable breach of privacy. The case involved a woman who was filmed naked […]

Kiwi Rail injunction lifted

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

They say they had nothing to hide and just wanted to protect free and frank discussion. Clearly, they had nothing to hide except for the things they didn’t want the public to know they were discussing. The lifting of the injunction rather calls into question the wisdom of spending public money taking out the interim […]

Railing against illegal disclosure

Friday, August 24th, 2012

On late Wednesday night, Kiwi Rail obtained an injunction stopping Radio NZ publishing copies of a leaked draft plan about its infrastructure and engineering. The next day (after distributing a press release about the injunction, I’m told) Labour MP Phil Twyford used parts of the draft plan to ask questions of government minister Gerry Brownlee. […]