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Arthur Taylor wasting more time, energy and money

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Vexatious litigant and convicted violent offender Arthur Taylor is making a pest of himself in the courts yet again.

He’s spent 38 years behind bars and his convictions include a variety of crimes, including conspiring to deal in methamphetamine from prison, possession of morphine for supply, receiving, kidnapping, escaping from custody, possession for supply of cannabis and cannabis oil, and six firearms offences.

He has cost the taxpayer literally millions of dollars for his incarceration and also for his ongoing vexatious claims.

The Department of Corrections has been called out for breaking protocol by jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor. But it says it has since made changes to ensure prisoners receive their minimum entitlements.

Taylor filed multiple complaints to the Ombudsman, Professor Ron Paterson, claiming the prisoners in Auckland Prison’s East Division were not given the opportunity to spend one hour exercising in the open air, weather permitting, which they are entitled to under law.

Citing previous incidents and Supreme Court rulings, Taylor claimed it hadn’t deterred the prison from “continuing to deny prisoners from their one hour minimum entitlement”, and that “there needs to be accountability” for the practice continued for “such a long period” of time.   Read more »

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Dodgy DOC deal appealed in dodgy dam case

The Dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is still trying to force their dodgy socialist dam through and Forest & Bird is back in the Court of Appeal trying to get the council and DOC to follow the law.

The Court of Appeal has heard Forest & Bird’s appeal against the High Court approval of the downgrade of conservation land for Hawke’s Bay’s $900 million Ruataniwha water storage project.

In February the High Court approved a land swap in the Ruahine Forest Park between the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, to enable the dam to be built.

DoC is proposing exchanging 22 hectares of protected conservation land in Ruahine Forest Park for 170 hectares of farm land.

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Hands across the sand? They barely managed the length of a football field

Seventy people dressed in scarves, woolly hats and coats in late Autumn have held hands to show they worry about climate change and a warming planet [snigger, snort].

In a sign of solidarity, men, women and children held hands on a wintry morning in Christchurch.

More than 70 people, and a handful of dogs, lined New Brighton beach for Hands Across the Sand.

University of Canterbury student Bridget White, 18, co-ordinated the event at New Brighton pier, which was part of an international action that called for a halt to deep sea drilling and the use of more sustainable energy sources to protect the planet from climate change.

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Lonergan and Duco are getting the cold shoulder – sort of

More than 100,000 people are thought to have viewed the fight via Facebook and other internet back doors.

Duco director Dean Lonergan was furious.

He vowed to hunt down those who had illegally downloaded the fight and punish them by whatever means he could, promising to take them to court and pursue thousands of dollars in damages.

He called those who had watched the fight via the internet “lowlifes” and said anyone who refused to pay for the fight legitimately was, in effect, taking food out of the mouths of Parker and his family.

He said illegal downloads take money out of Duco’s revenue stream and the more money the company has, the more money it has to pay the young Kiwi boxer.

Well, no. Not really.

Parker’s prize money was set months ago, so unless he had a profit share included in his contract, it’s unlikely he lost out because of illegal downloading.

And many of those who did watch via the internet wouldn’t have been able to pay to view the fight anyway, so Lonergan can’t look at 100,000 downloads and translate that into 100,000 lost subscribers.

It is the same tired old argument that the music industry used, and that’s why Lonergan is finding little sympathy.  If he had reacted within the scope of realism, then he wouldn’t have overcooked it so badly.  Read more »

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Hide on Moko and the injustice of justice

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Una Jagose via RNZ

I was thinking “not Moko again”, and then I felt ashamed.   This isn’t something that gets “old” and we don’t talk about any more.

Solicitor-General Una Jagose owes us an explanation over the downgrading of charges against the pair who tortured and killed toddler Moko Rangitoheriri from murder to manslaughter.

That was in return for his killers David Haerewa and Tania Shailer pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge so saving the necessity of a trial for murder.

Jagose has offered no explanation. The decision seems inexplicable.

The torturing and killing of poor little Moko has saddened and angered New Zealanders to a degree that I lack the words to explain. Moko suffered and died but the brutality and barbarity of his death is damaging to us all.

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