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The media are the fourth estate, supposed to hold the powerful to account, but when they transgress they are all about privacy and upset and hide behind name suppression.
An Auckland television boss smashed a subordinate’s glass desk to smithereens with a hammer before unlawfully firing the woman and “taunting” her on social media.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon with intent to menace but was discharged without conviction in the Manukau District Court on Thursday.
Her name suppression was also lifted, however, an appeal filed by the woman’s lawyer prevents the publication of her name in the meantime.
According to a summary of facts, the woman had become enraged with one of her colleagues after she travelled to London with family for a “much-needed break” and ordered she not be contacted.
However, the boss was repeatedly contacted at all hours of the day while on holiday and on her first day back at work at her offices in January 2014 brought a hammer to confront the woman who had been in charge while she was gone.
The defendant was said to have asked, “What are you still doing here?” before taking the mallet and smashing the glass desk the victim was sitting at. Photographs provided to sentencing Judge Ida Malosi showed the office in “a state of disarray”.
The victim wasn’t hurt but was shocked and distressed by the events and shortly after was fired by the company. The Employment Relations Authority later found she had been unjustifiably dismissed and ordered the victim be paid $11,000 for lost wages and the victim’s hurt and humiliation.
In an attempt to assist inclusive enculturation of migrants, the Auckland Regional Migrant Services thinks it best to avoid the word Christmas, and instead use “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings”. People can enjoy a “festive” lunch on the “seasonal” day. The intention is to avoid excluding non-Christians and those who don’t celebrate Christmas.
All very laudable in a way, though an interesting thing is that non-Christians are some of the biggest celebrators of Christmas and have already reinterpreted it to suit a secular society. Visit any shopping centre and the signs are there.
Christmas is part of us and our culture, however different people understand it.
He’s right. In parts of Auckland where you are surrounded by temples and mosques, the Christmas decorations are somehow incongruously hanging from homes occupied by people from Iran, Hong Kong and India. Read more »
Mr Key recently told Paul Henry: “Here’s the silver fern. Front page with one frond coming off like a tear with Jonah Lomu and his years. Amazingly powerful, that’s New Zealand. Where was our flag? Nowhere. I’ll tell you around the world everywhere you go people know the silver fern and that’s the thing they use when we’re doing well and when we’re hurting. That’s our flag not some Union Jack…”
People can decide on the appropriateness of bringing the late Jonah Lomu into the flag debate. Suffice to say, there is a wonderful photo of Jonah and Eric Rush together at the 1998 Commonwealth Games holding a flag many New Zealanders will recognise.
Having Key push for a flag change on the back of a rugby player’s death was very, very cringe-worthy. Peters continues… Read more »