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Time for the government to change the rules for e-cigarettes


Many of our New Zealand laws have not kept up with technology so laws designed for one thing are clumsily applied to another. One glaring example of this problem is how the law applies to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes and ordinary cigarettes are legal and tobacco is legal but the e-liquids that contain nicotine and that are needed for e-cigarettes cannot be sold legally. People can buy e-liquids online and import them for personal use but it is still illegal to sell them.

This will surprise many consumers who have purchased them in New Zealand from both physical and online shops. New Zealand remains in legal limbo with a Ministry of Health that is choosing to not prosecute retailers who flout the law and a government who as yet has not changed a law that clearly needs changing. If Tobacco is legal it makes no sense at all that liquid nicotine should be illegal.

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The other court decision Colin Craig doesn’t want you to see [UPDATED]

Colin Craig (both of them) with the interviewer and Mr X

Colin Craig (both of them) with the interviewer and Mr X

At 5 pm on October the 3rd 2016, court-ordered suppression was lifted on something that Colin Craig’s lawyers successfully kept from the Williams v Craig defamation case jury as well as the defense witnesses, the media and the public.

Last year Rachel MacGregor took Colin Craig to the Human Rights Tribunal over  breaches of the confidentiality agreement Mr Craig agreed to in his settlement of Ms MacGregor’s earlier claim for sexual harassment.

The Tribunal ordered Mr Craig pay Ms MacGregor $128,780 in damages.

This is the largest amount ever awarded under the Human Rights legislation. Read more »

Were the damages really too high?

There are a great many people, mostly those who weren’t in court to hear the evidence, the chambers discussions or indeed the witnesses, all proclaiming that they know better and the damages were too high in the Williams v Craig case.

They talk about the chilling effect of such damages without first working out it might be better for media and rich people to start by telling the truth.

Nonetheless, there are comparisons with previous defamation records and that of the awards in the Williams case.

TVNZ reports:

The awarding of Jordan Williams $1.27 million, after a jury found he’d been defamed by former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig, is the highest in New Zealand history.

In 2014 Joe Karam was awarded $535,000 plus costs in a defamation case against two men for their comments about his support for David Bain.

Musician Ray Columbus was awarded $675,000 plus costs for action he took against the NZ Truth for an article they published in 1997.

Michael Stiassny v Vince Siemer — $825,000 and costs

Ray Columbus v Truth newspaper — $675,000 and costs

Terry Quinn v TVNZ — $650,000 and costs

Joe Karam v Kent Parker and Victor Purkiss — $535,000 plus indemnity costs estimated to be $500,000

Jung Nam Lee v New Korea Herald — $250,000 and costs

Which is all well and good, but is Jordan William’s win really a record?   Read more »

Dancing on the head of a legal pin

Colin Craig’s lawyer, Stephen Mills QC, says they will appeal on the basis that the jury did not consider the argument of qualified privilege.

That is simply dancing on the head of a legal pin.

Here is the problem. The jury was given what is called a Question Trail. That is a trail of questions they need to answer in a logical manner to step them through the legal complexity of defamation law. The judge spent two hours summing up and directing the jury on how to use this Question trail to come to their decisions.

The Question Trail was drafted by Craig’s lawyer, then approved by Jordan’s lawyer and then finally by the Judge. Mills drafted the Question Trail to start with the defence of Qualified Privilege, then move to truth when that failed and then to honest opinion after that.

The Question Trail contained 14 questions, and there were two counts, so the jury had to step through 28 questions and write up their reasoning beside each one and hand that to the judge after the verdict was given.

The first few questions stepped through qualified privilege. They would not have been required to step through any more questions if the jury had considered qualified privilege and decided it applied. They clearly passed through those questions after quite some time…they deliberated for 10 hours.   Read more »

TriggleyMuzz puts victim blaming Media into overdrive

The rush for the media to demonise the victim of an abusive Muslim female University student in Australia is staggering. They have tried to justify her disgraceful actions by labelling the victim provocative and smearing him with things that they know that he did not do.

If I accosted a Muslim woman and screamed at her and shoved her because she was wearing a hijab and tried to justify my actions by saying that I found her clothing offensive the media would crucify me for intolerance and racism. TriggleyMuzz, Ayan Mohamed targeted her victim because he was wearing a Tee-Shirt that showed his support for Pauline Hanson’s political party One Nation.

If I accosted a well known Muslim political activist and screamed at him and shoved him because his speeches were about women being second class and infidels being inferior the Media would crucify me for my intolerance and racism and they would support his freedom of speech to say what he likes no matter how offensive I might find it as a woman and a non-Muslim. TriggleyMuzz, Ayan Mohamed screamed at her victim because he is a well-known member of the United Patriots Front, a group that wants to protect Australian culture and is critical of Muslim culture.

If I accosted a well known political activist wearing the hijab and told her she was not welcome at my university and that she should leave and my friend told her to REDACTED I would be pilloried for denying her the right to attend her appointment at the University. Despite this and the points, I have made above the Media have piled into Dennis Hut who was the victim of TriggleyMuzz’s abuse

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Australia has a serious problem with child brides


I am seeing it all over facebook. Article after article and video after video. Australia has a serious problem with child brides. They are not even part of Europe yet this is already a serious problem for them. Forget the danger of Islamic terrorism. Islam is bringing pedophilia to Australia’s shores. New Zealand will be next and in fact, we would be naive indeed to think it isn’t already happening.

We need to work with lefties to expose this and to protect these poor girls. No true feminist should turn a blind eye to this evil.

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EXCLUSIVE: David Seymour’s thoughts on Islamic Immigration



With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.

Too often, the left labels those raising concerns as racists or bigots – a cynical attempt to shut down debate through name calling. Debating the ideas and beliefs of any religion shouldn’t be forbidden and the practical difficulties of integration, especially where there is a clash of values, should be openly discussed.

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Some facts that seem to be escaping politicians and Media party over Fiji arrests

The politicians on both sides of the house and the Media party are having kittens over what has happened in Fiji with the arrest and detainment of opposition politicians and union ratbags in Fiji.

Everyone seems to be blaming Fiji PM Bainimarama from David Shearer to Murray McCully and of course the idiots in the Media party like Sally rounds and Michael Field.

None of them live in Fiji, are in Fiji or understand how Fijian judicial processes work. They simply move to their anti-Bainimarama default position and rant and rave. Worse still are their editors of those in the Media party who allow this carry-on.

One should remember that these are domestic Fijian issues. Fiji doesn’t comment on our domestic politics, and they could, given the precedent set by various governments here. Since this current issue is about electoral law Fiji should ask why it is that not a single politician has ever been charged under our electoral law despite hundreds of complaints being referred to them by the Electoral Commission over the past twelve years. These complaints include sign vandalisation, over spending, non-reporting of electoral expenses and various other clear breaches of electoral law. These laws are important they govern what can and can’t be done in seeking election and are the core of our democracy. But the NZ Police are sending a clear message to ratbag politicians that they can act with impunity, breaching electoral laws willy-nilly.   Read more »

Colin Craig, and the object lesson of why your enemy’s enemy isn’t always your friend

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When Colin Craig published his “Dirty Politics” booklet and then slapped a defamation suit on Cameron Slater, the Slater haters were all cock-a-hoop at the possibilities offered by Mr Craig.

Finally, someone with both the funds and the intent to take that Slater guy down.  Amusingly, even though Colin Craig was the leader of a right-wing party, the hard left flocked to him to support his fight against Cam.

Readers won’t be surprised that Martin Martyn Bradbury has met with Colin Craig to give Craig advice on evidence and strategy.  After all, the world knows that everything that Martin Bradbury touches turns to gold.

Other Slater haters, such as Lyn Prentice and Pete George sided with Colin Craig as the “hard done by” party, and in their enthusiasm managed to allegedly breach court ordered suppression a number of times.   No doubt it was all worth it, because whatever it takes to finally get rid of Cameron Slater is time and money well spent.

Ben Rachinger had similar support, for similar reasoning: that to help anyone that can potentially damage Slater is a “good thing”, and it doesn’t matter what other faults that person may present. Read more »

Why hasn’t this been reported in our media?


All around the world Universities are falling victim to Social Justice Warriors and other limp-wristed, panty-waist types seeking safe spaces and shutting down free speech in the very places that free speech should be encouraged.

If it isn’t Black Lives Matter it is various gay groups or Muslim Associations howling down freedom of speech.

Well, it’s happened here and to my knowledge hasn’t yet been reported by the mainstream media despite the awful precedence this sets.

Back in August, there was a debate involving Lindsay Perigo and Susan Devoy at the University of Auckland. The moot was “That this House would ban religious symbols in public.”

Lindsay Perigo was howled down as he gave his speech. Strangely there hasn’t been a murmur or a mutter from Susan Devoy about the issue and likewise nothing in the mainstream media. Why is that?

I’ll let Lindsay Perigo explain:

This is the speech I delivered almost in its entirety in my capacity as special commentator, along with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, at Monday night’s semi-final in the intra-university Next Generation Debates series at Auckland University. I say “almost in its entirety” because a gaggle of Muslims became very vocal near the end of my speech and demanded, successfully, I be stopped at once for having gone over my allocated time. The point at which I was shut down is noted in the text below.

What a member of Young New Zealand First called “magnificent pandemonium” followed, with epithets flying back and forth, Dame Susan waiving her right of rebuttal and storming off from the table we were both sharing.    Read more »