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One of the problems: Our suppression laws

(Unless you have read the first and second posts in this three parter, you won’t have had the stage set for this final article.)

Rodney Hide’s article is mostly about name suppression, and how it doesn’t service justice

I have reluctantly concluded that New Zealand does suffer a rape culture.

It’s not an “all men are rapists” and “I am sorry for being a man” type of thing. Rather, it’s the way men can commit sex crimes and get away with it. The system works to protect the privileged and powerful.

My eyes were opened after my column last week. I had called on National MP Maggie Barry to use Parliamentary privilege to break the suppression order protecting a “prominent” New Zealander.

The police had charged him with “indecent assault” but the sex predator pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “indecent act with intent to insult or offend”.

“Indecent assault” is a strike offence; it’s a serious charge.

Judge David Saunders discharged the sex attacker without conviction and gave him name suppression. We can’t report who he is. By way of explanation, the judge said the predator had “carried a bit of a cross” since the charges were laid.

You know Rodney, you and I are both itching to kick this sexual assaulting ratbag to touch.  But due to my (personally costly) hard work, the penalties for breaching suppression are no longer a maximum $1000 fine per incident.   It has increased to $100,000 – and that’s not something I can afford to do again to bring about change. Read more »

Tania Billingsley and the Green and Rape Crisis fingerprints

The Green Party’s Jan Logie has denied any association with Tania Billingsley and only came into contact with the matter recently, due to the Malaysian fake rape incident.

Observers of the story may have seen that Tania has strong links to Wellington Rape Crisis, but not because of the Malaysian event.  Her association goes back some time before that.

The woman that leads Wellington Rape Crisis is ‘the girl with the pink hair’ (this is like a movie script), Tabby Besley.

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Turns out that Tabby and Tarn go way back.  Waaaaay back.  They already knew each other in Nelson, when Tabby attended Nayland College.  Nayland College is one of Nelson’s way-out-there colleges.  Once the school bell rings, it looks like the local youth prostitution convention breaks up.  But although I digress, it does paint the picture.

Tarn and Tabby knew each other at least since 2011, and even then, they were active participants in Queer / womans rights issues   Read more »

Cunliffe tells man seeking assistance – ‘NO DIRT, no help’

by Stephen Cook

Under-fire Labour leader David Cunliffe is in the thick of more controversy – this time accused of refusing to help an Auckland man with a delicate ACC matter unless he agreed to ‘dish the dirt’ on a senior Cabinet minister.

Just weeks after his credibility took a hit after the Donghua Liu affair and the whole ‘I’m sorry for being a man ‘ saga, Cunliffe has now emerged as the central figure in a messy ‘bribery scandal’.

For the past three years former senior RadioWorks executive Mike Rowley has maintained a dignified silence about what he claims was an attempt by Cunliffe to ‘bribe’ him for information about the ‘relationship’ between the Exclusive Brethren and Communications Minister Steven Joyce.

Joyce used to own Radioworks and would often come into contact with Rowley.

Rowley says when he approached Cunliffe three years ago about the role ACC allegedly played in the suicide of a rape victim, the Labour leader indicated he would be willing to look into the case – but for a price.

In return for his help, Rowley would have to ‘dish the dirt’ on Joyce’s relationship with the Exclusive Brethren, the secretive religious group who emerged from obscurity during the  2005 election campaign.

“No dirt, no help. That was the clear message I got,” said Rowley.   Read more »

Tania Billingsley, in her own words

This “essay” is published at TV3.  It is somewhat tl;dr, but I think it is worth having a look at.  I’ve taken the liberty to highlight certain passages to show that this lady has an agenda beyond what happened to her when a Malaysian diplomat allegedly assaulted her.  And I’ve inserted comments.  I have not omitted, edited or moved any of her writing around.

Since my assault I feel that people have been assuming that my idea of justice is to have Rizalman found guilty in a New Zealand court. While it is an important part of justice being done, my main reason for wanting this is not for my own  sense of satisfaction but to keep other women safe.

Your main reason for having the diplomat brought to New Zealand is to keep other women safe?

I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I have gone through. And if my idea of justice means ensuring the safety of women and others, then it cannot stop at the prosecution of this man.

Why not?  It is that man that allegedly did it.  Not me.  Not my neighbour.  Not even Duncan Garner or Russel Norman for that matter.   Read more »

Sorry for being a man

Here is the video of David Cunliffe’s sorry speech…where he is sorry for being a man.

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Labour Minister Damien O’Connor to go the way of Williamson: “it is not my normal practice to intervene”

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

Jared Savage is like a dog with a bone

A former Labour Minister intervened three times in the immigration bid of Donghua Liu including waiving the English language requirement for the millionaire businessman.

Damien O’Connor, in his role as the associate Immigration Minister, wrote three letters to Liu’s advisor Warren Kyd – the former National Party MP – before deciding to grant residency against the advice of officials the day before the 2005 election.

The West Coast MP has said he cannot remember why he granted residency to the businessman whose links to both National and Labour have created political waves this year.

He can’t remember.   Today he can’t remember.  Let’s see how his memory improves.   Read more »

There will be no deal in Rodney

Colin Craig says he is expecting to do deal with National, despite costing them at the last election by failing spectacularly.

He hasn’t even had a meeting with John Key and no discussion have been held and he reckons he will get a deal.

They are probably commissioning one of their dodgy polls like last time, which proved to be total rubbish with Mark Mitchell, a newcomer, thrashing Colin Craig despite the massive media publicity that Craig garnered.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he expects the National Party will stand aside for him in a seat in Auckland’s North Shore.

The National Party has not said it will, but Mr Craig said on past record it is likely National will reach an accommodation with him.

The Conservative Party has been touted as a likely coalition partner with National, if ACT can’t make it over the line following the resignation of Epsom MP John Banks. A seat for Mr Craig has been cited as a way of National gaining a majority after the September’s general election.

Mr Craig said he is likely to stand in one of three electorates: Upper Harbour, Rodney or East Coast Bays.   Read more »

Why Kelvin Davis needs to ignore any talk of dodgy deals

Kelvin Davis is campaigning hard in Te Tai Tokerau.

He should continue to do that and ignore any entreaties from within Labour to cut a deal and go soft so Hone Harawira can retain a seat he no longer deserves.

If we are to use the logic of the left-wing, who for years have railed against dodgy deals in Epsom and Ohariu then Hone Harawira has sold out to big money, has lost his soul and is unfit to hold the seat in what is an electoral rort.

It is of course within the rules, but these guys have submitted to select committees and to Royal Commissions and to the electoral commission that coat-tailing should be abolished and abandoned.

Now, because it suits the cause of rinsing John Key, coat-tialing is just fine by them.

In one respect this suits me, especially long term, as even more people will now become disillusioned with MMP as the plaything of politicians. MMP handed them the power when it was supposed to hand power to the people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Under first past the post the people could toss useless, and tainted MPs onto the unemployment heap, not so under MMP where they have lists or cosy deals to protect the status quo.

Phil Goff says this all goes to show why we need state funding of political parties. He would say that of course because yet again the left-wing will use any contrivance to force others to pay for their wonky view of the world. That includes having taxpayers who do not support their ideology having to pay for the privilege of supporting them.

Politics is a contest of ideas and one where your ideas are subject to the harshest of market forces. If they are rubbish you don’t get donations or votes, if they are popular and reflect society then you get votes and donations. The left are broke, and sliding in the polls, their answer isn’t to offer a better selection of policies, rather it is to moan that they need other people to fund them so they don’t have to trifle with understanding the voting public.   Read more »

Green party feeds “news” to Fairfax who buy it hook line and sinker

Yesterday Fairfax ran a “news story” about some random couple who are upset about their home not being insulated.

Christchurch couple Sarah Campagnolo and Matthew Walker bought their Woolston home after its earthquake repairs were completed, missing a chance to make their home warmer for their 1-year-old daughter.

The “middle income” couple recently secured a loan to install a new heat pump and ceiling insulation, but could not afford to consider floor insulation yet.

“I think the investment in insulation is an investment in the people of New Zealand,” Walker said.

“It’s an investment that’s easier for the Government to make than us.”

Now is this a random couple?

Well I present you this evidence.

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Why won’t the Herald speak about Dotcom’s latest court outing?

All last week we had breathless and wrong reporting from the High Court in the John Banks case, then on Friday afternoon Kim Dotcom got shot out of court on his conspiracy theories, and the suppression of the evidence against him was lifted.

3News covered it, Fairfax covered it, Larry Williams climbed in NewstalkZB on Friday night and even Radio New Zealand had extensive coverage.

FBI evidence against Kim Dotcom says his companies made more than $200 million over five years from his Megaupload website, and that he was aware of the site’s copyright infringement.

It shows his co-accused were concerned that if the authorities started investigating the website, the internet entrepreneur would take all the company’s money and go into hiding.

The High Court in Auckland on Friday lifted suppression on the summary of evidence the FBI has gathered since 2010 against Mr Dotcom, as the New Zealand courts consider the United States’ attempts to extradite him and three co-accused. The internet businessman’s lawyers had applied for suppression to continue.

The United States is seeking the extradition of Mr Dotcom and three other men accused of copyright infringement and money-laundering charges relating to the now-defunct Megaupload website.

The summary includes email and Skype discussions involving the four accused.

It details payments of up to $205 million moving from Megaupload users to the company’s accounts from which Mr Dotcom was able to distribute money.

It also shows Mr Dotcom talking about wanting to stay under the radar, and downplay the success of the site to the media.

The evidence includes a Skype conversation in March 2009, where Mr Dotcom talked to his chief technological officer and co-accused Mathias Ortmann about how they should prepare for lawsuits should they happen.

Mr Dotcom suggested hiring an in-house attorney to prepare them for anything.

The summary says that in three conversations during 2007 and 2008 between Mr Ortmann and programmer Bram Van der Kolk, the latter refers to the pair as pirates.

In each conversation, Mr Ortmann tells Mr Van der Kolk that is not the case, that they are service providers. At one point, he says that is providing a service to pirates and in another instance says they are evil. Mr Van der Kolk says a service provider is what they are legally but they know better.

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