Uh oh: Mr Craig not cowed by Granny’s response

Just to keep an eye on proceedings, this is what Granny received from Colin Craig

From: Colin Craig <[email protected]>
To: [redacted]
Cc: ‘Helen Craig’ <[email protected]>; ‘Steve Plummer’ <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:42 AM

Good Morning [name redacted].

Thank you for responding.

Just to be clear:
1. We do hold evidence that you have been corresponding with Mr Stringer.
2. The allegations have not been taken off the coNZervative blog.
3. I have explained the context in which the allegations are being made public.
4. I have also explained the allegations are now part of legal proceedings that will be covered by media.

Also to be clear we do indeed hold evidence that you have made these statements (and others) and I appreciate the honesty in your response below, in that you have not denied making them. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: “Grandma” strikes back. Your move, Mr Craig

If you didn’t catch last night’s article where Colin Craig sent a rather impressive letter to someone, you’ll need to catch up first.   Then come back and read this.

Whaleoil has obtained “Grandma”‘s reply to Mr Craig’s letter.

19 November 2015

Mr Craig

Re your email of 18 November 2015.

LEAVE ME ALONE! I consider your post-litigation email between us, which decided in my favour, a re-opening of matters already decided by the court and you harassing me because you did not like that result. This appears to be the case, from your reference too!

“You will recall that you previously made allegations of fraud (or theft) at the ERA hearing between us and you were required to retract these allegations at the hearing after we had independent auditors show you were wrong.” You are silly re-litigating the Court’s decision which was in my favour

I would suggest that you do not contact me in any way, not by phone, txt, email or visit me. In failing this I will have no alternative but to go to the Police. You are therefore on notice from today, being 19 November 2015. Read more »

Analysing Mr X and Colin Craig

Now that we know that Mr X is Colin Craig let’s look at what Mr X/Colin Craig has said.


Mr X is Colin Craig. He is no longer anonymous and was never going to remain so. Interlocutory questions would have revealed the identity in short order. But there is a lie from the get go. Colin Craig does not “know those involved”. I have only ever met Colin Craig once, ironically to help facilitate the Pasifika community in joining his party…a little inconvenient truth for Colin Craig there…he was willing to work with me back then…but now claims he is pure of dirty politics.

The claims of accuracy and not endorsing his own opinions is now laughable once Colin Craig was revealed as Mr X. It’s hilarious really…he doesn’t stand by or endorse his own statements. This one short paragraph simply shows us just how inherently dishonest and malicious this whole charade was. He called a press conference to announce he was suing three people for being dishonest…and the booklet he justified it all with, which he sent to every household, was filled with this fantasy.


So Mr X/Colin Craig swears a lot? This will be news to his acolytes in the Conservative Party. It does show again the inherent dishonesty of Colin Craig in making up an interview in which his character Mr X swears a lot.

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The Nation skewers Colin Craig for his subterfuge over Mr X


Lisa Owen skewers Colin Craig over his lies in his “Dirty Politics” booklet.

Lisa Owen: Now Colin Craig’s pamphlet on Dirty Politics went out nationwide. It claimed to expose the liars out to get him, and featured an interview with a Mr X, someone who knew the dirty secrets.

But who was Mr X? On Friday I spoke to Colin Craig and well, hear for yourself.

Lisa Owen: Are you Mr X Colin?

Colin Craig: I am, that’s right, it’s a non de plume.

Lisa Owen: Why did you conduct an interview in a pamphlet about truth using a false identity?

Colin Craig: Well non-de plumes are a well known literary device. Obviously it’s to make it more interesting, I mean if the whole thing is just text and you know dialogue it’s nowhere near as interesting as if you put something in the form of .an interview.

Lisa Owen: Can you understand why some people might look at that and think that you’ve been deceptive and dishonest?    Read more »

Mr X revealed as Colin Craig himself

Mr X

Colin Craig has been outed as the infamous Mr X  in his booklet he mailed to every New Zealand household.

Marika Hill at Fairfax explains:

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been outed as a foul-mouthed “Mr X” who posed as a party whistleblower.

The anonymous “whistleblower” features in a booklet distributed to mailboxes in July, in which Craig claims he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

Craig has now admitted he was Mr X, who was quoted in the booklet as describing Craig as “freakish under pressure” and said he had a chance of a comeback.

“A lot of expletives have been deleted from this dialogue,” the interview begins.

Craig said he didn’t see any problems with talking about himself in the third person and framing it as an anonymous whistleblower.

It was a common literary tool to get a message out to readers, he said.

“It makes for a more interesting read … I stand by the brochure.”

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ANOTHER $1m+ defamation suit filed against Colin and Helen Craig today

by Pete

That’s probably not what the Craigs were expecting, just two days before the Conservative Party AGM, but John Stringer has filed a defamation suit, joining Cam Slater and Jordan Williams in seeking redress for the highly unusual “Dirty Politics and Hidden Agendas” mass-mailed booklet.

Colin and Helen Craig, and others, have today (5 Nov) been filed with a defamation suit seeking more than $1 million in damages in lieu of the inability to retrieve their 29 July publication “Dirty Politics and Hidden Agendas” (2015) titled after Nicky Hager’s 2014 book of the same title, from all New Zealand homes.

John Stringer has filed a suit in the Auckland High Court (CIV.2015 404-2524) seeking damages.

His case was assessed by Wellington expert legal counsel in defamation.

Mr Stringer has repeatedly sought reconciliation or an apology from the Craigs for the booklet by text, email and letter, but was formally declined an apology on 18 October.

“We committed to give consideration to your request for an apology. We have now considered this carefully.

I understand that there are many detailed points that you have raised below. Doubtless we will get to these in the legal case. However in review of what we have published we do not consider ourselves to have defamed you. We therefore decline your invitation for an apology.” ~ Colin and Helen Craig.

I’m starting to wonder if I’m missing out on the gold rush.  I too have had a bit-part in that booklet, and something that isn’t true was published.   Read more »

Three Men and a Lawsuit


And Stringer makes Three.

John Stringer of Christchurch filed his Statement of Defence in the High Court yesterday to Colin Craig’s $750,000 defamation suit against him. The latter was lifted by the Craigs by $150,000 in September since their televised announcement of 29 July 2015, when they said Mr Stringer would be sued for $600,000. Read more »

Slater files defence and counter suit against Craig

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Cameron Slater, Journalist and Blogger

Cameron Slater filed the defence against Colin Craig’s $650,000 defamation action in the Auckland High Court today.   The defence against Craig’s allegations is rigorous and complete, and Slater is keen to demonstrate to the Court that no defamation of Mr Craig has occurred based on documents, direct witness testimony and honestly held opinion.   Read more »

Hell hath no fury like Defamation Accused scorned

When Colin Craig announced he was going to take three people to court and claim defamation, the reactions have been as varied as the people involved.   I’ve learned the power of using silence and time as a strategy since Dirty Politics.  Williams didn’t even wait to get served and absolutely blitzkrieged Colin Craig with a defamation suit of his own.  And then there’s Stringer, who’s been on a continous, mad,  public push to show the world that defamation doesn’t hold up in the face of facts with a relentless series of public statements.

Stringer’s almost been obsessive at digging around and unearthing new lines of investigation into Colin Craig’s conduct.   Today, Stringer’s told the world he’s laid yet another complaint with police against Colin Craig.

A second police complaint has been laid against Colin Craig with Wellington Police, after advice from the High Court and Justice, and Police,  related to allegations Mr Craig has been interfering with witnesses to the defence of the $750,000 defamation suit Craig filed against John Stringer in the Christchurch High Court last week.

“The allegations cite an email Colin Craig counter-wrote to several witnesses Mr Stringer had already written to in preparing his defence against Craig. The email [from Craig] advised how the witnesses should testify. Craig instructed witnesses to not assist the defence and suggested they get together (with Stringer excluded). Police are investigating,” Mr Stringer said.

Colin can now add alleged witness tampering to his list of troubles.    But it doesn’t end there.   Read more »

Colin Craig writes to, invites, defence witnesses before the hearing

Late yesterday afternoon, Colin emailed defence witnesses to the defamation action and “guides” them on what to do and/or say around the case.

An excerpt


And now Stringer’s response to it   Read more »