Mark Hotchin

When it isn’t the Herald making stuff up it is Fairfax

Two weeks ago the Press Council busted the NZ Herald and David ‘Tainted’ Fisher for making stuff up. The Herald and Brian Gaynor also had to apologise to Mark Hotchin for defamatory comments made in their articles about him,

This morning on there is a grovelly apology from Fairfax over a story they have made up about Stephen Jennings.

Last week, published an article regarding New Zealand businessman Stephen Jennings, and his business activities in Kenya and Russia.

The article may have been interpreted as implying that Mr Jennings’ business activities in those countries were unethical and open to criticism. It also implied that Mr Jennings was a business rival to Bill Browder, a well known American businessman, and wanted to destroy him. accepts that none of these statements or implications have any factual basis or legitimacy. No attempt was made to contact Mr Jennings prior to publication, and we accept that had we done so, the article would not have contained those statements or implications.   Read more »

Will the Herald go after their own columnist like they go after Hotchin

Herald columnist Brian Gaynor was forced to apologise to Mark Hotchin for defaming him. The Herald buried their apology to Hotchin on page B12 and never put it online.

Gaynor also famously and rather breathtakingly said about Dirty Politics:

The integrity of our capital markets is very dependent on public issuers putting the interests of investors first and having regulators willing and able to take action when there are allegation that this important principle may have been breached.

In my experience being subject to defamation claims can leave you feeling intimidated and unable to write about a controversial subject.

Hopefully our regulators haven’t felt the same level of intimation and restriction when they have been attacked though blogs, social media or other communication forums.

Which is all rather ironic given his current predicament and his admitting to being a proven defamer of others under investigation by the FMA while raging a war against them in the vehicle he used, a New Zealand Herald column.

High-profile fund manager Milford Asset Management has confirmed it is being investigated by the Financial Markets Authority over alleged market manipulation.

“The investigation concerns an individual trader employed by the firm and certain specific trades,” the company said.

“Milford and the trader concerned are co-operating fully with the FMA.”

The company said the investigation does not have implications for client funds and has no impact on day-to-day operations at Milford.

“Milford looks forward to completion of the investigation,” the firm said.

Irony pours itself into the oversized wine glasses of Auckland’s financial community, as the rumours of market manipulation are confirmed as allegedly involving top firm Milford Asset Management.

Milford Asset Management is owned in part by (Saint) Brian Gaynor, whose weekly columns in the Saturday Herald have been a pillar of prudence and righteousness. Gaynor’s columns have railed forth against many in the NZ business community for the failings that he has perceived or alleged.   Read more »

Dirty Media

Apparently when I publish publicly available information from QV and other public sources as to the address, value and other information about a ‘journalist’ who likes to do the same thing to the subjects of his book it is a gross invasion of privacy that requires public sanction, official complaints, and complaints to other bodies as well. All despite the fact that the same ‘journalist’ is listed in the public directory, the electoral roll plus submissions to parliamentary select committees that all publish the same address for the world to see.

I look forward then to the left wing blogs, David Fisher, John Drinnan, Matt Nippert and John Campbell all being outraged over the publication of the private details of Mark Hotchin, his wife, and his assets all over the Herald on Sunday today in a rather derogatory article designed to continue the vilification of a man who still remains uncharged for any crime and despite that has his assets still sequestered by the same judge who let Kim Dotcom splash the cash despite him actually being charged with real crimes.

For most people, shelling out $3.4 million on a plush Waiheke Island pad would be trading up.

But for former Hanover Group director Mark Hotchin it seems a case of trading down.

In November, Hotchin family trust KA No 3 bought 74 Korora Rd, Oneroa, for $3.4m.

The purchase comes after the same trust sold an exclusive 4.5ha property at nearby Boatshed Bay for $14.25m three months earlier.

The property at 46a Matapana Rd, Boatshed Bay, sold well above its July capital valuation of $13m.

Real estate agent Harry Howe would not comment on the new pad at Korora Rd, but marketing brochures described panoramic views over Owhanake Bay and the Hauraki Gulf to Little Barrier Island.

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Labour’s Dirty Politics by cowardly David Parker continues


Labour’s Dirty Politics tactics continue today with coward David Parker now trying to pressure the Police into picking up allegations he’s too scared to repeat outside of Parliament.

Here’s his latest attempt at politicising the New Zealand Police force for political means. Question 11 today reads:

Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippert’s 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct?

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NBR Poll shows all PR people are professional liars

A recent online survey by NBR shows that people can’t be fooled by prissy press releases and smooth talking tosspots…we seem to know they are professional liars.

And the association of professional liars is all upset about it too.

New Zealand’s public relations body, PRINZ, is sour about the result of a recent NBR subscriber poll.

In a press release, PRINZ president Bruce Fraser took a potshot at the messenger, an NBR reporter.

“President Bruce Fraser has taken issue with an NBR reporter’s view that subscribers don’t believe public relations professionals are simply balancing out media and public commentary on contentious issues,” it says.   Read more »

Labour’s Dirty Politics – Coward Parker defames and smears with no evidence

We have now seen Labour’s Dirty Politics tactics in actions with the brazen coward David Parker standing in the General Debate yesterday and outrageously smearing and defaming Mark Hotchin, Carrick Graham, Cathy Odgers and myself.

I have had two people make worrying allegations to me. One is a former staff member of the Serious Fraud Office who told me at the time the Serious Fraud Office commenced their investigation, a former advisor to Hotchins contacted this person and said, “Hotchins plays a rough game. You watch out. He will use underhand tactics to undermine the Serious Fraud Office and their staff”

The second allegation I have had made to me was that Mr Hotchins used underhand tactics to take out some of the potential witnesses against him in respect of his conduct by Hanover.

Now I can’t name either of those sources and I can’t prove those allegations to be true and they are both hearsay allegations to me, but these allegations must be investigated.

He can’t name them, he has no evidence, it is hearsay at best and yet he demands an investigation? Is this man really a lawyer?

Not a shred of evidence. Even Winston Peters produces evidence.

It is obvious that he has spent too much time running one up his crippled mate’s missus instead reading the Chisholm report.

After days in the house with Andrew Little claiming that National runs a smear machine it was David Parker who displayed the most outrageous smear seen in the parliament in a long, long time.    Read more »

Say It Outside The House David Parker

David Parker is running his mouth in places he shouldn’t with an outrageous name check and then smear in the House against Cactus Kate, Carrick Graham, Mark Hotchin and myself.  This has to be a joke from a man who has integrity so low he ran off with his sick mates missus.

Parker needs to replace the Chisholm Report as his door stop with the best of Chris Knox’s back catalogue then put it on his desk and actually read it.  

He will find that respected Judge Lester Chisholm completely exonerated Mark Hotchin from paying anyone to attack the SFO.  Parker’s dreaming when he makes baseless allegations from imaginary friends he may have at the SFO.

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The only people Justice Chisholm found were paid to undermine the SFO were Mr Feeley’s current and former staff and those who work for the New Zealand Herald.  The Herald being involved in two attempts at undermining to the bloggers’ one.

Parker needs to actually read Whaleoil for some factual information.

The non-issue regarding Tony Gapes was covered off there last week.  All this despite it not being a part of the Inquiry.  Mr Hotchin was not even paying for anyone’s services at the time of the post in question that Mr Parker ran off and laid a politically based complaint about.   Read more »

Chaos & Mayhem is never going to stop

Carrick Graham, "gunning for" his opponents

Carrick Graham, “gunning for” his opponents

My mate Carrick Graham has broken his silence and spoken to the Herald on Sunday about Chaos & Mayhem.

You might note that Chaos And Mayhem spells CAM. I’ll even break my policy of not linking to the Herald.

The PR supremo whose employment of attack bloggers was exposed in Dirty Politics says his unconventional media strategies are here to stay.

A defiant Carrick Graham broke his silence over Dirty Politics, which led to the resignation, and exoneration this week, of Judith Collins over allegations she had undermined former SFO boss Adam Feeley.

An inquiry found Graham played third fiddle in the attacks on Feeley, behind his “out-of-control” cohorts Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers.

But Graham told the Herald on Sunday this week he was simply trying to turn the tide of overwhelmingly negative coverage against his client Mark Hotchin, former Hanover boss.

And he dismissed concerns raised by the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand about the questionable ethics of his radical tactics.

“I don’t think it surprises anyone that when they read the paper in the morning or watch the news, there is someone pushing an agenda somewhere.

Whether it’s PR people, MPs, officials, or even the media themselves.

“I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubbles by pretending that the world is black and white. Some people don’t communicate very well, and the tide turns against them, and that’s where I come in.”

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Chisholm Report: The Lies and Smears of Fran O’Sullivan Part II

Following on from Part I is examination of Fran O’Sullivan’s now infamously silly second column about witnesses yet to even be interviewed titled “We need to know who tried to fit up SFO Boss” where she writes:

I believe he could start by requiring Odgers, Graham and Slater to say just who paid them for apparently trying to fit up Feeley.

And why they obliged.

Here is what Justice Chisholm said – Mark Hotchin did not pay for anyone to “fit up Feeley”:

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Chisholm Report: The Lies And Smears of Fran O’Sullivan Part I

The Chisholm Report is very ugly for Fran O’Sullivan.

Lets take some of the allegations she has chucked around, often in a defamatory fashion in the past months:

First she said “Key Must Widen Probe

Was there a conspiracy to defeat the course of justice after the collapse of the Hanover Group of companies?

That’s the question the Government must address after the disquieting claims in relation to the attempts by the trio allegedly working for Hanover Finance to discredit the SFO and FMA and prime potential witnesses in any resulting court cases.

Ergh no…the Chisholm Report completely exonerated both Mark Hotchin and Judith Collins from discrediting anyone.  Mr Hotchin in particular was found not to have funded or had anything to do with any of the above.

A cache of emails appears to reveal that three people – Carrick Graham, who was former Hanover Finance director Mark Hotchin’s PR man, tax lawyer and blogger Cathy Odgers (aka Cactus Kate) and blogger Cameron (Whale Oil) Slater – were running campaigns apparently on behalf of Hotchin to try to discredit the SFO and the Financial Markets Authority as they investigated the failed finance company.

No.  Justice Chisholm found that no one was running campaigns “apparently on behalf of Hotchin to try to discredit” anyone.

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