Name Suppression

They took his teacher registration away, but still we may not know his name

Another day, another scumbag teacher gets the protection of name suppression.

A teacher who physically abused his students and told them they were ugly and dumb has been censured and had his teacher’s registration cancelled by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

In a decision released over the weekend the defendant admitted the charges of serious misconduct and agreed to the consequences which also included paying a 50 per cent contribution towards the investigation and prosecution costs.

The man, whose name and the name of the school he taught at is suppressed, was a provisionally registered assistant teacher who taught a year nine science class.

Between 2011 and 2012 he admitted physically assaulting several students by kicking, punching, holding them down on the ground and grabbing them by the scruff of the neck or throwing books and rulers at them.

…and he lost his registration in 2014.  That’s way.. too.. slow.  No wonder bad teachers get to maraud along for so long.  The process of complaint through to investigation, stand-down and censure should be very much tighter.   Read more »

Rodney Hide on the “Predator hiding in plain sight”

Rodney too, is unhappy that our name suppression laws are protecting the guilty

HOS amusing image to promote Rodney's column

HOS amusing image to promote Rodney’s column

The Labour leader has met the sex predator. “If I had known of the suggestion [that the man was a sex predator hiding behind name suppression], no such meeting would have taken place.” I am sure that’s true.

The meeting highlights two key points. First, there’s no shaming without naming. The offender remains brazen and without remorse. He happily and openly met the Leader of the Opposition who had just loudly and boldly spoken out against sexual violence.

Spot on Rodney.  It churns my stomach.   He continues to act like it was all a one-off mistake, a misunderstanding.  The fact we can explain it is but part of a pattern of such behaviour isn’t possible, because… name suppression.

You think he would be too ashamed. But no. Name suppression thwarts justice because the offender has never had to own up. He can carry on like nothing happened. He can have a joke and a laugh with the leader of the Labour Party exactly as if he had never performed an indecent act on a woman in her own home. Oh that his victim could just share a joke, have a laugh, or meet the leader of the Labour Party.

Second, the meeting highlights the danger to which name suppression exposes women.

The sex predator’s prominence is such that Cunliffe was attracted to meet him. Knowing the sex pest’s background and history it’s easy to see why. We are all attracted to and flattered by the attention of “prominent” men.

That’s just fine.  The damage there is just some political egg on his face.   Read more »

POLL: How well does name suppression work?

This is a reader suggested poll to discover how effective the name suppression of the David Cunliffe lunch sex pest / aka “NZ’s Rolf Harris” has been among our readers.

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BREAKING: NZ Blogger breaks name suppression on David Cunliffe’s lunch date

A blogger with strong links to Peter Dunne this afternoon has published full details of the “sex pest” referred to “NZ’s Rolf Harris”.

Of course, we can only report that name suppression has been broken – not who it is, what the details are, or where to find it.

I think this blogger is extremely brave to poke a stick at the law when $100,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 6 months can be the result.



Please do not put anything in the comments that can even hint, suggest or otherwise lead to the identity of “NZ Rolf”, no hints as to what to search for, or what web sites to visit.  Doing so will see your ability to comment here permanently withdrawn.  Don’t be cute.  Really.  Just don’t.

SST not happy about David Cunliffe meeting with known sex pest

As reported by Newstalk ZB’s Barry Soper, David Cunliffe was briefed about the name suppressed sex pest prior to meeting him, and decided to go ahead with the lunch anyway.

This, after he apologised for all men to a womens’ conference on sexual violence.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust don’t like it much either.



“Man up and vow to change the nonsense NZ suppression laws Labour” challenges Ruth Money, Sensible Sentencing Spokesperson.

The NZ Herald reported this week that while on holiday in Queenstown last week David Cunliffe met “with a prominent New Zealander given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.” Read more »

BREAKING: Will Conservative Party name “NZ’s Rolf Harris” that David Cunliffe lunched with?


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How we deal with sex offenders: compare and contrast

On the one hand we have a “NZs Rolf Harris” that has pleaded guilty to charges but nobody is legally allowed to tell anyone who he is.  We can’t see his photo.  We can’t talk about what business he runs now.  We can’t tell you what he used to do for a crust.  And we can’t even tell you all the other incidents of “Rolfing” he’s got up to because all of it would breach name suppression.

Compare that with this.

10298009A Hamilton man busted with more than 1000 child sex abuse and bestiality images and movies says he was addicted to them after getting depressed and losing his sex drive.

A veteran police officer described the images – that feature children as aged as young as two – as some of the worst he’s seen in his 37-year career.

Craig Owen John Wyber, 35, avoided a jail term after admitting 20 representative charges of possessing objectionable material and three charges of distributing objectionable material after being sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday. The charges carry a maximum jail sentences of five and 10 years’ respectively.

Judge Denise Clark said although the charges most commonly resulted in prison sentences, she was swayed by submissions from Wyber’s counsel Phil Morgan QC.

Morgan said his client had been getting treatment after voluntarily admitting himself to the Safe Network, an organisation that treats people with problematic sexual behaviours. Read more »

David Cunliffe didn’t know about the name suppressed sex offender

This article describes an offender that is currently enjoying name suppression – “Person F”.  Please skip to the end of this article to read what name suppression means in a practical sense, so you won’t get banned for breaking it “by accident”


Photo of Ariel Castro, not “Person F“.

Late yesterday, I revealed that David Cunliffe had a meeting with a name suppressed sexual offender.  Overnight he’s told the Herald he had no idea that the person he was seen with, had his photograph taken with, and has accepted a gift of a bottle of wine from was “that” person.  (What is it with Labour and wine?)

“That” person (Person F) being the one that had been in the news the week previously as having been successful at keeping his name suppression in place, in spite of the victim of the sexual abuse wanting it overturned.

How likely is it that David Cunliffe didn’t know about Person F?  Here are the possibilities as I see it:

  1. He knew, did it anyway
  2. He didn’t know, advisers didn’t know
  3. He didn’t know, advisers failed him
  4. He didn’t know, advisers back stabbed him
  5. David Cunliffe is so desperate to be liked and  no one wants to be seen with him so out of desperation he accepted an invitation to be seen with someone famous. And was tone deaf to any warnings.

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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 »

Ratbag Malaysian Diplomat can be named, Judge lifts name suppression

Finally we get some sensible decisions around this whole issue.

Now the suppression order has been lifted we can link to the story in Malaysia about the case.

The NZ Herald reports also:

The diplomat at the centre of an alleged sexual assault case can now be named after media organisations challenged a judge’s decision to grant permanent name suppression.

He is Mohammed Rizalman Bin Ismail and worked at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington.

Ismail, who claimed diplomatic immunity, could not initially be identified because of a suppression order imposed by a Wellington District Court judge on May 30.

However, Malaysian media were now reporting the case, and its Foreign Affairs Ministry planned to hold a press conference about it today.

An urgent hearing to overturn the suppression ruling was held in the High Court at Wellington today, where the name suppression was overturned.   Read more »