Name Suppression

What did name suppression do for them?

Two men charged with assaulting cricketer Jesse Ryder in Christchurch can now be named.

Craig O’Neill, 39, a builder, has pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure. His 22-year-old nephew, carpet layer Dylan O’Neill, has pleaded guilty to one charge of assault.

The two men did not appear in court today when their interim name suppression was lifted.

I named both of these idiots before the suppression order came in, and then of course I had to delete and amend my articles.

But I think it is a reasonable question to ask.  What on earth did suppressing the names of these two men achieve?  Everyone knew who they were to start with.  It had been published widely before the suppression order came in.

There was no victim to protect.  We knew who he was as well.

Courts still hand out suppression orders without reasonable cause just because counsel asks for it.  And of course, they always ask for it.

How did she hold on to her job?

A midwife who had an affair with her client’s partner during the pregnancy has been chastised by the health and disability commissioner.

In a report released today, Commissioner Anthony Hill ruled by entering into a sexual relationship with the woman’s partner and continuing to provide midwifery services at the same time, the midwife failed to provide services in accordance with ethical and professional standards and breached the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

The self-employed midwife had been close personal friends of the couple for some time, and provided care to the woman during her second pregnancy.

In 2013, the woman became pregnant with her third child and employed the midwife again.

“The final two months of my pregnancy were horrible. I was working, I had two small children and I thought I was going crazy to be thinking that my midwife and so-called friend was sleeping with the father of my children. Read more »

A textbook case of Teacher Registration and Council secrecy failure

I know I have bored some of you to death with the never-ending examples of bad teachers. ¬†But there is a point to it. ¬†If I didn’t highlight each and every occasion, you simply wouldn’t know the extent of the problem.

There are a number of dimensions to this.  One, is the suppression of any details Рsometimes even the name of the teacher and the school.

The other is the fact that Teacher Registration is being held up by teachers and their unions as being an essential component in protecting the children from bad teachers, when the opposite is demonstrably true.

Take this case:

The Teachers Council has confirmed it is investigating the head of an Auckland Charter School which is set to open its doors to students for the first time this week.

Middle School West, in Auckland, was officially opened yesterday, but on Tuesday 130 students will begin their education there.

James Haggett is Principal of the Charter School, a position he took up in November last year. Read more »

No more hiding behind suppression for kiddie fiddling teachers

After decades of criminal teachers hiding among the community, recent changes to the Teachers Councils protocols means that teachers that have any sexual connection with students will now face permanent public exposure.

Misbehaving teachers will be routinely named and shamed, even if their misconduct came before a rule change favouring the publication of names, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.

Former Ashburton College teacher Michael Burrell-Smith recently lost a bid to hide his name after his registration was cancelled for inappropriate relationships with at least two female pupils.

He argued the notice of charge for his conduct was filed and served before July 1, when a rule change came into effect in favour of publishing teachers’ names in disciplinary cases. Previously, the default position was that names were suppressed.

Since the new rules came in, 20 teachers whose misconduct took place before July 1 but whose decisions came out after that have appeared before the tribunal.

Six unsuccessfully sought name suppression. Read more »

Ex National MP back in court over naming “NZ’s Rolf Harris”


via TV3

Former MP Tau Henare is due back before the courts charged with naming a prominent man granted name suppression over an indecent act claim.

Henare, who retired at the 2014 election, is scheduled to return to Waitakere District Court today charged with breaching the suppression order.

He made no plea when he appeared on December 2 but could make a plea when he appears today. Read more »

Selective charges over “NZ’s Rolf Harris” name suppression breaches


via SST

A New Zealand woman living in Australia is facing charges in relation to posting information online allegedly naming a prominent New Zealander who has name suppression.

The 34-year-old woman is charged with two counts of breach of suppression provisions and orders. A warrant to arrest was issued by Christchurch District Court yesterday.

A former National MP has already appeared in Waitakere District Court in relation to alleged breaches of the same court order. Read more »

Another name suppression travesty

A man who filmed members of his family in the shower then shared the footage with other paedophiles and voyeurs online has been granted name suppression – against the wishes of his victims.

The man in his 40s, who was responsible for maintenance on an island camp, was jailed for a year and nine months last week after previously admitting 29 charges at Manukau District Court.

The name of his workplace was suppressed from the outset and after sentencing, Judge Frances Eivers made an order permanently barring publication of the defendant’s name too.

Her ruling, which she said was to protect the identities of those he films, was supported by defence and police but victims in the public gallery were unimpressed.

“We don’t care,” his sister-in-law said. “We don’t want that.”


Why does a judge implement name suppression when all his victims want him outed? ¬† Read more »

I love this new name suppression trend

Allan Neil Rosewarne, via SMH

“Monster” Allan Neil Rosewarne, via SMH

A woman who suffered violent physical and sexual abuse for 17 years at the hands of her partner wants her name made public, saying she has nothing to hide.

Katrina Jones, former partner of sex monster Allan Neil Rosewarne, 48, has successfully applied to have her name suppression lifted by High Court judge Susan Thomas.

Name suppression for her two adult children with Rosewarne, Shoshoni Jones and Cheyenne Jones has also been lifted.

Rosewarne was sentenced in October in the High Court at New Plymouth to preventive detention for 18 charges including extreme cruelty towards Jones, her children and another partner that spanned 1990 to 2008.

He has a minimum non-release period of 10 years. Read more »

Name suppression for a charity now


Check this out.

Ronald McDonald House chief executive Lesley Slieker said volunteer groups had complained at the beginning of the year that there was no tinned fruit for baking, so the charity was forced to go out and buy new supplies.

She was horrified when someone they knew was arrested and charged with the theft of $478.33 of groceries intended for the families. Read more »

Why name suppression should only protect victims

It’s nice to see it done right for a change


Photo.  Name.  label.

A jury took just three hours yesterday to find King guilty of eight charges of sexual offending against four female patients in the back of ambulances between 2010 and July last year.

Their verdicts were the culmination of an eight-day trial in Napier District Court.

King, 48, was employed by St John in 2009 and resigned after being suspended in August last year. Read more »