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Dud judge buys Maori privilege story to save royal ratbag from conviction

Being a member of the bro-racracy and Maori royalty has paid off for for a royal ratbag who has escaped conviction because one day he may be the Maori King…a made up position of now real standing.

The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki has been discharged without conviction today on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, after his defence successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

His drink driving charge — in which he blew a reading almost double the legal adult alcohol level — was only revealed in court today after Judge Philippa Cunningham lifted a suppression order.

Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen — who will become a father in September — ineligible for the role of king.

However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society. ¬† Read more »

Anonymous Labour donors are getting nervous

A lonely David Cunliffe waitsAndrew Geddis writes

… if you go back to the¬†financial returns¬†from political parties for 2007, there is listed a donation to Labour of $150,000 from “Palmer Theron, Solicitors, on behalf of an undisclosed client” (as well as two other donations of $50,000 and $30,000 from other law firms on behalf of similarly “undisclosed clients”). For balance, you might also note that in that year National reported $40,000 in anonymous donations, as well as $513,000 from three trusts that it had been using to launder donations previously. Read more »

Three strikes for Maori King’s son?

A reader writes

Hi Cam,

King Tuheitia’s reported approach is quite refreshing. Solid leadership to make his son front up and not apply for name suppression.

Even better would be for the King to support ACT’s three strikes for burglary policy.

I won’t hold my breath, however.

If implemented, Korotangi Paki’s two burglary convictions, now entered, would mean that if he is convicted of burgling again it will be 3 years in the big house for the ratbag.

Let’s hope he mends his ways and straighten’s up – for al our sake, but also for the sake of the child he has recently sired.

I tell you what, I would support a Maori king that got behind a 3 strikes policy for burglary.

By the time you get your 3rd conviction, you’re either no mate of Darwin’s or you made a clear decision to take the risks.

Either way, bye bye.

Maori King gets his wish: No name suppression for his son

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Second in line to throne behind his hotel smashing brother, Maori Prince Korotangi Paki pleads guilty to charges of burglary.

Newstalk ZB reports

The Maori King’s son Korotangi Paki has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

Korotangi Paki stood in the Auckland District Court surrounded by an entourage led by the King’s spokesman Tuku Morgan. Read more »

Do people like this have a place in politics?

A high-profile political figure has won the right to keep details of his divorce secret after a judge ruled he was a “vulnerable person”.

His messy divorce case included allegations of espionage, infidelity, dognapping, theft, the involvement of three Queen’s Counsel, and a disputed allegation the man grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, tried to kick in the door of their home and shouted abuse at her.

The couple were involved in a protracted legal battle through the Family Court. The ex-wife has sought the right to speak publicly and to her friends about the break-up, but the husband has fought to keep the dispute secret.

How can anyone be a high profile political figure and at the same time “vulnerable”.

If you enter politics, you get to make judgements about other people.  You get to influence policy.  You get to make decisions over the careers, lives and families.  This person, at the very least, should have no say or influence over many political policy areas.

But how can we make sure someone that kicks in the door and “grabbed or touched” his wife’s neck is kept well away? ¬†Why the code of silence?

It seems to be an upside-down situation to have someone who has alleged involvement in espionage and theft in a high profile position in a political party be protected from public scrutiny and the public’s judgement as to this person’s suitability. ¬† Read more »

Stealing is fine, as long as you mean well

Cate Broughton reports on a theft:

A Loburn woman who stole a husky dog from Queenstown has not been prosecuted.

The woman, whom police say had good intentions, has been given a pre-charge warning after the incident.

But owner Ryan Watt says the decision is a “joke”.

“Getting a slap on the wrist just tells people, ‚Äėgo on, help yourself’,” he said.

The woman had been holidaying in Queenstown and says she was concerned the dog, named Wolf, spent his days chained to a small kennel. She also said his coat was so matted he was unable to lift his leg properly.

“We have never done anything like this before,” she said.

“We acted on impulse, taking the law into our own hands, and we understand that it wasn’t the right thing to do, but a dog needs a lot more than simply food, water and shelter.”

What do the Police think about this? ¬† Read more »

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I knew nuffink, I was just providing storage…bullshit

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

This is the standard defence of Kim Dotcom¬†from his apologists and publicists and biographers…it goes something like this.

He is not storing the files, he is providing space with a set of rules to be used. The users of that space have a choice to follow the rules or not and store legitimate data or store illegal files etc.

He receives take down notices and acts on them. What else is he supposed to do?

Would you like Google to shut down as well?

Followed by this:

What do you mean by theft and copyright infringement? Do you also wish for the owners of YouTube to be lynched for providing a medium of copyright infringement? Or are you referring to the false accusations of years ago? About the trial that the US has delayed numerous times, assumingly because they have no real evidence against him after illegally stealing his property under no warrant after bribing Key? Again, I can tell your hearts are in the right place, but your government is the true enemy of the people. NZ, US, wherever. They’re all tyrannies, US especially. ¬† Read more »

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Stop grabbing the Queen’s nuts

This is too funny for words.

Well, actually, it’s funny enough for words

The Queen was ‚Äúfurious‚ÄĚ after royal protection officers helped themselves to Bombay mix and nuts left out for her around Buckingham Palace, a court heard today.

Palace officials sent a memo to royal protection officers warning them to ‚Äúkeep their sticky fingers out‚ÄĚ, after Her Majesty noticed the snacks were disappearing, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.

The Queen became so incensed that she even began marking the bowls to check if the levels were dropping, it was suggested.

Imagine that. ¬†Someone as rich and powerful as that, and she keeps having ¬†her nuts pilfered by the Fuzz. ¬† Read more »

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Kim Dotcom assists in solving the Booker Prize novel distribution problems

Taking out the Booker Prize for Literature is an amazing feat.  It is like a Nobel Prize, a Rugby World Championship and an Olympic gold medal all in one.

So well done, Eleanor Catton, who won the Booker Prize for her epic novel The Luminaries.

As expected, winning the Prize has made getting hold of a copy of the book rather difficult.  Library waiting  lists are into the hundreds, and book shops have sold all their advanced copies.

Living in an electronic world, my immediate reaction was “Surely there isn’t a shortage of the book delivered for the Kindle, or other e-book reader?”.

A quick search of Amazon.com proved that not only was the electronic version easy to get hold of, after taking the exchange rate into account, it was also cheaper and provides you essentially immediate access.  No need to pre-order, or go on a long waiting list.

Next I wondered if the book had managed to make itself to the hands of those people that remove the encryption and digital rights management. ¬†A bit of poking around the Internet, and it turns out it can already be obtained for free. ¬†Instant download. ¬† Read more »

NZ‚Äôs dodgiest LBP Nominee ‚Äď Daniel Wright

Chrischurch ratbag Daniel Wright

Christchurch ratbag Daniel Wright

The tip line continues to fill with nominations for NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body politician.

One of today’s nominations is Daniel Wright from Christchurch, who is putting up his hand to be for the¬†Christchurch City Council – Shirley-Papanui Community Board.

His candidate profile sounds wonderful, but I do wonder why the ratbag left out this bit of his life:

No reparation order could be made when a retail manager who stole $20,000 from the shop he worked at, was sentenced to home detention and community work.

Judge Tony Couch was told at the Christchurch District Court sentencing that Daniel James Wright was going through the ‚Äúno asset procedure‚ÄĚ at Insolvency New Zealand.

The reparation report prepared for the sentencing judge showed that his financial situation meant he had no funds to repay his former employer.

Defence counsel April Kelland said the conviction for theft by a person in a special relationship, which Wright had admitted, meant he could not go back to the management positions he had previously held.¬† Read more »