Collins says no as media ramps up campaign

Judith Collins has poured rather icy cold water on the aspirations of the media led campaign to free a twice convicted scumbag.

The Justice Minister is refusing to hold an inquiry into the Teina Pora case, despite new revelations made by 3rd Degree calling into question his conviction for the 1992 murder of Susan Burdett.

Judith Collins says it’s up to the courts to rule on the matter.

Pora’s lawyer expects to lodge papers with the Privy Council by next week.

Ms Burdett was brutally raped and murdered back in 1992, and Pora went down for it. The Police Association has joined opposition parties in calling for an inquiry.

But Ms Collins today said no, it’s a matter for the courts. 

No matter because Paula Penfold is busy promoting the cause and enlisting more people to it, now producing T-Shirts to treat Teina pora as some sort of modern age Che Guevara.

Wasn’t that nice of hubby to retweet? So sweet.


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  • LesleyNZ

    These journalists are just getting out of hand. So full of their self importance and furthering their career. Would you really want to wear that kind of T-Shirt? TV3 are fast becoming the channel of causes. Go to them if you feel you have been hard done by and they will mount a campaign to sort your problem out. The only journalist capable of finding out any truth to this case is Bryan Bruce who produced “The Investigator” series screened on TV1. He goes through all the forensic evidence – sequence of events – court documents – thoroughly. He does not use opinion and hearsay as evidence.

    • MarcWills

      No but he selectively chooses the evidence he presents to suit his promotions. Did you not see his case on “poverty?” By coincidence, published days before the 2011 elections.

    • maninblack

      The channel of causes! thats great. Just look at Campbell live!

      • AnonWgtn

        Ugh no way will I watch Campbell – silly little man as Helen Clark said.

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          And she should know..! Haha

  • jaundiced

    Because its a journalist’s job to hold the government to account (says Paddy). As opposed to reporting the news so we can all form our own informed opinions.

    • LesleyNZ

      Eh? What is in the water at TV3?

    • Bunswalla

      I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the gummint that jailed Teina Pora, it was two jury trials as a matter of fact.

    • James

      I always thought that it was the opposition’s job to hold the government to account – but can understand that jernalism skools teach otherwise.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Paddy is a warrior.

  • peterwn

    And Judith is called ‘arrogant’ for sticking to her guns and doing what she honestly considers is the right thing.

    • johnbronkhorst

      It is the right thing…..we don’t want Ministers of ANY type, interfering in the judicial system.

      • Bunswalla

        Especially where compensation for multiple-murderer Bain is concerned. Just say No, Crusher!

        • DavidKNZ

          Amen to that. In all the posturing and politicking around the prospect of compensation there is an eire silence around the fact the 5 innocent people lost their lives. It was either David or Robin and it doesn’t take rocket science to pick the most likely. Good on Ms Collins for taking a stand. Truth is always worth fighting for

  • johnbronkhorst

    Did I hear correctly? He was caught for 14 other rapes BEFORE he was charged with the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.
    Nice guy, we should release all the others, just like him!
    If this is true, we should offer him a deal. OK we will swap you, pardon on the rape and murder charges, with CONSECUTIVE sentencing on the 14 rapes. ie 8 years per rape and you still owe us 91 years!!!

    • kehua

      I think that you are confused , Rewa was convicted of the Rapes.

      • johnbronkhorst

        No confused….how could we give him 8 years each, if he wasn’t convicted of them!?

    • Mediaan

      Doesn’t sound right to me, based on the tv doco. Got your facts straight?

      • johnbronkhorst

        Heard it on the news yesterday.

    • TPP13

      Given the constant criticism of journalists and their inaccuracies by posters here, wouldn’t it be a good idea to set contributors like johnbronkhorst straight. Idiotic rants based on a complete misunderstanding of the relevant facts doesn’t help the debate WO is trying to promote. The 14 other rapes were attributed to Malcolm Rewa. Teina Pora is the bloke very likely to have been wrongly convicted because the Police & prosecution withheld vital information.

      • johnbronkhorst

        If I am incorrect, then I stand corrected!
        But you will also notice a little thing called a question mark, at the end of the first sentence!
        The sentiment still remains, along with the fact that this was admitted by his friends etc, or at least appears, to be a career criminal by the age of 16!

  • Col

    Dear Paula Penfold, Thank you for your concern, as I am busy with other cases I need to put this in the bin with the others and will look at it soon. What I would like to say and ask you is the following, I notice you have been making T-shirts for a fund raiser, I think that’s a good idea, as this should help our we lad Teina when he gets out. He has done terrible things before he went inside, so we were excited when we saw you really cared about him. So while I wait to have a look at his file we will send him round to your place to take care of him. We know you are a caring NZer, thank you from all NZers.
    cheers Judith
    ps he is on his way now.

    • Ducky

      I think Paula is infatuated with this convict…maybe she should smuggle a couple of tee shirts to him.

      • MarcWills

        And a cell phone and a marriage proposal while you’re at it.

        • Patrick

          In one of her internal cavities – the cranium appears to have the largest free space available.

      • Frosty78

        Only slightly less then her infatuation for Steve Adams (basketballer). Don’t know if anyone saw that article, but she was like a dog on heat around him **cringe**

  • tarkwin

    How exciting, our very own Nelson Mandela. Imagine being seen in Grey Lynn without one of these wonderful T shirts! I wonder how they’re going to link John Key to this travesty? No doubt they’ll find a way.

  • MrAuz1989

    What next? A David Bain jersey?

    • DavidKNZ

      Something like this perhaps ??? ;-)

  • Lion_ess

    The woman is clearly mad.
    Personally, I would have preferred a T-shirt with a picture of Pora’s Aunt saying Give us our $5 grand back!

  • Nechtan

    The T shirts will do doubt be worn by the carved bone necklace wearing, free Palestine, save the lesbian whales, no mining, global warming brigade.

    • tarkwin

      I was going to say that, but just typing Grey Lynn seemed easier.

  • GPT

    The conviction of Pora for murder is unsafe – the “confession” alone is appalling police practice and akin more to the Memphis 3 case than best practice in NZ.
    The consequence of police going after the wrong person is not just Pora getting locked up for something he did not do but that the most likely killer was free to continue raping until eventually caught – too late for many victims.
    Collins is probably right to refuse an enquiry at this stage given there is a right of appeal to the PC.

  • Bunswalla

    If Ministers are going to intervene in the justice system (and clearly there are occasions when that is appropriate, although not so in this case), I’d prefer she started with the case of Peter Ellis. At least with poor Susan Burdett we know crimes were definitely committed; Ellis suffered the ignominy of being convicted for crimes that not only did he not commit, but never even happened.

    Phil Goff was never a competent MP or leader, but for his rejection of Ellis’s appeals he should hang his head in shame.

    • johnbronkhorst

      I believe, Ellis was convicted of being gay, or was that just the reason they convicted him.
      The result to me personally, was that my wife refused to stop nagging me, until I gave up coaching under 10’s soccer. For this very reason, if they can convict a guy like Ellis, it leaves it open for everyone.
      Before all you clowns jump on it…..NO I am not gay!

      • tspoon

        I think his mistake was to work in an environment where he was exposed to the hands down most neurotic demographic of all time (modern mothers)(for further reading search ‘fonterra botulism’)

        • AnonWgtn

          You don’t mean the holy city of Christchurch do you ?

    • Liberty

      Ellis was totally shafted by the state.

      Both National and Labour along with a gutless Media.

      Stuffed up big time.

      • Bunswalla

        Goff as Minister of Justice had the best opportunity to do something about it and failed miserably, and deliberately.

        • Did Goff ever actually make a success of anything?

  • Time For Accountability

    It would not matter how innocent the guy was there is a legal process that should not be deviated from.

    That is the path Thomas and Bain went down.

    If the media feel so strongly then they should fund the process.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Pora will not survive in the outside world . He ain’t no Steve Biko .