New Zealand. The country of talkers. The doers have given up.

Take Len Brown for example.  In any other context, that guy would have been down the road at the WINZ office ages ago.  Misuse of council funds.  Sex in the workplace.  Secret overseas trips.  The “bringing the organisation into disrepute” clause that’s part of any employment contract would have triggered.

But nothing happens.   Lots of noise and heat, but no result.

Same thing happened with the Roast Busters.  Underage sexual assault, huge amounts of outrage, press, talkback and you name it…

Have they even been talked to since?  Charged?  Nope.

Rape and sexual violence support services say they have been stretched as people seek help after the Roast Busters scandal increased awareness of sexual violence.

Help Auckland crisis service manager Aimee Stockenstroom told the New Zealand Herald her service has received 1500 calls for help in the past month – 500 more than average.  

“In October we provided 37 call-out services for police and medical, and in November we provided 62,” she said.

Wellington Rape Crisis manager Natalie Gousmett told the Herald a number of new and existing clients had sought extra support.

What’s the point?

On the one hand, we’re telling people to report these things.  But as anyone can see: nothing. gets. done.

Police are continuing to investigate the pair and members of their Facebook group, but have taken no legal action.  — 3 News

Teachers that fiddle, teenagers that stupefy and rape, and all we do is our obligatory outrage.

I’m surprised none of the Roast Buster affected girls had their father go for a little ‘chat’ with these… individuals.  I truly can’t state I’d have the self control to let the Police sort it out.  If they ever do.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.