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.

Henare is accused of naming a man who pleaded guilty in 2012 over the incident but was later discharged without conviction and granted permanent name suppression.

The complainant, Louise Helmsley, successfully applied for her own name suppression to be lifted in October this year and has argued that the man’s name suppression should also be lifted.

Henare said outside court that it seemed unfair that the man granted the suppression order over the 2011 incident could get off “scot free” when cricketer Jesse Ryder was the centre of media attention for pulling out of a New Zealand A tour despite doing nothing wrong.


Previous poll result

I have been reluctant to name him as it would lead to complaints that it would enable people to simply see what Tau has said and then find out who it was.

A number of main stream media outlets have not had that concern, so now that the cat is well and truly out of the bag, I wonder if there is anyone left who doesn’t know who “Rolf” is.

Please note, you can still not name “Rolf” or leave any instructions or clues as to how to find out.  You will receive a commenting ban if you do.

Last time I ran a poll on this, about a 3rd of you didn’t know who “NZ’s Rolf Harris” was.  Let’s see if that has changed.



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