Confused why Colin Craig’s Dirty Politics booklet made it past your “no circulars” sign?

Pat Brittenden has done the leg work

Someone mentioned … that they had received a copy of the booklet even though they have a ‘no circulars’ sticker on their letterbox, which reminded me that we have a ‘no junk mail’ on ours. So with a little research I found out that it is an offence to deliver unsolicited mail to a letterbox that has a notification on it informing that they don’t want any. [my emphasis] NZ Post even has a division called Mailbox Help designed to sort out situations like this. If you’re interested you can get hold of Mailbox Help for whatever reason you want on 0800 111 081.

I spoke with Mailbox Help and they informed me that they have had complaints about Colin Craig’s booklet from Kaitaia to Dunedin. [my emphasis] I asked what happens next and they said that it was likely that they would be undertaking a ‘severe investigation’ as there had been so many complaints. If after the investigation it’s decided that Mr. Craig has committed an offence he could be fined up to $20,000 and made to either retract his deliveries or stop them all together. In layman’s terms if this timeline was to happen it’s likely that Colin Craig may face a financial penalty then have to issue a public apology to, what can only be described as, spamming the whole of New Zealand.

The money won’t worry Colin, but it is another spectacular fail for him and his crusade to prove that those that bear false witness, *ahem*, will be judged.   

Question is – how did this all come about then?  Pat’s sleuthing has been thorough

I have just received a copy of the delivery instructions by Reach Media to its workers who actually put the booklets into the letterboxes.

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As you can see clearly it states that for the COLIN CRAIG VS DIRTY POLITICS delivery the deliverer is to ‘include‘ the ‘no circs‘ letterboxes.

Speaking with Reach Media they claim that the reason they have delivered it to ‘no circ‘ letter boxes was that it was booked in as a “government piece” although they also concede they didn’t know what the delivery was when it was booked. When asked if they thought in hindsight if it was a ‘government piece’ the gentleman on the phone, who claimed he took the original booking, agreed it was not.

Reach Media will be in trouble also I suspect.  There is no way that anything from Colin Craig, or the Conservative Party, would be official government communications.   To sit there and claim some sort of surprise when your client and his business aren’t part of the government isn’t going to appear too convincing.

The above may make people smirk, but there is also a much more serious element to the delivery of these booklets and it’s two fold. The first is that Mr. Craig is claiming defamation against Cameron Slater, John Stringer and Jordan Williams. Defamation is a jury trial [not sure about that Pat] but with sending out this booklet to, what would appear to be, the whole of New Zealand Mr. Craig has made it impossible for a jury to be formed that has not been influenced by himself for his own gain. Secondly, there has been counter-claims by the three accused that this booklet is defamatory and that they potentially Slater, Stringer and Williams, as a group or individually, may take legal action against Mr. Craig. If indeed this 12 page booklet contains inaccuracies attributed to anyone of the three then surely Colin Craig has now opened himself up to a significant legal action.

Mr Craig has indeed gone too far.   And he will now be required to explain himself in court as to how he can prove the statements and alleged facts he attributed to the various parties can be proven to have been made by these people.

On top of it all, he’s set the benchmark of asking for $1.5M in damages.   It’s as absurd as it is extreme, but I think this justifies a similar request in return.

 

patbrittenden.com

 


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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