Uh oh: Mr Craig not cowed by Granny’s response

Just to keep an eye on proceedings, this is what Granny received from Colin Craig

From: Colin Craig <[email protected]>
To: [redacted]
Cc: ‘Helen Craig’ <[email protected]>; ‘Steve Plummer’ <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:42 AM
Subject: NOTICE OF DEFAMATION. (2)

Good Morning [name redacted].

Thank you for responding.

Just to be clear:
1. We do hold evidence that you have been corresponding with Mr Stringer.
2. The allegations have not been taken off the coNZervative blog.
3. I have explained the context in which the allegations are being made public.
4. I have also explained the allegations are now part of legal proceedings that will be covered by media.

Also to be clear we do indeed hold evidence that you have made these statements (and others) and I appreciate the honesty in your response below, in that you have not denied making them.

It is not harassment to raise issue with statements you are making about myself and the company. I and the company are entitled to protect our reputation and we are entirely within our rights to pursue this matter. If you do wish to complain to Police please ensure they are provided with a full copy of both this and my previous email.

We have given you an opportunity to redress this matter without litigation and that offer remains open until the 25th November 2015. We are happy to meet and discuss this matter with your lawyer if that assists.

After that date we will advance the matter. Please advise your correct address for service (lawyers contact details), if we receive no response from you we will use your home address.

Thank you

l Colin Craig l Centurion Management Services Ltd l ph l + 64 09 476 xxxx l fax l + 64 09 476 xxxx l [email protected] l
Disclaimer: This message contains confidential information for the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, you are hereby notified that you must not disseminate, copy or take any action in reliance on it. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender unless otherwise stated.

For those late to the story, a former Centurion employee, code named “Granny” received a demand from Colin to retract two statements made somewhere (there is a dispute as to where), to hand over all correspondence between her and John Stringer, to sign a letter that this is the extent of all the correspondence, so sign a letter promising not to correspond with Mr Stringer any further, and unless she complies, she will face defamation action from Colin Craig on the two statements he attributes to her.  Mr Craig also insisted Granny not communicate with any media.  (Oops)

Granny disputes she made both of those statements, she refuses to hand over all communications with Mr Stringer, and she’s told him to get knotted.

The only people running around the boardroom table whooping and screaming are Chapman Tripp who must be absolutely loving the tsunami of money coming into their accounts.

Just to be clear:
1. We do hold evidence that you have been corresponding with Mr Stringer.

Eh?  This is a crime, how?   But more importantly, how can you prove Mr Stringer or Granny were parties to that correspondence?  How can anyone prove anyone wrote a message online or in an email?

2. The allegations have not been taken off the coNZervative blog.

The source of the allegations is relevant, how?

3. I have explained the context in which the allegations are being made public.

Indeed he did.  He said that the allegedly defamatory statements have been circulated in public and have attracted media attention.

4. I have also explained the allegations are now part of legal proceedings that will be covered by media.

So the allegations are part of legal proceedings that are not the legal proceedings that Granny is being threatened with.

It seems Mr Craig really doesn’t want to take Granny to court, but he does want to bury any further public discussion or dissemination of the statements he calls “allegations”.

Just like Mr Craig has taken legal action to discuss if his “inappropriate behaviour” did or did not have a sexual component to it.

For him to dig up yet another person to slap a defamation suit on must mean those statements are rather critical to Centurion and/or Mr Craig’s ability to bring the case to a conclusion that favours him.

It seems that the alleged defamation revolves around Colin’s honesty, and the more people that are coming out in public that state that they have hard proof that his honesty is not up to par, the more he has to use his money to try and intimidate people into silence via the courts.


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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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