Ben Rachinger and the dirty Mediaworks tag team


As news is generated about Ben Rachinger, media cover it.  In fact, last court appearance, there were camera crews from TVNZ, Sky News (I believe) and TV3.

That’s all normal and fine.

But what happens when a news organisation starts to champion one specific individual’s case against another?  What if they are actively interfering in the court case?   What if they fund a media lawyer when their protagonist is self represented?

Ben Rachinger and Mediaworks go back quite some time.  When ‘the journalist’ was still a journo for Radiolive (She’s now a PR flunky for a union), she had Ben Rachinger as a source.  It seems that at the same time as Ben was working with me, and informing on Rangi Kemara, Ira Bailey and me to the police, he was picking up operational details from the police handlers.

Ben didn’t just inject some of that information back to me, but he also was her “inside source” on information about the Hager raids.  Not that he had a lot.

Their relationship went beyond journalist/source, with ‘the journalist’ giving Ben the expectation that he could get a job at Mediaworks to improve their computer security, especially in the area of emails, and Ben has claimed their relationship was cordial and extended beyond work. Remember too that Rachinger also stated that he could feed mis-information to ‘the journalist’


Before I even appeared in court Lisa Owen and her crew were waiting outside of the Manukau Police station. They showed that in their footage the other night with me walking up for a 0900 meeting with Police. The case wasn’t on the court docket, and Police told me after the Mediaworks crew besieged the station that the only people who knew Rachinger and I were attending the Police station at that time was him and me. And somehow, magically Owen turned up. Bear in mind that when The Nation programme first aired they had already recorded Rachinger’s story and gotten comment from Lynn Prentice at The Standard before ringing me at 2pm on a Friday to see if I would appear the next morning on the show. It was a classic hit job and doorstepping and I wasn’t having a bar of it.

They were clearly there to get me on the evening news.  Police didn’t like that at all.  They could see that Ben had turned up with his media posse in tow ready to turn it into a circus.  A private circus just for TV3.

I can assure you there were a lot of upset people when police requested suppression while the case was in front of the court due to the media being there.  I hadn’t expected suppression because I didn’t ask for it, and I am clearly a newsworthy individual. But the Police prosecutor asked and it was granted.


The next day, veiled references started to appear on the Internet about how I was a hypocrite for requesting name suppression, given that I have been a vocal supporter of it being applied too easily and too often.   It doesn’t help that nobody actually told the truth:  I hadn’t requested it.

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Some people were upset enough to break court suppression to “out” me.  I noticed this, and kept a careful record.  Subsequently I decided to really push all name suppression stories in the media and claim energetically how wrong that was!  The result was that the same people were outraged and broke suppression again.  And again.  And again.  They just couldn’t respect the police and the court.   All of those instances are with the police, and I understand they are being progressed like any other name suppression offence. Martyn Bradbury, some of his commenters, Lynn Prentice, Peter George and his commenters and many others broke suppression orders. All screenshots were grabbed and a police complaint laid.

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But back to Mediaworks.  The Nation Producer Tim Watkin also joined the crowd of people breaking suppression on this case.  Whatever it takes to put pressure on the court. Worse still Professor Andrew Geddis, a law professor at Otago University and a champion on the Bill of Rights jumped right in and breached suppression orders too. It will be somewhat hard for Andrew Geddis to claim he didn’t breach suppression orders when he breached them on a post of the producer of The Nation’s website and he is a professor of law. Not only that, someone guessed the breach in the comments, which was then edited. This evidence was presented in court to the judge and also added to my Police complaint.

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Commenter at The Pundit guesses after comments by Prof. Andrew Geddis of Otago university

The next court appearance was to discuss if I should keep name suppression.  I had decided that since The Nation were so keen on breaking the law, helping Ben, and generally not acting like impartial media, I would make them work for it.  Not only would this cost them money, but it wasted their time.  I really never expected to succeed, and set about planning a set of articles once suppression came off.  You’ve seen them this week.

So we’re in court, the media are there, including Lisa Owen, and I bring up the topic of producer Tim Watkins breaching suppression as part of my submission that I’ve been hounded by law-breaking media.  The judge was not pleased when he saw the evidence.  He stated that he thought it was a clear breach of suppression orders. Evidence which was still on the Internet at the time.

Not long after that, the judge was informed that the web site had been changed while the court session was in progress.  Now keeping in mind that there was nearly blanket suppression on the case, and that journalists and observers are not allowed to transmit from the court room, someone had done so anyway.

The judge was even less pleased and gave the media a bollocking.

At this stage, I thought “oh no, please no, they’re stuffing this up – I might keep suppression now, and I won’t be able to publish my side of the story”.


That day, I watched Ben Rachinger arrive at court no less than five times.   You might wonder how that is possible.  Well, the first time, he turned up like anyone else would.  The next four times he walked up for the benefit of the Mediaworks camera.  Different angles.  Different kinds of walks.  Different facial expressions. All stage managed, all orchestrated by Lisa Owen. Same with Lynn Prentice. He shambled up looking like a Wreck of the Hesperus and engaged in animated discussion prior to court with Lisa Owen. They were all very cosy, including Greg Presland and Keith Ng.

What we were witnessing was happy collusion with political opponents against me. With no pretence of any objectivity from TV3 staff and The Nation. At this point I should state that the Fairfax journalist was the only journalist to engage in conversation. It was no surprise that her article was perhaps one of the most balanced.


Strangely there hasn’t been a peep out of the media since my revelations started appearing. They have studiously and steadfastly ignored them. The problem they have is that they all invested themselves in the stories of Ben Rachinger and treated them as gospel without actually knowing all of the details. They believed him and they went to air and to print with his allegations as though they were fact.

If Rachinger’s stories about me are correct then his others stories also have to be correct. Or it could all be a great big scam designed and perpetrated, mostly by Mediaworks staff, to entrap and obtain a conviction of me using Ben Rachinger.

This has been and remains a set up of disgusting proportions. The evidence is there for everyone to see. But the media have ignored it, because it doesn’t suit their narrative.

Then again I shouldn’t be surprised as most of the players in this sick game were also involved in laundering of my stolen information.

As long as I live I will never give an interview, ever to anyone who works for Mediaworks. My rule only used to apply to John Campbell, but now after I have discovered all of these actions and unethical behaviour from their staff it applies to everyone at Mediaworks…even those who were withheld from Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book.

The fact that all of these media and political luminaries played fast and loose with the law because they saw it as another “Get Slater” hit job shows just how sanctimonious they all are.

I trust and hope the Police treat Martyn Bradbury, Lynn Prentice, Andrew Geddis, Tim Watkin, Peter George and others named with evidence in my Police complaint the same way they treated me….with charges and court appearances.

There is plenty more to come in all of this, and many in the media will be now wondering if it was wise to become complicit playthings with Nicky Hager and a criminal hacker whomever that person is.

But remember, if what Ben Rachinger said is true about me, then there is a good chance that what he has said about others is true too. You can’t have it both ways, it’s either true or a big scam, of which I am but its first victim.

I wonder if there are any honest media players out there. I seriously doubt it.





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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.