Police v Rachinger – the result

Read up on Ben Rachinger if you are new to the story

This man worked his way into my confidence.  He was a police informant, ostensibly to unmask Whaledump and Rawshark, but in the end it also looks like he was used to trap me for ‘ordering a hack’ of another blog.  It is still not clear if that was on his own initiative, via Rangi Kemara’s network or via his police handlers.  Perhaps I’ll never know.

The spin on this has been severe from all sides, but I still am not 100% sure what Ben’s true motivations were.  He was nearly constantly drunk at the time, so we found out afterwards, so it may not actually have a rational explanation beyond that.

A hacker who was hired by right-wing blogger Cameron Slater to infiltrate a left-wing blog site has been convicted and discharged.

In December, IT consultant Ben Rachinger pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception after he was paid $1000 by Mr Slater to hack into The Standard, with the aim of embarrassing the Labour Party.

Mr Rachinger never carried out the hack, instead blowing the whistle to TV3’s The Nation, telling the programme Mr Slater wanted him to figure out who The Standard’s contributors were and record their IP and email addresses.

A summary of facts showed Mr Slater believed Labour politicians were writing for The Standard and posting their views anonymously online.

Mr Slater admitted his part in the plot and was discharged without conviction in May 2016.

Not surprisingly, that’s from the media company that tried to stitch me up and was running the show together with Ben Rachinger.  We’ve covered all that in detail.

At first, I was a bit angry about it, because you want repercussions for bad behaviour.   But in the end, it really was just two idiots winding each other up over next to nothing.  Nobody died.

One frustrating thing is that pleading guilty to obtaining by deception does not require him to pay back the $8,000 he scammed out of me.   Another one of those “doesn’t feel like justice” kinds of outcomes.  As I understand the situation, he’s no longer in New Zealand, so it’s a moot point.  If he does return, the idea of recovering that money via legal action will be reviewed, depending on how much anger I still carry at that time.

Don’t mind if we all got a slap on the wrist, but for him to get to keep the money will grind away for some time.


– Newshub


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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.