Bob Jones to sue whinger, and the Herald can now say my name

As revealed here yesterday in Bob Jones’ column, he is suing Renae Maihi for defamation.

The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

Sir Bob Jones has filed defamation papers against a filmmaker behind a petition to have his knighthood revoked after a controversial newspaper column.

More than 68,000 people signed the petition, which was delivered to Parliament in March, in response to Jones’ February 2 column in the National Business Review calling for a Māori “Gratitude Day” instead of Waitangi Day.

Filmmaker Renae Maihi started the petition and presented it to Labour MP Kiritapu Allan with the support of Waikato University Professor Pou Temara, an expert in te reo and tikanga.

The petition read: “In signing this petition we urge you, our Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, to take his knighthood away from him. It is in your power. Set a precedent for the country and a message that this will not be tolerated and hate speech of this type is not welcome here.”

Jones’ knighthood is for services to the business community.

Today, the High Court confirmed defamation papers were filed in Wellington against Maihi. A date for a case management conference has yet to be set.

In a column on Cameron Slater’s blog site Whale Oil, Jones also wrote today: “I’m delighted to report that my libel writ has been served on Maihi. Now it’s my turn.” End quote.

They not only mentioned me by name, but also the site name. If they learn how to link to me again I might start linking back.

 


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