I applaud the action of Whale Oil because it's way past time the finger is pointed at the judges who have lost the plot. In my case I have evidence of large scale judicial corruption but the MSM will not have a bar of it? If the moronic public foolishly think judges are squeaky clean - then they should think again. I guess the only way to expose these filthy low lifes is to write a book and let Joe Public decide if judicial corruption is a factor in Family and District Court jurisdictions.Sadly many judges are totally unfit in character to be within a hundred yards of a Courthouse - let alone directing proceedings. Time the judge Strettell's of this world are taken down a peg or two. I mean to say they are just human beings who make mistakes. I guess they are like Helen Klark and think they're above the law.
Controversial blogger Cameron Slater is again under police investigation, this time for identifying on his website a primary school teacher accused of sex crimes against children.
And Slater last night stepped up his name suppression campaign, telling the Sunday Star-Times he was set to post the names, phone numbers and addresses of judges who award name suppression without "good reason".
Slater is already facing five charges of breaching name suppression orders, after he published on his website the names of several high-profile New Zealanders before the courts, but whose identities were suppressed.
Justice Minister Simon Power said Slater's threats to expose the personal details of judges on his website were "probably not helpful".
But Slater said our officers of the court were making "improper" decisions and he wanted to take a stand.
"These judges are the people perpetrating the expansion of the original suppression laws beyond what was envisaged by parliament," Slater said. "They are trying to rewrite the law by judicial meddling."
Slater said his SHAME (Suppression Helps Abusers Make Excuses) campaign was designed to pressure the government to reform suppression laws, which the justice minister has said will happen.
Slater had recently been using his Whaleoil blog to post "interesting names" but with no other details.
The names related to individuals who had name suppression. Slater argues the postings do not contravene the Criminal Justice Act as a person's name on its own does not link to a particular proceeding.
A teacher appeared in North Shore District Court on January 29 facing six charges of grooming two teenage boys and having them perform indecent acts on him.
The teacher was awarded interim name suppression by Judge David McNaughton, but three days after the appearance Slater posted a further "Interesting name and photo".
Police spokesman Jon Neilson said officers were looking into the posting on Slater's Whaleoil blog, which first appeared last Monday.
Anyone who breaches a suppression order can be fined a maximum $1000.
Last weekend the Star-Times revealed how the primary school where the teacher had been working was considering asking the court to lift the suppression order. Yesterday the school would not comment on whether it had made any progress.
But the school's lawyer, Tim Allan, said it was preferable to tell parents what was happening so as to avoid confusion and rumour.
"The school wishes to be able to communicate truthfully to parents why the teacher concerned is not at the school, as they expected him to be," Allan said.
The suppression was also unfair on other male teachers and to lift it would "ensure no unwarranted suspicion, innuendo or rumour is cast on other male teachers at the school who are completely unconnected to the allegations and whose retention is essential for the development of children".
While he was reluctant to comment on individual cases, Power expressed sympathy for the school and its families.
"I understand the community's growing concern with the issue of name suppression."
The head of North Shore CIB, Kim Libby, said police want suppression lifted.