Why New Zealand’s cyber-bullying bill is a good move – Steven Price

18 02 2014

gazetteA bill before the New Zealand parliament would allow judges to issue online take-down orders against bloggers and the media. I’m for it. Let me tell you why. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy Law Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

23 10 2013

Victoria UniversityDr Nicole Moreham has asked us to draw the attention of our readers to a scholarship which is being offered by Victoria University of Wellington, in the Faculty of Law, for a student wishing to complete an LLM thesis on the law of privacy.  This is a one year scholarship, commencing in March or July 2014 and will cover living expenses and tuition fees. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation, declaration and qualified privilege – Steven Price

10 10 2013

gazetteReading the New Zealand Court of Appeal’s decision in Smith v Dooley ([2013] NZCA 428) you get the feeling that the High Court blundered in all the ways it’s possible to blunder in a defamation case.  Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand Media Regulation: No one-stop media regulator – Steven Price

7 10 2013

NZ Media RegulationThe good news, for the Law Commission: the government thinks the Commission’s report on media regulation –  recommending the establishment of a one-stop media complaints body serving print, broadcast and online platforms – is “excellent”. The bad news: the government has rejected that recommendation. Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand: Has the Harassment Act just swallowed the law of defamation? – Steven Price

21 06 2013

gazetteA New Zealand lawyer has found a way of getting abusive and possibly defamatory material about her removed from the internet indefinitely … Wellington barrister Steven Price reflects on a radical judgment that by-passes defamation law. Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand media regulation reforms – Steven Price

18 05 2013

gazetteNew Zealand has been looking at new proposals for media regulation which address the digital revolution … Unlike Australia and the UK, the NZ Law Commission’s media reform plans have met with minimal resistance … Barrister Steven Price investigates Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation and Satire – Steven Price

30 04 2013

Colin CraigMemo to anyone thinking of suing or threatening someone else for defamation after that person made fun of them. Don’t.

It’s not that the law clearly protects humorous speech and satire. That question is a bit vexed. It’s defamatory to say something that brings another person into ridicule. So it looks like that is fairly easily satisfied. Actually, those looks are deceptive. Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand: Earthquake Commission v Unknown Defendants, Interim injunction against EQC blogger – Steven Price

14 04 2013

the_earthquake_commission_eqc_full_size_landscapeI feel as if I write this same thing about once every year. Someone rushes to court to get an injunction preventing the release of information. It’s based on breach of confidence. Here it’s the Earthquake Commission seeking to prevent the release of a database containing assessments about 83,000 Christchurch claims. Read the rest of this entry »





News: New Zealand Law Commission releases report “The News Media meets ‘New Media’”

26 03 2013

image1The New Zealand Law Commission has today released its report ” “The News Media Meets New Media: Rights, Responsibilities and Regulation in the Digital Age.”   The report recommends the establishment of a “News Media Standards Authority” (NMSA) to provide a one-stop shop for adjudicating complaints against all news media.  Membership would be voluntary but would bring significant benefits. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, New Zealand, C v Holland, Court recognises “intrusion on seclusion” privacy tort – Hugh Tomlinson QC

10 10 2012

In the case of C v Holland ([2012] NZHC 2155), the New Zealand High Court has recognised, for the first time, the existence of a “privacy intrusion” tort – in a claim arising out the surreptitious filming of the plaintiff in the shower.  The law of New Zealand had previously only recognised a privacy tort arising out of the publication of private information. Read the rest of this entry »








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