New Zealand: The Blogger and the Journalist, “Whale Oil” in the Courts – Steven Price

2 11 2014

newlogoThe Whale certainly created a splash in the last New Zealand election. More accurately, it was investigative journalist Nicky Hager and his book Dirty Politics that created the splash. The Whale – controversial right-wing blogger Cameron Slater and his Whale Oil blog, whose emails were leaked to Mr Hager – copped most of the spray. (I should disclose that I act for Nicky Hager). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, New Zealand: Murray v Wishart, Web hosts’ defamation liability restricted – Steven Price

22 09 2014

FacebookIn the significant New Zealand Court of Appeal decision in Murray v Wishart ([2014] NZCA 461) the judges unanimously ruled that a third party publisher (the owner of a Facebook page that contained comments by others) was not liable for other people’s comments simply because he “ought to have known” that they contain defamatory material (even if he didn’t actually know of the content of the comments). Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand Law Commission: Review of Contempt of Court

28 05 2014

NZ Contempt CoverThe New Zealand Law Commission has published an issues paper Contempt in Modern New Zealand (IP 36, 2014).  It is seeking feedback on a package of reforms which propose far-reaching changes to the law of contempt in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand: Opening the door to bloggers – Steven Price

26 04 2014

gazetteNew Zealand’s Press Council has grand plans to include bloggers in its membership, and regulatory orbit … But what are its chances of getting them to sign up? And will the same standards apply? Steven Price canvasses the issues

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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 »








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