Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Setting the Record Straight on the All Black Brand


Setting the Record Straight on the All Black Brand

ACT has required the Government to slow down the law changes which would give legal royalty status to the Rugby Union silver fern logo. The changes would have gone through this afternoon without anyone outside having more than an hour's notice of what they say. Now the public will get an opportunity to point out hidden traps, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said.

"The Government wanted to pass this legislation today as part of the Statutes Amendment Bill - a housekeeping tool used to fix up non-contentious matters.

"Last night, ACT announced that we would not join in this change until satisfied that other users of fern marks, and perhaps people who would refer to the All Blacks in their business without intending to "ambush market", were comfortable.

"We are still in the dark on whether other codes and teams (Tall Blacks, Silver Ferns), and business trademarks (for example Fernleaf butter) are comfortable about the protection intended. We told the Minister and NZRFU that if at any stage we received a credible claim that the extent or impact of the proposed protection has not been properly appreciated and it will adversely affect a legitimate current use, we would withdraw our approval to the inclusion in the Statutes Amendment Bill.

"We know that our position could be misrepresented as being anti-rugby - so this statement is meant to make it crystal clear. We will support protection when it is clear it will not unintentionally hurt other legitime users of fern marks.

"ACT believes the matter should not be rushed through all its stages in one day without an opportunity for people who hear of this matter to look into it. We are very conscious that the legislation has not even been available to public examination," Mr Franks said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news