Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Sludgegate: Cameras, Causes, And Whistle Blowers

Sludgegate Update: Cameras, Causes, And Whistle Blowers

The Sludgegate trial - which yesterday saw the Court room changed because it was standing room only for Chisholm's supporters - saw approval today for admission of TV cameras to the trial; Adrian Chisholm's Barrister Chris LaHatte outlining the causes of action upon which he will be relying on in this case; and arguments about admission of 'whistleblower' evidence which shows clear evidence of malice.

TV3 have had a camera admitted, and will work in conjunction with Omnicron Productions - who plan to produce a documentary of the Sludgegate drama.

The Chisholm team will argue the following causes of action over the next three and a half weeks: Misfeasance in Public Office; Breach of Natural Justice under the Bill of Rights; Breach of the Fair Trading Act; Negligence; Breach of Contract. (The full opening submission can be found at www.sludgegate.com - final causes of action will be amended slightly from these opening submissions by removing nuisance and interference with contractual relations as causes of action.)

It was noted by Justice Chambers that Barrister Chris LaHatte has done well to pick up the case merely three weeks before the trial date, particularly as there is a great deal of paperwork involved.

Importantly, a key piece of 'whistle blower' evidence provided by the Chisholm team is being challenged by opposing counsel on the grounds of legal privilege. The proposed Golf Course sludge dump site was barely two meters from Chisholm's boundary, on which he was developing an eco-resort which Council were considering for resource consent at the same time as they planned to dump sludge against his fence. A meeting note is being challenged in which Network Utilities Head Mike McQuillan says, despite recognising the "Golf Course is not the best site" that nevertheless "he wanted to dump sludge - even one truck load on the Golf Course."

We hope to be able to provide this document at www.sludgegate.com very shortly, along with a full and complete timeline of all the actions surrounding the case.


For further information please contact: Peter Cresswell Sludgegate Media Coordinator (025) 861 927 e-mail: organon@ihug.co.nz

Please note that daily phone reports can be arranged with the media coordinator at the end of each day's court session, from approximately 5:15pm each day. Contact (025) 861 927.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election