T-shirt classified “objectionable” by Chief Censor now in Canterbury Museum exhibition

The Press (13/02/15) reports:

Warning: The story below contains material some readers may find objectionable.

A Canterbury Museum exhibition is sparking outrage ahead of its display of a banned t-shirt depicting a graphic image of a nun and explicit abuse of Jesus.

The image and words are printed on a t-shirt that appears in the T-Shirts Unfolding exhibition, which opens at the museum tomorrow.

Entitled Vestal Masturbation, the shirt is the design of English heavy metal band Cradle of Filth.

On the front it shows an image of a masturbating nun while on the reverse it has the phrase “Jesus is a c***”.

Christchurch’s Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews questioned why the t-shirt needed to be included in the exhibition at all.

Cartoons and ridicule of the prophet Mohammed had led to violence and outrage in Islamic countries, and the public needed to consider whether what happened here could “have repercussions across the globe”.

“At a time when we are seeking ways to reconcile extreme views in the international community, this exhibit could feed the accusation that the West is morally bankrupt,” she said.

“The inclusion of this t-shirt as art in an exhibition is a conversation for the wider community with issues of mutual respect, common decency and what the public wants and does not want.”

Catholic blogger Brendan Malone said in a blog post that a museum should bring a community together, but Canterbury Museum’s decision to hold this exhibition was “irresponsible” and would “result in unnecessary harm” to the public.

“Canterbury Museum has chosen to make itself a place that fosters intolerance and division – and what’s worse; as a ratepayer I am being forced to fund this intolerant and divisive behaviour.”

He questioned whether the museum would display a t-shirt that “attacked and ridiculed Islam” in the same way.

Malone also launched an online petition on Change.org asking for Canterbury Museum to “remove the hateful t-shirt” and “stop dividing the community”.

The petition said the museum should act with more community responsibility and respect for its local funders by removing the t-shirt from its exhibition.

More than 600 people had signed the online petition by 9.30am today. [Read more…]

Schools at odds with parents over HIV information obligation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, a registered charity, says it is against the law to require families to disclose a child’s status.

Parents of children with HIV are under no legal obligations to inform their child’s school – despite several schools having a policy insisting that they do.

About 50 children enrolled in schools have HIV, according to Shaun Robinson, executive director of the charity.

The Herald conducted an online search of schools after revelations a New Zealand father who had refused to seek treatment for his 9-year-old son, who has HIV, was being taken to court by a district health board.

The board is seeking guardianship of the boy so treatment can be administered. The boy’s father has not told him, or his school, that he has HIV.

A number of schools – primary, intermediate and colleges – state on their websites that head staff must be notified of any child with HIV.

One school said the principal, board of trustees and the school’s guidance counsellor should know if a child was carrying HIV. Other schools’ websites said they would not exclude or discriminate against children with HIV/Aids or any other blood-borne viruses.

But the decision was up to the child’s parents, said Shaun Robinson.

Source: NZ Herald on line 9/02/15.

Full story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11398630


Real estate agent Chris Gollins found guilty of disgraceful conduct

WELLINGTON commercial real estate agent Chris Gollins has been found guilty of disgraceful conduct for backdating an agency agreement for a land sale.

The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal  upheld the charge following a complaint from Colliers International, whom Gollins worked for at the time the deal was done.

Gollins, had done a lot of work for the Foodstuffs, and acted as agent for the sale of land for a proposed new supermarket in Whitby, near Wellington.

He had a verbal agreement with Foodstuffs property managers Wayne O’Styke and Mark Lash in 2010 under which he was to be paid 2.5 per cent commission.

The land deal was signed in September 2010 conditional on the supermarket development gaining resource consent.

Two years later when the consent was granted O’Styke’s replacement, Martin Price, questioned Gollins’s draft invoice for $114,000 in commission.

Concerned that he was not going to be paid, Gollins prepared an agency agreement, confirming the 2.5 per cent fee and backdated it to 2010.

The agreement was signed by O’Styke who was aghast that Gollins was not going to be paid.

Gollins later sought support from Colliers management.

But after admitting he backdated the agency agreement, the company took disciplinary action,  dismissed him and referred the matter to the Real Estate Agents Authority.

The tribunal said Gollins tried to deceive Price or Foodstuffs to obtain his commission.

Attempting to pass off  an agreement signed two years after the event would be considered by members of the public and agents of good standing as disgraceful conduct

The tribunal also found him guilty of unsatisfactory conduct, [Read more…]

Sex trade links to Christchurch youth charity [Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust]

An investigation has exposed links between the sex industry and a charitable trust apparently set up to help vulnerable youth.

It also reveals the involvement of a former political figure convicted for giving cash and cigarettes to a teenage boy in exchange for sex.

Christchurch-based Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust, which operates out of an old office block on Buckleys Rd, Linwood, was incorporated in September.

Its paperwork shows it was established to help poverty-stricken youths, particularly those in the eastern suburbs.

* Former Mana Party organiser Nicholas Kayne Nitro, 36, also known as Nikora, helped establish Te Poaka Tipua Charitable Trust. In 2012, Nitro was convicted of receiving commercial sexual services from a 16-year-old boy. The age limit is 18 under the Prostitution Reform Act.

* Te Poaka Tipua chairperson Veronica Rongomairatahi Stuart, 55, has convictions for fraud and previously operated a male sex club called The Closet with Nitro at a site on Ferry Rd. The pair were both directors of a company called Closet Holdings.

* A website continues to advertise a male sex club [“Mens Cruise Club”] called The Backroom at Te Poaka Tipua’s Buckleys Rd headquarters.

* Former sex workers frequent the site.

After learning details of the investigation, Christchurch East MP Poto Williams called on community leaders to “look seriously at what alternatives we can put in place”.

“If what you’re saying proves to be true, it’s extraordinarily concerning for our young people,” Williams said.

“It is not . . . healthy in the long term for . . people with significant and quite disturbing histories like that to be setting up services for young people. Now that it’s on my radar, I’m certainly going to be making some inquiries.”

Christchurch City councillor Paul Lonsdale said he was “horrified” to learn about the backgrounds of those involved with Te Poaka Tipua.

“There’s no question it’s a recipe for disaster,” he said.

For full story see: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/65621090/sex-trade-links-to-christchurch-youth-charity

Ponzis square pegs in insolvency law’s round holes

“It is about time New Zealand law caught up with the slippery slope – and beneficiaries – of ponzi schemes”

“OF ALL the great minds in the world, few can outperform the mind of a Member of Parliament in devising reasons why something cannot be done …. [as illustrated by] Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith, who has produced an impeccably inactive response to the plight of ponzi scheme victims of fraudster David Ross.”

Dominion Post Opinon Piece (21/01/15) by “Chalkie” – Fairfax Business bureau deputy editor Tim Hunter

Full article xsee: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/65245344/ponzis-square-pegs-in-insolvency-laws-round-holes



David Robert Gilmour Ross, Wellington financier and former head of the Ross Asset Management Ltd (RAM) [In Liquidation from 17/12/12], was sentenced at the Wellington District Court in 2013 to 10 years 10 months’ jail.

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