“lawyers just execute their client's requests as per their obligation” line a little trite.
Hey, whilst lawyers in the past have cost me dearly and more recently been very helpful, I put them in similar category to Real Estate agents. We need them on occasion and we trust that they advise us in our best interest . We can then take an option out of those choices and in reality it is then the client that has the right to choose which a direction to take. I can imagine that whoever gave the directive has the sense of entitlement that we are witnessing and it may be one person or a board or whoever, that influences the outcome.
Point being, the letter would have been a directive and as much as lawyers have cost me in the past and with bad information, I'll still employ one for matters of need. I can't represent myself. The Lawyer was doing their job. Would you want them to be polite? They don't get their reputations for being polite unfortunately. As they say "the nice ones come last" and in their position, they'd lose.
So there are those things to consider.
True and on Native affairs last night , this press release received ( which I cant find anywhere else) and read by Mihingarangi Forbes was given by Te Kotahitanga o Mataatua Tauranga Moana
It's about 15 secs in if anyone is interested.
if a lawyer finds themselves attacking the freedom of genuine investigative journalism by sending a bullying letter with no real substance to it, then again frankly, I’d have to wonder about the morality of that particular lawyer. And there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the letter was intended to intimidate the journalists into silence.
So instead, do as the Govt does? With the crowd of Lawyers in NActional, when asked via the OIA, just black out any information you wish to supress? Nothing to see here….
They said the Ministry of Education would not renew the contract with the trust in its present form when it expired on June 30 and set out the Government's expectation that the trust be reformed before treaty negotiations began.
They said the contract could be extended to October 30.
Today they said that in saying they want to hear from the trust board by April 30 was not setting a deadline.
So April,June. October maybe.
– tea real Maori?
Tea chai token Maori?
I don’t recall Helen rubbing shoulders with any of the Maori Party’s supporters over dinner.
You will find that National Party Supporters were there as well as a few token Maori . This was tea alright ,just not in a cup like John Banks had.
you’re going to find a way to let everyone who’s there get a little bit of one-one-one time.
It says everyone in the room is for sale and Keys out peddling the cost.
It speaks of money.
Indeed. That's the question worth pursuing which is why the letter was sent. The fact a Law Firm did it is just that it cost heaps.
It is also elitist to ban Native Affairs.
Plus, what the hell was that last night. Another worthy Native Affairs breaking News investigation into the Charity fundraiser for donations for the Maori Party. $5000.00 a plate. The Northern Club. John Key, guest Speaker, changing seats to be easy access for confidential conversation.
Elitist Maori only thanks
Any way, why does a stern letter have to be seen as bullying ?. Would it not be a lapse to NOT point out the full implications of a transgression. And it seems that the changes made to the web site have resolved the matter, that would appear all that was really required.
Yes. Chen Palmer are representing a client. They are doing their job. I'd be pissed if my lawyer didn't act in my best interest at $450 an hour so don't really see the issue here.
Off track a bit. Deborah Manning who said Cunliffe was inhumane when representing Ahmed Zaoui is now his deputy chief of staff. I can see that could be construed as odd but I see it as the Lawyer's got skills. Obviously ones that got noticed.
I thought that was my point, I just left the writer to (in)articulate it…</sigh>
Thought that was your point too.
Just get on ya bike already Mr Dalziel! ;)