Written By: - Date published: 6:20 pm, December 5th, 2015 - 56 comments
Categories: blogs, law, making shit up, spin, suppression orders, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: giltrap, Marc Spring, pete george, yournz
On Friday, Pete George of the Your NZ blog said this.
Tonight I was served with a court order notice instructing me to “take down or disable material from the blog Your NZ that mentions or identified [person’s name] or [company name], or any of it’s associated companies directly or indirectly” and “introduce a full time moderator systems so that no comment that is harmful to said person is placed on the blog “Your NZ”.
I asked Pete George for the details, which he was happy to provide me as providing them to me wasn’t covered by the court order. For some reason the usual lack of cooperation between us seems to have dissipated as the “LF” crowd has been trying to silence kiwi blogs.
What I tracked down was fascinating, appeared to point to a deliberate attempt to pervert the courts judgement, and highlighted the deficiency in the court’s approach to internet media (more about that in a later post)
The order describes the plaintiff as being “Marc Robert Spring” “C/- Shofields 48-50 Great South Road Newmarket” and explains that he was the source for an affidavit. Who made the application for the order is unclear.
The court order says in part
UPON READING the application for interim orders date 27.11.15 AND the affadavit of Marc Robert Spring in support IT IS ORDERED that PETER DONALD GEORGE, is restrained until further order of the Court from:-
i. Mentioning the names of Marc Robert Spring and The Giltrap and its associated companies on the blog “Your NZ”
ii. Communication with those persons or companies or personnel.
I haven’t seen the application or the affidavit. I don’t think that Pete George has either.
Schofield is a Giltrap group company, and Giltrap is mentioned prominently in the court order. Presumably the Giltrap group was involved in requesting the court order . But maybe not…
When I asked Pete George about the comments that mentioned Marc Spring AND “The Giltrap and its associated companies”, the only comment on Your NZ linking Marc Spring and The Giltrap group was the one below.
This has been edited to conform to the court order. What I was interested in was the IP number.
It was left by the IP number 18.104.22.168. Doing a reverse lookup on that static IP reveals that it is remote.asrl.co.nz.
The asrl.co.nz domain is for
|Registrant Contact Address1||Archibald Shorter Roverland Limited|
|Registrant Contact Address2||572 Great South Road Greenlane|
|Admin Contact Name||Giltrap Group|
|Admin Contact Address1||Level 6, 2 Burns Street, Grey Lynn|
|Admin Contact Emailemail@example.com|
Another Giltrap company. From what I gathered on the phone to Giltrap companies this afternoon, this particular subsidiary company is the one that Marc Spring is currently employed at.
Presumably the request for a court order and the affidavit prominently featured this comment as it is the ONLY comment about Giltrap on the entire Your NZ site. It was left by someone from the company that the plaintiff was employed at and by a company protected in the court order. That seems somewhat strange.
We also had to censor a comment last night from the handle “Schofield” that was trying to link Marc Spring and Giltrap, and make unsubstantiated allegations about Pete George. This seems more than a little coincidental.
I’d suggest that there has been an deliberate attempt from Marc Spring and/or the Giltrap group to pervert the course of justice. I’ll be heading to their Giltrap’s head office on Monday morning to find out exactly what their involvement is before considering laying a complaint with the police.
YourNZ – The press release.
YourNZ – Order made by the court
Redbaiter – Thank The National Party for this atrocious abuse of process