Colin Craig wins defamation case

In contrast to some significant legal losses Colin Craig has had a win in a defamation case against ex-Conservative Party board member John Stringer. The case has been settled out of court prior to a scheduled hearing in March.

1 News: Colin Craig celebrates win in defamation case against former Conservative Party board member

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is celebrating winning a defamation case against a former member of the party’s board, John Stringer.

The High Court in Christchurch yesterday issued a judgement confirming that Mr Craig had been defamed by Mr Stringer.

Mr Stringer was found to have defamed Mr Craig in various statements that alleged Mr Craig had sexually harassed his former press secretary Rachel McGregor and one or more other women, and in various statements that alleged Mr Craig had committed business or electoral fraud.

Mr Stringer has retracted his statements, apologised to Mr Craig and settled the matter by payment of a confidential sum.

Mr Craig’s statement said that in 2014 he came under attack from two bloggers, Mr Stringer of CoNZervative Blog and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater.

Both Craig and Stringer have had previous court setbacks in this case.

Slater may now be reviewing his optimistic predictions. He had a major win against Craig when a judge ruled a copyright claim by Craig to be vexatious – see The judgement arrives: Colin Craig cops another one in the chook. Craig is appealing that but he is at real risk there of being seen to be doubling down on vexatiousness.

As well as that there is more to come. Craig is appealing the massive award against him after Jordan Williams one his defamation case.

Also Stringer has a counter claim against Craig for defamation, and Slater also has a claim of defamation against Craig.

NZ Herald: Confidential financial settlement in defamation case between Colin Craig and former Conservative Party board member John Stringer

The former Conservative Party leader sued a board member for defamation. So why is another trial still going ahead?

Stringer confirmed the defamation case against him had been settled, with a confidential financial payment, by consent yesterday.

However, Stringer added his counter-defamation claim against Craig was still going ahead.

He said this is scheduled for June, shortly after another defamation trial between Craig and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

It’s quite possible Craig could be found to have also defamed Stringer in what was an ugly tit for tat public spat.

There seems to be a lot of money and ego involved in all of this.

It will be interesting to see how Whale Oil reports on this settlement.

The decision does not appear to be online yet. Here are previous decisions in the case:


  1. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2017

    Idiots. Should all be wearing signs that say so.

    • unitedtribes2

       /  February 1, 2017

      Be careful you may be next Gezza

    • MaureenW

       /  February 1, 2017

      Yes everyone else can see it, but it seems the club members are oblivious. Is it about who’s got the biggest or who can make theirs stretch the furtherest?

  2. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2017

    Good point. Retracted just in case.

    • Gezza

       /  February 1, 2017

      I suppose because there’ll be financial damages being sought or contested they’ll all want to proceed but I can’t see any of them coming out of this with their reputations looking great.

  3. Brown

     /  February 1, 2017

    I’m pleased Stringer has come unstuck to some degree. The public venting on his blog was both childish and un-Christian which, I felt, reflected badly on him and the principles he is supposed to stand for. I did tell him this but it made no difference.

  4. Zedd

     /  February 1, 2017

    “Go Crazy Col !” 😀

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 1, 2017

      DIY punctuation to give this the particular meaning that you want.

  5. Pickled Possum

     /  February 1, 2017

    Ha haha yeee haaaaa That’s the sound of the lawyers, who will be singing a tune similar to that, All the Way to the Bank.
    Meanwhile these Mr Mick Gready wannabez student litigators are pontificating, showing signs of super narcissism with an odd alternative truth through in the mix. With crocodile tears awash at times. Their lawyers on the right side of them with Advice,
    Jezz what a shit hole the judish has become, attracting assorts of pond life.
    If you stand in a glass house and throw boulders at the Other’s
    The Other’s are going to smash your glass house to pieces with their dollars.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  February 1, 2017

      Except in this case they both represented themselves, so there were no lawyer to go “Ha haha yeee haaaaa”, the halls were silent (barring a soft whimper from Colin Craig when his wife informed him that they would be going frock shopping on the way home) .

      Though Stringer got a lawyer in at the very end to help him with his third attempt at writing a valid defence plea.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 1, 2017

        I must read all the details, I have been having trouble sleeping with the current humidity.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 1, 2017

          Something tells me that the Craigs won’t be going to Farmers’ sale. I bought a lovely dress in there today, virtually half price, that I had been admiring when it wasn’t on sale. If I were CC, though, I wouldn’t be suggesting that they go there (although their clothes are good enough for anyone to wear)

  6. The Mayor

     /  February 3, 2017

    If you read Slater’s Facebook update on 31 January you’ll find he isn’t too happy with Mr Stringer!