Crowd funding for defence of Bob Jones defamation action

Action Station has set up a fundraising campaign via GiveALittle to help raise money for Renae Maihi in her defence of  defamation by Bob Jones.

Maihi had set up a petition calling for Jones to be stripped of his knighthood after he wrote a silly “Māori Gratitude Day”  NBR column that disparaged Māori. I thought this was a well intentioned but inappropriate and over the top (and unsuccessful) petition.

In response Jones filed defamation proceedings against Maihi. I think this was even sillier and more over the top from Jones, and could be seen as using the court for bullying that only a rich person could afford.

So I think it’s fair enough to crowd fund for a defence of the defamation.

Fundraiser launched for filmmakers’ defence fund against Bob Jones
Community campaigning organisation ActionStation have launched a Givealittle fundraising campaign in support of filmmaker and mum Renae Maihi. 
 
Earlier this year, Maihi launched an online petition that gathered more than 70,000 signatures asking Parliament for the removal of business mogul Sir Bob Jones’ knighthood.
 
The petition followed a now-removed National Business Review column in which Jones proposed a “Māori Gratitude Day” in place of Waitangi Day where Māori would serve non-Māori out of “gratitude for existing”. 
 
The column was widely described as “racist” by many, including a National Party MP. Last week, the hashtag “#BobJonesIsARacist” was also trending as people took to Twitter to express their views. 
 
Jones is now suing Maihi for defamation. He also sent Waikato University Professor Leonie Pihama a ‘cease and desist’ type letter for a Tweet in which she described Jones’ column as “racist”. 
 
As Andrew Geddis, Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago, points out on Twitter, “The targets of both [of Bob Jones’ threats to sue for defamation] have been Māori wahine who speak out strongly on te tino rangatiratanga. Yet if you want to go looking for people who have called Bob Jones a “racist”, you can find lots of examples.”
 
If Maihi loses the suit, she could have to cover Sir Bob’s legal fees. 
 
“We think that’s wrong and have launched a Givealittle crowdfunding campaign to tautoko (support) Renae.” says ActionStation Director, Laura O’Connell Rapira. 
 
“Bob Jones is one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men and he is throwing huge sums of money at this fight. Renae is a grassroots filmmaker and mum. We must show her our support.”

Good on Action Station for doing this (not so sensible of them to support the petition).

GiveALittle: Legal fund for Renae Maihi

Multi-millionaire Bob Jones has issued high court defamation proceedings against filmmaker Renae Maihi and she needs our help

Funds raised will be used to help Renae for any legal bills she may incur as a result of Bob Jones’ lawsuit.

Defamation proceedings can be horrendously expensive just to defend – that’s why usually only rich people attempt them.

While I don’t know what Jones’ motives are here, defamation actions can be used as a form of financial retribution.

The petition: https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-jacinder-ardern-strip-racist-sir-bob-jones-of-his-knighthood-read-his-vile-rant-here/

About the lawsuit: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12065598

I didn’t support or sign the petition, but I think the defamation is thin skinned, over the top, and could be a rich privileged abuse of the legal system.

Has Jones got a reputation to defend here? If it goes to trial that will be for the court to decide.

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27 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  June 19, 2018

    And so the reality hits home. Those who don’t understand power are destined to become its victim.

    ”As Andrew Geddis, Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago, points out on Twitter, “The targets of both [of Bob Jones’ threats to sue for defamation] have been Māori wahine who speak out strongly on te tino rangatiratanga.”

    Enough said.

    This will be an interesting case. Can our judiciary remain neutral? Or will their Cultural Correctness training deliver a default win for the defendant (s).

    A sizable chunk of New Zealand will be rooting for Sir Bob. I’m one of them.

    https://www.waikato.ac.nz/rangahau/about/kaimahi/lpihama

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 19, 2018

    Excellent. The Left have progressed to taxing themselves now.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 19, 2018

      No, that’s not tax Sir Alan. With tax you don’t have any choice. These are charitable donations being called for.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 19, 2018

        That of course is the difference between the Right and the Left.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 19, 2018

          What is?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 19, 2018

            That.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 19, 2018

              Your thoughts seem to be a little incoherent here. Try & focus. What “That”? Charitable donations are the difference between the Right & the Left? Is that what you mean?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 20, 2018

      Explanation for the half-witted: The Right do good by charitable donation. The Left do it by taxing others.

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  3. artcroft

     /  June 19, 2018

    Jones got into the ring but now runs crying to the courts. Pathetic. No matter which way the court decides he’s lost.

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    • Corky

       /  June 19, 2018

      Arty, you and I are heading for a show down at high noon. Any critter that don’t support Fancy Draw Bob, ain’t no friend of mine. Son, I’ll have you filling your chaps.

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      • artcroft

         /  June 19, 2018

        On you’re on. Pop guns at 6 six paces just after dawn. Don’t let me down.

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  4. Gezza

     /  June 19, 2018

    Should be an interesting case. Hope he does his dough. It was an incredibly stupid & racist thing to say. Nasty piece of work Sir Bob, when he wants to be.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 19, 2018

      He merely expresses the views of many who are sick of the racist grievance industry.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 19, 2018

        I thought he was giving his own opinion?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 19, 2018

          That is a thought?

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          • Gezza

             /  June 19, 2018

            No. That is a pronoun, an adverb, a determiner or a conjunction, depending on its usage.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 19, 2018

              I thought that the article was feeble and didn’t even have the merit of being amusingly witty. It was very weak, and I wouldn’t have paid it the compliment of appearing to notice it. Nothing is more deflating than being ignored.

            • Gezza

               /  June 19, 2018

              Well Bob’s chosen now to write the odd rant for Whaleoil so he seems doomed to be ignored by most respectable folk unless he makes a big noise about suing someone.

  5. Hemi Ray

     /  June 20, 2018

    Bob’s not racist look at how he tried to get Carmen in as Mayor, the racism is the other way round and seems to be getting worse, I remember years ago the saying was Pommie Whinger now it is Maori Whinger

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