The new look Whale Oil – as it should be

A new look to whaleoil.co.nz

A well deserved response. It’s worth reading all of Chapter 27, but here’s the final say:


Since the publication of Whale Oil, the book, there’s no question Matt’s life has changed. He is now generally perceived for who he is, and no longer for what Slater’s blog said he was, and he reaps the benefits of that every day, every time he gets a new client, every time someone reads the book and sends him a friendly message. And yet the exercise of holding Slater to account was, he says, a kamikaze effort. Winning against Slater in the High Court, finding justice for himself, was a massive victory but whether he can claw his way back to financial stability and to a sense of peacefulness for his family remains an open question.

I know he’s doing it tough. I probably know it better than anyone outside his family, after my four years of almost daily contact with this indefatiguable man; yet I can’t believe he won’t do what he always does: tough it out, battle through, do something audacious that will — somehow — save the day.

And so we arrive back at this masterstroke – this takeover of the whaleoil blogsite. What’s in it for Matt? Why would he bother? The toxic stuff once written up here about him is long gone, thanks to Matt’s efforts through the courts. The whaleoil site itself is worth nothing now, but it’s also worth everything.

All those other people, the ones who like Matt were slandered, bullied and humiliated on that blog over all those years — the horrible stories about them are still out there, recurrent reminders of vicious attacks. People like the woman I interviewed who was still too shaky to tell me what had happened but who simply googled herself and silently showed me the result on her phone; people like Scott Poynting, who knows that anyone googling him runs immediately into the whaleoil accusations against him. There are many, many such people.

All of that will — after Matt’s won the required court orders — be gone. Because the internet never goes away they will never be completely destroyed, but they will be gone from casual searches.

All the nasty stories, the lies and the taunts, will be pulled down.

This site — whaleoil.co.nz — now serves as a perpetual memorial to the injustices inflicted on all those people, and to Matt’s long battle to curtail falsity, bullying and manipulation.

That is a very fine ending.

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24 Comments

  1. Loki

     /  9th August 2019

    Hallelujah.
    Sadly the morons lifted content and data and readers to the new super slow site, but hopefully MB and the liquidator can shut that down as well.
    Just need Spring to feel a bit now. He seems to have avoided all consequences so far.

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    • The defamation nemesis of former blogger Cameron Slater has trumped his courtroom victory by purchasing the Whaleoil website, its content and its branding.

      It means Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield can now be “Whaleoil”, leaving Slater bereft of the name, logo and website once used to build influence and target opponents.

      Blomfield said his intent was to remove all the content, gifting anonymity to victims of Slater’s campaigns who may have worried the archive of jibes and slurs built over 15 years of blogging would stay forever online.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2019

    Excellent news. This was always the fitting end piece to the story, alongside the principal villain’s self-inflicted demise.

    I would hope some of his victims may now publish their thoughts there.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2019

    Read the chapter. Police appear as useless as ever at anything more complicated than dishing out speeding tickets.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  9th August 2019

    WHAT, he looks normal like a New Zealander, not a sweaty fat fuckwit,

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  6. I’m actually not happy about this, believe it or not.

    There’s a vast difference between shutting down a publication, and trying to erase every copy of it. People should be able to access old Whale Oil posts and comments. It is a part of history, for better or worse. And the vast majority of stuff on there was not defamatory. Some targets even thoroughly deserved whatever the site dished up for them.

    If you want to piss on Whale Oil’s grave, have at it. But digging up the corpse and burning it is a bridge too far.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  9th August 2019

      I don’t see how you can leave so many potentially defamatory lies cluttering up the internet. That’s not history, it exists in and impacts on the present.

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      • Everything is *potentially* defamatory. Whether it actually is is what we have a legal system for.

        Most of Whale Oil was not defamatory and should exist in the same way one can go to the library and look up old copies of the Socialist Worker. I don’t care much for the crap that publication spewed, but I think burning those copies would be wrong.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  10th August 2019

          Most of whaleoil has never been tested for defamation and never will be. The cost is prohibitive. However its author has been and comprehensively convicted. That should suffice to make all his output suspect and unreliable. If kept it should carry a health warning on every access.

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        • I can’t see any connection between something that one doesn’t agree with and something that is defamatory.

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    • So you would put a priority on the chance that someone might want to look back on some historic posts, over hundreds if not thousands of people who have been attacked, abused and defamed?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  9th August 2019

        The people whose lives have been damaged by the lies and defamation have a greater right to have these lies and defamations erased than someone else has to leave them there for all to see and potentially believe.

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      • Well again, attacks and abuse are fine. If someone wants to claim defamation, that’s a case by case issue, not something that warrants erasing the whole record.

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        • Are you aware that claiming defamation is something that most people simply can’t afford to do? It took Matt Blomfield 6 years and probably a million or so dollars, and despite possibly getting a multimillion dollar award he may get little or nothing of that.

          And Slater and Spring tried to use court action to keep attacking. That failed badly with Blomfield, because they were so obsessed with using the court case to try to attack that they neglected to come up with any legal defences. \

          Spring kept mentioning the Streisand effect, which is one thing they were aiming at if you say anything in your defence it highlights the attacks and allows them to continue the attacking.

          Defamation is not a fair or viable option for most people.

          What are you suggesting, that everyone who was attacked apply to have posts against them deleted, and then leave the rest? There was a large number of attacks posts – well over a hundred targeting Blomfield alone.

          The Nottingham appeal judgment shows how difficult it can be – a single post may not be seen as harassment, but multiple posts repeating the same lies and distortions of truth can amount to harassments – it’s the accumulated effect that’s a major problem, and that’s what WO used to do, keep repeating things so that people thought they must be true.

          If the Whale Oil record disappeared I doubt many people would be disappointed. What would be lost in reality?

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      • I mean, just to take one example, is anybody other than Colin Craig himself really going to say he was hard done by on that site? I sure don’t think so.

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        • I think that Colin Craig was hard done by (as was Rachel MacGregor). Craig’s problem was that he over-reacted – which is actually what WO and accomplices try to do, that’s what they tried to do to me because they didn’t have anything on me and tried to create something (planting comments that they could then claim were actionable was a dumb way to do it, but that’s what was tried).

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  10th August 2019

            They weren’t THAT stupid, were they ???

            If so, they deserve all they get and more.

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    • The National Library did a regular harvest of the site. Nothing’s really lost here.

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  7. JeevesPonzi

     /  9th August 2019

    Well I’ll be F$$ked
    Well done Matt Blomfield.

    No more Filth, because apparently, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

    Best wishes, Jeeves.

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  8. patupaiarehe

     /  10th August 2019

    Success is always the best revenge….

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  9. duperez

     /  10th August 2019

    Getting rid of it? Like burying rubbish at Fox or Westport or St Clair?

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