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  • Craig Ranapia,

    Something to do with the psychiatrist's wife, was what Garrett said.

    Damn those over-sensitive man-hating snatches PMS-ing over light-hearted banter. :(

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Looks like the latest gamekeeper has turned poacher. Not quite on the scale of Graham Capill, but not that far from it either. Do as they say, not as they do, in both cases.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I can't look at that crazily constructed sentence without laughing. Tears of mirth are actually coursing down my cheeks.

    What I want to know is: who was wielding the top psychiatrist at the time?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Media law guru ... has posted on this, and seems happy to relate details of what Garrett revealed.

    While noting that he himself was breaking the law in doing so.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I justy noticed that I missed a word Top psychiatrist. Is that one who looks after... Spinners?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    While noting that he himself was breaking the law in doing so.

    While noting that he doesn't think anything will come of the breaches.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Ben Wilson - would have to be an interestingly-placed hook-hit, especially coming from behind.

    I'd really really love to see the x-rays (I have a family member who was a medic in Tonga round about that time...hmmm.)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    A hook comes in from the side, so it's quite possible to punch someone right on the side of the jaw from behind. The bone of the jawline goes back as far as your ears. Also, "from behind" could mean anywhere in a 180 degree arc, so even a straight punch could do it.

    But we haven't heard the other side of the story. Particularly since Garrett claims to have been temporarily knocked out, it's unlikely he'd have clear recall. That he was not simply treated as a victim by the judge does not fill me with confidence that we know the whole story - I've seldom heard a fight told in an impartial way by the participants. People who are injured in the way Garrett claims typically press charges, and considering his public stance on law and order I'd expect it to be doubly so for him.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    What I want to know is: who was wielding the top psychiatrist at the time?

    How do you wield a top psychiatrist -- grab it by the hair and swing it around? Grip the hips and deploy like a Klingon bat'leth? Chop your offensive mental health professional into fist-sized chunks and fling away, saving the bones and sinews to be crafted into bows, knives and musical instruments?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Like all the best pieces of journalism, this one opens more question than it gives answers to.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Ben Wilson - yeah, know what a hook is. And it certainly is theoretically possible to break a jawbone in more places than one with a hit from a large fist from behind.

    I rather think the Tongan court knew its business, and found that an affronted male was fighting a sexual transgressor - so?

    BUT - we dont actually have the real details (my now elderly medic rellie says that x-rays werent taken 'unless there was complex damage.') The pyschiatrist's name? My rellie cant remember one then(which is certainly not to say there wasnt one.) Or is this rambo-oilman portraying himself in heroic mode for a much less glamorous offence?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I read somewhere that the judge had discharged him without conviction because he was a young man when he did it. Umm... how young? Does anyone know how old he was 26 years ago? I'm getting curious as to how old you have to be to get a lenient judgement.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Warning: Conspiracy coming up......

    What are the chances that the CERRA and the dirt on Garrett are connected?

    It is so amazingly conveniently timed. It so so extraordinarily taken over all media. Rodney knew it was floating around. Was he prepared to let the Nats get away with this and allow the sacrifice of his lamb? If so, what is in it for ACT?

    Just thinking.....

    You have to admit, it is manna to the Govt.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    Umm... how young? Does anyone know how old he was 26 years ago? I'm getting curious as to how old you have to be to get a lenient judgement.

    Campbell Live said he was 26 years old when he did it. Can't see the age in any print stories, though. He was much more mature for the Tongan psychiatrist incident.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    I doubt this was Hide's doing, because it may be the end of him as leader. He will emerge from this fiasco terribly damaged.

    I suspect someone in ACT who has a reason to dislike Hide decided it was time for payback. And this has all occurred while Hide was out of the country too.

    I really can't imagine who would want to do such a thing though...

    You have to admit, it is manna to the Govt.

    Yes, Gerry really ought to show National's appreciation to Garrett by making him a duke or an earl. Gerry can do that now.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    My conspiracy theory is that Key and co weren't only thinking about the earthquake when they demanded the prepared files on "how to mount a coup".

    All that was needed to reconstruct Christchurch was a law allowing special permits to be given for construction work at the discretion of an appropriate authority. They don't need to have powers to revoke the law against murder or appoint Brownlee an archbishop.

    No, what Key is actually planning for is another, much larger financial crash. He needs these powers to do stuff like conscripting people to go to work even though they aren't going to be paid, confiscating Maori land and selling it to the Chinese and most importantly end-running all that pesky confidence and supply business.

    You'll see!

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I really can't imagine who would want to do such a thing though...

    We had a drongo of the party hierarchy here just two weeks ago finishing each comment with "Rodney Hide delendus est", so I presume that when you say that you can't imagine who would do such a thing it is because the potential backstabbers are so many that it's hard to choose, yeah?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Anyway, more sensibly:

    - Is Hansard protected by privilege because it's published by Parliament itself, or does it have infringing material expunged.

    - Can one link to Hansard if not?

    - Would a prosecution of a person who linked to Hansard be a breach of privilege?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    when you say that you can't imagine who would do such a thing it is because the potential backstabbers are so many that it's hard to choose, yeah?

    I was being sarcastic, because there's one obvious candidate among many. They are singlehandedly keeping the House of Knives in business, for sure.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Beyond this issue, I know nothing and care to know nothing about he who

    "Then perhaps you might stop lecturing those of us who have bothered to take a longer term and broader interest."

    You have taken a longer and broader interest in a "cocksucker".

    That's just...congrats.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    the Tongan psychiatrist incident.

    Anyone want to start a post-shoegaze noise rock band with me? We have the perfect band name now.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    What are the chances that the CERRA and the dirt on Garrett are connected?

    *sigh* I'd answer that, but I think there are very good chances I'm having a big chunk of troll flesh dangled in front of my nose.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    You know, Gio, given the ACT Party's love of the Cato Institute, paraphrasing a classical Cato line about Rodney really is the bee's knees (to me).

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Umm... how young? Does anyone know how old he was 26 years ago? I'm getting curious as to how old you have to be to get a lenient judgement.

    He's probably referring to that misty never-never when he was, in the famous words of Republican congressman Henry Hyde (no relation), "young and foolish."

    i.e. anywhere up to the age of 41.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    "young and foolish."

    My my! Very caustic we are there tonight, Jolisa.

    (I'm impressed, btw.)

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

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