Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is rightfully leading the charge to change the name suppression laws to change as soon as possible, after another former All Black was granted name suppression, this time after pleading guilty to assaulting a child.
She made these comments to the New Zealand Herald and went on to further say that “we have the ludicrous situation of two individuals involved in cases of child assault – one protected and the other exposed to public scrutiny”.
She was referring to Auckland mother Mellissa Anderson, who was refused name suppression while facing charges for allegedly slapping a 14-year-old girl who attacked her daughter.
Ms Turia says it “makes a mockery of the justice system” that a 13-year-old girl’s identity was released into the public arena, while a former All Black can keep his name secret.
Earlier in the year Justice Minister Simon Power was quoted as saying that being famous wasn’t a good enough reason to be granted suppression – after a series of sports people and entertainers had their names suppressed so their careers wouldn’t suffer.
Here’s how the two cases which have recently come to light compare:
And here are some video’s on the subject, including the case of the mum accused of assault: