Professional Standards – What are they? Key players: David Ian Henderson (bankrupt Christchurch Property Developer) and his business associate Ian Bruce Hyndman and their hired licenced private investigator, Wayne Idour; Robert Bruce Walker (the appointed liquidator of Henderson’s failed companies), Hamish McNicol , Fairfax Media reporter, and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Disciplinary Tribuna and Professional Conduct Committee.
A Fairfax Media report by Hamish McNicol, published at 15:25 on Thursday 17 April 2014, was headlined “Liquidator fined for buffoon comment” [Emphasis added]. It commenced:
A liquidator who referred to South Island property developer Dave Henderson as a “little b*****d” and a “buffoon” in a telephone conversation has been found guilty and ordered to pay costs of $18,165. [Emphasis added]
This Stuff News headline is not only wrong, it is defamatory. The online editor later changed the headline to
“Liquidator to pay for ‘buffoon’ comment” [Emphasis added].
Why the change and was the revised headline true or false? [Read more…]