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Definition of Offend

Court ordered rehabilitation is an “interesting” thing.

They call you an “offender” who commits offending when you responsibly do what any normal person demands the right to be able to do – take drugs.

A Nation Founded On Liquor

Have you met anyone who’s never tried alcohol, coffee or cigarettes?

The worlds most consumed mind altering substances, used by gold medal award winning athletes and world leaders.

A new study shows even heavy drinkers outlive teetotalers (just), with moderate drinkers living the longest based on death rates during the 20 year study.

I reckon this is due to the mental stress of a psyche (in some of the teetotalers) that represses fun and enjoyment and encourages feelings of guilt and a belief in the attaining an afterlife based on actions in the current life.

Another study shows that moderate drinkers are happier than teetotalers.

Illegal Acts

The law says if you sell cannabis it’s up to 8 years in the slammer:

8 years in the slammer

It’s ironic then that our so-called founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi – was partly instigated,  and facilitated by translations from a man called John Johnston who became the holder of…

New Zealand’s First Liquor License

was granted to was used to be called Johnny Johnston’s Grog Shop (later renamed the Duke of Marlborough Hotel) in Kororāreka aka The Hell Hole Of The Pacificâ„¢ aka Russell:

Liquor license number 1

A Criminal Offence

The word offence first* appeared in NZ legislation in 1863 with the passage of the Nelson Waterworks Act 1863 and also showed up in the Wanganui River Trust Act 1891 (now repealed).


The (Failed) New Zealand Constitution Act 1846

Governor George Grey suspended the Act’s introduction, claiming that the settler population of 13,000 could not be trusted to pass measures that would protect the interests of the 100,000-plus Māori.

The New Zealand Constitution Act 1852

The legislation created six provinces with elected superintendents and provincial councils. At the national level, a General Assembly was established. This consisted of a Legislative Council appointed by the Crown and a House of Representatives elected every five years by males aged over 21 who owned, leased or rented property over £50 or more, or leasehold land worth £10 more, or who paid at least £10 a year rent in a town, or £5 in the country. By British standards the property qualification was modest; most male settlers could vote.

Grey was a driving force behind the 1852 Constitution Act. This legislation gave the governor considerable power to determine the details of electoral administration – the timing of elections, the drawing of electoral boundaries, the process for registering voters, and rules for ‘the orderly, effective, and impartial conduct’ of voting. On 5 March 1853 Grey issued a lengthy proclamation outlining the boundaries of the 24 electoral districts, which were to return 37 general and 87 provincial members, and setting out regulations for registration and voting.

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