Open Justice multimedia journalist, Palmerston North
Jeremy Wilkinson is an Open Justice reporter at the New Zealand Herald. Jeremy has a degree in communications and linguistics and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Massey University. From there he cut his teeth at the Taranaki Daily News, before specialising in energy markets at Freeman Media and then onto Radio New Zealand to produce its flagship Morning Report show. He’s also worked on the other side of the fence for the police before seeing the light and returning to media to focus on telling crime and justice stories. Jeremy’s primary area of interest is in covering disciplinary tribunals which govern every profession we have in this country from vets to builders, lawyers to accountants and even jockeys. The Open Justice project has allowed him the time to go to these obscure hearings and uncover stories about lawyers stealing form their clients, realtors lying about the condition of the homes they’re selling and builders who cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and then skip the country. Jeremy is based in Manawatū and covers the district and higher courts in the area. You can contact Jeremy at email@example.com.
Long-running feud between couple and school leads to $25k payout
What started as an information request spiralled into multiple investigations.
'I wish I wasn’t in this situation': OT foster mum following death of teen
Sonny Marks was 14 when he died on New Year's Day in 2019.
'I want answers:' Mother of teen who died in Oranga Tamariki care gives evidence
Ana Ransfield received the worst call possible - eight hours too late.
Top horse trainer fined $10,000 for racist abuse of Indian stablehand
'It wouldn’t matter if an Indian died, there would still be a billion left.'
Peeping tom caught spying on female colleague through toilet wall
Tarun Kumar was ordered to pay his former colleague $30,000 in compensation.
'Obstructive and unco-operative’ security guard loses licence
Anzac Simi served eight years in prison for sexual offences against children.
Fowl play: Duckling dispute leads to assault on hotel employee
John Wright was awarded $42,000 after his face was smashed into a freezer door.
Company must pay worker who made $30k worth of errors
The employee was allegedly studying when he should have been working.
Insults fly after home owner refuses to pay tradie
The tradie retaliated by calling the home owner a “child molester” and a “con man”.
My precious: Man sues fianceé for $45k engagement ring after split
He wanted the ring back to restore him to his previous financial position.
Engineer pleads guilty over fraudulently signing off homes
Hundreds of homes across the country are affected by the engineering forgeries.
Doctor formed relationship with patient, prescribed him opioids
Relationship began seven months after she was caught prescribing herself medicines.
Retired lawyer facing suspension over unpaid $223k tax bill
Criminal defence lawyer Christopher Persson didn't pay tax for 11 years.
Realtor listed home and used owner's signature on documents without her consent
He has now been found guilty of misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal.
‘There is no motive': Man's 'frenzied’ hammer killing of step-dad
'It appears the offending was shockingly out of character for you'.
'Distraught' couple take action against holiday park after losing sea-view site
Booking blunder denies pair same prime spot they had used for 20 years.
'Concerning laxity': Lawyer suspended for overcharging client $18k
It is the second time Philip Sheat has been caught overcharging a client.
Teen smoked '20 bongs’ before killing pedestrian and ‘laughing and videoing’ crash site
She admitted to smoking a large amount of cannabis before the crash.
'Jig the numbers': Lawyer charged dyslexic client $1000 an hour
Quentin Haines was also convicted in 2018 for hiring two underage prostitutes.
Court hearing erupts as four appear in murder case of Mongrel Mob member
Dean Kahukiwa's body was found after a house fire in Foxton.
‘Just come to bed with me:’ Male nurse censured for sexually harassing colleague
“Just one date, it’s not going to hurt you” Gareth Lunar told the woman.
Baby showing signs of foetal distress died after life support was turned off
The baby wasn't growing properly but the midwife didn't recognise the risks.
Teacher who made cannabis oil can finish year without ankle bracelet
Timothy Pauro said he needed drug due to sleepwalking, also had guns in wardrobe.
'Years in illegal captivity': Lizard enthusiast fined for keeping 60 reptiles
Richard Brosnan's creatures were confiscated as he did not have a permit to keep them.
‘Ignorant woman’: Lawyer’s comments about judge land him in hot water
'If you have a penis, then you will lose'. The man claimed the Family Court favours women.
Race nothing to do with pursuit of unpaid levies - tribunal
The owner said neighbours also owed levies and were not pursued, but one only owed a cent.