Strictly Obiter Alert Level 4 Quiz – Thursday 26 August 2021

For your lockdown distraction. Ten questions per day. Posted in the morning before work. Answers added to the end of the post around 3pm (work dependent). (Let’s see if I actually remember to write ten today.)

1. Which former judge, while the Governor-General and therefore exempt from paying taxes, imported two Mercedes Benz cars to New Zealand for a personal tax benefit of $85,000 (having avoided import duties)?

2. Who was counsel for the respondent in the Privy Council hearing of Tukino v Aotea District Maori Land Board [1941] AC 308 (PC)?

3. In a case appearing at [1973] 1 NZLR 1, a tale of defamation is recorded and an unsuccessful attempt at invoking qualified privilege plays out. The judgment includes the amusingly quaint description of audiovisual technology from Haslam J that I’ve screenshotted below. Give it a few years and the defendant would have power and infamy, but in 1973 he was being stung $5000 for defaming someone. Who was the defendant?


4. What links a legal database; the 27th Attorney-General of New Zealand, who held the position from 2 November 1990 to 5 December 1997; the second President of the Court of Appeal; and one of the founding members of the Waitangi Tribunal, whose daughter is a current Family Court judge?

5. What is the northernmost District Court in New Zealand?

6. Whose appointment as a Supreme Court judge was held to be invalid by the Privy Council?

7. Which New Zealand head of bench had a former career as a flight attendant with Air New Zealand?

8. Whenever I hear the term “a ‘but for’ test” I think of the quote from A Man For All Seasons: “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for _______?” What is the missing word from the quote?

9. Who is hiding in Honduras, a desperate man?

10. What was the last year to have a single volume of NZLRs published?


1: Sir David Beattie. 2: Denning KC. 3: It was Muldoon, a sort of spiritual prequel to Fitzgerald v Muldoon. 4: The answers are Westlaw, Paul East, Sir Alfred North, and Laurie Southwick. 5: Kaitaia District Court. 6: That was Edwards J (Sir Worley Bassett Edwards) in Buckley v Edwards [1892] AC 387 (PC). 7: Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall. 8: Wales! But for Wales? 9: Warren Zevon, in the song Lawyers, Guns and Money. 10: 1983.

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