National Party president Peter Goodfellow has complained of being subjected to covert video surveillance.
The complaint, heard before the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority, alleges private investigator Clinton Bowerman hid a video camera to film him meeting his estranged wife Libby Black.
Bowerman told the authority he had been working for Black as both a personal guard and private investigator since March 2009.
Lawyers acting for Goodfellow told the authority the filming occurred during a meeting at an upmarket Orakei address on August 11 last year, and was revealed when the National Party president noticed something amiss.
"He noticed something under a beanie hat. He lifted it up, and under it was a camera which had been on for an hour and seven minutes," the lawyer said.
Under questioning by authority member Roger Gill, Bowerman conceded the filming was covert but insisted he had "implied consent" from Black to undertake the surveillance.
"She never said that she didn't consent to the filming," he said.
Bowerman's claim contrasted with evidence submitted by Goodfellow's lawyers that Black, when the camera was discovered, denied knowing anything about the filming.
Bowerman said he was unwilling to call Black as a witness as this would then subject her to "tumultuous" cross-examination by lawyers representing her former husband.
Gill requested Bowerman furnish evidence of Black's consent to the covert recording and the case was adjourned until February 22.
Clinton Bowerman; not a common name, one would think. So in all probability, it's the same Clinton Bowerman of whom Truth noted at the weekend:
The NZ Herald this morning launched an attack on Justice Minister Judith Collins and her husband David Wong-Tung using a photo taken at the funeral of Wong-Tung’s mother. The story makes allegations that Collins appointed Robert Kee to the Human Rights Commission mainly because Collins’ husband once worked in the same multi-story office building as Kee and Collins also worked on another floor below. It is also alleged that sometime in the 90s they all had drinks together at DeBrett’s bar in the hub of the legal district, where presumably many, many other lawyers also drank. The reporter who wrote the article, David Fisher, described the article on social media platform Twitter as “how a real newspaper works”. TRUTH spoke with Collins about the allegations and can reveal that the photograph used, which the NZ Herald labelled as ‘supplied’, did not come from family sources. They did say however that they are disappointed that the photographer they had hired for the private function had chosen to give the photo to the Herald without permission, especially considering he was paid for the job. “It is essentially stolen from the family, and shows private moments of grief amongst family members, including my son” said Collins. The photographer, Clinton Bowerman is no stranger to controversy. He is a well known conspiracy theorist and was once busted spying on the home of Auckland’s Hobson Community Board chair Desley Simpson. He is also subject to other media speculation, also reported in the Herald, about involvement in conspiring to break into National party president Peter Goodfellow’s parents’ apartment on Tamaki Drive and of being involved in a plot to steal two dogs.
Oddly, there is no mention of this story in the NZ Herald. Perhaps a certain journalist there is somewhat embarrassed that his source in another recent story compiled in his own words in the manner "how a real newspaper works" seems to have a somewhat dodgy side. It's all a bit fishy.