Little 'very pleased' no damages awarded in defamation case (10 April 2017) (New Zealand)

Radio New Zealand

A jury has cleared Labour leader Andrew Little of defaming Lani Hagaman and has been unable to reach a decision over Earl Hagaman's claims. The couple, who own Scenic Hotel Group, sued Mr Little in the High Court in Wellington.

They said he had defamed them in statements linking a resort deal awarded to their company with a large donation they made to the National Party in 2014.

Mr Little argued he was just doing his duty as Leader of the Opposition in holding the government to account.

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