Find your people: Join a chambers (or at least have strong networks). I would not do without our chambers lunches and margarita Mondays (though not every Monday!). Law is hard work. Having great chambers mates to talk your files through with, get advice from and moral support when things go to custard is invaluable. It also helps you keep up-to-date with the law. We also share resources (PO box, doco bins, copiers, internet, cleaners, etc).
A 20-year-old man accused of sexual assaults at a Labour Party summer camp has pleaded not guilty and been granted name suppression.
The man was arrested earlier this month and appeared in the Auckland District Court on Thursday facing six charges of indecent assault relating to four complainants.
The arrest came after allegations a man sexually assaulted four teenagers, aged 16 to 18 years old, during the Waihi camp in February.
"I went way over board this time."
That was the text Avi Raaj Prasad sent after his 8-year-old victim's skin peeled away - it was the final act in abuse the Crown called "cruel and sadistic".
The boy had suffered burns to about 20 per cent of his body after being held under a hot shower on March 25 last year.
That included burns to his chest and abdomen, right upper arm, both upper thighs and bottom.