Hooper v Gee - [2022] NZHC 1854

Date of Judgment

29 July 2022

Decision

Hooper v Gee (PDF 629 KB)

Summary

Appeal from District Court where the appellant was found to have breached the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. The appellant and respondent were engaged in a social media feud. The District Court found that the appellant's conduct breached the Act and ordered that the appellant cease posting about the respondent and her businesses.
HELD: The District Court judge erred by focusing on whether the appellant's online content was morally or socially justified. The appellant's conduct did, however, breach the Act. Orders under the Act were warranted, but those made in the District Court were too broad. Orders narrowed (to exclude the respondent's companies) and time-bound.