Kapiti Mayor files defence in defamation case
Kapiti’s Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru) has filed his defence in the High Court against a defamation case being brought by the owners of Waikanae’s well-known macrocarpa hedge.
He is being represented by Sarah Macky, a partner at Heaney and Partners out of Auckland.
The Mayor is facing the case over remarks he made allegedly defaming the well-known Waikanae couple, Vince and Raechel Osborne, who own the 80-year-old hedge on Te Moana Rd.
KIN understands he is being sued for more than $50,000, and costs — as well as a full apology — for allegations he made in print and on the radio. The Council is paying for his defence.
It’s the first time in living memory that a Kapiti Mayor has faced Court action over such a community dispute.