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Bob Jones vs Renae Maihi – URGENT

Closed Cause page created in the Creative category by Leo Koziol for "Renae Maihi"

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Given by 1325 generous donors in 4 weeks


Bob Jones vs Renae Maihi – Help urgently needed.

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Help urgently needed.

As many will know, my friend Renae Maihi started a petition in February 2018 calling for Bob Jones’s knighthood to be revoked. The petition was in response to a column written by Bob Jones in which he called for a new “Māori Gratitude Day” where Māori bring Pākehā breakfast in bed.

Kia kaha Renae! Over 80,000 people from across New Zealand and around the world shared Renae’s opinion and people are continuing to sign the petition.

Following the petition, multi-millionaire Bob Jones issued High Court defamation proceedings against filmmaker Renae Maihi. Renae has been defending the case for the last year and a half. There is now going to be a two week trial in the High Court at Wellington starting on 10 February 2020.

The trial will decide whether Renae is liable to Bob Jones in defamation. It will address important issues regarding racism and hate speech in New Zealand, and Renae’s freedom to speak publicly about those issues.

Renae passes on her thanks to you all for previous donations which have helped her to get this far. Ngā mihi aroha, ngā mihi kotahitanga, ngā mihi mana ki a koutou katoa. It is wholeheartedly true that without YOU, the last year and a half would not have been possible.


There are now less than 30 DAYS until the trial starts. Costs are piling up, funds are running low and more help is needed. At this crucial time please give what you can to help cover legal costs, travel costs and koha.

Please share this campaign far and wide so that Renae and her team can be supported in their pursuit of justice in a trial that we all hope they will WIN.

No amount is too small and right now it is URGENTLY needed. Please. Give a little.

Ngā mihi,

Leo Koziol

Friend & Maori Film Community Ally

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka

Link – The Petition

Link – Court Case defamation proceedings -

Link – The Petition delivery

Funds are paid into the account of Renae’s grandmother, P A Rouse (Queens Service Medal holder).

Leo Koziol's involvement (page creator)

Friend of Renae supporting her in a volunteer capacity.

Use of funds

Legal costs, travel costs and koha.

Latest update

Message from Renae Maihi  18 February 2020

Posted by: Leo Koziol

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa,

It has been a great privilege to support Renae Maihi in this Give A Little campaign.

I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from people across Aotearoa and around the world.

We have been holding off giving everyone an update, until a prepared message from Renae Maihi was completed.

It is therefore my privilege to share this with you now.

Kia Kaha Renae Maihi!

May you continue to walk with mana for our people and for all peoples who strive against injustice!

Nga mihi nui,

- Leo Koziol, February 18 2020


"Dear friends,

After a few days of much needed rest I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you all.

I am truly blown away by your generous contributions and the numerous beautiful messages. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou. In my preparation for trial I read your messages of support and took in the strength that I needed to do the job.

Tēnei te mihi nui ki a koutou, ki a koe hoki Leo Koziol. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and especially you Leo for all your hard work. Ngā mihi ano.

In regard to costs, please bear with us through the legal process as the question of costs still needs to be resolved by the Court.

Thank you again. I am proud of our country. I am proud that we stood together. I am proud that we made it better for us all.

Mā pango, mā whero, ka oti ai te mahi.

With your black and my red, the work will be done.

Ngā mihi,

Renae Maihi"

Mauri Ora!

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Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 16 Feb 2020


    Thank you Renae


  • Mary

    Mary on 16 Feb 2020


    All the best Renae❤️


  • Shaye

    Shaye on 16 Feb 2020



  • Tomo

    Tomo on 15 Feb 2020


    Kia tou te rangimarie! Kia karanga mai ra tona wero E oho ake mo ake tonu! Ko koe te manawahine o te ao nei! TIHEI MAURIORA!


  • L

    L on 15 Feb 2020



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