John Brett

John is a professional engineer with 50 years experience.

John has designed and built many cars, trucks, and vehicle assembly facilities.

John has worked on design of roads, bridges, cranes, transmission towers, and buildings, and operation, maintenance and upgrade of hydro and gas turbine power stations.

John was a LVV Certifier for 13 years. John has long been a whistle-blower, expressing the view that the LVV system is dangerously deficient. John’s authority was revoked in December 2012.

John rides a 1992 Yamaha FJ1200ABS, and is also a keen road and off road cyclist.


“The LVVTA has brought it to my attention that statements I have made in relation to it and its employees may have been perceived as defamatory.

I sincerely regret that and apologise for any harm caused. I have taken down the statements identified by the LVVTA of concern to it.

I have strong views about the low volume vehicle certification process and intend in the future to direct my energies into the public inquiry now being held in relation to it.”

John Brett 7th October 2015


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Back to Court- (again)

The LVVTA is taking me back to the High Court yet again. This will be the fourth time in the High Court, and once in the Court of Appeal.

COURT DATE IS NOW SET FOR 18TH MAY 2020, JUDGEMENT AFTER THAT COULD TAKE 6 TO 9 MONTHS- that is about a year from now. This is all about statements last published on this site about 5 years ago.

Mr A.P. (Tony) Johnson, CEO of the LVVTA

This is for alleged defamation for material that has not been visible on this website for four years or more.

The material started as constructive comment from a group of LVV Certifiers (now all forced out) on how the Low Volume Vehicle Certification system needed to improve.

The NZTA conducted major changes to the LVV system since that time, as a result of complaints, and further investigation is likely under the current overhaul of the NZTA regulatory functions.

It can be seen on the Incorporated Societies web site how much this is costing the LVVTA. More costs are yet to show from the Court of Appeal, and from this forthcoming case, if it goes ahead. All of this will be paid for by anyone needing a LVV Certification.

Not sure exactly what the LVVTA hopes to gain from proving Defamation against me (even if they succeed).

We have made an offer to LVVTA to end this now- and no response

We have had the first pre-trial conference with Palmer J- its all going well- so look forward to yet another win. (I really must find another retirement hobby)

1 comment to Back to Court- (again)

  • Dave

    John, presumably Covid-19 will have delayed this. Can’t someone make a decision on this being a frivolous waste of court time? There can’t be any justice to be achieved after all tbis time, if evee. Churlish is the word that comes to mind! Dave

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