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Moving Collins on

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, May 9th, 2014 - 88 comments
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As Judith Collins enters her second day of lying low it’s instructive to look at the wider picture of National’s internal politics, in particular the careful way in which the establishment Nats are slowly and strategically removing Collins’ influence so they can ditch her safely.

They’ve shut out  Collins faction candidates from selection, and they’re quietly briefing against her. And not so quietly, according to Metro:

Two “senior aides” in government stepped out of the shadows to disclose how Collins is viewed by caucus, and then stepped back into the gloom whence they came. Various others offered various insights.

Even Tau Henare’s had a crack at her in public tweeting:

And Nick Smith (the numbers man for English’s faction – the dominant faction) took a coded but pointed swipe at Collins’ own numbers man, Simon Lusk, in a three news story the other night (Lusk is well known for his love of duck shooting).

They’ve also sacked Williamson who is part of her clique and they’ve turned some of her other supporters away from her (most notably Amy Adams).

It’s no secret that the small but vicious Collins faction has been worrying the rest of the party for some time. Fran O’Sullivan points to her sacking of John Judge as a reason for this, but Collins has caused many other, less public, ructions and her proxies, Cameron Slater and Simon Lusk many more again.

The difference between then and now is the Oravida scandal. It’s had the effect of both embarrassing the party and of weakening Collins’ power and a decision has clearly been made to remove her. The problem that the party establishment has is she is deeply embedded and still has strong support in some quarters. Not enough to save herself, but certainly enough to wreck the place on the way out.

The problem Collins has is this is a cold war being run against her and she has nothing but hot war tools. She knows full well that her leverage is slowly being taken off her but she can’t get the foothold she needs to stop it.

The way this is going I think there are three possible outcomes:

Collins will be removed, but it won’t be until after the election because it will be far too risky for the party to do so before that.

Or she sees the writing on the wall and accepts a deal to leave for an overseas posting.

Or she cuts a deal to stay and undergoes a rebranding from being the mighty “Crusher” to being a quiet, inconsequential, timeserver.

Whatever way it happens, Steve Braunias is right. The Queen is dead.

 

 

88 comments on “Moving Collins on”

  1. Puckish Rogue 1

    Keep dreaming, shes not going anywhere

    • quartz 1.1

      I hope you’re right. Every day she stays Key and the rest of them look a little bit worse.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.2

      Has Whale actually fired a shot yet, or is he still posting anon screeds from the lurkers he claims support him in email?

    • framu 1.3

      you know how not long ago all the talk was of the leaks and infighting in labour? – notice how its now happening in national? What does that say about this issue?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4

      Stay loyal, PR. Judith is strong, but she has to move quickly to destroy these Quislings in the party. She’ll need your support.

      • Puckish Rogue 1.4.1

        I wouldn’t mind National moving a bit more to the right

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.1.1

          What kind of lily-livered weasel equivocation is that? Are you on Judith’s side or not?

          • Puckish Rogue 1.4.1.1.1

            I still think JC (has a nice ring to it don’t you think) should be leader of National (and the country of course)

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.1.1.1.1

              Good man. Keep the faith.

            • thatguynz 1.4.1.1.1.2

              Sigh, so political corruption sits fine with your moral compass PR? To the point that you are happy to have a corrupt politician leading the country (drawing the long bow of course that we don’t currently)?

              Just wow.

              If you have kids I’d seriously like to know what you say when they ask you why you parent the values (assuming you do) of personal accountability and honesty yet ignore it in those you vote for….

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                The rules in the Cabinet Manual are just guidelines, weak and ineffective, like the Prime Minister. Judith is strong, and she has a code: look after your friends.

                Oh, and crush your enemies.

            • Tracey 1.4.1.1.1.3

              it sounds like you recomment ACT for Ms Collins.

              N o need for nats to move right puckly, just vote ACT. their newest candidate is really inspiring in the latest electorate mag.

            • Ron 1.4.1.1.1.4

              I think the age for crucifying to make a martyr is around 33 so Judith will miss out

              I still think JC (has a nice ring to it don’t you think) should be leader of National (and the country of course)

        • freedom 1.4.1.2

          especially if they were standing on the Cape Farewell cliffs 🙂

        • meconism 1.4.1.3

          They would be unelectable if they did that. So sure be my guest, suggest it to them.

    • Tom Gould 1.5

      She is suffering a “health scare” which word has it is a chronic allergy to the truth. Sadly, it looks like it’s contagious and many of her colleagues are coming down with it too. Hope she’s feeling better after getting a huge does of ‘sunlight’ as prescribed?

  2. mickysavage 2

    It is interesting to see Slater’s response to all of this. He has taken to attacking Matthew Hooton, the press, National Party members and anyone else he thinks is responsible. At the same time he is busily trying to spin that Labour is the party in crisis when anyone with the ability of sight can see that suddenly National is in turmoil.

    National’s basic problems is that its foundations are constructed of sand. The party is essentially a hard right party with the best PR advice to try and make it look like something it is not. Once the reality became apparent the problems started.

    And suddenly the loss of 15 MPs is looking like a symptom of the problem and not the “rejuvenation” that it was painted to be. This morning’s suggestion that Parata is being lined up for the US ambassadorship reeks of cronyism and desperation.

    This civil war has been going on for some time. You just have to see the action taken against Simon Lusk and the response to Slater’s attack on Len Brown last year to see that all is not happy in the National Party.

    The past week has suddenly shown that Collins Slater and co are suddenly National’s biggest problems. Good effing job.

    • Tracey 2.1

      is the prickly one just a benign spectator or a sign collins was in the wrong party?

    • Exactly. Key, Collins, Joyce… would all be in ACT if they thought it was a viable route to power, but it’s not, so they body-snatch National instead.

      I wonder how Jim Bolger votes these days? It was said of a speech he made in Washington a year ago that “he used the occasion to vent about the perils of deregulation leading to the global financial crisis in 2008, on multinationals making billions and paying little tax, and the responsibility of free traders to be focused on people.”

      Talking about the 1027 deaths in a Bangladeshi factory through a building collapse he added:
      “My question is whether such tragedies move large corporates to demand proper standards, proper conditions for workers to get a lousy 58c a shirt for their work.”

      Imagine a speech from Key/Collins/Joyce containing such things…

    • Populuxe1 2.3

      Hard right? Hilarious. Compared to the US political spectrum the Nats would be centre left

  3. Weepu's beard 3

    The Braunias article in Metro – ouch! I can see her shredding a copy with her bare hands in that nice Maraetai home.

  4. tricledrown 4

    Yeah right duckitch poser.
    Aron Gilmore got the boot for not being a good enough liar.
    Collins is is the same slow boat to china.
    As I said earlier this year when National and ShoKey were lauding it over labour and the polls showed National looking like a 4 term govt as Mad Hater Hooten was skiting about on all Media.
    Give these arogant Turkeys enough rope and they will hang themselves.
    Cup of tea PR.
    No glass of infant formula.
    With crushed ice (laddy).
    Then theirs Banskies day in court.
    Former Police Minister in the dock not a good look from the party promising more accountability and higher standards.
    Then PinnoKeyio minister of brai n fades has to deal with Dot Com
    Then no doubt what so ever their will be a couple more scandals.
    What poisined challice will National have Drink from next.

  5. Will@Welly 5

    She will not sit quietly in the back benches.
    If she stays, her instincts will want her to cause mayhem. Would you really want that in your caucus? For Labour/the Greens/Winston/Mana it would be a dream.
    Let’s just assume she takes a risk, and resigns, the ambassador’s job to the USA is up for grabs. But she is reliant on the Nats winning. If the left win, and that looks more likely every day, then nothing is assured. Could the left really trust a loose cannon like that on the world stage? F#@K, I wouldn’t. At least with Parata taking the job, Wiri and his old mate Shane will be able to take Barrack out fishing – beats the hell out of fawning over a round of golf.
    That outburst on T.V. the other night has painted her into a corner where there is really no coming back from.

    • Roy 5.1

      Her as a representative of NZ on the world stage is just too horrible to contemplate.

      • phillip ure 5.1.1

        there’s always the annual helmet-hair competition..?

        ..she could take dunne/dung with her..

        ..as our male entrant..

        • yeshe 5.1.1.1

          I see the Ambassadorship for China is coming up …. that would be truly hysterical !

          MRS JUDITH WONG TUNG TAKES BEIJING BY STORM !

  6. Jim 6

    ‘the queen is dead’. To quote the dead parrot sketch, ‘ this parrot/ queen is not dead, deceased and is still moving sometimes, just not when you look at it. The parrot/ queen is still sitting on its perch, its just not moving at the moment because its on holiday.’
    It does not suit the interests of the government or the opposition for Collins to go at the moment, so she will stay to face the slow release of information right up to the election. If all the information now available was in the public domain when Shonky made his initial decision to reprimand Collins rather that sack her, he probably would have sacked her then. Having defended her so far he continues to back her as the information that has come out so far lacks one king hit. This is fine for the opposition who can keep releasing more details right up to the election. Any king hit will likely be left until just before the election.
    What happens to Collins after the election is pretty much irrelevant to any one except her and those of her faction in the National Party who are not fleet footed enough.

  7. Lanthanide 7

    #3 seems most likely, with her scrabbling her influence back together over time. I think Joyce will be a failure as leader, leaving her the opportunity to beat down the also-rans like Bridges and claim leadership after Joyce loses the 2017 election.

    • quartz 7.1

      I’m not sure I agree with that. Why would they do all of this damage to her only to give her the chance to come back and exact revenge at a later date?

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        All of these options require Judith to agree to them.

        She can take #3 and then slowly work in the background, playing a long-game to build herself back up.

        Taking knocks can often make people stronger in the long run. It appears to have worked for Cunliffe, for example.

        • quartz 7.1.1.1

          Number one and two. It just requires enough time for them to bully or bribe her support base and damage her reputation to the point where she’s so weak she can’t stop them taking her seat off her.

          At that point if they’re in government she’ll get a nice government job somewhere, if they’re not she’ll get some directorships.

        • Puddleglum 7.1.1.2

          Hi Lanthanide,

          I think there’s something in this idea but it’s something she should have started to implement before now. If she had offered her resignation when this first hit the headlines (and yet many in the media didn’t think that it was a sacking offence) then Key would have had to worn the consequences of any decision he made.

          If he’d accepted the resignation then she could have played the long-game, as you suggest, made ‘leader-like’ speeches from the backbenches and, when the time was ripe, rehabilitated herself and used her offer to resign as a sign of integrity.

          If Key did not accept her resignation then the heat would have turned on him as further revelations emerged and Collins could simply have waited for him to change his decision, if he did: “I have done nothing wrong but, as was the case when I first handed in my resignation, the decision is his as to whether or not he still has confidence in my work.”

          I’m just not sure that it suits Collins’ personality to adopt this long-game approach – ‘the lady is not for turning’ as her political model once said; which is a shame for Collins because the direction in which she’s heading isn’t helping her ambitions.

          Being quietly confident in her long-term prospects is the motivation she would have needed to take that approach but she seems locked into ‘fight’ mode and sees all events as direct head-to-head competitions, each of which she must win.

          Strategic retreats are not, it seems, in her repertoire. But you might be right and it could still be a viable option.

          • Hamish 7.1.1.2.1

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greedy_algorithm

            A greedy algorithm is an algorithm that follows the problem solving heuristic of making the locally optimal choice at each stage with the hope of finding a global optimum.

            In many problems, a greedy strategy does not in general produce an optimal solution, but nonetheless a greedy heuristic may yield locally optimal solutions that approximate a global optimal solution in a reasonable time.

            • Puddleglum 7.1.1.2.1.1

              Thanks Hamish,

              That’s a good way of putting it.

              I guess politics (and human social interaction in general) doesn’t exhibit ‘optimal substructure’ – where optimal solution of the overall problem comprises optimal solutions to its sub-problems:

              Greedy algorithms can be characterized as being ‘short sighted’, and as ‘non-recoverable’. They are ideal only for problems which have ‘optimal substructure’.

    • Ant 7.2

      A significant part of her power and her following was built upon being a contender for the throne, her followers wanted to ride those coat tails all the way to the top. Going mental on camera to Sabin was the moment that she demonstrated she will never be PM.

      • Pascal's bookie 7.2.1

        Yeah. Appalling judgement.

        And if you can’t handle twitter than that 3am phone call from the White House won’t be dealt with at all well.

        She’s over.

  8. Chris 8

    I remember Collins attending a small community meeting of mostly women to discuss a law change our group was opposed to. She spent the whole time belittling our concerns, every single one of them, wouldn’t engage properly at all, but at the same time constantly repeating how much she “loved” community groups. I’d never experienced behaviour so openly disingenuous. It was hatred masked with smiles. Coming from a government minister made it seem like she wasn’t human.

    • Roy 8.1

      Loves community groups because they enable her to belittle people in person, perhaps?

  9. ianmac 9

    Reckon she will stay on a bit quieter. Keep her Ministerial folios? But as long as she stays she will draw fire. If still a Minister she is answerable. Once she leaves there is no way to question the PM about her actions.
    So please stay Judith dear.

  10. captain hook 10

    She isn’t human. Just a replicant manufactured in a secret laboratory somewhere. However that deosn’t stop her desire for having her ass kissed and and as much spending money as possible so she can overawe the masses.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Lots of Tory replicants around the place, the programming of the more recent models seem to be getting worse as well

  11. Sanctuary 11

    Isn’t it funny how everything Cameron Slater touches turns to ashes? His compulsive need to not just play populist politics but to do evil – he wants to hurt and humiliate people so he can squirm in delight – means he’ll always fail, always be eased away from any position of any importance by people who are a little afraid of him but don’t rate him. If he had shown just a modicum of self control he might have had Len Brown, rather than just creating a backlash of utter revulsion at the detailed nature of his revelations. And the same with Collins – his love of sadistic machismo means he is over-reaching, again.

    • Ant 11.1

      There’s a reason why those in National Party circles refer to him as Fail Oil.

      • Chris 11.1.1

        Yes, but that only happened when he stopped reading his Daily Proverb posts.

    • lprent 11.2

      Isn’t it funny how everything Cameron Slater touches turns to ashes?

      In many ways he is becoming Labours best asset. He is doing everything possible to ensure that the National loses the election.

      The point is that governments can lose elections easily (that an opposition wins an election happens far more infrequently). It is often the activist supporters and parliamentary members of the government who cause the disintegration through their excesses.

  12. Weepu's beard 12

    Probably already posted but this from regular National government sycophant Frank O’Sullivan must be frightening for JK.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11250672

    The Government – on advice from the ministry – has also refused to release the name of the Chinese official as it doesn’t want to prejudice international relations.

    Saywhat? This dinner was supposed to be a “private dinner with close, personal friends” and none of the Government’s business, was it not?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      The comments – and attached “likes” tell a story. Someone should tell Puckish Rogue – the enemies list is getting longer.

    • Treetop 12.2

      Who is our ambassador to China?

      He could be summoned by the Chinese government to apologise and Key may need to make a trip to China. The trip will not be to apologise for a company, but to apologise for the conduct of one of the PM’s cabinet ministers.

      I do not think that the border official’s name needs to be known, they could not have envisaged being drawn into the mire of Collins.

      Collins has embarrassed the NZ government and the public of NZ.

  13. Treetop 13

    When a person is being publicly humiliated, some self analysis is required before they can move on. A lot has changed for Collin’s career. Brown was publicly humiliated due to his private life, he got away with it because he is good at his job and his short comings did not breach the cabinet manual. Collins is not a good minister of justice (the Canadian judge showed up her double stardards) and when it comes to ACC nothing has been put right for sexual abuse survivors and those with complex physical claims.

    Collins has crushed herself.

  14. this is the sort of journalism the msm should be doing..

    ..shame on them..

    ..and good on you..

  15. given the recent trainwreck..

    ..shouldn’t we now call her ‘crasher’ collins..?

  16. North 17

    Collins is the quintessential bully/thug who came badly unstuck by her own hand. Risible and completely predictable that she should now be crying in public so to speak. “Poor me and poor my innocent family blah blah blah”. Typical of the bully/thug caught out. It’s STILL all about ME and MY ENTITLEMENT. What a shit role model !

  17. Skinny 18

    Joyce has been scamming behind closed doors & putting the slipper in to Collins for a long time. Political reporter Brooke Sabin is just doing his own man a favour so he can progress his career. Mike Sabin wants to take over the Justice, erode our rights further, make New Zealand a total police state. So siding with Joyce, networking with other MP”s to push the Joyce message in a sneaky cop fashion.

  18. cinesimon 19

    I hope Labour can somehow try to force some it back onto her.
    She’s going to be instrumental in NZ becoming NZ again. That is, she’s the poster-gal for the direction we should NT be headed toward.

  19. Marius 20

    ahahaa that nasty mouth when she’s flustered and angry. there really is nothing like a damned good squashing of a politicians ego to bring out the real personality. she needs therapy – lots and lots of therapy. it won’t work but at least it will keep her out of public for an hour a week – provided she’s not tweeting and twittering her way through the sessions.

  20. Tania 21

    I really want collins to stay as she will be a reminder of how corrupt National is and the national will blame her for the beginning of the end for national

  21. dave 22

    bing dong the witch is dead

  22. fisiani 23

    Judith will be a Minister inthe next three governments. 50 50 whether she will be the next PM but my pick is Amy Adams.

  23. McFlock 24

    damn – double post

  24. Penny Bright 25

    Sorry about the length – but there is info here that nobody else appears to have yet published?

    Read for yourselves EXACTLY what Minister of CORRUPTION Judith Collins said to the China Executive Leadership Academy about corruption in New Zealand – then file under ‘You Could Not Make This SH*T Up’?

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/address-china-executive-leadership-academy-pudong-celap-china

    Address to China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), China

    “This is why I am glad to be speaking to you about the New Zealand model and experience for building a clean government. A clean, transparent Government that is free from corruption is one of New Zealand’s biggest assets.

    It is the New Zealand government’s view that having a clean and transparent government helps to build trust and support among its people. This allows the Government to act with confidence and purpose in developing policy and making change. This in turn allows the country, its economy, and its people to prosper.

    New Zealand is ranked first on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index consistently for seven years in a row. This reflects the integrity of our system and the people who work in it. It also means the people who live, do business and invest in New Zealand know that they can trust our laws to protect their rights and freedoms.

    Given this, it isn’t a surprise that New Zealand is also ranked first on the Forbes list of best countries to do business. We offer a stable business climate in which businesses and investors are well-protected.

    I believe these number one rankings -‘least corrupt’ and ‘best for business’ – are related. New Zealand’s transparency and lack of corruption are part of the reason we’re considered a great country to do business in.

    But creating and maintaining a clean government requires ongoing work and constant vigilance, and even New Zealand cannot afford to be complacent.
    In New Zealand we believe clean transparent government is built on three pillars: fighting corruption, having an independent judiciary that can be trusted, and a government that promotes transparency both domestically and internationally.

    Corruption

    Fighting corruption is not easy, it is a complex offence that is difficult to detect.

    Three tools are needed to fight corruption: Prevention, detection, and prosecution.

    The New Zealand model provides an excellent example of international best practice in using these tools.

    Prevention

    The first tool of prevention requires the development of a national all-of-government approach.

    New Zealand is currently developing an anti-corruption strategy that will assess our current systems, identify where the gaps and risks are, and create a plan for addressing those gaps and risks.

    The strategy will cover the prevention, detection, investigation and remedy of bribery and corruption across both private and public sectors.

    New Zealand also has a State Service Code of Conduct that applies to all public sector employees. This ensures public servants are aware of their obligations and boundaries.

    The Code is also available to the public, which increases the transparency and accountability of public servants and the public sector in general.

    Accountability is also increased through the use of public monitoring systems.
    We have two public sector surveys that monitor the integrity of the wider Government.

    The first monitoring system is the ‘Kiwis Count’ set of surveys. These take place four times a year and look at the public’s experiences and satisfaction with the public sector. The results of the survey provide insight into the public’s level of satisfaction with government services and can potentially provide an early indication of whether instances of corruption are increasing.

    For another perspective, we also survey public servants themselves. Every three years the Integrity and Conduct Survey measures the level of trustworthy behaviour observed by public servants in their organisations. The results of this survey have consistently shown a strengthening culture of integrity in the New Zealand public sector.

    The Government in New Zealand also works closely with civil society groups to help prevent corruption. For example, many government departments are currently working with Transparency International New Zealand (an anti-corruption group) to assess New Zealand’s governance frameworks.

    The assessment will consider every aspect of New Zealand’s governance structure and every aspect of New Zealand’s integrity and anti-corruption system. It will result in a report and a set of suggested improvements to increase the transparency of both the public and private sectors.

    We have found that engagement with civil society has helped us to promote clean government, increase transparency, and reduce corruption.

    Detection

    The second tool in the fight against corruption is increasing public education and awareness. People need to know what corruption looks like, and what to do if they see it.

    Corruption, by nature, is a surreptitious offence; it will always be difficult to detect. As with illness, prevention is the best cure. But where prevention fails, good detection mechanisms are necessary.

    New Zealand has a comprehensive whistle-blower regime that applies to both the public and private sectors. If anyone suspects that corruption is occurring, they are able to report this, anonymously, and without fear of punishment.

    The regime ensures that if someone reports serious wrongdoing (including corruption), they cannot be fired or mistreated by their employer, they cannot be charged with a criminal offence, they cannot be sued for damages, and they cannot be subjected to any disciplinary action. Importantly, these protections cannot be altered by employment contracts or other agreements.

    Another important detection-mechanism is an effective and comprehensive anti-money laundering regime.

    You may be interested to know that New Zealand recently overhauled its anti-money laundering regime.

    Many forms of corruption will result in illicit gains – for example, if an official accepted a $100,000 cash bribe to make a decision, the result is that he or she is left with $100,000 of illicit cash.

    This illicit cash will need to be laundered. Under New Zealand’s new anti-money laundering regime, banks are required to know enough about their customers so they can pick up on anything unusual in their customers’ accounts. This means that if the official deposited the illicit cash into a bank account, the bank would know that a $100,000 deposit was not normal. The bank is required to report suspicious transactions to the Police, who could then investigate the official’s corrupt behaviour.

    Prosecution

    If the Police do detect corruption, they need to be able to prosecute and punish this behaviour. Prosecution is the third tool used to fight corruption, but it works best with comprehensive prevention and detection measures.

    For prosecuting authorities to have the tools they need to tackle corruption, corrupt conduct must first be criminalised. New Zealand’s legislation ensures that a wide range of corrupt conduct can be prosecuted. This includes offences related to public sector corruption (including bribery and corruption of both domestic and foreign public officials) and private sector corruption.

    We carefully monitor these provisions to ensure they are modern, effective, and consistent with international best practice.

    In June this year the Government announced a number of legislative amendments to strengthen our bribery and corruption offences. These amendments will be contained in the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill, which will be introduced by the end of the year.

    New Zealand’s public sector corruption offences are punishable by 7 to 14 years’ imprisonment. Compared to other crimes these are very serious penalties.

    In addition to these penalties, New Zealand has an effective criminal proceeds regime. Our legislation allows New Zealand authorities to freeze and confiscate the proceeds of corruption.

    A proceeds recovery regime is an important mechanism for taking the profit out of corruption and removing the incentives to commit such offences. ……………..”

    FACT: NZ has not yet ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

    FACT: Judith Collins ‘Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill’ (needed before NZ can ratify the UNCAC) has not yet surfaced in the House, although she promised it would be in 2013.

    http://www.transparency.org.nz/docs/2013/Hon-Judith-Collins-Minister-of-Justice-Letter-to-TINZ.pdf

    FACT: NZ does not have an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

    FACT: NZ MPs do not have an ENFORCEABLE ‘Code of Conduct’.

    FACT: NZ Judges do not have an ENFORCEABLE ‘Code of Conduct’.

    FACT: The Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’ – which NZ continually leads – is based upon the subjective opinions of anonymous business people and is not worth the paper upon which it is written (in my considered opinion as a proven anti-corruption campaigner, and someone who attended their 2010 ‘Anti-Corruption Conference’).

    FACT: Transparency International NZ, gets most of its funding from Government Departments, an number of which have a vested interest in maintaining the rort and fraud that NZ is ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – see for yourselves:

    http://www.transparency.org.nz/Partners-and-Sponsors

    Partners and Sponsors

    Cornerstone Platinum

    The Office of the Auditor General

    NIS Gold

    School of Government, VUW
    Ministry for Justice
    Statistics New Zealand
    The Human Rights Commission
    Ministry of Social Development
    The Treasury
    Inland Revenue
    Department of Internal Affairs
    Corrections
    Department of Conservation
    Ministry of Transport
    Civil Aviation Authority
    New Zealand Transport Authority
    Maritime New Zealand
    Te Puni Kokiri
    The State Services Commission
    The Ombudsman
    Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
    The New Zealand Defence Force

    NIS Silver

    Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
    The Serious Fraud Office
    Crown Law

    NIS Bronze

    NZ Public Service Association
    Sponsors
    The Gama Foundation
    In Kind Donations
    Bell Gully
    VUW School of Government
    PwC
    Deloitte
    KPMG
    Human Rights Commission Launch Day
    School of Government Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Wellington
    Wellington Girls College
    Thorndon New World
    NZTE
    Institute of Directors
    BDO Spicers
    Russell McVeigh
    Chapman Tripp
    Gibson Sheat
    Susan Gluck-Hornsby
    Chen Palmer
    Juliet McKee
    Claudia Orange
    Te Papa

    That’s just for starters …………….

    Penny Bright

    ATTENDEE: 2009 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference
    ATTENDEE: 2010 Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference
    ATTENDEE: 2013 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference

    2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate (polled 4th with 11,723 votes campaigning against corrupt corporate control of the Auckland region)

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

  25. fisiani 26

    Penny. Get a job and pay your rates. If not you will soon be homeless. Seek help.

  26. hellonearthis 27

    You missed another why that she may go, ‘health issues’ the other day on the news she said she had tests but it all seems ok. It could be a safe way for her to exit without National kicking her out our her quitting because of her actions.

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    14 hours ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
     The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
    14 hours ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
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    15 hours ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    16 hours ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    18 hours ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    1 day ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    2 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    3 days ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    5 days ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
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  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    6 days ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    6 days ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    7 days ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    7 days ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    7 days ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
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    1 week ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    1 week ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s affordable homes plummet 72% under National
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    1 week ago
  • Govt should face the facts not skew the facts
    National appears to be actively massaging official unemployment statistics by changing the measure for joblessness to exclude those looking online, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Household Labour Force Survey, released tomorrow, no longer regards people job hunting on ...
    1 week ago
  • More voices call for review of immigration policy
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    1 week ago
  • Better balance needed in Intelligence Bill
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    1 week ago
  • Serco circus has no place in NZ
    A High Court judgment proves National’s private prison agenda has failed and the Serco circus has no place in New Zealand correctional facilities, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • State house sell-off a kick in the guts for Tauranga’s homeless
    The Government’s sale of 1124 state houses in Tauranga won’t house a single extra homeless person in the city, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Tauranga, like the rest of New Zealand, has a crisis of housing affordability and homelessness. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Axing Auckland’s affordable quota disappointing
    Auckland Council has given away a useful tool for delivering more affordable housing by voting to accept the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendation to abolish affordable quotas for new developments, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ae Marika! Māori Party Oath Bill fails
    The Māori Party must reconsider its relationship with National after they failed to support Marama Fox’s Treaty of Waitangi Oath bill, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Police Minister all platitudes no detail
    The Police Minister must explain where the budget for new police officers is coming from after continuously obfuscating, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lost luggage law shows National’s lost the plot
    The Government has proven it can’t address the big issues facing the tourism industry by allowing a Members Bill on lost luggage to be a priority, Labour’s Tourism spokesman Kris Faafoi said. “Nuk Korako’s Bill drawn from the Members’ Ballot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Hiding behind the law – but can’t say which law
    National is refusing to come clean on what caused the potential trade dispute with China by hiding behind laws and trade rules they can’t even name, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark. “National admitted today that an ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Work visas issued for jobs workless Kiwis want
    Thousands of work visas for low-skilled jobs were issued by the Government in the past year despite tens of thousands of unemployed Kiwis looking for work in those exact occupations, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “A comparison of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis nationwide now paying for housing crisis
    The Government’s failure to tackle the housing crisis is now affecting the entire country with nationwide house price inflation in the past year hitting 26 per cent, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “None of National’s tinkering or half-baked, piecemeal ...
    2 weeks ago
  • OCR cut piles pressure on Government
    Today’s OCR cut must be backed by Government action on housing and economic growth, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler’s monetary policy statement underlines the limits of Bill English’s economic management. He says growth is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must explain the McClay delay
    Todd McClay must explain why it took two months for him to properly inform the Prime Minister about China’s potential trade retaliation, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark. “This may be one of the most serious trade ...
    2 weeks ago
  • OCR cut would be vote of no confidence in economy
    If Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler cuts the OCR tomorrow it would show that, despite his loudly-voiced concerns about fuelling the housing market, the stuttering economy is now a bigger concern, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Leading medical experts back Healthy Homes Bill
    Leading medical experts have today thrown their weight behind my Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, saying it will improve the health of Kiwi kids, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “The Bill sets minimum standards for heating, insulation and ventilation ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister, it’s time to listen to the Auditor General
    Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman needs to listen to the independent advice of the Auditor General and review the capital charge system imposed on District Health Boards, says Labour’ Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “The capital charge on DHBs has been ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Peas explain, Minister
    The Minister of Primary Industries needs to explain how the failure of its biosecurity systems led to the Pea Weevil incursion in the Wairarapa, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says “The decision to ban the growing of peas in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PM’s police numbers wrong
    The Prime Minister has said that police numbers will increase in-line with population growth, however, the Police’s own four year strategy clearly states there are no plans to increase police numbers for the next four years, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministerial double speak on GP Fees
      The Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga was simply making it up when he claimed today that General Practitioners had been given money in the Budget to lower fees, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “In a reply to a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must close loophole in LVR rules
    The Government must urgently close a loophole in loan to value ratio mortgage restrictions which are stopping homeowners from buying new houses before they sell their old one, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank was forced to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bulk funding means bigger classes
    National’s plan to bulk fund schools can only result in bigger class sizes and a reduced range of subject choices, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for John Key to sack his Housing Minister
    It is time for the Prime Minister to take serious and meaningful steps to address the housing crisis – and start by sacking Nick Smith as Housing Minister, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Clearly whatever it is National ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coleman puts skids under cheaper GP visits
      Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders with high health needs are missing out on cheaper GP fees as the cost of going to the doctor hits $70, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “The number of practices subsidised to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Police indifference over dine-and-dash appalling
      The fact that the police couldn’t be bothered investigating a dine–and-dash in Auckland is appalling and shows an indifference that is unacceptable, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The way it stands these men have got away scot free ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Covenant promises new deal for our children
    A covenant drawn up by Judge Carolyn Henwood  promises an important new deal for New Zealand’s children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern.  “It’s important that this covenant is a pledge to all children in this country. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Flagship fund more housing policy on the fly
    The Government’s flagship $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund was so rushed it wasn’t considered until after the Budget and announced just a month later, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Documents obtained by Labour through Written Parliamentary Questions show ...
    3 weeks ago

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