Judith Collin’s endorses a company, Orivida, that her husband is a (presumably paid) director of. That same company has previously made political donations to the National Party.
That’s a conflict of interest. One that’s particularly sharp given the previous use of John Key’s image to promote the same company.
John Key’s defense is:
It doesn’t preclude her dropping in. There is no commercial value there.
But there’s considerable commercial value in an endorsement from a Minister, especially in China – a market that place a lot of value on political status.
This looks murky to me. Particularly as Collins appears to have been travelling on the tax-payer’s dime.
My question is was her husband with her, and if so was he also travelling at taxpayers’ expense as the Minister’s spouse?
I’d also like to know if this is a one-off visit. If it’s not then when did Collins’ husband become a director and when did she first visit the company? When did John Key? And when was the donation made?
This looks a lot like the situation that saw National MP, Pansy Wong, resign in 2010. Is history repeating?