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Good on you Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, April 13th, 2017 - 62 comments
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Andrew Little questioned the actions of this government, as he should, and has fronted up and taken (unlike certain PMs I could name) personal responsibility for offense taken by other parties, as he should. He has endured a costly and draining legal process with a result widely hailed as a victory for democracy. But apparently that isn’t enough, so here we go again:

Andrew Little – Statement on Earl Hagaman

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 8:07 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

“I have seen Lani Hagaman’s statement seeking a retrial.

“I have taken every opportunity to resolve this matter and I have faced up to my responsibilities.

“My priority now are the thousands of New Zealanders who can’t buy their own home, can’t get the health care they need and who are struggling to get ahead.

“Fixing these problems means changing the Government and that is my focus.

“As this matter could be subject to further court proceedings, I will not be commenting further.”

62 comments on “Good on you Andrew Little”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    This new action by Lani Hagaman makes her look vindictive. It just seems to be too near to the election campaign to be coincidental. In my opinion, this is dirty politics coming into play. I hope Andrew Little can keep his cool !

    • Tamati Tautuhi 1.1

      She is probably being funded by National & ACT as a major distraction for the coming 2017 Election?

    • saveNZ 1.2

      Totally agree with Jenny Kirk this is a vindictive play by Hagaman to try to give advantage to National in an election.

      Sad and very concerning that our election process can be so derailed by these tactics and it’s not the first time with smear campaigns against Cunliffe and Norman and Hawawira and even Winston Peters was forced out by similar tactics.

      Bizarrely the Natz MP who seem to be the biggest cheats just keep getting away with it. We have a two tier justice system and code of conduct.

      I hope they award record damages against Hagman for her actions.

      Rather than worrying about Andrew Little keeping his cool, now’s the time to fully support him. This is not some isolated incident, it is a consistent tactic by the right to cheat by smearing others and keep power at any cost.

      Little is very conservative in his actions and it’s actually when he talks with more emotion (angry andy or against corruption or hypocrisy of the government) that he connects with the public. This is a tactic to trying to stop that public connection by making the opposition feel fearful to point out what the government is up to.

      I think this is going to back fire and the public will support Little on this – it is a billionaire going after someone who has a lot less financial resources to try to bankrupt him in a type of David and Goliath situation so they can keep their crony benefactors the Natz in power and those lucrative financial contracts for their business interests coming.

      Anybody who has been abused by the justice system and fleeced by lawyers will feel sympathy for Little.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Unfortunate juxtaposition of events that Colin Craig is also vowing to fight on even though the Judge gave him a pretty good hint. He has won sort of, the Judge said that some of the stuff he said was not defamatory and the award was excessive. But refusing to negotiate and wanting to keep fighting suggests he has more money than sense.

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      Who wouldn’t want to bury Jordan Williams though? For that alone Craig is doing the public a service.

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        😀

      • Red 2.1.2

        Likewise Lani hagaman doing Nz a public service bringing bother boy angry Andy to task

        • reason 2.1.2.1

          I think the ‘foreign aid’, of building a hotel in tax haven …. after a $100, 000 dollar donation ….Fits with the narrative of rich greedy New Zealanders building a tax haven network in the south pacific ….. while also donating to National

          Nationals support of these people ….. and the corrupt economic apartheid that goes with them ……. needs more discussion.

          Before being cleaned up ….. and cleaned out.

          Just why are we building hotel;s in tax havens ????????

          Red

          “Earl was a great believer in trusts-”

          “”The trusts hold most of the wealth,” Hagaman says. “If you own it personally, somebody will try to take it away, for sure.” ……hat tip dukeofurl

          • Tamati Tautuhi 2.1.2.1.1

            No such thing as corruption these days, it is “Pay to Play” simple as that?

        • greywarshark 2.1.2.2

          Red
          You should go back to your television watching. We don’t concentrate on your shallow lines of soundbites and catchphrases which you repeat after hearing them somewhere else ‘bother boy’ etc.
          Go play in your own sandpit little boy.

      • saveNZ 2.1.3

        Yep, I’m for Craig on this one! Public service award for bringing sunshine onto the murky waters of the Jordan’s in the world and how they are manipulating and smearing others for political purposes.

  3. ianmac 3

    Lani doesn’t want to bankrupt Andrew or so she said. Huh!
    Go Andrew. We support you.

    • inspider 3.1

      I wish he’d stop bankrupting the English language and make his nouns and verbs match.

      “My priority now are the thousands of New Zealanders who can’t buy their own home…”

      Priority is singular. It needs a singular verb. Looks like he paid as much attention to this as to the factual accuracy of his niue release. And you want this guy to lead the country! 😀

      • r0b 3.1.1

        I take it you were fine with Key’s habitual butchery of language though?

        • adam 3.1.1.1

          Or the mumbling of the current cropper.

          My goodness, what a sad state of trolling we now have.

          • greywarshark 3.1.1.1.1

            True, truly awful and aweful when it comes to Key.

            • Skeptic 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Totally agree with all of the above – one of the reasons I like this site is because the “Standard” of English used is so much better than that used elsewhere. Have you people seen the crap that appears on Stuff? God – it’s awful – collectively they have the Intelligence Quota of a cockroach and the English equivalence of Primer 4 – sorry Year 3. I think they all must copy those ignoramuses Peter Williams and Wendy Petrie or that Hoskings person and his off-sider. They’re forever talking about “an horrific this or an horrific that” with appalling grammar, misplaced pronouns and participles etc. I think they must all be applying for jobs in the Beehive as Political Advisers – the prerequisite being the ability to misuse the English Language.

              • Kevin

                Non-existent sub-editing.

                Subbing was a real art and the sub-editors I worked with were masters of their craft.

                Just another nail in the coffin of democracy.

              • greywarshark

                Skeptic
                I notice you put Political ‘Advisers’. Is advisor USA spelling? And do you find that your spellcheck appears to want z replacing s in the middle of many words? It’s annoying. Do the Yanks only use s as indicating plurality?

                • Skeptic

                  Yeah I think you’ve hit the problem I’m having with my cheap new laptop running on Windows 10 – I opted for US English and am stuck with their spelling and grammar quirks. Can’t figure out how to get UK English as it does appear on the options – so I’m stuck with “add to dictionary”

      • “It will be interesting to see the feminists on here’s response to your comments.”

        inspider

        • inspider 3.1.2.1

          It’s a collective singular. “the feminists on here’re” just wouldn’t scan ☺

          • Robert Guyton 3.1.2.1.1

            Were you John Key’s grammar adviser?

            (Or as you might put it, “We’re you John Keys’ grammer advisor?)

            • dukeofurl 3.1.2.1.1.1

              or this pedant
              http://www.chrisfinlayson.co.nz/my-office-style-guide/

              hes quite rightly seen as a toff who lords it over lesser mortals

              • Does he just, My pedant . Fuck him.

              • Once ..whatever

                Chris Finlayson – CHRIST ON A BIKE!….I wish you hadn’t mentioned that name. It conjures up memories of his utter hypocrisy, of little walking tracks in the neighbourhood, of holier-than-thou attitudes, and an over inflated sense of self worth. He had quite a few conned for a while as being one of the more decent amongst the Gnats, and of things like his dedication to arts and culture. Unfortunately like most of his peers – all just a week willied sham.
                Ew!!

            • greywarshark 3.1.2.1.1.2

              Robert
              Schools don’t have grammer now just crammer.

          • red-blooded 3.1.2.1.2

            Collective singulars don’t take an ‘s’ when they refer to more than one. We speak of one feminist and two feminists. Hint – the second version is a plural.

            Do you say “feminists believe” or “feminists believes”? Using the second option is just plain wrong, as is the example quoted above.

            I wouldn’t usually bother with this, but when an official member of the Grammar Police is involved, it’s too tempting.

      • Incognito 3.1.3

        That would be Niue …

  4. mary_a 4

    Good for Andrew Little. The lone voice of democracy. I hope he is able to stay focused on the election campaign.

    You’d think with Lani Hagaman’s husband dying, she would want to spend as much of her time as possible with him, loving and supporting him during his final days or months. But obviously not a priority for wifey number 5 it seems. Oh no, preferring to pursue this issue to its bitter end, for a few million!

    Apart from greed on her part, political malice and vindictiveness are screaming loud and clear here!

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Call me a cynic, but in my opinion Lani Hagaman has got at least one eye firmly fixed on the inevitable (inevitable because these are greedy, greedy people we are talking about here) litigation from Hagaman’s family once he snuffs it and they contest his will, which I imagine Lani assumes leaves most of his not inconsiderable fortune to her. Nothing like pursuing Andrew Little “to clear her husbands name” to show she ain’t no Jenny come lately gold digger.

  6. Barfly 6

    I am not absolutely certain of the timeline and details but my understanding of the deal was……

    1/ Hagaman makes a donation to the National Party. $101,000. (one of many donations)

    2/ His hotel group is later awarded the management contract for the Hotel.

    3/ A month later it’s announced the Hotel will be receiving a $7.5 million redevelopment grant.

    My question

    When the international tender process was started for this run down clapped out unprofitable Hotel was it advertised that it would be receiving a multi-million dollar redevelopment grant? (I understand there were only two tenderers so I really doubt it)

    I think it would have been so easy for some National Party bagman to give Hagaman the inside information that the Hotel would be getting millions of redevelopment money. Which would be well…you know…..

    • Gosman 6.1

      How would this National party bagman have known about the 7.5 million grant before the decision was taken ?

      • dukeofurl 6.1.1

        because decisions by the bureaucracy have a long lead time- before a decision is made.
        As for Foreign Affairs – why it wasnt Ministry of Pacific Affairs- under Murray Mccully who knows how they came to a decision.

    • inspider 6.2

      It’s all in the OAG report. The possibility of expansion was part of the RFP when they went looking for tenders. Everyone got the same info. Four parties expressed interest but only two tendered.

      Sorry no cigar on that conspiracy

      • Barfly 6.2.1

        If one party knew the “possibility” was a certainty…..

      • dukeofurl 6.2.2

        Its all very well to refer to the OAG report on the details but you would need need an experinced auditor to read that and see the ‘holes’ in things that look Ok but arent.

        I can see right away some red lights

        An undated and unsigned resolution of the directors of Matavai Niue Limited suggests that they resolved to engage Horwath HTL to “provide the Board with advice on management options and to undertake a tender for a hotel management company”.
        Draft terms of reference for Horwath HTL’s hotel management company tender process advisory services were developed. We do not have a copy of the final terms of reference.
        Scenic Hotel Group subsequently invited a Horwath HTL staff member to meet in November 2013.

        Conflicts of Interest ? – no documentation

        Long before the tender was publicised [Dec 2013]Scenic were visiting Niue [2013]and talking to people [Nov 2013]
        Whats going on here?

        To me, while Scenic seem to be a a competent operator, they clearly had ‘first mover ‘ advantages’ and I get the impression the whole idea of putting a new operator in was because they were interested in doing so.

        • Skeptic 6.2.2.1

          I think you”re absolutely right Duke, it’s a teeny tiny bit more sophisticated that the two bozos who got caught double dipping while working for CERA – but not much – just on the legal side of “jobs for my mates”. Andrew was quite correct to raise questions about the timing and arrangements of the process – that’s his job as LOTO. To get sued for it is dubious at best – highly suspect at worst – Collusion? maybe – provable – probably not. In any case, for the soon-to-be-widowed Lani to have a second bite at the cherry is nothing but greedy. How does the Bible describe this – something about camels and needles – well I know two that won’t fit.

  7. Treetop 7

    Little chose not to hide behind parliamentary privilege when he was holding the government to account.

    Lani is showing her discomfort to a probable change of government which is needed. Lani seems to be focused on what she wants.

    There is nothing to be gained in going to a retrial.

  8. Given that the judge told the jury Little’s statements were under qualified privilege unless they expressed personal ill will against the Hagamans, which they obviously didn’t, Mrs Hagaman was lucky to get the result she did. It’s unlikely she’ll be that lucky again. I suspect this case is simply a donation to National in a different form than usual.

    • Barfly 8.1

      Yup

    • mary_a 8.2

      @ Psycho Milt (8) …

      “I suspect this case is simply a donation to National in a different form than usual.”

      Yes. Natz Dirty Politics played in a much grubbier style, this time via litigation. Wonder how much money is at stake to keep the murky business alive in the courts?

    • adam 8.3

      Begs the questions, should it be counted as an election expense by the national party?

  9. Johan 9

    What “shady” deal was Earl Hagaman involved in when the Dunedin Council purchasing land for the proposed Forsyth-Barr Stadium? How long did Earl have ownership of this parcel of land and how much profit did he make on this transaction? Just asking;-))

    • dukeofurl 9.1

      Dunedin Stadium ?

      Quotable Value valuations for the land in 2008 totalled $15 million.

      The council had a net budget of $20 million.

      Actual cost : $35.6 million gross cost of land bought by the Dunedin City
      “Another larger payment was $4 million to USC Investments, directors of which are Keith and Lianna-Merie[Lani} Hagaman, of Christchurch, and Stuart McLauchlan, of Dunedin.”
      USC owns 85 Parry St (0.3461h), with a 2007 capital value of $500,000 and 95 Parry St (0.6868h), next door, with a value of $1.3 million.
      64 Parry St was owned by Earl Hagamans East Parry Investments
      http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/15m-site-deal-fonterra
      http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/stadium-property-issues-near-resolution

      Mr Hagaman and his son Damon bought two-thirds of more than 100 former Port Otago ground leases in 2001, which sold in total for $12.6 million.
      Damon is now ‘ estranged from Earl and Lani

      “”We have nothing to do with Damon,” Lani Hagaman says firmly. “He lives his life and we live ours.”
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/9725378/Hagamans-building-an-empire

      • Johan 9.1.1

        The value for this parcel of land going from $15 million to $35.6 million seems highly inflationary? Did the Dunedin Council not seek alternative locations for the stadium?

        • Tricledrown 9.1.1.1

          Considering the full parcel of port Otago land owned by rate payers originally.
          Was sold for $289,000.
          Then bought back for $36.5 million.

  10. Yeah this makes it really obvious how vindictive this trial really is I think, and especially how unjust it is that certain people can afford to resort to trials of this sort but, say, beneficiaries whose privacy is violated by government ministers don’t get the same sort of treatment.

  11. Incognito 11

    Having just lost a loved one I know that it is a time when emotions can rage all over the place and it is often impossible to have a clear head and a focused mind. This is a recipe for irrational thinking and poor & impulsive decision making – as well as having an almost complete mind block, mental paralysis and extreme lethargy (feeling numb). Just saying.

    • saveNZ 11.1

      But she hasn’t lost a loved one. She is trying to get 2 million in damages while he’s on his death bed instead of spending time with him. Who knows what he wants!

      There’s more of a stain on Mr Hagman’s character with her behaviour on his behalf than anything Little has said. And the Jury pretty much supported that by finding Little not guilty on all counts but one and then not knowing if that was under privilege or not.

      • BM 11.1.1

        You might find that this his played very heavily on the mind of Earl Hagaman and he doesn’t want to die still knowing his name is mud in the eyes of many NZ’ers.

        Lani may see this as his last dying wish so is going to pursue Andrew Little until she gets the result he wants.

      • Incognito 11.1.2

        Her husband is terminally ill and has just weeks to live by all accounts and this somehow does not play a role and somehow does not affect her emotional state because he has not died yet!?

        The anti-rhetoric is strong here at times and Ms Hagaman has been painted in the most negative way possible by some. For good measure and consistency National and National voters get lumped together into the judgement; guilty by association.

        It is frankly embarrassing and bordering on disgusting how some people claim to be progressive or whatever positive-sounding label they like to stick on themselves and in the same breath treat another human being with such disdain and utter disrespect without knowing anything about this person, what she might want, or why.

        Andrew Little realised he had inadvertently caused hurt and apologised for that and rightly so. That’s a hallmark of a good leader and of a decent human …

        • saveNZ 11.1.2.1

          Little apologised but still she went ahead and tried to bankrupt him and cause the maximum harm to the election process. She then lost in court apart from 1 count which is not clear cut and still she wants to bankrupt Little by another court case. Hence the vindictive actions that everyone is calling her out on…

          • Incognito 11.1.2.1.1

            You know what; people are entitled to “call out” others. I call out people making presumptive judgements and completely ignoring context and the fact that know diddly-squat about the person(s) whom they are calling out. The vitriol is dripping from their chins; the disgust towards the other(s) is palpable. There is only a fine line that separates this from hate speech. Andrew Little got judged on being motivated predominantly by “ill will” and he passed; the people I’m calling out I’m not so sure about …

            • saveNZ 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Wah Wah… wifey no 5 lost, she needs to get over it. People sleeping in the street due to National party policy deserve sympathy, people who have had their homes devastated in Nuie and NZ money being diverted to Scenic hotels instead of them deserve sympathy.

              Can’t see any body feeling sympathetic to wifey 5 trying to get more money to add to her huge pile – and I don’t even think you’ll find much sympathy on the far right blogs either…

              And the fact the earl went through 5 wives says a lot about him and his judgement and personality as well. That is the Earl’s legacy on his death bed.

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  • Ultra-fast Broadband programme hits major milestone with more than one million connections
    The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has been 10 years in the making and demonstrates the popularity of the UFB network. “Uptake ...
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  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
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  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
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  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
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  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
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  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
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  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
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  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
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  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
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  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
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  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
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  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
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