A great piece of investigative journalism from Julie Fairey at the Hand Mirror. She read the article in the Herald yesterday about how Aroha and her mum Joan Nathan had been cynically used for the building of Brand Key, only to be abandoned by National and Key after the election, and something about National’s excuses didn’t strike her as right. Here’s the relevant passage from the Herald:
Jackie Blue said Nathan worked 10 hours a week doing administration for Mt Roskill office up until the 2008 election.
She wasn’t re-employed because Blue merged her office with Lotu-Iiga, and didn’t need to rehire staff.
Blue said she had tried to keep in touch, but Nathan’s phone had been disconnected.
I am a little confused by the idea that Jackie Blue (List MP, office in Mt Roskill) and Sam Lotu-Iiga (Electorate MP for Maungakiekie, office in Onehunga) have merged their offices. So confused was I that, seeing as how I was going to Onehunga today anyway, I decided to drive by and check.
And indeed here is Lotu-Iiga’s office on the Onehunga Mall, where it’s been since not long after the election (remember, he was a new MP in the 2008 in-take).
While here we have Jackie Blue’s office on Dominion Rd…
…Clearly they haven’t merged offices. They still both maintain separate offices, with no reference to each other on their shopfronts. I wonder if Parliamentary Services thinks they have merged? My guess would be no.
And as for the last part of that quote from the Herald – Blue’s difficulty getting hold of Nathan because they don’t have a phone line anymore. Blue is Mt Roskill-based right? She has contested the seat here for two elections. She puts about that she is a local MP. Perhaps she doesn’t know where Nathan lives? Oh, wait…
On that last part, apparently, Blue used to be Aroha and Nathan’s GP, which makes this whole thing from even more transparently a cynical exercise in exploitation by National.