Click here for a PDF of Local Government Minister Rodney Hide’s invitation to local government stakeholders to a breakfast speech titled “The Future of Local Government”.
This speech by the Minister to stakeholders is doubling as an ACT fundraiser. If you want to hear your Minister for Local Government speak, you will have to make a contribution to the ACT party.
Now, I can see Hide claiming he won’t be speaking as minister. Well, let’s take a look at this invite:
Hmm, “The Future of Local Government”. Sounds like a representative of the government, a minister, talking to me.
The body of the invite backs it up:
ACT Party Leader and Minister of Local Government; Hon Rodney Hide has a significant programme to enhance the operation of the Local Government sector. He would be delighted if you would join him for breakfast at the Heartland Cotswold Hotel on 4 November 2009.
At this breakfast, Rodney will present his views on ‘The Future of Local Government in New Zealand’.
Yup, no doubt he’s speaking as minister there. And they know they’re doing something dodgy because they avoid calling him minister on the front page but on the front page only, a sign of a guilty mind trying to cover up.
There’s no way out of this for Hide. He has been caught red-handed abusing his ministerial powers. He should resign before Key fires him.