Taito Philip Field has been sentenced to six years jail for bribery and corruption.
Field is a prime example of the ability of power to corrupt. He let down all those who put their trust in him – his community, his former party, and the voters.
We are fortunate that in New Zealand corruption by politicians is not tolerated. This sentence will be a healthy reminder of that for any others who are tempted to exploit the trust placed in them by the public for their personal gain.