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The whiff of corruption follows McCully around

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, April 19th, 2016 - 89 comments
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Odd isn’t it how the whiff of corruption follows McCully around – ‘Numerous donations’ by hotel founder to National Party, but no conflict

During the 2014 election, Scenic Hotel Group founder Earl Hagaman donated $101,000 to the National Party. A month later, the company won a contract to manage the Niuean Matavai Resort, heavily funded by the New Zealand government. Last year, $7.5 million in aid funding was announced to expand the resort.

A clear conflict of interest.

A hotel group that won a contract to run a Niue resort has denied any conflict, despite its founder making “numerous donations” to political parties.

“I mean, it’s not first time he’s donated to the National Party and he’s made quite numerous donations to the ACT party over the years as well.

“From the hotel’s perspective, we’re politically neutral. We actually don’t play any bias towards any political parties.”

Made similar donations to Labour and The Greens? The claim of no bias is laughable.

A conflict of interest “is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the individual or organization.” Clearly the motivation of the National Party could possibly have been corrupted by a $101,000 donation. The denials are as worthless as the claims of neutrality.

89 comments on “The whiff of corruption follows McCully around ”

  1. Keith 1

    The stench of corruption is coming from the National Party. McCully is merely a loyal drone in the organisation doing as he is told.

    • ianmac 1.1

      McCully has the reputation for going off on his own agenda. Remember as soon as he became Foreign Minister, his stopping the Pacific Welfare fund and choosing to back chosen businesses like the Scenic Hotel Group. Robbing the people to pay a few. Same approach as the IMF in Vietnam post-war. The most that the Vietnamese locals got out of the upmarket hotels, was as gardeners and laundry staff.

    • whateva next? 1.2

      Exactly what I was going to say too. +1 Keith

  2. Rolfcopter 2

    I’d suggest seeking comment from Ross Ardern… I’m sure he could clear it all up for you.

    Contact his daughter to set it all up.

    • jbc 2.1

      I think in all the excitement of the chase, this little detail has been overlooked.

    • leftie 2.2

      Why Rolfcopter? Whats he got to do with McCully shoulder tapping one of National’s donors for a multi million dollar govt contract?

      • Smilin 2.2.1

        It appears to me that the Gnats do nothing by the book of Democracy or the laws of accountability only that which accommodates the free market which detests govts of any kind telling them what they can do

  3. Rosie 3

    Great to hear on rnz this morning that the Labour Party have asked the Auditor General to investigate. Good to get the ball rolling. Now perhaps sources of mainstream news, might actually pay attention and report on it. There was no mention on shrub or stuffed of this amazingly dodgy series of two linked events.

    Or is this this behaviour is so commonplace now that it doesn’t warrant a mention?

  4. Myrtle 4

    Definitely the smell of corruption here which worries me. What worries me more is the continued lack of response from the NZ population at large – ponytail pulling, flag embarrassment, Saudi sheep deal, Oravida corruption and more – this is becoming the norm and it seems that National and John Key is loved more and more.

    • adam 4.2

      Myrtle

      It’s only about a third of the population which are hard core National party fanatics. Only about a third of the population that accept amoral behaviour, as normal.

      So it’s not a bad figure when you think about it. It’s not the 55% you read in the papers or see on the TV, it is actually a smaller figure. It is only about a third.

      But if history tell us anything, a third of the population can do some really really bad things.

      • NZJester 4.2.1

        Actually it is less than a third of the population.
        It is only a third of the eligible voters.
        There is a large proportion of the population not eligible to vote as they are below the legal voting age or in prison.

        Those running small to medium sized businesses in New Zealand are screwing their own businesses by voting National.
        Under National a lot of their potential customers do not have the money to buy the goods they sell so while they pay less tax on their profits, the loss in profits are more than the money saved from the tax cuts National bribed them with.
        National believes in trickle-down economics that has been shown not to work as the rich spend none of the extra cash they get and the economy goes stagnant.
        Put the money into the hands of the workers however and it all gets spent working its way up the chain so that businesses get the capital they need to grow and the customers to support that growth and the economy is no longer stagnant.

        • Sabine 4.2.1.1

          this:
          Those running small to medium sized businesses in New Zealand are screwing their own businesses by voting National.

          one of the reasons i give when asked why i don’t vote for National is simply that, I need customers that have discretionary income and well with Income Inflation, high rents, increased GST, and the likes people have no money left for discretionary spending.

          But it’s all good, rich people can buy up some more houses, surely that wealth will trickle down on us, in the form of an Accomodation Supplement maybe?

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1.1

            NZ business owners ain’t dumb. Why is it that Labour have never explained this alternative economics to them?

            • Sabine 4.2.1.1.1.1

              actually mate, this business owner is Labour because its in her interest.

              so go cry a river elsewhere, i have no use for you.

            • Smilin 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Alternative economics? isnt that what happened when JK got elected ?Total free market control and paying themselves to bs the nation that it was all necessary -120 billion in debt 4 ever

            • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1.1.3

              You may think that your fellow SME owners are dumb, but actually, they ain’t.

              Or maybe it is because you are arrogant enough to think that you know your fellow SME owners best interests better than they do.

              You don’t.

        • Expat 4.2.1.2

          NZJester

          A perfect observation of the real world economics for small businesses in NZ, and as Sabine confirms, high unemployment has a negative impact on small businesses and ends up flowing through the whole economy, increasing unemployment, and so the spiral continues on, relatively low pay rates exasperate the situation.

          Historical, global economic data for the last 200 years and across 40 countries, clearly shows that economies have been the most prosperous during periods where wealth distribution to the “many” has prevailed, and the funny thing is, the businesses also increase their profits, a win win for all, the only thing holding us back is the ideology of trickle-down, which they know doesn’t work, but there are great financial benefits for a few privileged.

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.2.1

            well, there is no political ideology in NZ which makes these distinctions, and which is happy to make a clear statement that the top 0.1% are earning too much while the bottom 80% are earning too little.

            • Expat 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Oh, Dunedin must be a very, very, very small town, or are you one of the privileged few, certainly the Nats made the distinction back in 2010 when they altered the TAX regime, which gave a distinct advantage to a few, or do you disagree with that.

              • Colonial Viper

                Did you read my comment? It said that there is no alternative political ideology to the one National is selling right now. At best there are mildly different versions of it.

          • Smilin 4.2.1.2.2

            Yes trickle down is the opposite in fact a ruddy great dam liable to burst

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.2

        But if history tell us anything, a third of the population can do some really really bad things.

        Come on mate, what the fuck. Are you going to compare this third of voting kiwis with those people who helped Mussolini or Hitler or Lenin or Mao Tse Tung take power?

        • alwyn 4.2.2.1

          “Are you going to compare this third of voting kiwis with those people who helped Mussolini or Hitler …..”.
          He just did CV. An idiot to be sure but I think he really does think that way.

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.1.1

            I know very good, very smart people who vote National. The Left appears to be losing touch with what politically motivates people in this country, turning ordinary Kiwis with different political views into some kind of caricatures to be taken the piss out of.

        • adam 4.2.2.2

          Actually I was trying to avoid a Godwin.

          And when did I start speaking for the left?

          My point is, a small groups of people can do bad things at the expense of the rest of society. When we have an electoral system which is effectively anti democratic it will always be a small group of people doing what they like.

          In times past, but maybe you don’t remember, when someone won an election they ruled for the whole country, not just their faction. And if that means I’m out of touch – so be it.

          • BM 4.2.2.2.1

            John Key is probably the most centered PM we’ve ever had.

            The fact that you can’t see that speak volumes about how politically blinded you are.

            • Expat 4.2.2.2.1.1

              BM

              “John Key is probably the most centered PM we’ve ever had.”

              I suppose if you call a pony tail pulling PM as being centered, but normalising this behavior only serves to lower morality of the whole of society, but then who needs morality any way, right.

              • BM

                This pony tailing pulling has been completely blown out of proportion, I realize it’s probably not one of his best moments, but, It’s not like he did anything really freaky.

                No offence to the woman involved but she’s just one of the thousands of people the PM meets every week, he probably didn’t actually realize he’d done it before.

                • Smilin

                  You really are takin the piss in such a right wing bitch of a way .Whats your next line dont hit me ?

                • Expat

                  BM

                  ” but, It’s not like he did anything really freaky”

                  You can’t be serious, it must be the normalising.

                  “No offence to the woman involved but she’s just one of the thousands of people the PM meets every week”

                  Some of the victims were young girls, not women, but hey, that’s not really freaky, is it, at least, not for a PM.

            • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.2.2.2.1.2

              KDSDS

            • Whateva next? 4.2.2.2.1.3

              Self centred

    • MARY_A 4.3

      @ Myrtle (4) Absolutely agree.

      You say in your final comment ” … and it seems that National and John Key is loved more and more.”

      Is he?

      Or is what we are being told and expected to believe?

      Subliminal manipulation of the citizenry’s thought processes more like it!

      • whateva next? 4.3.1

        And I would love understand exactly how this “polling” lark works, such power for such irrelevant data, which seems to sway those who “aren’t sure who to vote for”

  5. roy cartland 5

    Of course they’re corrupt – how else could they stay in power? They simply do not represent the best outcome for most people.

  6. Pete 6

    The PM every now and then utters his famous words, “The people “aren’t silly.”

    So there’s a pile of horseshit. It looks like that, it smells like that, you poke a stick in it and it acts like that. And McCully and Co. say it’s a lovely pavlova, all tasty and sweet.

    The PM every now also utters his famous words about being, “Open and transparent.”

    So I’m not silly and to me it’s openly transparent that the Niuean Matavai Resort business is a load of horseshit.

  7. alwyn 7

    The Labour Party is going to have an interesting time if they try and follow their new found principles should they become the Government at some time in the future.
    They will have to refuse to negotiate employment conditions with any union which makes donations to them. I presume the seamen on the Cook Strait ferries are represented by the Maritime Union. Obviously we will have to regard any improvement in their pay as being a pay-off for the donations the union has made to the Labour Party. Corruption in other words. No negotiations with your union, comrades.
    I wonder if they get anything from the PSA or the Education unions?

    On the other hand I suppose Grant, who is likely to be the leader before they ever get back into Government will find some reason to see it as “different” than Little Andy seems to pretend.

    I think the only reason Labour is bellowing about this is that they are trying to scare the hell out of anyone thinking of donating to National. Make a donation and we will smear you is their philosophy. They hope that they can then drive National out of the game.

    • ropata 7.1

      As usual, the Nat fanatic has no moral justification for the latest scandal, and goes off on a rant against Labour

      • alwyn 7.1.1

        The only actual scandal here is a typical Labour Party response of throwing smears around and trying to destroy the reputation of anyone who doesn’t worship them.
        Just like Little and his smear of John Shewan in Parliament the other day. Andy has clearly been taking lessons from Trevor Mallard, hasn’t he?

        • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1

          There’s no smears being thrown around – just very, very valid questions.

          • alwyn 7.1.1.1.1

            Yes dear. You stick to your beliefs, weird though they may be.

            • The Other Mike 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Do you EVER address the content in the OP? Or just come here to type BS anti Labour Party rants?

              Seems so.

              Just another effing troll.

              • alwyn

                The person who made the original post brought up the other parties, in particular the Labour Party and the Greens. They appeared to be complaining when they said
                “Made similar donations to Labour and The Greens? The claim of no bias is laughable.”

                They then talked about conflicts of interest.
                “Clearly the motivation of the National Party could possibly have been corrupted by a $101,000 donation”.
                I am merely curious how, should they get back into power, they are going to handle their own conflicts of interest if negotiations between the Government and Unions take place?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  What sort of negotiations take place between government and unions?

                  I’m pretty sure that none of the unions run hotels.

                  • alwyn

                    “What sort of negotiations take place between government and unions”.
                    Pay negotiations you silly boy.
                    I would assume that members of the Maritime Union, who were quite generous in their donations to the Labour Party, represent the crews of the Railway’s owned Cook Strait Ferries.
                    Conversation “We’ll give you $100,000 toward your election fund. In return we expect all our members to get 10% pay increases next year”. “Done, we need the money”.
                    I think the probability of it happening is exactly on a par with the probability of what people here are fantasizing about having occurred.
                    I doubt if Jacinda and her father are terribly amused though.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Last time I looked, the government doesn’t actually have anything to do with setting the wages of Kiwirail’s workers.

                      Whereas the government does directly appoint who’s getting money directly from the government to run a government subsidised hotel.

                      So, what we have here is you trying to build up a false equivalence so that you can scream LABOUR DID IT TOOOOOOOO!!!!

                      You’re pathetic really.

                    • alwyn

                      You really are stupid aren’t you?
                      You claim “Whereas the government does directly appoint who’s getting money directly from the government to run a government subsidised hotel”
                      The Government appointed a committee who chose the organisation who got the contract to run the hotel. They included the current High Commissioner to Niue and a very senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with a former High Commissioner Mark Blumsky.
                      At KiwiRail the Government appoints a Board of Directors who are responsible for the activities of the company, including the wages and salaries paid.
                      In neither case is the Minister directly involved.

                      You then claim that I am somehow doing this so “that you can scream LABOUR DID IT TOOOOOOOO”.
                      I have never done that have I? I am merely pointing out that if Little is claiming corruption in this case he will have to either accept that accepting donations from organisations dealing with any part of the Government means he is guilty of corruption or he will have to refuse all such contributions.

                      There isn’t any corruption in the hotel situation. The only whiff of corruption is the dreadful smell arising from the fast decomposing body of yet another failed Labour leader. He is sitting there in Parliament awaiting the final dagger in the back from Gracinda.

                      You’re pathetic really.

        • ropata 7.1.1.2

          Bizarre stuff. The masters of dirty politics & smear attacks are on the 9th floor of the Beehive, you seem to be projecting your (lack of) morals onto others.

          Labour is doing its job of _opposition_ and calling the govt to account. I know people like you don’t like sunlight.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.2

        +1

        A rant that doesn’t even connect to the topic except through, painful, illogical, convoluted spin.

  8. Puckish Rogue 8

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11624603

    The Matavai is owned by the Niue Tourism Property Trust on behalf of the Government of Niue, which owned the resort before then. That arrangement was put in place in 2011 to ensure oversight of the aid investment New Zealand was putting in. Mr McCully appoints the trustees who are Ross Ardern (NZ’s High Commissioner to Niue and father of Labour MP Jacinda Ardern), Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy secretary Jonathan Kings and former High Commissioner Mark Blumsky, who was formerly a National MP and now lives in Niue.

    Throw enough mud and hope some of it sticks…bit Dirty of Labour but its not like its unusual for them

    • adam 8.1

      yes dear

    • Magisterium 8.2

      …Mr McCully appoints the trustees who are Ross Ardern (NZ’s High Commissioner to Niue and father of Labour MP Jacinda Ardern)…

      aaaaaand there it is. Every time.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2.1

        I’m curious as to how you think he’d know about a $100k donation to the National Party.

    • Keith 8.3

      A 100k donationn at least to the National Party by a very astute businessman who is then awarded a multi million deal by National was actually revealed by RNZ and on its own it stinks like a rotten corpse. On top of every other dodgy dirty deal done by National it is well past mere coincidence! Its now an episode from The Sopranos. Labour have quite rightly picked up on it, why the hell wouldn’t they?

      And I’ve got to love the deflection to Jacinda Aderns father. Did he get paid off too because if so he should be facing the music but somehow that’s just fuel to the fire for this damning behaviour. But one thing is for sure, anyone like Adern, who is associating with National will be thinking right now is why they got the job!

      Corruption is not acceptable or tolerable or something anyone should turn a blind eye to. Why do Nat suppoters see no evil here?

      • Puckish Rogue 8.3.1

        Because, as of yet, there is no corruption here. Why do lefties believe you don’t have to prove anything as long as you have enough allegations?

        Now if corruption has been shown then you and all the other mouth breathers will have a point but if nothing comes out will the lefties apologise?

        Doubtful

        • ropata 8.3.1.1

          there is a sordid pattern here that’s obvious to everyone but you

        • Stuart Munro 8.3.1.2

          As you know perfectly well PR, McCully as a cabinet minister is required to be consoicuously proper in his dealings: not merely not corrupt, but demonstrably not corrupt.

          Here is an anomalous payment and a massive pro quo apparently for that quid. It lies with McCully to demonstrate that it is not another instance of the bribery which he has chosen as his hallmark.

          Bribing Shane Jones to leave Labour (bit of an own goal frankly)
          Bribing a sheik on the forlorn hope of a free trade deal
          and now overpaying for hotel management.

          Are you really desperate enough to claim McCully didn’t recognise the impropriety? Hard to believe the dirtiest party ever would know dirt when it saw it.

          McCully Nuie.

      • Nick K 8.3.2

        Except……..the contract wasn’t awarded by the government.

        • Stuart Munro 8.3.2.1

          Direct from Cabinet Club then?

          Just when you think the Gnats could stoop no lower they’re out there limbo dancing under snake’s bellies in wagon ruts.

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    Due c’mon you gotta be quicker than that, I mean a half our difference in posting just makes you look like one of my groupies 🙂

  10. McFlock 10

    Dunno what Scenic Circle is on about.

    The CoI has nothing to do with them – it’s whether McCully’s appointees had any motive in giving preference to a business owned by a major tory donor.

  11. Magisterium 11

    Ahahahaha one mention of Jacinda Ardern’s connection to the Niue deal and everything comes to a screaming halt.

    COMMENCE OPERATION SWEEP-UNDER-CARPET

    • McFlock 11.1

      Nah, people like to have lunch without dealing with unnecessary stupidity.

      You’re a legend in your own mind.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 11.2

      Altogether now…….
      Chorus
      Labour did it too, mate
      Labour did it too.
      We inherited it from Labour
      So what else could we do?
      If ever we’re in trouble
      And the news has turned to pooh
      Then it’s time to plug the same old line
      “Labour did it too!”

    • Draco T Bastard 11.3

      But we’re not actually talking about an Jacinda Adern connection. The connection is with her father and I’d be surprised that they even talked about it.

      The other person on the board is an ex-National MP which gives us two connections to National. That connection makes the corruption even more probable.

  12. whispering kate 12

    I agree with Keith about the stench which follows McCully around, it happens too often, the Saudi deal was corrupt and still hasn’t been resolved and the truth revealed. Now with the Nuie deal with the resort. If the founder of Scenic Hotel Group had no idea about the contract does he not have any oversight on what is going on , he shouldn’t be allowed to be in control of a business. It seems Hagaman is doing what the PM does, doesn’t want anything which is dodgy touching him so he “sees nothing and knows nothing”. And the donation of $100K, nobody gives a donation to a political party and doesn’t expect kick backs of some kind. How dodgy is that. The MSM need a kick up the proverbial and should be ripping this disgusting deal apart. Some hope.

    Old cynical cops/dectectives always agree and say that there are no coincidences in crimes, where there is smoke there is fire. How they are going to cover all this corruption up beggars belief. Deflect with stupid sound bites like the “first family” in China in the news and paper probably, like they always do.

  13. Repateet 13

    Are all MPs responsible for their parents?

    Carmel Sepuloni got it in the neck for what her mother did. Now Jacinda Arden is being dragged into something because her father is associated with a deal in Niue which has had questions asked about it.

    And some cretins are trying to distract from the issue by implying if any crap has gone on, through that Arden link it somehow casts aspersions on the Labour Party and minimises any wrong doing there might be from National party people.

  14. Once Was Tim (and in fact never was Tim) 14

    “The whiff of corruption follows McCully around”

    Christ Almighty – it goes a frikken sight deeper than McCully who probably only succumbed to his own naivety, aided and abetted by that Chez Longe upholstery material cladded vixen; know-it-all member of something we used to call a 4th Estate – now more aptly described as the ass-licking Thorndon bubble press gang. (Most of whom don’t/can’t see the medium/long term). Just another Rosemary McCluck lookalike aspiring to claim their rights to a higher class (otherwise known as social climbing wankers)

    …… NOW we have our dearest Leader, John Key (side-by-side with knock-kneed Adonis son Mex – whose beauteous presence pervades as much social media as he and his acolytes can muster) suggesting he’s ‘open’ to an extradition treaty (provided of course, ewwmun roights britches en the deth penty don’t figure in such an arrangement).
    Apparently there are 50 on a list (that is 50 that are known of presumably)

    They reap what they sow. I wonder jst hear relexed he’s gunna b when he reterns home on Earforce 1. (John – you really must get that 757 repainted!)

  15. Mathew 15

    No surprise here re corruption. McCully is currently aware that there is a cop at the Bangkok embassy who was arrested in nz and was allowed to leave by the police without going to court. He has done nothing, despite all of the noise he made over the Malaysian diplomat

  16. Magisterium 16

    One almost feels sorry for Little now. So many own goals, so many bombs going off in his face.

    Jessica Mutch: How do you think the trustees were involved in this, one of them obviously the father of one of your front bench MPs? How do you think he’s implicated in this?

    Andrew Little: Well the issue isn’t the trustees, I don’t care about the trustees, what I care about is the fact that somebody who donated over a hundred thousand dollars to the National Party one month later gets a contract to run a hotel and then several months later gets seven and a half million dollars. That’s got to be investigated.

    Jessica Mutch: You’re saying that you don’t care about the trustees but yesterday you did say that you’ve got all the trustees appointed by the Minister, you were questioning their position of being there. Has that changed now that the attention has come that it is Jacinda Ardern’s father ?

    Andrew Little: There is only one issue here and that is a large donor to the National Party…

    Jessica Mutch: How do you feel about indirectly implicating and some would say smearing the father of one of your front bench MPs?

    Andrew Little: Well apart from that being one of the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard, I would be failing in my duty as the leader of the opposition if having seen a large donor to the National Party…

    Jessica Mutch: You did say though that the deal stinks, do you not think that that reflects poorly on him?

    Andrew Little: The fact that a large donor to the National Party donated over a hundred thousand dollars…

    Jessica Mutch: Was it an oversight, did you forget about the link with Jacinda Ardern’s father? Did you know about it yesterday when you came out so strongly and spoke about it?

    Andrew Little: I would be failing in my duty as the leader of the opposition if I didn’t actually draw attention to and ask for an assurance about a donor to the National Party donating…

    Jessica Mutch: Isn’t it messy though that Jacinda Ardern’s father is involved in this?

    Andrew Little: New Zealanders are entitled to an assurance from this Government when one of their biggest donors gets a Government contract a month later…

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/answer-question-mr-little-labour-leader-gets-repetitive-wont-straight-ardern-link

    • framu 16.1

      im keen to hear how this link to the labour party via an MPs father has any significance

      cmon – explain it. Why does it matter so much that you and others are focusing on that?

      • Magisterium 16.1.1

        Andrew Little just accused a NZ High Commissioner of corruption. That’s, you know, a Thing. The fact that the commissioner is also the father of one of a front-bench Labour MP is just a bonus.

        Once again, Labour leadership looks like it just races shit out the door half-finished, half-thought-out, with implications and consequences never considered.

        HEY WE’RE NOT SAYING THAT THE HIGH COMMISSIONER STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN, WE’RE JUST PUTTING IT OUT THERE, WE JUST WANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION

        • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.1

          What would the HC know about the National Party’s corrupt arrangements? This comes back on McCully and his sleazy money-laundering boss.

        • framu 16.1.1.2

          why is labour and jacinda ardern responsible for the actions of her father?

          why are you and so many others latching on to what is probably the smallest issue in this case?

          its pathetic

  17. Descendant Of Sssmith 17

    Ahh the influence of both Kinloch and McCully surely resulted in this:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5055820/Queries-over-2-4m-parenting-contract

    http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/04/public-office-private-gain/

    Wonder what research has been done into the effectiveness of these courses. I’m still waiting for mine to arrive.

    And of course their was PEDA as well.

    http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2010/06/new-zealand-govts-4-8-million-package-for-pacific-eda-questioned/

    and there’s putting an irrigation system by Amy Adams farms, the port infrastructure being built on Carter land, the p[re-election threat of sacking Ecan, …………..

    Co-incidences all.

    Maybe this needs updating from depression to corruption.

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  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
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  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
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  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
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  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
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  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
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  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
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  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
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  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
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  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
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  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
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  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
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  • No active community cases of COVID-19
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  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
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  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
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