web analytics

Williamson in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, May 1st, 2014 - 23 comments
Categories: national, same old national - Tags: ,

maurice williamson

Maurice Williamson’s future is in doubt.

From the Herald:

A National Party Minister contacted a top ranking police officer after a wealthy businessman with close ties to him was arrested on domestic violence charges.

The Prime Minister’s office is understood to be considering Maurice Williamson’s future as a Minister, following Herald inquiries into the phone call that he made.

His office is understood to have also questioned Mr Williamson over his involvement with Donghua Liu’s criminal case.

Prime Minister John Key will make a statement later this morning.

Mr Williamson was at his home in Papakura this morning. A man who answered the door referred all questions to Mr Williamson’s press secretary.

All blinds in the house were drawn and there were several cars parked in the driveway.

This coming on top of the Oravida scandal is creating a stench around the Government where political donations appear to have expectations attached.

On top of this is the news that Peter Dunne was pressured by National into flip flopping on the sale of synthetic drugs and there is a feeling of crisis building up.

This should be an interesting day …

23 comments on “Williamson in trouble ”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    I don’t get why phoning a cop is any different than modelling for promotional material or allowing yourself to be paraded in front of foreign officials like bloodstock.

    National done got owned.

    • Tracey 1.1

      collins has slater the king of dirt. key is too scared to dump her. maurice is old guard and will resign and key will look strong again. this wont harm williamson post politics the chinese will be lining up to put him on boards

      • Mary 1.1.1

        Absolutely right. This will come to nothing and like you say Key will look strong. For every minister or MP Key may sacrifice there’s a stack of greedy and uncaring wannabes gagging to take their place. Labour’s so hopeless the government could order the killing of all new born babies of parents on a benefit and Key and his mates would govern alone.

        • TeWhareWhero 1.1.1.1

          Mary you seem to think that a ‘plague on all your houses’ approach is a productive way to proceed – question is, productive for whom?

          • Mary 1.1.1.1.1

            “Dear Mr Cunliffe,

            Can you please stop helping John Key and Paula Bennett be nasty to the poor and vulnerable? That’s really not what the Labour Party should be doing. Instead, you should be standing up against all of those things this government is doing. Okay, Mr Cunliffe?

            Thanking you in anticipation.

            Best wishes, Mary.”

            There, that’s fixed that then. A much better strategy. Thanks TeWhareWhero!

          • Mary 1.1.1.1.2

            Or how about this on a Tui billboard: “Labour will sort themselves out. We just have to give them a chance.”

            • TeWhareWhero 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Sarcasm is a poor substitute for wit.

              I don’t see the current LP as the ideal – far from it but I think it’s better than the alternative.

              I don’t subscribe to the infantile notion that the sharper the contradictions become the sooner the oppressed masses will revolt. I think we need to get the best possible people into parliament and then force them to behave in the best interests of ordinary Kiwis which means standing up to the corporatocracy – a big ask. For that to happen we all need to stop thinking that democracy ends at the ballot box – and start building the understanding that it’s where it starts.

              • Mary

                “…but I think it’s better than the alternative.”

                There’s another Tui billboard. It’s this naivety that gives Labour the confidence not to change. It’s only when they realise that their support can’t be taken for granted that they might change. When you’ve got a Labour opposition that votes with the government on one of the most nasty pieces of anti-poor legislation passed since Labour axed the special benefit in 2004 you know that all talk of “better than the alternative” is hogwash. Labour’s position on how those on the lowest incomes should be treated gives support to the government when in opposition and craps on the poor if they’re ever back in government. Your defence of Labour makes you sound like you work in that den of iniquity that is the Labour Research Unit.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      National has been owned for a long time.

  2. greywarbler 2

    The PM must be in uncomfortable mode in his binary comfortable/uncomfortable setting.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    So another of the Oily Orcas favourite Mps caught out using his office to push his weight around

    You would think someone in National is systematically undermining Collins and her backers in caucus.
    Bill English can get one of his gumboots chosen as the next Clutha Southland MP, while Collins cant even keep the supporters she has.

    • Tracey 3.1

      ok. disregard above. I didnt know williamson was a slater boy.

      slater missed the collins and williamson scandals… I guess there goes his claim of being a journalist afterall exposing corrupt politicians is his specialist field and he missed 2 under his own nose.

    • Tracey 3.2

      the smiling assassasin has the silent assassin behind him… joyce but joyce wouldnt jeopardize an election. maybe the media woke up or like 2005 some nats dont like where their party is going and who has retired…

  4. lprent 4

    Ah snap…. Cross over… Oh well.. I added a bit of the background on Donghua Liu.

    I see that the web servers on this site are being added to about every 10 minutes to cope with the loading.

  5. bad12 5

    Maurice should have taken the plumb Ambassador’s job Slippery the Prime Minister offered him last year at the start of the clean-out,

    This is classic New York Bankster transposed onto political management by the PM, in the Bankster industry they burn them out and then chuck them out,(sometimes with mega-millions for the middle managers to stop them spilling the beans on those further up the food chain issuing the orders),

    The new politics from National simply transplant this philosophy onto the Caucus where those who have been there for too long and may threaten the leadership cabal having realized they have no further to go in the political pecking order are given the shove,

    Williamson resisted the ”shove” with the veiled threat that He still had plenty to ”do” in politics,(presumably count the numbers for Judith Collins), and a little ”force” has to be used by the bloke with ”lots of secrets in His top draw” to rid Himself of a rival,

    Wonder who slipped the Herald,(also known as the National Party broadsheet), the info that Maurice had been conversing with the plods on behalf of Bill Liu,

    Surely not that bastion of political prostitution the Office of the Prime Minister…

    • mac1 5.1

      I should hope, bad12, that the police themselves objected to the use of undue influence.

      I wonder what the cabinet manual says about Williamson’s activities?

      Will our Maurice be the sixteenth flea to jump from the dead carcass of the National Party?

    • Skinny 5.2

      Yes I agree Bad12 something fishy going on behind the scene. Williamson has a history of messing up and now gets the bullet. Maybe tiding up loose ends before it gets exposed closer to the election. Key would have been made aware of this mess up a while ago.

  6. risildowgtn 6

    Williamson has resigned ! from Stuff

  7. Ron 7

    maybe Williamson will be Dot Com’s secret member?

  8. TeWhareWhero 8

    So he’s resigned. What interesting times we live in.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New ACC Board members announced.
    The Minister for ACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to join the Board of ACC on 1 February 2021. “All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC” said Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Economic boost for Southland marae
    The Government is investing $9 million to upgrade a significant community facility in Invercargill, creating economic stimulus and jobs, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene have announced.  The grant for Waihōpai Rūnaka Inc to make improvements to Murihiku Marae comes from the $3 billion set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago