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Wong corruption to be investigated

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, April 14th, 2011 - 12 comments
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We might be about to find out why Pansy Wong suddenly announced she would resign from Parliament late last year, after John Key had previously expressed full confidence in her.

Those mysterious flights that she and husband Sammy took to China while she was a minister and he was working for Kiwirail, which the McPhail report conveniently failed to look into, will be properly investigated by the Auditor-General.


12 comments on “Wong corruption to be investigated”

  1. Samuel Hill 1

    New Zealand becoming the new Argentina? http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DrH6_i8zuffs&h=9083c I don’t have a Ph.D in Economics but there are some very interesting similarities.

  2. grumpy 2

    Should be some very interesting stuff coming out.  A lesson to all political parties to be very careful in candidate selections and if you make a mistake – act quickly and decisively.

    • MrSmith 2.1

      Lets not forget Shipley is involved as well, the whole thing stinks like most of the National party.

      Grumpy candidate selection policy for National goes like this, they only have to pass two tests are they (1) corrupt  or (2) corruptible ….  of-course if it’s both they go up the list.

      • And dont forget he shadowy Burton Mrsmith  . Also hovering in the background in Creepy Creech Also is not certain dairy farm lands in the picture.
          The fact is these Tory bludgers are just doing what comes naturaly to them   the trouble is they are  in positions of trust and power and they get away with a lot .If some working class people were involved in such sleazy goings on  they would go to jail and the judge would have a great time reading out the riot act.

        [lprent: Layoff the bold. This is the second one I have fixed. Too many more excesses of bold in the comments and I’ll remove it for the moderators use only. ]

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Interesting stuff for kiwis that could do with a job building new railways rolling stock, that’s fer sure.

    • Shane Gallagher 3.1

      Yes – Dunedin South is one of the most economically deprived electorates in NZ – but it is much more important to save a few bucks for second rate trains from China than to have them built by the workshops in Hillside. If those trains were built here they would have helped rejuvenate Dunedin South.
      Interestingly the workers there are not too stressed about their jobs as they reckon the Chinese trains will be making regular visits to the workshops for repairs…

  4. grumpy 4

    “Fairfax Media reported last year that Mr Wong acted from March 2005 for Pacific Power Development to help clinch a contract for the Chinese company China North Rail to supply 20 locomotives to KiwiRail. CNR has since secured a $29m contract to supply 300 flat-deck wagons to KiwiRail by the middle of this year. “

    ….March 2005….hmmm, hope this does not backfire on Labour

  5. Yesterday I rang the Office of the Auditor-General and asked whether or not the scope of their investigation into Sammy Wong’s travel expenses was going to extend to the use of (ex) National Party MP Pansy Wong’s electorate office (735 Chapel Rd, Botany), as the business address of Shipley & Wong Ltd.
    At that time, on 11 June 2010, former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley was a 50% shareholder of Shipley & Wong Ltd, and her husband Burton Ross Shipley was a Director – along with Sammy Wong, Pansy Wong’s husband.
    errr…. don’t you think that the former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley and now former National Party MP Pansy Wong, would have had some idea that this deliberate use of an electorate address for a private business address was really rather dodgy?
    But they just did it anyway?
    Nicola White from the OAG confirmed that the office was aware of my concerns and my previous correspondence, and that they were ‘looking into issues associated with the matter’.
    So – presumably the answer is ‘yes’?
    (Following is the correspondence to which Nicola White is referring):
    19 February 2011
    Press Release: Penny Bright Independent candidate Botany by-election:
    ‘Politically explosive’ Public Meeting on central government corruption and privatisation’ Sunday 20 February 3-5pm Tangaroa College
    Latest developments in the Pansy Wong scandal:
    “The Communications Advisor for the Office of the Auditor-General confirmed yesterday that it had not yet decided whether or not to investigate the use of Pansy Wong’s electorate office address as the business address of Shipley & Wong Ltd,” says ‘Anti-Corruption campaigner’, Penny Bright, Independent candidate in the Botany by-election.
    “Has the current National Government Prime Minister John Key, been responsible for helping to cover-up arguably corrupt conduct which involves former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, who is a 50% shareholder in Shipley and Wong Ltd?”
    (SHIPLEY & WONG – Companies Office Number: 1245430)
    “Does Prime Minister John Key know of and approve of the registered company address of SHIPLEY & WONG LTD, changing to 735 Chapel Rd, Botany, on 11 June 2010, at a time that former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley was a 50% shareholder, and her husband Burton Ross Shipley was a Director – along with Sammy Wong, Pansy Wong’s husband?
    735 Chapel Rd Botany, being the address, at that time, of Pansy Wong’s electorate office?”
    “How is it that neither then current National Party MP (Pansy Wong) , or her husband; or a former National Party Prime Minister (Jenny Shipley) , or her husband, knew that this was wrong, and effectively constituted ‘misuse of public office for private gain’? How ‘dodgy’ is that?”
    “Why don’t New Zealand MPs have a ‘Code of Conduct’ with sanctions for breaches thereof?”
    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General investigating?
    What’s the hold-up?”
    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General proposing a ‘Code of Conduct for MPs as part of the ‘systems solution’ for this problem?”
    “Isn’t it time NZ had an ‘Independent Commission Against Corruption’ to help set up systems to enable genuine transparency and prevent corruption?”,
    Ms Bright concludes.”
    Penny Bright

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