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Wong: frequent flyer

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 25th, 2010 - 33 comments
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Labour revealed yesterday that Pansy Wong traveled abroad an astonishing eleven times as Minister for Women’s Affairs and Ethnic Affairs, spending $147,000 in two years (her ministries’ departments were less than $10 million a year) making her one of the highest spending ministers. Six of those trips were to China. What was she doing? Why did Key sign off on these trips?

Now, Trevor Mallard has added more grist to the mill:

“Not unusual for John Key and Pansy Wong to eat with large groups of Chinese people in Bellamys.

Pansy collected these and many other cheques which were assumed to going to the National Party – we thought they were being laundered through the Waitemata or other National Party controlled trusts.

But now we know that in fact the money has been paid into an account controlled by Pansy and Sammy Wong.

No wonder Key doesn’t want her to resign – he wants to collect the money variously decribed as hundreds of thousands and well over a million.”

Every day, this story gets worse: a minister who spent an inordinate amount of time traveling, mainly to China, at huge cost, took donations for the Nats through a secret personal account, and has now disappeared of the face of the Earth, on Key’s orders, possibly overseas again.

33 comments on “Wong: frequent flyer”

  1. ianmac 1

    It is surprising that Key does not use the Pike tragedy to cover a “release” of information re Pansy Wong. Though rumour has it that Wong is out of the country?
    Since Trevor has released his information on-line rather than in-House, he must have real info to back it up. Interesting.

    • Bright Red 1.1

      I would have thought that even Key would struggle to get away with the gros expediency of using Pike River for cover like that.

  2. ianmac 2

    And I wonder if by waiting Key will be able to see what other information is out there regarding Wong. Don’t confess to something that is unknown. Key did say recently that it was the Opposition’s job to find out stuff rather than his.

  3. Tigger 3

    Now come on, there are women in China. And ethnic affairs type stuff… This is just another vile Labour smear job… I have no doubt that when Wong reappears she will have a good reason for all this spending. Provided she does reappear which frankly I’m wondering if she ever will.

  4. Jim Nald 4

    Report card:
    How has Pansy delivered for Women’s Affairs and Ethnic Affairs?

    I know women’s groups who have been appalled by lack of policy development and implementation after all these months.
    At the two-year mark and what? Anything remotely looking like work or initiative for this ministerial portfolio has been chucked into the deep freeze.

    I know Asian groups who have been deeply dissatisfied with her rare visibility and increasing muteness. In fact, there has been no new initiatives, and those from the previous electoral cycle have been left to dry up or die out.

    What the blooming dickens has she done the past 18 months?
    Oh, of course. Pansy is woman. Pansy is ethnic.
    And we’re now seeing she has been very occupied.
    Oh yes, very busy developing, advocating and implementing her own Affairs.

    • john k 4.1

      Jim you got it,thats all she has done.
      theres a new chinese newspaper come out in english,the chinese are not happy with her

  5. ianmac 5

    You know how various agencies are put under the spotlight and made to explain their expenditure? Well how about the Women’s Affairs and Ethnic Affairs Ministries being made to?

    • Jim Nald 5.1

      There is a Chinese proverb that says women hold up half the sky.
      Well, there has been little sign that she has been driving real policies and initiatives.
      But every sign that she and her other half have been busy taking to the sky.

    • Bright Red 5.2

      they’re tiny organisations that ensure the policies developed by the bigger government bodies take women and ethnic issues into account, and they report on discrimination, income gaps etc.

      • Jim Nald 5.2.1

        And thanks to National, with handmaiden Pansy, they have been quickly shuffled off to the side to be discarded into irrelevance.

        She can herself now have a taste of National’s poison.

  6. freedom 6

    Dame Jenny Shipley is now an Independent Director of China Construction Bank. She is Chairman of Senior Money International. She also chairs Mainzeal Construction and is a Director of its parent, Richina Pacific which owns the China based SLC and SRL, a major property and leather cluster of businesses in Shanghai. She is a Director of the HR company, Momentum.

    Fonterra, who have publicly said they want to restrict foreign ownership of Dairy in NZ hire Dame Shipley to discuss new dairy opportunities in China whilst Dame Jenny Shipley has taken numerous Chinese investors on guided Real Estate tours of New Zealand farmland.

    She is a very regular visitor to China in her role as a director, a keynote speaker and in association with her consultancy interests. She has served on a number of advisory boards including the International Economic Advisory Board of the City of Rotterdam. She is an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia and a Director of the Interntional Financial Forum, supporting both organizations when they hold events in Beijing annually.

    To balance all this mega-profit engineering and to asssuage openly admitted desires for 80%-100% hikes in dairy returns, thus forcing even more children to suffer ill health, Dame Shipley supports a few schools in Namibia
    http://www.namibiankids.org.nz/?page_id=4

    Why would such a generous and important person not want to answer questions about her business associations with Pansy Wong?

  7. Anne 7

    captcha: connections.
    Oh yes, Wong has the connections alright. It’s obvious now what her value has been all along. It also shows whereabouts on this govt.’s priority list that the women’s and ethnic affairs portfolios actually stand – at the bottom.

    It’s been reported that the Nat. Party membership in the Botany electorate has sunk to an all time low – 134 (I think). That’s extraordinary given that both the electoral and party vote majorities were 10,000 plus in 2008. No wonder Key is desperate to buy time!

    Pete Hodgson, Trevor Mallard and co. are going to have to do all the running on this one. The MSM have received their instructions, and will be hiding under the nearest rock.

    • Jim Nald 7.1

      Incidentally, …
      Pansy was parachuted into Parliament as list MP (with whose endorsement?) in 1996.
      Jenny Shipley was in Cabinet then, and was to roll Jimbo in 1997.

      Pansy was on the Canterbury Regional Council before going into Parliament.
      Jenny was MP for Rakaia (Canterbury).

      Pansy ain’t Parliamentary newbie but a 14 year veteran.

      Dear taxpayers
      What has she done for you lately?

  8. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    You have to look at the Wongs as running a husband and wife ‘franchise’ of the national party.

    Fits to a tee, NP provide the branding, the backup, the access to the ‘Colonel’.
    While the Wongs round up the ‘customers’ who want a fast food political experience. But happy to pay silver service prices.

    As for any franchise , theres a franchise fee to go to National , maybe as high as 50% ( quite a bit more than usual) but advantage of electorate office and overseas trips ( approved by Key ) but taxpayer funded. The Wongs get to keep the rest. Sammy does the deals that are ‘off franchise’, which protects the ‘brand’

    All that is missing for the public, is the price list for the ‘fast food’

    • Jim Nald 8.1

      Makes one wonder if there was an undisclosed ministerial portfolio that Pansy was carrying off:

      Minister of Sammy’s Affairs

      • Anne 8.1.1

        lol 😀

      • Robert Atack 8.1.2

        How about this for a long shot?
        Key is borrowing (selling NZ) 200 + million bucks a week.
        Who are about the only players in town with full suitcases?
        Maybe we all owe Pansy a big thank you, because if that $200,000,000 wasn’t coming in each week we might be living in a different society, like the one we face once the spigot of life is turned off.
        And maybe Jenny is showing our benefactors ‘our’ farms to convince them that we will be able to pay back the $40+ billion Key has predicted ‘we’ need to borrow to keep the lights on, and more importantly the mobs off the streets.
        Remember these are the good days.
        And they will never prevent what is coming, at best they are delaying the inevitable, I guess I can say “I told ya so” when we have food riots in Wellington.
        Apathy is so strong in NZ it will take empty stomachs to get the masses to do anything. At the moment they are happy.

        I can still remember the time before the crash
        when we all drove around in cars and I had lots of cash
        and anything I wanted, I’d just go out and buy
        I’d even drive a mile or two – just to buy a pie

        but then the oil wars started and everything collapsed
        the supermarket shelves were stripped before a month elapsed
        and people all turned really grim and gained a hungry look
        we’d steal from anyone at all we’d kill for things to cook

        and everywhere disease and grief and bodies left to rot
        while gangs of grim and brutal men would kill and steal and plot
        and people fled the cities and countless numbers died
        and everything was so so bad not even mothers cried

        our house was one of many then, a normal family home
        but it was stripped and burnt for fuel when we had left to roam
        and I remember mum and dad, my little sister too
        but they were killed and eaten back sometime in ‘22

        and now I know I’m dying, I’ve left no living heirs
        nobody is alive to know there’s not a soul who cares
        there’s only me so damned hungry I’m gnawing at the trees
        there’s no-one left to kill and eat oh God please help me please

        and as I stagger on and on through burnt and plundered homes
        I see the the signs of rage and ruin and countless human bones
        I hear the starving pack of dogs that follow close behind
        and I am now so close to death I hardly even mind

        I fall and screaming dogs begin to rip and shred my life
        my mind drifts back to days of oil and to my kids and wife
        oh life was so so simple then and life was so so good
        but all we had we wasted, we never understood
        MH

        sorry got a bit off track 😉

  9. Carol 9

    There’s an article in today’s NZ Herald on Wong’s frequent flying, but it’s buried under the saturation coverage of Pike River:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10689982

  10. Probably safe to assume everything Mallard says is nonsense unless proved otherwise, but yes on the bare facts this looks a lot worse than Chris Carter’s travel scandal.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 10.1

      Thats why they are ‘out of the country’- no pesky doorstoppers from the media

    • Craig Glen Eden 10.2

      So what part of what Trevor has said do you dispute DM?

      1.She often is seen with large groups of Chinese in Parliament
      2 She raises thousands for the National Party
      3 The moneys in her personal account
      4 Key would want to collect the money

      Maybe its you who should have the facts before you make statements.

      • Richard 10.2.1

        I think that 3 is the only point that is any doubt. And it is the only point that is important. The rest is non-controversial, although 2 probably explains her apparent “position” in the party.

        I agree with Danyl, I wouldn’t take Mallard’s statement as necessarily accurate, it is semi-plausible, but Mallard can be a capable and convincing spinner when it suits him.

        If Mallard is incorrect, then the danger (for National) will be that National will make a total shambles of proving him wrong. Which is, of course, what Mallard/Labour will be aiming for — regardless of whether Mallard is actually correct.

    • Cameron Phillips 10.3

      But Danyl you’re about the only person who doesn’t think Pansy did anything wrong and this is all just an artless smear by Hodgson.
      http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/this-rough-magic-i-here-abjure/

      Actually it’s a perfect example of the constitutional role of an opposition – holding the executive to account. It might not be pretty and it might not advance the popularity of the opposition – but it’s the job we as taxpayers pay the opposition to do. We don’t pay them to make themselves popular, we pay them to hold the executive to account in the House.

  11. Anne 11

    “Probably safe to assume everything Mallard says is nonsense unless proved otherwise…”.

    Probably safe to assume Danyl McLauchlan – and others like him – want to believe that everything Mallard says is nonsense because they’re in perpetual denial about the truth.

    • ianmac 11.1

      The thing is that Trevor shoots straight. He says what he means and means what he says. That is so refreshing after the wishy washy usual MP speak. So Danyl, put your money where….

  12. Irascible 12

    A recent story from the USA about the Republican Speaker in the House of Representatives and his appearance in court raises an interesting possibility?

  13. Treetop 13

    I can now see why National no longer relied on the Brethrens as they had Pansy.

  14. freedom 14

    One thing i can’t work out with the Pansy Wong situation revolves around the magnitude of interconnectivity shown to exist between herself, her husband, May Wang, senior members of the National Party both past and present, international financing groups, there are senior’s investment funds, farm financiers, media consultants, trade delegates, Chinese banks and other players.

    Why didn’t the mega-money people who are engineering these Dairy deals just pay May Wang’s tax bill and avoid the spotlight which has jeopardised their takeover of our Dairy Industry.

    If they were not aware of May Wang’s Tax situation then what else was Pansy Wong and her team unaware of on her watch?

  15. The thing is that Trevor shoots straight. He says what he means and means what he says. That is so refreshing after the wishy washy usual MP speak. So Danyl, put your money where….

    My logic goes like this: if National were accepting large donations from foreign nationals and laundering them through bank accounts controlled by the Wongs then it would be one of the most carefully guarded secrets in the entire party, and the tiny handful of senior National members privy to it would be unlikely to inform Trevor Mallard.

    Labour already has a knock-down scandal going here: a Minister allegedly stealing taxpayer money to fund her husbands overseas business deals. That’s all you need, if it turns out there’s more, great. But if clowns like Mallard start spinning more unsubstantiated, bullshit conspiracy theories then it diminishes the substance of the actual scandal.

    • Richard 15.1

      My logic goes like this: if National were accepting large donations from foreign nationals and laundering them through bank accounts controlled by the Wongs then it would be one of the most carefully guarded secrets in the entire party…

      I think that would be the case too.

      However, those donors must know the details of the bank accounts that they are depositing funds into (assuming they are not handing over cases of cash) — so, there is potential for this knowledge to leak from the donor side. Particularly as some donors might be also donating to Labour.

      And you are assuming that there are not internal divisions amongst senior National members, and that National members have not made some kind of cock-up. Past history would suggest that internal divisions and cock-ups are plausible.

      • Treetop 15.1.1

        I wonder what Winston Peters would have to say about declaring party donations or the use of a personal bank account?

  16. john k 16

    yeah where is Winston ?up north fishing maybe,i miss his turn of speech

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  • Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery
    The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training The fund will target support for areas of study and training that will give learners better employment prospects as New Zealand recovers from COVID-19 Apprentices working in all industries ...
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  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
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  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
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  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
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  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
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  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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