Charles Chauvel

February 26th, 2005 at 12:01 pm by David Farrar

The Dominion Post reports that Labour’s candidate for Ohariu-Belmont, Charles Chauvel, has quit the board of Meridian Energy after warnings of a potential conflict of interest from SOEs Minister Paul Swain.

I am somewhat surprised one had to be advised by the Minister before making that decision independently. Also surprised Mr Chauvel claims it is not due to the advice from the Minister, but simply because he is too busy. I would not have thought ministerial appointees routinely ignore ministerial advice.

Also interesting is the $80,000 in travel expenses for the Lotteries Commission, with Chauvel saying it was generally a 10-day trip to Europe.

I travelled to Europe, business-class, last year for just over a week. The total cost was around $12,000. That is either a hell of a lot of 10 day trips to Europe, or some very atypical costs.

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8 Responses to “Charles Chauvel”

  1. EDH () says:

    Food, Accommadation, Vintage french Champagne & Bordeaux claret and possibly hosting a dinner or two might account for the $80,000 trips. This is merely hypothetical and should be taken as a attempt to undermine or discredit the character of the person in question.

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  2. Mike Moore () says:

    I know he is great friends with the Minister of Food and Wine.. so maybe he paid a House call when he was in London?

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  3. Hawk () says:

    But did you catch that he was “forming alliances for international gambling”, and not taking his partner with him?

    How quickly – and how inappropriately – could you blow ten grand in Hamburg, Helsinki and Stockholm casinos? James Bond would be proud…

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  4. moxie () says:

    Lotteries Commission trips are normally a small group.?. MY reading is that the $80,000 is for a small group ,No ?

    But what is the conflict being on the board of Meridian?.
    Surely standing as a candidate for a seat you are very unlikely to win cant put any substantive issues for there to be a conflict over?. Or does Meridian involve itself in the campaign , else the voters of O-B are rent apart by power generation issues ? . Surely if he wins he can resign before the Labour Government has its first caucus meeting after the election .
    The winning party gets to put its own people in appointed positions, or is this distasteful to national

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  5. Mike Collins () says:

    Chauvel is almost guaranteed a high list placing. He is a favourite of Aunty. Considering this there is a high likelihood of him being in parliament after the election though.
    As a state owned company there is a conflict of interest there. However it’d not so bad from the oppsition benches where he’ll probably end up.

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  6. Barbara Faithfull () says:

    Can this be the same Charles Chauvel who, in the January 1992 “Hero” was reportedly demanding Lottery Board funding for homosexual activists to go into schools? (“We have a right for our groups to be funded!”) Surely not!

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  7. Barbara Faithfull () says:

    Can this be the same Charles Chauvel who, in the January 1992 “Hero” was reportedly demanding Lottery Board funding for homosexual activists to go into schools? (“We have a right for our groups to be funded!”) Surely not!

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  8. span(ner in the works) () says:

    Mike M – Hunt isn’t in London yet, he’s still in NZ on the backbenches.

    Chauvel will probably get a high list placing but I’m not convinced that Labour is going to get many, if any, new MPs. I wouldn’t say he is guaranteed a list seat, although he will be in the running.

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