NZ First not happy

September 7th, 2007 at 6:42 am by David Farrar

Wow.  Mark Burton has blundered again.  Now that is not so surprising.  What is surprising is how NZ First is treating it.

Burton announced the results of the Rates Inquiry this week.  He overlooked that it was set up at NZ First’s bequest and didn’t even give them an advance copy, let alone acknowledge their role.  Shabby.

But instead of a private note of complaint, NZ First attacked and humuliated the Minister in the House – as detailed in Audrey Young’s blog.  And this attack on a Government Minister would have been approved by Foreign Minister Winston Peters.  Not quite the recipe for stable Government.  Here are some of the questions asked:

“Has he or his staff been briefed on the details of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with New Zealand First, in particular the part that says: That the relationship between New Zealand First and the government will be based on good faith and no surprises, and does he believe that his failure to provide a timely pre-public release briefing to New Zealand First, his failure to inform New Zealand First of the press conference until the day it was to take place, the failure of his staff to send a copy of the report when they had promised to do so and his complete exclusion of any reference to New Zealand First’s role in securing the inquiry demonstrates acting in good faith with no surprises?”

“Does the Minister understand what the terms good faith and no surprises mean, and if his poor judgment in this matter jeopardises the otherwise constructive relationship between New Zealand First and the government, why does he not do the honourable thing and resign?”

Yes, NZ First did just call on Mark Burton to resign.  That is an unprecedented call from a party with Ministers in the Government.

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16 Responses to “NZ First not happy”

  1. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    and as was detailed in my live-commentary on questiontime yesterday..

    did you miss that one david..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  2. Reg (544 comments) says:

    Morning All.
    Isn’t it selfish of Fidel Peters to Wine & Dine with the Great Ones at APEC, while the Baubleless ones at home in the NZF caucus face electoral oblivion.
    What a great time to promote a bit of independence.
    The fact that the poors souls are propping up a regime that despises them and is now ignoring them, aint lost on Fidel’s foot soldiers.
    So while the prize winning Poodle goes on a walk with mistress, a little litter mate dampens Burtons lap.

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,269 comments) says:

    I was watching and wondering whether Donnelly had supplanted Peters in a coup whilst he was overseas…

    Here’s the Hansard link, but if someone can put up video (or audio) they’ll be doing the world a great favour – you’ll be missing something just reading it:

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/QOA/1/c/6/48HansQ_20070906_00000369-5-Rates-Inquiry.htm

    Well done to Gerry Brownlee too for his quick thinking – seeing the animus he sought leave for an immediate confidence vote…

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  4. Sofia (819 comments) says:

    New Zealand First’s first move to extricate themselves from Labour in the next Election run-up.
    Also see Winston building bridges with the Americans and watch Helen bomb them – what a bloody futile waste of tax payer money

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  5. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    So while the prize winning Poodle goes on a walk with mistress, a little litter mate dampens Burtons lap.

    nice!

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  6. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (856 comments) says:

    So the hapless Burton gets it again. Not ready for primetime that boy, but looks grave, has a leaderly beard, and does exactly as he is told by she who must be obeyed, so is clearly another hardworking and successful Minister.

    Just as well he’s not in charge of anything important, like say the future of free speech in NZ, oops.

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  7. Monty (964 comments) says:

    Sofia – you are absolutely correct – Winston is now realising that he will not surveive if he is seen as a poodle of Helen. As he did with Shipley, he will now be considering appropriate to stir things up a bit and this is the start of a series of attacks on Labour.

    Of course Winston will not bring down the Government – but expect him to withdraw support for the unpopular Electoral Finance Bill as the next step.

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  8. Yvette (2,694 comments) says:

    Sofia: “New Zealand First’s first move to extricate themselves from Labour in the next Election run-up.”

    May be so, but can Winston also extricate himself from his pre-Election lie of ‘New Zealand First will remain on the cross benches’ or whatever exactly he promised?
    That is a bigger lie than all the little ones that this one of Winston’s has allowed Helen to make.
    Is he hoping his main voting base have Alzheimer’s?
    New Zealand’s other hurdle is much less – just pay the money back – but we aren’t forgetting that either.

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  9. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    The Hollowness of Parliamentarians is revealed on a daily basis, despite their Holier than Thou attitude. A bunch of hypocrites?

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  10. Craig Ranapia (1,912 comments) says:

    Gee, I can’t decide who I want to lose. :) I guess the whole ‘you’re old, you’re gold, here’s a glorified Fly Buys card’ think isn’t playing as well with the Grey Power vote as Winnie hoped.

    Am I the only person who thinks Burton is going to be moving offices come the re-shuffle?

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  11. david (2,539 comments) says:

    No Craig you are not alone.

    I am also cynical enough to suggest that the reshuffle timing will me more about ensuring that Parliamentary pensions are maximised (time served x ministerial level reached) than about any performance (perhaps non-performance is more accurate) issues.

    Given the rotation and resting policy of Cabinet posts in the last 7 years this bunch will be the highest paid retirees in the country come next August/September/October/November or whenever the election is called.

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  12. Ross Miller (1,670 comments) says:

    At least Brian Donnelly has more substance than Ron Mark … distinguished only by his ability to see the leaves instead of the tree.

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  13. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    “Am I the only person who thinks Burton is going to be moving offices come the re-shuffle”?

    No, he’ll also lose his seat at the next election (Taupo)…….

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  14. Calculus (76 comments) says:

    GRAND HYPOCRISY,

    The public of New Zealand are getting completely duped by Winston.

    He is strutting around APEC complaining about Fiji’s martial law, its undemocratic and Freedom of Speech is no longer in Fiji.

    THIS IS BREATHTAKING,

    No Freedom of Speech in Fiji, again backed up by Sean Plunket who interviews some Fiji chap and says so there’s no freedom of Speech in Fiji now unless you say what the Govt wants!!!

    WELCOME TO NZ The land of the long white cloud where freedom of Speech is now only available 2 years out of three.!!!!.

    And WINSTON HAS DONE IT TO US WITHOUT MARTIAL LAW!!!!!

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  15. Calculus (76 comments) says:

    Your Gold Card is worthless if we dont have our long fought for freedom of speech.

    The Public including those of us with a lot of grey hair will not forget that you WINSTON enabled HELENGRAD to foist this evil EFB Mugabe Bill on us.

    DOWN WITH WINSTON,

    LONG LIVE BRIAN DONNELLY !!!!!!!

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  16. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    Gerry Brownless also blundered. He should have sought a vote of NO confidence in Burton and he might have just about got that through. Moving a vote of no confidence in the Government was clumsy tactics.

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