Rickards resigns

November 22nd, 2007 at 6:16 pm by David Farrar

At long last, it is over. Clint Rickards has resigned from the NZ Police.

The disciplinary tribunal was to be in February. Rickards presumably realised it was almost inevitable he would not win, or at best he would get a payout but not reinstatement.

Also I suspect by resigning he gets to perf, and that will be a hell of a lot of money for 25 years and having risen to Assistant Commissioner.

UPDATE: There may have been a golden handshake.  I guess Annette King will face some questions about this, if so.

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26 Responses to “Rickards resigns”

  1. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    Another In house Inquiry. Another in the Service of the Crown found wanting – but won’t want?

    Where is that Royal Commission?

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  2. Doc (88 comments) says:

    If John Key was “being reckless with taxpayer money in suggesting the Government must pay to get suspended assistant commissioner Clint Rickards out of the police” according to Helen Clark – http://www.stuff.co.nz/4207615a6160.html …then any golden handshake will be a gift for the opposition.

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  3. Inventory2 (10,108 comments) says:

    Clint Rickards resigns with reputation intact

    Sounbds like a good Tui billboard eh!

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  4. dad4justice (7,791 comments) says:

    One less bent pig !!

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  5. David Farrar (1,856 comments) says:

    Doc: Good memory.

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  6. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    Clark will just point out that it was Key’s idea anyway.

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  7. mara (726 comments) says:

    I’ve lost interest. It’s over. Move along. NZ has major problems ahead. Rickards was not remotely close to the top of the problem list. Come to think of it, whenever I’m out of NZ, I realise that NZ hardly exists to the rest of the world. Of course everyone loves true sleaze and catastrophe, but old police fellas having groupie nookie in the ,what was it, 80s? is not news or terribly interesting.

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  8. PaulL (5,874 comments) says:

    scrubone: and Key will again look like he is running the govt from the opposition benches. How many of his suggestions have they copied now? If we’re getting his policies anyway, may as well have him as prime minister.

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  9. Richard (130 comments) says:

    Must have finished his law degree; no doubt about to start practicing.

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  10. Priapus (4 comments) says:

    Ah, but what a life! Cute police chicks, desperate ‘suspects’ and alleged accomplices willing to *ahem* negotiate, small towns, high profile, bonking a la carte, promotion, mana, allegations that won’t quite stick, a Dep Commrs salary, plus perks, and a PERF or handshake (they amount to about the same) at the end.

    No, there’s more important stuff around, but if the Police Force was less the Labour Party’s Enforcement Arm (hello, Shane A and D B-P), I’d be less upset!

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  11. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “I realise that NZ hardly exists to the rest of the world. Of course everyone loves true sleaze and catastrophe, but old police fellas having groupie nookie in the ,what was it, 80s? is not news or terribly interesting.”

    Professional/personal lives are completely separate. Its all a matter of balance.
    When Helen said they weren’t she opened a can of worms to every MP in the Beehive. She wants us to believe we’re not a Christian moralistic country than turns morals onto individuals private lives by criticising professional peoples private lives.

    If police members want to have orgies in their own time thats their own business. Every time Helen opens her mouth she sends out signals that the govt is going to invade more of our lives.

    Sue Moronies got to go too. where’s she been for 2 yrs and she wants to stand in Hamilton. She ain’t got a show. All the socialists got turfed.

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  12. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    A cop out

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  13. burt (7,828 comments) says:

    I don’t see any problem with a golden handshake, whatever amount might have been exchanged is almost certainly cost the country less to pay him out than it has to fight it for another 18 months.

    The PM’s grand ‘end the golden handshakes’ pledge in 1999 was just about being popularist, it worked and we moved on with golden handshakes continuing at the same rate if not increasing.

    The question really is why didn’t it happen as soon as he was cleared from his last lot of court ranglings?

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  14. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    What burt said.

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  15. GPT1 (2,090 comments) says:

    Fair point Burt.

    In relation to the handshake the police and the minister are in a bit of a bind b/c any of these types of settlements are confidential and rightly so but merely b/c they cannot confirm or deny does not mean that he received a payout.

    The settlement could be as simple as a resignation on a no-fault basis (ie: keeping any super and benefits that could be affected (and I do not know if there are) intact) or it could be more expensive – we don’t know and the police CANNOT comment.

    Although I suspect that if there was no payout there will be an leak and we will hear that “the Herald understands Rickards was not given a payout”…

    The end of the golden handshakes was gross populism and was a promise promptly broken. Stupid promises often end up broken.

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  16. godruelf (55 comments) says:

    I guess his Lawyers will pick up most of the payout anyway.

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  17. Rex Widerstrom (5,274 comments) says:

    1 corrupt cop down, [insert enormous number here] to go.

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

    I don’t see any problem with a golden handshake, whatever amount might have been exchanged is almost certainly cost the country less to pay him out than it has to fight it for another 18 months.

    Well, Burt, I’ve constantly said that I wouldn’t like Rickards getting three bags full of fuck off money, but I could live with it. And if Rickards, to be coldly cynical about it, isn’t taking the NZPF for every penny he could get, I have a bridge to sell you…

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

    The Chch Press this morning is reporting he was paid $700,000.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4284737a6009.html

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  20. Lisa (7 comments) says:

    My hope now is he will jump the ditch so we never have to see or hear of him again. But with such arrogance, the likes not often seen, he will reappear in another high profile role, now he has all but completed his studies, courtesy of the NZ taxpayer. He may well have received a golden handshake and be financially wealthy after collecting 28 years of super but he was exposed for what he is and that is priceless. Far cough Rickards and may we never see your ugly mug again!

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  21. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Rex said: “1 corrupt cop down, [insert enormous number here] to go.”

    - what a ridiculous statement from a former MP.

    What brought that on!

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  22. david (2,539 comments) says:

    Aaaahhh Lisa,

    Wanta bet he is copping an interest free student loan as he is entitled to be? Why wouldn’t he?

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  23. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    Gooner: “what a ridiculous statement from a former MP.”

    Provide proof that discounts Rex’s summation.

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  24. Lisa (7 comments) says:

    Couldn’t for the life of me work out why his partner has stayed with him having learned of his sordid past but it all makes senses now. Why wouldn’t she?

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  25. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Frank, it works like this: if someone makes an allegation, as Rex did here, then that person has to prove it, not me.

    It was and is a ridiculous statement until he proves, and you too, that there are 000′s of corrupt cops in NZ.

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  26. pkiwi (111 comments) says:

    I don’t have a problem with the “take this and piss off” money. They should have done it earlier – instead of being paid for three or four years by the state, earning $700k, while ‘on-leave’. No-one in the private sector would have that luxury. It is timid officials following bureacratic process that has cost the big money here.

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