Field wanted consistent stories

May 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A Thai plasterer has told a jury she did not tell the truth to a government-ordered inquiry considering allegations against Taito Phillip Field.

Jinda Thavichit told the High Court in Auckland she did so because Field wanted their stories to the inquiry to be consistent and she wanted to help Field.

Of course he did.

Mrs Thaivichit, who had set up a Thai Labour Party branch in Mangere, had a reasonably close connection with Field, whom she and many other Thai nationals called “Big Dad”.

She made statements in a document in front of a lawyer that she had organised some painting and plastering work done by Thai workers on properties owned by Field, and that she had made payments to some of the Thai workers.

However, she told prosecutor David Johnstone today that she did not do the organising and that she did not make some of the payments which she said in the document that she had.

Mrs Thaivichit also said in the statement that Field let her stay at his property in Church St, Otahuhu because she couldn’t pay rent, when the truth was that she and her family were trying to avoid immigration authorities and Field wanted to help her.

She said she signed the document because Field asked her to, and “because I thought I would like to help Big Dad”.

Big Dad indeed. And how many other people joined Labour after Big Dad helped them out by getting his mate the Minister to waive the rules for them?

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17 Responses to “Field wanted consistent stories”

  1. tvb (4,330 comments) says:

    The Labour Party in South Auckland stinks to high heaven, Field’s activities is a window into that activity. You have vulnerable people needing favours from the Government – housing, immigration, welfare support – ripe pickings for the Labour Party.

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  2. davidp (3,578 comments) says:

    Surely other Labour MPs must have know what was going on? Someone must have noticed the establishment of a Thai Branch, whose chairman was either of no fixed abode or was living at Field’s address, and where half the members weren’t on the electoral roll.

    I think this needs a commission of inquiry more than the Brash e-mail business does. The commission wouldn’t need to judge Field, since the court is doing that just now. Instead, it would investigate who else in the Labour Party knew what was going on. They could start by finding out why Clark decided to “investigate” the matter using a method that was designed to conceal the truth. Did she know what Field was up to? The the Minister of Immigration?

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  3. Farmer Baby Boomer (12 comments) says:

    Why is this trial recieving so little coverage by the MSM? Most of what I have seen/heard has been in the the Blogosphere.

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  4. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    “The Liarbore Party in South Auckland stinks to high heaven.” It’s all the bad bastards that have passed through Mt Albert.

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  5. david (2,552 comments) says:

    “Mrs Thaivichit also said in the statement that Field let her stay at his property in Church St, Otahuhu because she couldn’t pay rent, when the truth was that she and her family were trying to avoid immigration authorities and Field wanted to help her.”

    Well well well where to start?

    Holding authority as Associate Minister (Ministerial Warrant?) doesn’t oblige him to uphold the law?
    Is assisting illegal immigrants avoiding capture a criminal offence?
    Don’t MPs swear to uphold the laws of the land when they get sworn in?

    As a mere mortal unwise to the finer details of Ministerial authority and responsibility, I would have thought that he had put his nuts firmly on the line to uphold the integrity and authority of his department and its officers and here he is subverting the system – knowingly and willingly.
    Sheeeesh

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  6. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    The MSM aren’t interested in this case, however had it been a National Party person in the frame, TV3 and Duncan Garner would have stuffed a microphone up the nasal passage by now!

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  7. alex Masterley (1,507 comments) says:

    GM,

    And Goff, Mallard and any other of their ilk would have been making inflamatory comments left right and centre.

    Their silence is deafening.

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  8. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    “MSM aren’t interested”… because its the norm… and know one is surprised.
    “Don’t MPs swear to uphold the laws of the land when they get sworn in”… (YES)
    But that hasn’t stopped them breaking the law.
    Look what is happening with MPs in Britain at the moment.
    Perks and MPs are just (they think) a way of life.

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  9. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    “And how many other people joined Labour after Big Dad helped them out by getting his mate the Minister to waive the rules for them?”

    Is that a rhetorical question because obviously all Labour Party members are crooks?

    [DPF: Not all]

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  10. Jeff83 (744 comments) says:

    “Is that a rhetorical question because obviously all Labour Party members are crooks?”

    We also want to steal your babies and tell them christanity is nothing but superstition and that communism is the only way of the future, and clearly we are communists as our parties colour is red.

    DPF is the Whale beating you in the anti labour rhethoric so now we need to find some upper level conspiracy re Field. He was crockered and out for himself.

    Funny thing is he was only for an electrolite not the leader of an entire party which was caught misleading the public. O sorry that guy is a gentleman and clearly all the evidence against him is ‘invented’ even though he says they were his property, consistency is overrated anyway.

    [DPF: Field was backed by Clark and Cullen. His Ministerial colleague kept approving immigrations requests from him, and those whom were helped, then joined the Labour Party.]

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  11. Doug (408 comments) says:

    The MSM will not get involved in this outrage as it may affect Labours chances in the upcoming by-election. Bloody pussies the MSN never report the News, only bullshit that will sell Papers.

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  12. Jeff83 (744 comments) says:

    Saying the Herald is pro labour is hillerous, $ driven yes, miss the point yes, but bias is just funny.

    Just because a notable orgnaisation doesnt print stuff which agrees with half the beyond bias’d people that post at this site does not make them biased. Funnily enough the left complain about the same bias reciding in the Herald.

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  13. burt (8,206 comments) says:

    Jeff83

    You have a point however the least healthy thing for a democracy is having MP’s who are not accountable under the law. We saw quite a lot of this under the Clark administration – it needs to stop one day….

    Do you suggest we “move on” everytime the investigation of a crime points back to an MP ?

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  14. Sonny Blount (1,777 comments) says:

    Jeff83

    “Funnily enough the left complain about the same bias reciding in the Herald.”

    This is because the left will not be happy until all news is edited by the party.

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  15. Jeff83 (744 comments) says:

    “This is because the left will not be happy until all news is edited by the party.”

    Puts a mirror at posters at this site.

    “Do you suggest we “move on” everytime the investigation of a crime points back to an MP ?”

    No I say we fry the fucker and if anything comes out about further corruption we dig as hard as we can. Corruption is one of the major things that stalls growth, it is abhorrent in my opinion and should be investigated. But you need to have evidence to say so. Making a generic statement that infers the corruption by Field shows something greater without any substance.

    DPF – yes as he was the crucial vote – but even they in the end kicked him out, and you won’t hear me defending the 3rd term of the labour government. However saying that his self corruption shows anything about the Labour party in general is misleading in the least. I would say the National parties wish to defend Brash even though he was showing to be very misleading in the least and was the head of the party is more damaging on the party. This is history, and National moved on for the best, putting aside allot of their divisive policies and becoming a true centre right party. What I do not get however is this sites posters thinking that Hager was the worst part of that email sager – surely that went to the parties which drafted the contents of those messages which didnt show anything which was a sign of a healthy democracy which is meant to be open.

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  16. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Jeff83 – I agree, but you’re on a hiding to nothing with that line. It’s a Nat/Act fanboy site – don’t expect much objective, bipartizan discussion of what’s biased and what’s not.

    Anything critical of Act or the Nats will be biased and anything that appears to be supporting Labour will be biased. Regardless of whether it actually is or not.

    Corrupt is another favourite word like that.

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  17. Chris2 (761 comments) says:

    I like this assessment of Field as it is made on the basis of his own exact words:

    http://www.verify.co.nz/case-taitophillip.php

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