Jevan Goulter vs Labour

April 20th, 2010 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Whale Oil has blogged a summary of a 24 page story in Investigate, with a large number of allegations by a against various MPs and others.

These are not anonymous allegations – Goulter is making them himself under his name. However that does not mean they are overly reliable, and are the gospel. In fact himself concludes the article by saying:

As for the abuse of trust, did Labour abuse its trust in looking after a troubled 14 year old badly, or did Jevan Goulter abuse the trust of a political party who’d taken him under their wing?

At several points through the article, Wishart reveals that Goulter’s story is incorrect or exaggerated, and my personal take is that there is a lot of bragging there. It does not mean everything he has said is false, but I would caution people not to assume everything he has said is true.

Also in one section he says:

As for Phil Goff I probably had more to do with his daughter, who worked for a Government agency when Labour was in. Her name is Samantha. She was just stunning, she was beautiful when I met her, she was really hot. And I was like, ‘Piss off, you’re not his daughter?’ And she was, so we used to go out and have dinner and lunch quite a bit. Phil was a, I think he was a bit of a nobody then.

Now Phil Goff does have a daughter whom, umm could be seen to fit that description. However her name is not Samantha. If Jevan really was going out for meals with someone “quite a bit”, you think he would correctly remember their name. So again, does not help the credibility.

He makes allegations of sexual harassment against . And some time later his partner (Mika) asked Barnett to pay $25,000 as compensation for Javen’s mental health. To my mind that is close to blackmail

Barnett makes the reasonable point that as a prominent gay MP pushing the boundaries of social legislation he was careful, like Caesar’s wife, to be above reproach, and not to be alone with people in situations that could be misconstrued.

There are no witnesses to the allegations so it is a case of he said vs she said. As someone who worked in Parliament for eight years, I got to hear a lot of gossip about a lot of MPs. You get to know which ones screw around and are sleazy. I don’t recall at the time any suggestion of inappropriate behaviour from Tim Barnett, and to the contrary he seemed very committed to his partner, Ramon. Without witnesses, I do not regard the allegations as credible. There are other MPs I would be more sceptical of.

Another allegation I find lacking in credibility is this:

INVESTIGATE: ?

JEVAN: I know he smoked it at the annual – I think it was the Christchurch Labour conference with Annette, but I don’t think Annette had it. I couldn’t be honest and say I saw her smoke it.

INVESTIGATE: But you did see him?

JEVAN: He had it in his hand, yes. I just remember him having it, it was passed to him by one of the young Labours.

This is in reference to cannabis use. It is quite possible Dr Cullen, like many NZers, has used cannabis at some stage. However to think the Deputy Prime Minister would openly smoke cannabis at a labour party conference – and in front of dozens of activists is frankly incredible. I just don’t think it happened, and if that did not happen, I doubt some of the other allegations about cannabis use.

Not everything can be dismissed though. It seems very clear that some Labour Party MPs did lie about whether or not they knew Javen. The most blatant fib came from , who confessed it online:

And yet…within five minutes of making the call to Dalziel’s office, Investigate received a phone call from Jevan, “You’ve just rung Lianne? She’s just sending me a Facebook chat apologising for denying that she knew me”.

This is what Dalziel said to Goulter:
“I owe you an apology. Ian Wishart has just contacted me and I’m afraid I said I didn’t remember you. I feel so guilty. All I’ve said, I told him you were a Facebook friend, so I knew ‘about’ you.

I hope this doesn’t affect what he is writing about you.”

Considering Lianne lost her ministerial job for not telling the truth, this doesn’t help her credibility.

The person who comes out of this looking very wise and sensible is :

Young Labour were always very angry towards me, they didn’t like how I got to do what I wanted. Jacinda Ardern, who’s now an MP, she was my biggest hater….

But then I’m getting drunk and Jacinda comes over and rips the glass of wine out of my hand, ‘You can’t drink in here, you’re only 15!’

‘Yeah I can drink in here, it’s a private function, you’re not my mum, piss off’, and I got really verbal with her, I really didn’t like her.

So I walked over to Helen and I said,‘Jacinda’s just said I’m not allowed to drink. Am I allowed to drink or not?’ And Helen’s exact words were, ‘Of course you are, this is my house.’ I said, ‘I’m only 15’. And she said, ‘It’s my house’.

So I got my glass of wine and I started boozing up again. Jacinda just went off her nut. Now, Helen was drunk that night, in my view. Helen was drunk and she gets to the point when she’s drunk where people just take her away.

I think a number of Jacinda’s colleagues may rue that they were not as cautious around Jevan as she was. Jacinda’s actions look very prudent to me.

Incidentally I am also unconvinced of being drunk, and having to have people take her away. It’s not exactly an image that fits the former Prime Minister.

So overall I find the allegations lacking in credibility in significant areas. Having said that though, I think there are some lessons for Labour in the perils of letting a 14 year old run riot through Parliament and the party. He should have been in school in Christchurch.

As I have said before, I am a big fan of encouraging young people to get involved in politics. But I never encourage school age people to get significantly involved. Your school years should be a time of fun and learning, plus one often lacks the maturity to cope with “adult politics”.

That is not a universal rule. One friend of mine got involved at age 15 or 16 and went on to become a highly valued parliamentary and ministerial staffer. [UPDATE: Said staffer has e-mailed to say they are not highly valued but in fact under paid and over worked :-)]

But I also recall the 1993 election night when I allowed a 14 year old Young National to attend the election night HQ function, as a “results chalkie”. There was of course an open and free bar and I failed to supervise properly with the end result being the poor girl vomiting up in the boardroom, and then collapsing unconscious on the floor as she had never drunk alcohol before. I had to decide whether or not to take her to A&E or home, and had to deliver her still unconscious to her parents, who quite rightly were less than impressed. I visited the next day to check she was fine, and the parents were blaming her more than they were holding me responsible, but in the end I was the one responsible as the adult and still feel some remorse about it to this day.  Similarly, I suspect some Labour MPs are regretting allowing Jevan to spend so much time at Parliament, at functions at Premier House and the like.

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47 Responses to “Jevan Goulter vs Labour”

  1. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Put aside the weird crap – why would a political party let a young teenager have the run of Parliament and their offices?

    If this happened in a monastry, church, or other social setting where no family members were present there would be serious troubles in my mind of answering the question ….Why?

    Wisharts answer is that he was there as a ‘sexual plaything’ of the gay members of labour’s caucus.

    Surely not you would say, these members of the House of Representatives, who make and debate the laws of the nation would not even dream of such behaviour…..but if this is the case what is the reason? Do labour think they are a branch of CYPS?

    If this was Destiny Church people would say, uh huh, another Bert Potter, commune, weird pervert, but a Political party, that was in power two years ago????

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely………..so true methinks

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  2. Pongo (372 comments) says:

    There are some outrageous accusations in the article but Wishart does balance most of them out. It does however finally give some reasons as to why Tim Barnett suddenly decided not to stand again when he was quite a popular and succesful local politician, it also fits in with what I have been told he was like prior to parliament.

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  3. Chuck Bird (4,880 comments) says:

    He makes allegations of sexual harassment against Tim Barnett. And some time later his partner (Mika) asked Barnett to pay $25,000 as compensation for Javen’s mental health. To my mind that is close to blackmail

    It also sounds like blackmail to me as well but so did Mallard’s threat to Don Brash about revealing dirt on him – and with Helen’s approval – if he did not stop calling the corrupt Labour government corrupt.

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  4. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    It does however finally give some reasons as to why Tim Barnett suddenly decided not to stand again when he was quite a popular and succesful local politician,

    Howsabout 12 years as a backbencher, with the possiblity of 3 years as a minor oppostion MP?

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  5. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    These allegations even if largely false answered a key question for me about Tim Barnett – why he was never promoted to minister.

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  6. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    Howsabout 12 years as a backbencher, with the possiblity of 3 years as a minor oppostion MP?

    Timme had popularity and competence – he was better than Clayton Cosgrove for example.

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  7. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    Sounds like sour grapes from a kid who is sore at being dropped from the team due to an inability to handle his piss – and no doubt more serious shortcomings too.

    EPIC LOL at the notion of Cullen smoking up at a party conference, credibility dropped to sub-zero at that point.

    Sounds like they used to party pretty hard when Clark was in charge though. A good subtitle for this saga might be “Labour – better work stories”

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  8. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    metcalph, without knowing anything about him, might be that he had more ambition!? Global Programmes Manager for the World AIDS Campaign sounds like a bit of a step up…

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  9. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Good one RRM

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  10. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    I’ve never heard of a MP who was so ambitious that he thought a cabinet post was beneath him!

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  11. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    When your government is imploding, its two minor parties engaged in open warfare, a Minister having been found to have sacked an elected board after being asked to do so by his brother, Auckland is in revolt, and the economy is diving what do you do?

    FIND A SEX SCANDAL. Anyone will do, it does not matter how tenuous. Must divert attention … must divert attention …

    [DPF: Oh not sure if the hysteria or the paranoia is more funny. Having ACT and Maori Party disagree is not an imploding Govt as much as you would love it to be.

    And how your conspiracy theory about it being a distraction fits into the fact Investigate came out today with the story, so must have timed it with the UN declaration despite it being a secret!]

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  12. Manolo (13,755 comments) says:

    For the first, and I hope last, time in my life I agree with the infamous mickysavage. :-)

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  13. Le Grande Fromage (145 comments) says:

    Mickysavage,

    It seems that you and this Jevan chap might share the same gift for the sensationalised over statement.

    Or maybe you have both been bummed by labour so hard you have lost your sense of perspective.

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  14. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    RRM is completely on the money. Being unable to handle your piss at 14 is an outrage.
    Who was paying for this chap to gad about all over the country?
    It looks to be over-egged to me. But it does raise some serious questions about CYPS, Barnett, Carter, Dalziel and a number of others.

    One positive though. Jacinda Ardern comes out of this looking like a decent person. maybe there is some hope for Labour if they can get a few more normal people through to replace the old guard.

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  15. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Having lounged around a political party myself, and attended more cross party functions (formal and informal) than my liver will ever forgive, this reads like the fevered imaginings of, well… a flighty kid. I’d have had the incriminating pics straight to Whale if Michael Cullen ever loosened his bloody tie, let alone smoked a j.

    Or maybe everyone just waited till I went home till they started the Bacchanalian orgy? 8-O I’m starting to feel insecure now, damnit… :-P

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  16. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Ewwww….

    14/15 year old kid
    Openly gay MP’s
    Under age drinking
    Calls to CYPS..

    and only ONE Labour MP thought this was not right??

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  17. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Well no. It was not a Labour MP. It was socialist cindy who would have been a party worker/ young labour mong. She did not manage to strap on the public feed bag till 2008.

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  18. fatman43us (166 comments) says:

    Is this what Politicians mean whehn they talk about “Party Central”?

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  19. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    Nice pic of Winston and the young fellow.

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  20. Exclamation Mark (85 comments) says:

    When your government is imploding, its two minor parties engaged in open warfare, a Minister having been found to have sacked an elected board after being asked to do so by his brother, Auckland is in revolt, and the economy is diving what do you do?

    And to think people accuse Wishart of exaggeration and hyperbole.

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  21. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    When some of the minor players like Lianne and Carter lie to cover up then the denials of the others have to be doubted too.

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  22. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    The point here which everyone seems to be missing is that Jevan was 14-15 at the time. Put this in another context. A school camp where the teachers get to have a little pet who they ply with booze and drugs and then try to jump. Child Abuse? Of course it is and there would be criminal charges laid. Jevan was a minor then. He was drinking and someone gave him the alcohol and the drugs. Someone let him live life on the large and what 14 y. o. would want to live on the large.

    If it were Nat Mps doing this the howls of outrage from the left would have been deafening. That the left has said NOTHING speaks volumes for their ethics, and their standards. Just compare the attitude of The Standard in the Richard Worth affair, and that was between consenting adults.

    Phil Goff was all over that like a fly on shit. Where is he on this?

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  23. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    *Snore*.

    I wouldn’t believe Goulter one little bit.

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  24. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Fair point Whale, but I do think it’s a storm in a teacup as I did with the Worth “affair” and the Chris Carter catches a ferry “story”.

    This type of “story” does nothing for me.

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  25. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Whale is right though Gooner – the ‘story’, be it your cup of tea or not, has all the ingredients of a huge MSM-delivered scandal were it a school camp, or National/Act sourced. Why so quiet? If it’s because Labour and it’s (former) Telfon Queen are implicated then that’s the realy story.

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  26. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    “The other times were when I was in Jonathan Hunt’s office, or his flat, and I could pretty much do what I wanted there. I thought whatshisname, Mark Burton, Minister of Defence at the time, I thought he was a bloody waiter because he was carrying around a tray with stuff on it and handing stuff off. I’ve always been a bit of a loud mouth and I turned around and said to Jonathan, ‘the waiters here are quite old, aren’t they!’ And Jonathan said, ‘no, that’s Mark Burton, apologise please!’ I’d offended him apparently.
    “Whenever I got drunk in the Speaker’s flat, there was one time when I walked out onto the balcony which looked over the stairs, I’d always get dragged back in ‘because no one can see you in that state, they’d murder us.'”

    Hilarious, even if it is fiction. I can just see that bearded social worker guitar teacher handing out canapes!

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  27. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    At least Labour now have a new slogan for 2011:

    LABOUR – NOT QUITE AS SLEAZY AS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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  28. budgieboy (113 comments) says:

    Ha Ha this is all a bit of a riot but here’s a thought…I have just read Lynley Hood’s book A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case.

    In it that she outlines how under law changes made in the nineties, allegations of ‘abuse’ when made by children must be given significant weight, investigated and pretty much BELIEVED (I’m paraphrasing) even when they sound highly improbable (just ask Peter Ellis)

    So… under changes made by P.C lefties the rules are we now have to treat these allegations very seriously and the Politicians in the firing line have to prove their innocence.

    Game on.

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  29. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Oh look FFM commenting on a post about grooming 14 year olds, I wonder why?

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  30. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    I find it quite odd that an immature kid was allowed to roam around the place, having easy access to alcohol – was he a plaything. I simply do not know. But in politics one has to be very disciplined about personal behavior – it goes with the job, and I am somewhat skeptical about the kid’s allegations. I did think it rather strange that Tim Barnett was never promoted being quite a competent guy. Certainly worse were promoted in that Party.

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  31. Caleb (479 comments) says:

    absolute gold!

    true or semi-un-true it does raise some questions about the judgement of the people running our country.

    ——

    be funny to see the reaction of jacinda if paul henry congratulated her on the handling of javen..

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  32. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    Having immature kids unsupervised at party functions with easy access to alcohol is simply asking for trouble of the worst kind. Anyone permitting this needs their head read and placed under psychiatric care.

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  33. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    Wisharts answer is that he was there as a ’sexual plaything’ of the gay members of labour’s caucus.

    I didn’t read that whilst reading but I think that might be the case.
    Will CYS investigate their person who accepted a non family members word on the safety and security of a minor?
    Will NZPolice investigate what seems to be an abuse of a child?

    Don’t think so, the article doesn’t mention smacking once.

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  34. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    Even if 1% of this was true, imagine the boot on the other foot, the filthy sleazy lying lefties would be up in arms…..

    The media in this country are all piss and wind like the barbers cat!

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  35. Angus (536 comments) says:

    The whole story revolves around aging, jaded homosexual MP’s and their desire to have a smooth young twink hangin’ about. Left wing homosexuals like Barnett, Carter & Hunt have been elevated to the status of super-citizens. They are beyond reproach.

    Move on.

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  36. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Metcalph i’m not sure he had the patience to wait any longer – maybe it would’ve happened any day if Labour had got back in, I dunno.

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  37. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    In the online gay chat networks, Jevan has been exposed as a bit of a fraudster. I forget the exact nature of the allegations, IIRC he was raising funds for someone and ended up just taking the money.

    So while I don’t doubt the veracity of the statements, I’d say a lot of it has to be taken with a grain of salt.

    Michael Cullen smoking dope? I mean, come on.

    However, it would be hilarious to see Helen becoming too drunk and having to be ‘helped’ into bed.

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  38. reid (16,447 comments) says:

    It’ll be fascinating to watch which media give which coverage to this. Prima facie it is front-page all over TV, Radio, Print. Imagine if this was a sitting Minister at the Centre of this. What would the MSM do then?

    What will they do now?

    To the MSM editors.

    For once, grow balls.

    FFS.

    Really.

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  39. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    reid

    Remember when Wishart published allegations of sex parties involving unusual circumstances like a star performer being a police dog? That story also had allegations of underage girls, dirty old Dunners eh…

    Some of the same names in there….

    <sarcasm> perhaps you missed the MSM articles and the defamation hearings? </sarcasm>

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  40. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    You know, we won, they lost, I’m not sure I care. I knew these people were corrupt, sleazy bastards before this story. No great harm was done and nothing criminal took place. They’re in opposition now, and they will be staying there a while. Nothing changes.

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  41. cha (4,010 comments) says:

    No mention of fraud, pecuniary advantage, impersonation, the list goes on…..youth justice, of course.

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  42. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    I am less sure about there being no criminal conduct. If this boy was 14-15 there could be criminal conduct. BUT I simply do not accept Labour politicians would have a kid this age in their midst as their plaything – which seems to be implied.

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  43. nigel201065 (38 comments) says:

    But the hasn’t a Labour party front bencher already been involved with grooming i.e. a certain MP who met his current partner while a camp counseller and is what has come out now the reason his partner insists on travelling with him all the time just to keep an eye on him

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  44. JamesGoldman (2 comments) says:

    Anyone can be on the fringes of an organisation or social scene and make all kinds of claims. I have often heard people say” oh yes Jack is my good friend, or I know Tim or Helen is my aunty etc etc”. Only to discover they met once, fleetingly at the same event, or that many social climbers definition of the the word “friend” often translates to acquaintainces. Many groups, and political parties have volunteers, who are often seen running around. These volunteers are naturally at the same social events, and usually visit their leaders offices etc. It doesn’t mean they’re personal friends with the leader, CEO or in this case politican. I have seen it so many times in various organisations where a certain volunteer will be imagine his or her status higher than what it is, and usually they all sing the same tune. ” Yes, I know this one or that one, are related”,etc . It is easy to string words and images together: add a few photos, throw in a few quotes from this source and that source, add a few quotes from the other side. And the thing about allegations-is you don’t have to prove it, you can simply insinate it, and there you have a story. This kind of journalism features in the tabloids every week. It doesn’t make it ethical, or accurate, not to mention credible.

    The ‘Investigate’ story is more entertainment than serious investigative journalsim. I don’t know about the ” Mika claim” but regarding the allegations against the Labour politicans– I laughed. It’s Mills and Boons reborn into a wannabe political saga. Goulter has transformed diplomatic, conservative politcans to loose, dope smoking, party-going animals– where the climax is a drunken Helen carried off to bed. (yeah right).

    If one suspends reality, it raises the question are these allegations true? and, if so are there criminal offences that need to be followed up by the police? On the other hand , one must question Goulter’s motives. Why is he speaking now? Was he emotionally damaged by his short lived experience with Labour MP’s? and needs some form of justice? Or is it a case of being rejected, and wanting “Revenge”?

    Who knows–one thing is for certain, if Wishart should have done more research on both sides of the story if he is looking to raise his profile as a serious investigative journalist. At the moment, it reads like a bad love story in one of those weepyMills and Boons novels. If he wants to maintain some kind of long term credibility he should think twice when a young person comes to him again with allegations of sex and abuse of power without evidence. I would say to him “when you have more than verbal allegations “let’s talk”.

    The arti­cle can be sum­marised as follows:

    * Claims Tim Bar­nett encour­aged a 14 year old to leave school to work in his office.

    * Claims for­mer Mayor Gary Moore also part of entice­ment with job offers. Labour pals stick together.
    * Tru­ancy Offi­cer was Labour sup­porter and aided and abet­ted tru­ancy. More pals involved.
    * Gov­ern­ment money used to fly 14 year old numer­ous times around coun­try.

    * Given free reign around par­lia­ment and Bee­hive as a 14–15 year old.

    * Had Speaker Jonathan Hunt inter­ven­ing in favour of 14 year old with secu­rity at Par­lia­ment.

    * Alleges Tim Bar­nett con­fides in 14 year old about Helen Clark, Heather Simp­son and Judith Tizard being involved in les­bian affairs.
    * Alleges Chris Carter was phoned and inter­vened on 14 year old’s behalf with CYFS to release 14 year old.
    * Chris Carter denies know­ing Hamish Jevan Goul­ter but Goul­ter has pho­tos of Carters wed­ding on his Face­book page.

    * Chris Carter denies Goul­ter at wed­ding.

    * Chris Carter “remem­bers” ping­ing Goul­ter in par­lia­ment and “send­ing him home” to Christchurch.
    * Inves­ti­gate holds emails between Goul­ter and Chris Carter arrang­ing wed­ding details.
    * Bar­nett alleges that Goul­ter was try­ing to trace his birth mother and was emo­tional.
    * Lianne Dalziel know­ing Goul­ter but Inves­ti­gate pub­lishes a photo of them together.

    * Tim Bar­nett and Labour func­tionary and ADHB board mem­ber Dr. Ian Scott con­spire to get drunk Goul­ter off work to con­tinue par­ty­ing.

    * Tim Bar­nett pro­vided tax­payer funded taxi-chits to Goul­ter reg­u­larly.
    * Alleges Helen Clark over­rode Jacinda Ardern on issue of Goul­ter drink­ing at Pre­mier House. Jacinda Ardern so far is the only Labour per­son who looks like and acts like a per­son with responsibility.
    * Drank fre­quently with Michael Cullen, Lianne Dalziel, Ruth Dyson, and Annette King. Old soak eh Lianne? Always on the turps.
    * Goul­ter alleges he spent con­sid­er­able time in Jonathan Hunt’s office and flat, alleges he could do what he likes.
    * Goul­ter alleges that Tim Bar­nett, his part­ner Ramon, Chris Carter, Charles Chau­vel reg­u­larly smoked mar­i­juana with him.
    * Alleges Chris Carter and him were in reg­u­lar con­tact and Carter enjoyed being out with “twinkies”.
    * Alleges Michael Cullen also smoked Mar­i­juana at Labour Conference.
    * Carter says “no cig­a­rette has passed his lips in 30 years”. Inter­est­ing choice of descrip­tion.
    * Goul­ter alleges that Tim Bar­nett made homo­sex­ual advances on him.
    * Goul­ter alleges Bar­nett made him sit down on a chair with him, and lunged and tried to kiss him.
    * Goul­ter was at one time under the “care of the Speaker’s Office”. What­ever that is sup­posed to mean.
    * Alleges Judith Tizard paid Mika hush money to keep Goul­ter quiet in elec­tion year via Arts grants.

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  45. JamesGoldman (2 comments) says:

    Anyone can be on the fringes of an organisation or social scene and make all kinds of claims. I have often heard people say” oh yes Jack is my good friend”, or “I know Tim or Helen is my aunty etc etc”. Only to discover they met once, fleetingly at the same event. Many social climbers conveniently redefine the meaning of the word “acquaintaince” to friend.

    Many groups, and political parties have volunteers, who help out. Volunteers are often at the same social events, and usually visit their leaders in their offices. However, it doesn’t mean they’re personal friends with the leader, CEO or in this case -the accused politicans. I have seen it so many times in various organisations where a certain volunteer will imagine his or her status higher than what it is, and usually they all sing the same tune. ” Yes, I know this one or that one, are related” etc .

    It’s easy to string words and images together to make an article. Add a few photos, throw in a few quotes from this source and that source,and add a few quotes from the other side. The thing about allegations-is you don’t have to prove it. Just insinuate it, and there– you have a story. This kind of journalism features in the tabloids every week, but it doesn’t make it mean it is accurate, or ethical, or credible.

    The ‘Investigate’ story is more entertainment than serious investigative journalsim. I don’t know about the ” Mika claim” but regarding the allegations against the Labour politicans– I laughed. It’s Mills and Boons reborn into a wannabe political saga. Goulter has transformed diplomatic, conservative politcans to loose, dope smoking, party-going animals– where the climax is a drunken Helen carried off to bed. (yeah right).

    If one suspends reality, it raises the question are these allegations true? and, if so are there criminal offences that need to be followed up by the police? On the other hand , one must question Goulter’s motives. Why is he speaking now? Was he emotionally damaged by his short lived experience with Labour MP’s? and needs some form of justice? Or is it a case of being rejected, and wanting “Revenge”?

    Who knows–one thing is for certain, Wishart should have done more research on both sides of the story if he is looking to raise his profile as a serious investigative journalist. At the moment, it reads like a bad love story in one of those weepy Mills and Boons novels. If he wants to maintain some kind of long term credibility he should think twice when a young person comes to him again with allegations of sex and abuse of power without evidence. I would say to him “when you have more than verbal allegations “let’s talk”.

    The arti­cle can be sum­marised as follows:

    * Claims Tim Bar­nett encour­aged a 14 year old to leave school to work in his office.

    * Claims for­mer Mayor Gary Moore also part of entice­ment with job offers. Labour pals stick together.
    * Tru­ancy Offi­cer was Labour sup­porter and aided and abet­ted tru­ancy. More pals involved.
    * Gov­ern­ment money used to fly 14 year old numer­ous times around coun­try.

    * Given free reign around par­lia­ment and Bee­hive as a 14–15 year old.

    * Had Speaker Jonathan Hunt inter­ven­ing in favour of 14 year old with secu­rity at Par­lia­ment.

    * Alleges Tim Bar­nett con­fides in 14 year old about Helen Clark, Heather Simp­son and Judith Tizard being involved in les­bian affairs.
    * Alleges Chris Carter was phoned and inter­vened on 14 year old’s behalf with CYFS to release 14 year old.
    * Chris Carter denies know­ing Hamish Jevan Goul­ter but Goul­ter has pho­tos of Carters wed­ding on his Face­book page.

    * Chris Carter denies Goul­ter at wed­ding.

    * Chris Carter “remem­bers” ping­ing Goul­ter in par­lia­ment and “send­ing him home” to Christchurch.
    * Inves­ti­gate holds emails between Goul­ter and Chris Carter arrang­ing wed­ding details.
    * Bar­nett alleges that Goul­ter was try­ing to trace his birth mother and was emo­tional.
    * Lianne Dalziel know­ing Goul­ter but Inves­ti­gate pub­lishes a photo of them together.

    * Tim Bar­nett and Labour func­tionary and ADHB board mem­ber Dr. Ian Scott con­spire to get drunk Goul­ter off work to con­tinue par­ty­ing.

    * Tim Bar­nett pro­vided tax­payer funded taxi-chits to Goul­ter reg­u­larly.
    * Alleges Helen Clark over­rode Jacinda Ardern on issue of Goul­ter drink­ing at Pre­mier House. Jacinda Ardern so far is the only Labour per­son who looks like and acts like a per­son with responsibility.
    * Drank fre­quently with Michael Cullen, Lianne Dalziel, Ruth Dyson, and Annette King. Old soak eh Lianne? Always on the turps.
    * Goul­ter alleges he spent con­sid­er­able time in Jonathan Hunt’s office and flat, alleges he could do what he likes.
    * Goul­ter alleges that Tim Bar­nett, his part­ner Ramon, Chris Carter, Charles Chau­vel reg­u­larly smoked mar­i­juana with him.
    * Alleges Chris Carter and him were in reg­u­lar con­tact and Carter enjoyed being out with “twinkies”.
    * Alleges Michael Cullen also smoked Mar­i­juana at Labour Conference.
    * Carter says “no cig­a­rette has passed his lips in 30 years”. Inter­est­ing choice of descrip­tion.
    * Goul­ter alleges that Tim Bar­nett made homo­sex­ual advances on him.
    * Goul­ter alleges Bar­nett made him sit down on a chair with him, and lunged and tried to kiss him.
    * Goul­ter was at one time under the “care of the Speaker’s Office”. What­ever that is sup­posed to mean.
    * Alleges Judith Tizard paid Mika hush money to keep Goul­ter quiet in elec­tion year via Arts grants.

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  46. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    Daffy tried to imply JK (CR1) is having gay meetings early in the beehive on his bizarre REDALRT .. I’m sure it’s tongue in cheek but???

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