Keeping the register accurate

June 4th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Taranaki Daily News reports:

MP failed to declare to Parliament a pecuniary interest in a company in which he holds a directorship, triggering a “please explain” demand from the Labour benches.

Mr Young, National MP for New Plymouth, is a director of Seaview Super Trustees Limited, a firm he says “carries his trust’s properties”, and for which he is listed by the Companies’ Office as holding a 50 per cent shareholding. The other 50 per cent is held by his wife, Maura. Another director listed, without a shareholding, is North Shore accountant Mark Thompson.

Parliamentary rules require that MPs must declare any interest where they hold a directorship or more than 5 per cent of the voting rights.

Labour MP Pete Hodgson said that at the very least, Mr Young “had some explaining to do”.

He does. It clearly should have been disclosed. However I am not aware of any “gain” from non disclosure, and think that the omission would be accidental.It sounds like it is associated with a trust which he did declare.

A similar apparent non disclosure comes from . It was reported in July 2009:

The New Zealand United States Council is sponsoring a visit to Washington DC by Hon Shane Jones and Craig Foss MP, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of the New Zealand United States Parliamentary Friendship Group in the 49th Parliament. …

In Washington DC 20-23 July Shane Jones and Craig Foss will meet their counterparts from the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus

Now if we turn to the Register for the year ending 31 January 2010, we find:

Craig Foss:
United States of America – representing New Zealand-US Friendship Group. Contributor to travel:
NZ-US Council (USA domestic airfare). Contributor to accommodation: NZ-US Council.

And when we turn to Shane Jones we find:

Shane Jones
Rarotonga – play in New Zealand Parliamentary rugby team in match against Rarotongan
Parliament team. Contributor to travel: Air New Zealand (subsidised airfare). Contributor to
accommodation: Parliamentary Rugby Club (subsidised accommodation).

So Shane has failed to disclose the funding from the NZ-US Council.

Now like with Jonathan Young, I don’t think there is anything sinister about it. But maybe Pete Hodgson will be calling on Shane Jones to also “explain himself”. That is when he takes time off from pursing H Fee Mark II.

Also of note is that bloggers pointed out failed to disclose his trip in January 2010, to St Kitts and Nevis to observe elections. Carter has now filed an amended disclosure, including this.

Amusingly also forgot to disclose gifts of a kilt and a vase, which he also included in an amended disclosure!

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8 Responses to “Keeping the register accurate”

  1. big bruv (13,718 comments) says:

    I also note that Labour’s credit card expenses are due out today.

    That should make fascinating reading.

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  2. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Hmm… Jonathan Young said he did submit that.. then later when asked to make the statement public said he didn’t it was a mistake.. in a later interview Mr Young said he was confussed.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/3774996/Labour-Young-has-some-explaining-to-do

    Yep sounds like Jonathan should have stayed as a lay preacher were honesty is prerequisite for not being stupid.

    Mind you when Pete Hodgson is on your case.. Young has nothing ton worry about.

    I have a feeling National is about to trajan Hodgson with some of his own medicine.. anytime soon.

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  3. Monty (976 comments) says:

    I have been so looking forward to details of Labour credit card expenses. Tizard should be wonderful reading. I am also looking forward to seeing what that pathetic angry prick Hodgson has spent.

    Parakura the Hutt is one to watch out for.

    Oh Joyful weekend ahead giving a hard time to the leftards if the expenses are released today – good thing it is a long wekend with lots of inside time due to bad weather.

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  4. RRM (9,827 comments) says:

    RRM’s theorem #1:

    For every piece of dirt on the right, there is an equal and opposite piece of dirt on the left.

    (Or if not, there soon will be.)

    RRM’s theorem #2:

    If we could develop technology to harness for useful purposes all of the power that goes into digging up this dirt and then heralding it from the rooftops, all our electricity supply issues would be solved.

    I’m thinking a giant hamster wheel with Hodgson and some bloggers in it would be a good first prototype…

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  5. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    Rather than waste My money, and that of all other taxpayers couldn’t these omissions be notified to whoever keeps the register current and empower that office to report serious transgressions to the speaker who would then be required to report any notification so made to the house therby releasing the hounds.
    Funding for these notifications to be accompanied by a substantial bond from the complainants party funds to be used to investigate them and in the unlikely event the bond was not consumed the balance be transferred to the general funds of that office.
    The best part of this system would be to spare those of us who sometimes tune into the circus for the modern equivalent of the coliseum, being pinned to the wall by the riveting revelations of the lagubrious and funereal Hodson trying to give substance to the pathetic “H Fee Mk 2″ plus Young, Jones etel. I am sure there will be omissions by otherwise well intentioned MPs that a simple person to person contact could correct in the interests of accuracy.
    Is a little sane and professional behaviour too much to expect, I guess so.

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  6. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    The plus for Jonathan Young is… this will be the only media attention he is likely to get… and the only one shaking Hodgson’s hand in gratitude.

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

    RKBee , Young is a bit of a disappointment. As a Taranaki resident and farmer I find his laryngitis concerning the up coming ETS a slap in the face for the common rural peasant that produces a great deal of wealth for the province. He may well think the ETS is the best thing since sliced bread but one would not know how he thinks about the issue. I take his silence is because one must always toe the party line, it seems National Socialist politicians are much like their Liarbore counterparts were under the Dear One and what children should be like, seen but not heard.

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