Two Kates

June 16th, 2011 at 1:15 pm by David Farrar

An anonymous staffer at has blogged on how some National MPs have been registered by parliamentary staffers.

Doh, of course they have been. An MPs website  is a legitimate parliamentary expense, so long as it does not solicit money, members or votes.

The issue with Labour is that they had a parliamentary staffer processing credit card transactions.

But even putting that aside, the anonymous staffer has also mixed up two seperate Kates. He has mixed up the former IT staffer and manager Kate Pullar with the former Secretary to Chester Borrows Kate Pullar. It is no surprise than an IT staffer would be the registrant for domain names. Having two Kate Pullars was a bit of a challenge, but to solve it I referred to the first Kate P as “Bob” of course :-)

I was a registrant for dozens of MPs and parliamentary sites when I worked in Parliament. I registered them using my parliamentary e-mail address. Nothing wrong with that.

I sometimes helped the party people out (this was in the 1990s when this Internet thing was quite new to people) by registering some party sites for them – but I did so using my national.org.nz address from home, so it was clearly not in my capacity as a parliamentary staffer.

Ironically after the 1999 election, the PMs Office did not update the registration details for over a year. It was a source of amusement to be that I was the admin contact for both the PM’s Office and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. I could have gone in any redirected all the Clark Government websites, but didn’t do so of course!

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7 Responses to “Two Kates”

  1. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    “Bob”. Good one!

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  2. Bevan (3,923 comments) says:

    Ah teh Standard – fucking it up since ages ago.

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  3. Vinick (214 comments) says:

    Similar f*ck-up yesterday mixing up two David Hendersons – http://thestandard.org.nz/who-is-david-henderson/

    Quite how, i’m not sure.
    http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1233108507/382/571382.jpg
    http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1308027874/026/5143026.jpg

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  4. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    It’s all dancing on the head of a pin.

    The taxpayers fund political parties. They are supposed to spend the money on ‘parliamentary business’ not party political activites. What a load of codswallop. MPs are politicians. All of their activities are political. Just give them the money and let them spend it how they want. They’re accountable for all they do every three years.

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  5. ray (63 comments) says:

    But,but, but David, you are the National parties spinmiester
    If you had that power how can we explain the Labour parties 9 years of rule unless you are a left-wing mole
    Or it is just as you say

    Let’s see the left-wing spin this

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  6. Viking2 (11,417 comments) says:

    One gets the impression that all political parties are just dumb fucks.

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  7. Clint Heine (1,570 comments) says:

    Labour have figured out that all they need to do is just enough to feed their own hardcore support base and to dish out to Labour friendly journos to spread about – bugger facts. It speaks volumes that nobody in Labour is clever enough to realise that this was a complete disaster.

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