Councillors being threatened over POAL

March 30th, 2012 at 9:07 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald reports:

Two members are complaining of threatening phone calls from a man trying to make them support a no-confidence vote against the management.

No vote was put to a council meeting yesterday, but Sir John Walker and Calum Penrose are angry about the calls, from veteran protester .

Somehow I think the name is very appropriate.

Sir John said a threat was made to him through his wife, who was told “they were going to take me to court, they were going to get at me because of the way I’d been voting”.

He said that was rubbish as he was away when a vote was last held on the port dispute, and he did not like his wife being threatened.

Mr Penrose said he was threatened after telling a caller on Tuesday that he would “definitely” not support a motion against the council-owned port company.

“He [the caller] said, ‘We are going to sue you individually, as councillors, and then we are going to have you sacked. And then we are going to get you’.”

Just more intimidation.

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19 Responses to “Councillors being threatened over POAL”

  1. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    ” Sir John said a threat was made to him through his wife, who was told “they were going to take me to court, they were going to get at me because of the way I’d been voting”.”

    I disagree.

    “…going to get..” goes a bit further than mere intimidation in this context. Threatening to get someone while bloody stupid is little different than offering to pay some one for voting the way you want them to. The reverse side of the same coin if you like. There are legal terms for this I believe.

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  2. Nick K (919 comments) says:

    Picking on a legend of NZ Sport who has Parkinsons. Nice chaps those union officials.

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  3. fish_boy (152 comments) says:

    You are claiming Marx Jones is a union official? Are you sure? Or are you just lying to smear by association for political effect?

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  4. mikenmild (8,894 comments) says:

    Yeah, who is Marx Jones and what does he have to do with the dispute?

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  5. Nick K (919 comments) says:

    Fish_boy – Hang out with dogs, you get fleas.

    Anyway, why is it a smear to say someone is a union official? Unless, of course, you wouldn’t want to be associated with MUNZ at this particular time.

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  6. Nostalgia-NZ (4,697 comments) says:

    I can’t see that any of this was union sanctioned, particularly because the Union have been very successful to this point with their Court action and we may be going to hear today that POAL has acted illegally with the lockout. Marx Jones and his cohorts are friends the port workers don’t need, any genuine arguments they might have had were lost in their stupid behaviour.

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  7. Rich Prick (1,324 comments) says:

    Charming people. Its all so 1950′s.

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  8. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    cant say im a big fan of MUNZ.

    BUT this shit head doesnt exactly speak for all of them.

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  9. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    You would have to say that the MUNZ is acting like a gang.
    If you have to resort to violence, you have already lost.

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  10. Mark (496 comments) says:

    Sounds like this guy is a coward. I laugh at people like him.

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  11. Stephen Stratford (45 comments) says:

    Some readers may remember Marx Jones flour-bombing Eden Park in 1981, http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/the-third-test-auckland.

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  12. Kimble (4,095 comments) says:

    Sounds like this guy is a coward. I laugh at people like him.

    You laugh at cowards?

    How very brave of you.

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  13. ross69 (3,645 comments) says:

    > Just more intimidation.

    Sounds like the sort of behaviour that Judith Collins would be proud of.

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  14. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    “We are going to get you” meant a lot more than saying nasty things about you when I were a lad…and later…it is one step short of “you should be careful, you could have a nasty accident”

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  15. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Quite so Stephen. Marx Jones is a terrorist, who put tens of thousands of life at risk with his antics on that afternoon in 1981. Keith Quinn noted that at times Jones’ plane was flying lower than the roof of the old No4 stand at Eden Park, dropping flour bombs and flares onto the field and into the crowd. Had he lost control of the plane, the outcome doesn’t even bear thinking about.

    Those who weren’t around way back then should watch this:

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  16. DJP6-25 (1,236 comments) says:

    Nick K 10:00 am. With leftists; once you get to activist level, they are pondscum. When I say activists, I mean pollies, union officials, ‘academics’ and ‘journalists’. They beleive that what they’re trying to do is so wonderful for humanity that the rules don’t matter.

    Each group knows that the others will give them a free pass.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  17. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    As Chris Trotter once said…….. It doesn’t matter if what the Left are doing is wrong as long as they win.

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  18. Tauhei Notts (1,511 comments) says:

    Just to add to Keeping Stock’s comments; I was in the old number five stand at Eden Park that day. A man on the public address system announced;
    “would the people at the back of number five stand please stop throwing cans at the overhead aircraft”.
    That is how low it got!
    On the final pass over the plane flew so low that I thought if there was the slightest engine disturbance it might hit the uprights and cartwheel into where I was sitting. I dived for cover under the little concrete seats in front of me. I could not get up as my friend alongside me saw the same thing and also dived for cover. He landed on top of me and nearly squashed me.
    A man, about five people along from me, on my right, got hit on the arm by a flour bomb. He must have been a cook. He reckoned it was self raising flour. I have never been able to work out why they put a cricketer’s protective box in with the flour. Was it to make the flour fall straight?
    When Hewson got that final kick at goal I exclaimed that “the pig” would win the next election. Many of you will recall that the biography of his opponent was titled;
    “Rowling; The Man is a Myth”.
    To this day I think Allan Hewson did more for the National Party in 1981 than any army of advertising agents and public relations apparatchiks could ever have done.
    Predecessors of Toad are still raving about the Labour Party getting more votes than National in 1981. They studiously ignore that so many National people were so pissed off with the pig that they voted for funny money that year.

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  19. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Tauhei

    The man on the PA was Ron Don. A great benefactor of Auckland rugby.

    I was on the terraces for that game. Front row seat for the “terrorist” attack. What a hoot! The guys behind me were the ones throwing cans. They were empty! We were all pissed!

    I can confidently assure DPF that Marx has no connection with the wharfies, except that they are his imaginary friends.

    Anyway, DPF, read the news: the wharfies won, pure and simple.

    Now THAT’S intimidating! Yes?

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