The NZEI investigation

November 20th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Vyonne Tahana at NZ Herald reports:

What a teachers’ union knew about paedophile James Parker in 1999 is being investigated, as is an email that is critical of the woman who raised the issue. …

“The field officer received all her news from Jamie and from Jamie supporters,” Ms Lovatt Davis said.

“The report from his girlfriend was not an allegation of sexual abuse. It was a story she told that seemed to need an investigation and a reminder to Jamie to guard his professionalism. I believe he used our discipline meeting [with the NZEI field officer] to accuse me of taking an embittered girlfriend’s vicious story too seriously. Once they had reunited, she saw no need to pursue the story.

“I would suggest that NZEI field officers are not drawn directly from the wider community. The field officer should be an impartial person, free from the town gossip. In Kaitaia the gossip ran against me and pro Jamie. She bought it all and dressed me down in that meeting. Both of them did. It was very unpleasant.”

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the NZEI said an investigation was under way. Asked whether it would look at what the union knew about the allegation surrounding Parker in 1999, she said: “NZEI is conducting an internal investigation into the comments made by Ms Lovatt Davis.”

Not sure how rigorous their investigation will be, considering the comments made by their legal services director:

It is also conducting a separate investigation after the union’s legal services director, John Robson, accidentally emailed the Herald about who Ms Lovatt Davis might have dealt with.

“Field officers don’t have schools so it may be that Ms L-D was in fact not referring to an NZEI staffer, and maybe a principal with some kind of profile as an NZEI activist. I’ll keep you posted.” Regarding Ms Lovatt Davis, he also said: “She was the bane of [lawyer] david [sic] Martin’s life and in our joint view, one or two sandwiches short of the proverbial.”

In response Ms Lovatt Davis said: “If their chat is about me you can see how easy it is for a paedophile to present himself as having the full complement of sandwiches for the proverbial. They can enjoy the knowledge that together they chose not to believe a creative teacher and to favour a child molester. So even now NZEI fails.”

So Lovatt Davis was one of the few to raise concerns about Parker being a pedophile, and the NZEI response is to denigrate her as being “one or two sandwiches short of the proverbial”.

Nice to see they take this issue so seriously.

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26 Responses to “The NZEI investigation”

  1. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    And the NZEI is worried about Charter Schools having a small number of unregistered teachers? It seems to me that their priorities are well and truly out of whack.

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  2. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Typical NZEI.

    Their members arent being paid and not a word from NZEI.
    Meanwhile they want to persue someone who warned them about this pedophile.

    Idiots.

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  3. Tautaioleua (296 comments) says:

    They’re a waste of space. NZEI. Hopeless.

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  4. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    barry: I agree completely, but would point out that they would be among hundreds – even thousands – of organisations who have failed to properly deal with allegations like this (yes, including churches).

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  5. lastmanstanding (1,287 comments) says:

    The Union investigating the Union. Pleaaaaaaaaaaaase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a bunch of morons they are. And a bunch of kiddie fiddler protectors to boot.

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  6. mara (772 comments) says:

    Announced, it’s 100% for Shearer and Cunliffe demoted off the front bench. Time to buy a flak jacket Mr Shearer …. he’s comin’ for ya now!

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  7. Chuck Bird (4,848 comments) says:

    Head should roll over this. Not only did the NZEI fail these adolescent boys but so did the police, CYF and even the grandparents of one of the boys who persuaded him to retract his allegation as it could ruin this paedophile’s career.

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  8. David Garrett (7,112 comments) says:

    A great insight into how the union mind works… Ms Lovatt D must be feeling a sense of grim satisfaction right about now I would think…

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  9. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    David, I’m wondering why you focus on the role of the NZEI in this mess. It would appear that this low-life, like many of his ilk, appeared credible to many people who should have known better. Unions often get bad mouthed when they are obliged to support criminal members. I have been in the position of a union delegate being asked ‘how could you stand up for so-and-so’. I’d like to know more about the case before deciding that of all those involved, the union delegates or staff were the most culpable.

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  10. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    Lovatt Davis is interviewed by Mary Wilson: about 1:30 in. She’s a serious intelligent person. Hard to understand why some people got the wrong end of the stick, but that’s not unusual with lefties is it. Normally it’s their modus operandi. Surprising it doesn’t happen more often.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2538703/young-victims-face-up-to-paedophile-teacher-in-court.asx

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You seem very sure that is is only the ‘lefties’ who were fooled by this individual.

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    @ mikenmild – if allegations of inappropriate behaviour by a teacher were made, I would expect the union’s primary concern to be the safety of children, not whether or not the allegations might be embarrassing for the teacher concerned and for NZEI. After all, NZEI is forever going on about being focused on outcomes for children.

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  13. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    You seem very sure that is is only the ‘lefties’ who were fooled by this individual.

    It’s more their supercilious self-righteousness mm. I think that led them to a quick nay instant judgement on this man and because in their own minds, lefties are the bestest people in the whole wide world, with all the humanity and all the wisdom and all the goodness just bursting from them all the time, that anyone who didn’t agree with them was totally and completely wrong and therefore had to be stopped, before they could wreck more damage than they’d already done, upon the glorious plan.

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  14. big bruv (13,734 comments) says:

    Check for the Catholic connection.

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  15. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Well Reid, I guess you must now more about the political leanings of everyone involved. Was everyone else taken in a ‘leftie’?
    KS
    I’m just not sure why this blog is singling out the NZEI, of all the individuals and organisations that were arguably in a position to stop this man earlier. You seem quite confused about what the NZEI is. If anyone suggest that it is a professional body; someone here will say it’s only a union. Are you now saying otherwise.
    Do you think that NZEI members might be interested in asking question of their office holders and professional staff?

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  16. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    I would be very disappointed if NZEI members did NOT ask questions of their office-holders and staff mikenmild. If the conduct of a rogue NZEI person enabled Parker to go on abusing children who trusted him it will be a tragedy, especially for those children who could have been spared abuse had the person done the right thing from the outset.

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  17. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    Was everyone else taken in a ‘leftie’?

    Is that some of sleeper hold, mm?

    It sounds evil whatever it is, so my answer is therefore, “probably.”

    especially for those children who could have been spared abuse had the person done the right thing from the outset.

    That’s right KS. Apparently, no-one was thinking of the children. Especially the lefties who were, evidently, all over this.

    I suspect they were thinking of the cause instead. Lenin on the mountain with the flag, and all that.

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  18. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    So the NZEI is investigating what happened in 1999. Well and good, and no doubt their members will want to know what happened. I trust comments will be similarly severe on any other organisation who had members bearing some culpability in this case.
    Sorry for my garbled line there Reid. I meant to ask whether everyone else taken in by the chap was a ‘leftie’ as well. With your usual acute judge of credibility (setting aside the odd thousand conspirational YouTube videos of course), could you tell from the radio interview whether Lovatt Davies is a ‘leftie’ also?

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  19. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    I meant to ask whether everyone else taken in by the chap was a ‘leftie’ as well.

    I don’t know mm. I don’t expect so. After all, he comes across as quite a bounder, doesn’t he. I don’t expect anyone would have been foolish enough to let him into our clubs. I bet he wasn’t even on the local A&P Board.

    …could you tell from the radio interview whether Lovatt Davies is a ‘leftie’ also?

    Of course I could. Why, couldn’t you?

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  20. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Do you think they were Masons as well, those teachers up there?

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  21. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    I’m not sure mm. You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.

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  22. nasska (11,281 comments) says:

    Firing on all four tonight Reid. :)

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  23. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    So Lovatt Davis was one of the few to raise concerns about Parker being a pedophile, and the NZEI response is to denigrate her as being “one or two sandwiches short of the proverbial”.

    Isn’t ridicule supposed to be reserved for conspiracy theorists and people who see UFOs?

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  24. campit (467 comments) says:

    Unfortunately in New Zealand there is a tendency to shoot the messenger when it comes to whistle-blowing. Very few companies or organisations seem to have the correct procedures in place for dealing with whistle-blowing allegations in an objective and fair manner. It is particularly bad for the whistle-blower if the accused has a close relationship with their manager.

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  25. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Too true. Whistle-blowing can be fraught with difficulties. Public organisations are supposed to have specific systems in place, but I doubt their efficacy as having such a system is usually just a box-ticking compliance exercise.
    Unfortunately, many paedophiles are very good at concealing themselves and will find their way into institutions such as schools and churches where they can gain positions of trust that allow access to young people. Of course, everyone who deals with young people knows this, so it is important that all of the organisations involved examine their dealings with this person.

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  26. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    …we fear that the designation of information as classified in some cases [brought forth by Sibel Edmonds] serves to protect the executive branch against embarrassing revelations and full accountability…

    http://www.justacitizen.com/

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