Utu?

May 13th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

MP appears to have threatened ”revenge” on those who effected his downfall ahead of his valedictory speech in Parliament tomorrow.

After he resigned from Parliament last night, at least four people are understood to have received a text message from Gilmore this morning, including National Party members, advising them to learn the meaning of ”utu” – the Maori word for revenge.

Those who have received messages include Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and Christchurch lawyer Andrew Riches.

I’ll be glad when this is all over. In the last week the Government has been full steam ahead:

  • Unemployment down
  • Tax up and spending down
  • Economic growth and business confidence up
  • An Auckland Housing Accord
  • An international convention centre for Auckland
  • A $1.7 billion share float
  • 80,000 new shareholders on the NZX
  • Extra money for the Christchurch rebuild
  • Pre-Budget spending announcements

The last 10 days should have been 10 days of basically non-stop good news for the Government. Instead we’ve had this side-show. After the conclusion tomorrow, hopefully we can all move on.

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65 Responses to “Utu?”

  1. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    He’s part Maori, isn’t he?

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  2. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Hear hear DPF!

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  3. deadrightkev (396 comments) says:

    I will go to bed feeling all warm and furry tomorrow night if he releases gold and hits the right targets but I wont hold my breath.

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  4. RRM (9,762 comments) says:

    Utu, Brutus? Then fall, Caesar!

    :lol:

    What a tool. Happy Gilmore, the gift that keeps on giving…

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  5. Don the Kiwi (1,678 comments) says:

    Good to see the end of the dickhead – his own words.
    Just an arsehole. I’ll bet Key is wiping his brow thankfully, now that he doesn’t have to take him into the next election.

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  6. Kelly (28 comments) says:

    Yet another positive outcome for National

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  7. GPT1 (2,115 comments) says:

    Gilmore is a pathetic little man who has based his life on lies and is lashing out like a spoilt brat when it comes crashing down. Sooner he bogs off to oblivion the better.

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  8. Mark (1,467 comments) says:

    This has gone from bad to pathetic

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  9. Elaycee (4,349 comments) says:

    MEMO TO AARON:

    Enough is enough. Please exit with whatever residual dignity you think you have, intact.

    And then STFU.

    Thank you.

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  10. Fox (204 comments) says:

    There’s no better way to prove that claims of being a bully were blown way out of proportion, than by sending out a fresh round of ‘revenge’ emails! :)

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  11. davidp (3,571 comments) says:

    He could leave with a shred of dignity. But, like everything else he has done over the last couple of weeks, he will manage to make himself look like an arse.

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  12. journo (11 comments) says:

    A query, DPF: will Gilmore be making a personal statement or does he get some sort of special dispensation from the Speaker because he is resigning?

    If the former, that requires the leave of the House – unanimous approval by all members currently in the chamber. What if one MP – Tau Henare, perhaps? – says he/she objects?

    No utu speech.

    Gilmore wouldn’t be happy. If he hasn’t given the Speaker his resignation in writing he might then just say, “bugger you, I’m staying on as an independent”. Eventually he would get a speaking slot in a debate and could then let rip.

    [DPF: A personal statement requires leave, but it is customary for there to be no objection]

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  13. Ashley Schaeffer (455 comments) says:

    How could Gilmore not know that these texts would end up in the news? Still drinking? He is his own worst enemy and most definitely unfit to be in Parliament.

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  14. Peter (1,686 comments) says:

    Perhaps he meant Margaret Mutu?

    These type-ahead thingamys on iPhone can be a challenge.

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  15. tvb (4,311 comments) says:

    Ritchie has been very indiscreet and unless he has a good reason I would not trust Ritchie as a lawyer

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  16. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,871 comments) says:

    RRM, you beat me to it.

    Peter, don’t you mean that well known Maori activist Argaret Utu?

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  17. Peter (1,686 comments) says:

    I’m sure there’s a simple explanation. It could have been a txt to Margaret, wishing her “a lovely day”.

    Yes, I’m sure that’s it.

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  18. Viking2 (11,338 comments) says:

    TVB Quite correct. Called shitting on your mates. i.e. untrustworthy.

    One is left pondering is Riches a mate of Slaters?

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  19. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    Where is this guys head at the moment – what made him think this was a really good idea, even slightly? His statement on Sunday, that he is looking to live with more grace etc etc – hes going to do that like this?

    Someone who actually gives a damn about this boy needs to tell him to STFU, stop blaming others and get on with his life. Sometimes life is unfair and it sucks. Yes, the world has been harsh to him, but from the sounds of it, he’s been really good at pissing people off with his own brand of bullshit. Dont expect to do that and not pay a price at some point.

    Time to move on Mr G., and stop making a dick of yourself.

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  20. Pete George (23,420 comments) says:

    You asked for it, here’s that very head – Aaron utu: https://twitter.com/danylmc/status/333777904393662466/photo/1

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  21. Viking2 (11,338 comments) says:

    DPF,
    The Nats are their own worst enemies when it comes to publicity. They have cut all the comms people in the forlorn hope that they can manage their own PR.
    Face it they are shite at the job.
    They should call up H2 and get some pointers.

    Born to rule doesn’t mean you know how.

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  22. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    I’m inclined to agree with Viking. The Nats have made a meal of it, dragged this issue far too long, allowing the left-wing MSM to have a field day with the arsehole Gilmore.

    Decisive action from the party leaders was required from day one to force the cretin MP to apologise in full.

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  23. Jimbo (42 comments) says:

    I don’t have much sympathy for Aaron Gilmore but I have to say that now Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater are being mentioned that it all looks very fishy and the guy should feel entitled to be a bit aggrieved.

    And isn’t it amazing that Andrew Riches’s thoughts/text messages/private notes to waiters make it into the news so quickly. Who gains from this and why?

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  24. iMP (2,349 comments) says:

    Gilmore will want to grand-stand tomorrow, to vindicate his incorrigible ego, and make cheap shots. Of course he will be allowed leave because everyone wants to hear what he has to say, and give him the grace of a departure. But if he starts saying loony things, then Mps can call points of order, object as unparliamentary, and otherwise broadside his idiot speech if that is what he makes.

    On the other side, there are probably some nukes sitting in files that he doesn’t want exposed, so he may be a mouse, say nice things about John key, shed a few tears, and go with the disconnected self delusion that somehow National will reconsider him again in the future.

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  25. wreck1080 (3,853 comments) says:

    small man syndrome perhaps? If not not small by stature then certainly small in mind.

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  26. Ed Snack (1,829 comments) says:

    Actually, in the interests of openess, I hope he has some “good oil” to release. Good for the popcorn salespeople.

    And who knows, just because you’re a paranoid dickhead that doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you.

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  27. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Gilmore Fucktard Tory Scum.

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  28. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    Hamfisted: Have you got that brilliant comment on some sort of redial function? I’m sure I have have seen that from you at least twice already…or is that really the best you can do?

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  29. Fisiani (1,021 comments) says:

    A personal explanation is normally not objected to but has this has happened already this term by objections from Winston Peters and by Hone Harawira

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  30. mara (759 comments) says:

    I was developing a tiny bit of sympathy for Aaron(Toad of Toad Hall) Gilmour but have just overcome this weakness and resolve to be of sounder mind in future.

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  31. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    “Gilmore Fucktard Tory Scum.”

    Have a few more of your ‘funny cigarettes’ Philu…
    Loving your work!

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  32. RRM (9,762 comments) says:

    Hamnida cannot be Phil Ure. The whole style is completely different.

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  33. RF (1,363 comments) says:

    Checked out Hambones hut the other day. Lots a female clothing, makeup, toilet seat down, dildo in bedroom.. suspect its a cross dresser.

    Now that would explain the ravings from the challenged thing

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  34. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Son of Philu?

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  35. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    This Gilmore saga’s making me feel all statesman-like….a dignified departure; no threats to burn the hall down on my way out…If I was still a pisshead I could feel like Churchill..out in the wilderness in the 30’s…waiting for the call to arms from a country in peril…You’ve got to laugh lads, haven’t you? You couldn’t make this up!

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  36. goldnkiwi (1,250 comments) says:

    I am reliably informed that utu is not so much revenge but a restoring of balance, so perhaps the advice, to look up the actual meaning should be taken at face value.

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  37. pq (728 comments) says:

    I sent an email to that son of a bitch Andrew Riches, about the set up,
    I said to him you are a filthy rat in a lawyers office , and he is a rat

    [DPF: 20 demerits]

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  38. publicwatchdog (2,489 comments) says:

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/aaron-gilmore-resigns-ck-139984

    #16 by Penny Bright 8 hours ago
    ‘Arrogant’ Gilmore is resigning from Parliament.

    When is Prime Minister John Key going to stand down as a minister defendant John Banks?

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  39. pq (728 comments) says:

    utu Riches I hope you die

    [DPF: 50 demerits]

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  40. RRM (9,762 comments) says:

    DG I can’t for the life of me see why you’ve been so supportive of Happy Gilmore through all of this, even comparing his plight to your experiences?

    You are a good bastard who used your time in parliament to do some good for the country, and the circumstances around your departure were unbecoming.

    Happy Gilmore is a pillock who rode in on the extreme tip of a very long coat tail, had too much to drink and embarrassed himself… Then continued embarrassing himself further even when sober. A knob end of the highest order, good riddance.

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  41. mara (759 comments) says:

    Utu, what the hell are we talking about? It is a primitive custom practised by primitive people and nowadays sanctioned by the politically correct types who insist that all cultures are equal. Perm-head Gilmore couldn’t even have an intelligent discussion about that; but then again, nor could most of the people who represent us and for whose wages we pay taxes.

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  42. RRM (9,762 comments) says:

    Guess who this thread ISN’T about, Penny?

    (I’ll give you a hint: YOU! )

    Why don’t you go whore for attention somewhere like the standard where people might actually be receptive to your ideas?

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  43. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    RRM: You have read me wrongly…or perhaps not too well. I started off having no sympathy for him…if fact I think I noted that in my time I always hoped they DIDNT know who I was…and I never did, nor would I consider, doing anything like that in public. But as time went on, and the vermin kept hounding him, I started to feel a twinge of sympathy…and considerably more than a twinge for his children, who – like mine – never asked to be at the centre of a media shit storm. I agree the man is a pillock and is very largely the author of his own misfortune….and he’s still doing it…But a man of compassion – which I hope I am – even has sympathy for the lowest when they are in pain, and doesn’t enjoy human torment. Especially when I know so well what utterly flawed men of straw the media vermin are themselves…I honestly can’t think of one of them off hand that I would trust with my children. How dare such minnows act all high and mighty, even towards Gilmore?

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  44. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    I imagine that there will a the acting speaker the lowest ranked govt Mp a couple of greens and three labour MP’s in the house when this prawn stands up.

    Is it possible for no one except the speaker or his off sider to be in the house?

    A validictory speech for someone who has done as little as this guy is like having a weekend send off at Waiheke for a student on work experience.

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  45. salt (133 comments) says:

    So what’s the standard practice with valedictory speeches of this type? Is it likely to happen right after Question Time, or do they leave it until the evening session?

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  46. Nostalgia-NZ (5,083 comments) says:

    Hate to say it. I thought a ‘deal’ had been done, if it hasn’t, which reflects poorly on the National Party in general and the PM in particular for having somebody like Mr Gilmore in Parliament and not being able to ‘tidy’ this situation up. Also it has to be asked why he is resigning if his intention is to continue to inflict damage, quite bi-polar.

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  47. Bad__Cat (140 comments) says:

    Aaron,
    Better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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  48. pq (728 comments) says:

    Utu Andrew Riches die soon you will

    [DPF: 50 demerits]

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  49. wiseowl (857 comments) says:

    Makes me laugh bringing in Simon Lusk. Was he not subject to an expose’ at some stage.
    The super secret hunter who appears to be as arrogant as Gilmore!

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  50. SGA (982 comments) says:

    @pq – look I’m sure he’s been a real bastard, but those sort of comments are going to get yourself and DPF into trouble. Perhaps you are joking but it’s not in good taste.

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  51. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    Bugger me…now the killer’s here…

    Valedictories can happen at any time btw…by arrangement with the Speaker…and no, the chamber can’t be entirely deserted…can’t remember what the quorum is, but if they don’t have one, the House automatically rises…dont know what would happen if the House became inquorate just before the off…

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  52. Steve (North Shore) (4,538 comments) says:

    When will the cock Gilmore take ownership of his own shit?
    The media attention is hard on his family? hey dork, you are a publicity junkie and you come up with that shit?

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  53. SHG (375 comments) says:

    Perhaps it was a typo and he meant to say “TUTU”?

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  54. KevinH (1,192 comments) says:

    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, both feet actually. All that is left to say to Gilmore is put up or shut up and stop digging that hole.

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  55. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    I agree with David Garrett in feeling for Gilmore’s family, particularly his kids. They didn’t order a dork for a Dad. In the past we have seen politician’s offspring kill themselves because of the reaction of other kids to a father’s shortcomings.

    But the Nats still have work to do. They need to work out how an arsehole like Gilmore got on to their list in the first place.

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  56. cha (3,919 comments) says:

    They need to work out how an arsehole like Gilmore got on to their list in the first place.

    Apparently, according to the dimpost, they buy their seats.

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  57. Yvette (2,761 comments) says:

    Twice at least, Cameron Slater has mentioned Gilmore photos – what might they be, one wonders?

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  58. Keeping Stock (10,254 comments) says:

    Looks like pq had the lid off the bottle last night; silly fellow…

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  59. Keeping Stock (10,254 comments) says:

    @ Yvette (10.52pm) – you really don’t want to go there :P

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  60. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    That’s over 100 demerits for that pq chap, just in one thread! That’s a holiday while he dries out, isn’t it?

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  61. Graeme Edgeler (3,279 comments) says:

    Valedictories can happen at any time btw…by arrangement with the Speaker…and no, the chamber can’t be entirely deserted…can’t remember what the quorum is, but if they don’t have one, the House automatically rises…

    There must be someone in the chair, and at least one minister.

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  62. Mark (1,467 comments) says:

    Gilmores last chance to use parliamentary privilege. Even with that this is going to be a fizzer.

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  63. graham (2,315 comments) says:

    Somebody commented on radio (can’t remember who) that Labour was being very mature about the whole saga and not seeking to score political points.

    That somebody was wrong.

    Labour leader David Shearer said his party would not block Gilmore’s speech, which he was looking forward to hearing.

    We’ll be there with our popcorn and Coke and, like you [media], waiting for what he’s going to say,” he said this morning.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8667644/Gilmore-in-and-out-of-Caucus

    Classy.

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  64. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    David Garrett – you may be interested to know “that pq chap” is Paul Scott, former active and very involved Christchurch member of your own ACT party.

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  65. Chuck Bird (4,820 comments) says:

    It appears that Aaron Gilmore has finally taken good advice and accepted responsibility for his actions.

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