Collins and Oravida

March 4th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ reported:

There are claims Justice Minister may have breached parliamentary rules around perceptions concerning conflict of interest.

Ms Collins visited the Shanghai offices of Kiwi fresh milk exporter Oravida when she travelled to China in her capacity as Justice Minister in October last year.

Her husband is a director in the company.

“I drop into a lot of New Zealand companies if they ask me to and I think it’s absolutely completely appropriate,” says Mrs Collins.

A photo taken during the visit was posted on Oravida’s webstie along with a Chinese quote saying “Mrs Collins personally tasted Oravdia’s products, giving her full endorsement of these products”.

The rule book governing cabinet ministers states no minister should endorse any product or service in any media.

“Well I certainly don’t endorse any products other than the fact that I always try and help New Zealand companies who are trying to export,” says Mrs Collins.

Ms Collins says she wasn’t aware of the comments on the website and would ask for them to be removed if they breach cabinet rules.

Collins is reported as saying she dropped in briefly on her way to the airport, and has done so for other NZ companies.

You do need to be careful if a family member is involved with a company, but her husband is a director, not a shareholder, and all she did was drink a glass of milk. I don’t think that is really an endorsement.

Mr Key says he is aware Mrs Collins visited Oravida and doesn’t believe her husband’s directorship creates a conflict.

“I don’t think it does preclude her from dropping in, there is no commercial value,” says Mr Key.

In the end the Cabinet Office will advise if there is an issue, but I don’t see anything wrong. Basically a Minister pops into a successful export company for half an hour or so, has a glass of milk, and they stick a photo up on their website. It is important that the company doesn’t try to make it look like an endorsement, but many many MPs attend business openings and promotions.

Oravida is listed as a donor to the National Party, which is the great thing about transparency with donations. But I don’t think anyone thinks you need to be a donor to have an MP drink a glass of milk. Ministers and MPs routinely do photo ops like this.

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64 Responses to “Collins and Oravida”

  1. Duxton (658 comments) says:

    Good call Dave. I’d be very surprised if she had ‘endorsed’ anything. Quite apart from the fact that Judith Collins is simply too smart to do something like that, those words sound more like a PR persons’ invention for local consumption.

    Of course, that won’t stop the labour trolls trying to use this to divert attention from today’s latest fiasco…..and tomorrow’s……and Thursday’s…..and …………………

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  2. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    A beat up by the left wing media. I note that the communist Katie Bradford is all over the story on twitter.

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  3. mjw (401 comments) says:

    You must be getting dizzy from so much dedicated spinning dpf!

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  4. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    Well quite frankly, if any NZ politician dropped into an exporter’s place overseas and *didn’t* get them a plug in the local media, I’d want to know why they were so crap at their job.

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  5. Psycho Milt (2,423 comments) says:

    …Justice Minister Judith Collins may have breached parliamentary rules …

    “May have?” What the fuck? Is there some clause in the rules that says “unless the member is unusually self-satisfied and part of a National Party governmentt” or something?

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  6. trout (954 comments) says:

    I guess Katie Bradford is the offspring of Sue; she looks vaguely familiar has some of the less attractive mannerisms. Was she previously ‘Bradford-Crozier’?

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  7. hmmokrightitis (1,596 comments) says:

    What James said. If our Ministers AREN’T promoting our country and our export capability at any opportunity (and psycho, you do understand the difference between a Director and a shareholder, right, I know you’re a bit slow and simple, wanted to check) we should be asking, why the fuck not?

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  8. Jack5 (5,278 comments) says:

    Is this a pattern of behaviour, or a pattern of left-wing journo’s gunning for Judith Collins?

    Perhaps our MP’s and their families need to be careful and less naive when working with business people from cultures which have different standards.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10862947

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  9. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Isn’t it great our fearless media are showing such political impartiality when it comes to a glass of milk?

    Too bad TVNZ don’t keep their own house in order.

    A powerhouse of cultural marxist spin and sinecure for Labour wannabes.

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  10. duggledog (1,624 comments) says:

    Yeah crime of the century. Watch it bounce off the formidable JC; especially after Cunliffe was caught with his pants right down. Look if this is seriously Labour and the Labour dominated TVNZ having a crack, well best of luck.

    The left wing bloc is dog tucker. They got nothin’

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  11. Psycho Milt (2,423 comments) says:

    and psycho, you do understand the difference between a Director and a shareholder, right, I know you’re a bit slow and simple, wanted to check

    I do, yes. Do you understand the difference between a minister of the Crown and some random cunt off the street? Just checking.

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  12. niggly (832 comments) says:

    Isn’t this old news? If so funny how TVNZ’s Corrin Dann managed to resurrect it at the end of the Cunliffe secret trust news item, perhaps to deflect attention away from Cunners (mind you, Grant Robertson was interviewed so presumably he fed the story to TVNZ. The question though is “why” when his arch leadership rival Cunliffe was being skewered by the MSM and Blogs and one would have thought best to bring up such a story another day. Or was Robertson having his “Shane Jones” moment in terms of media “glory”? If so another bad judgement, the story doesn’t have the same appeal as Jones and Progressive Enterprises’ dodgy deals which kiwis can easily relate to)!

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  13. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Hard to believe Collins’ pleading of ignorance. Her former colleague Richard Worth visited India and allegedly promoted an aviation company in which he held shares and a directorship. Key gave Worth a “bollocking” over that incident. If Worth had worn a dress, all might have been forgiven.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10564659

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  14. edhunter (554 comments) says:

    If the boot was on the other foot I guarantee we’d be kicking the shit out of it. Not a good look.

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  15. jcuk (756 comments) says:

    If a member of the government didn’t use their position when overseas to promote our export industry I would be questioning why … not that they did … irrespective of the family connections it is their job and everybody elses to do what they can to promote NZ exports.

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  16. Souvlaki (48 comments) says:

    FFS…..this is a pure & simple beat up to try and deflect attention from Labours repeated & humiliating cock ups…. in much the same way one try’s to delfect the interest of a small child from something you wished they couldn’t see”ooooh … look… Is it a bird or a plane?”” .. Pfffft

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  17. tvb (4,554 comments) says:

    TVNZ ran this as a counter story to Cunliffe’s problems. It gives the Labour Leader some political cover. But it does indicate TVNZ is determined to give the Labour Party a fighting chance at this election.

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  18. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    Of course, that won’t stop the labour trolls…

    No, it won’t. And it probably won’t stop the handful of KB ‘Collins haters’ either…. the few that hate the fact Collins knows bullshit when she sees it and calls it like it is.

    Pathetic, really.

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  19. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    And let’s not forget that John Key was involved in an almost identical conflict of interest with the same company more than a year ago. Tories are slow learners it seems, or they don’t give a shit about rules.

    http://agrihq.co.nz/article/milk-runner-tangles-pm-in-product-endorsement?p=7

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  20. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    What a giggle… and if the boot was on the other foot and this was a Labour minister that had done the same or similar you lot would be crawling all over it, and requesting the person concerned was hung out to dry… hypocritical much!!!

    Personally, I don’t see a lot wrong with it, she should have made sure there were no endorsements, but at the end of the day, its neither here nor there… but the reaction from the smurf team is hilarious. Double standards all round!!!

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  21. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    I thought this was in the news last year. Nice to see it resurrected on TV3 news to deflect away from Cunliffe and his cock-ups.

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  22. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @Elaycee (3,867 comments) says:
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Nice set of double standards you have there! ;-)

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  23. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    And it seems Tim Grosser has done likewise.

    http://www.oravida.com/lwl/newsen/

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  24. Tautaioleua (324 comments) says:

    Ah socialist strategy 101. It consists of biting the hand that feeds you, which in this case is Mr and Mrs Collins, whose involvement in our dairy industry deserves praise. Instead they’re being scrutinised and put on the hot seat for being one of the few senior members of parliament still happily married.

    And Labour wonders why they’re having trouble at the polls?

    :-)

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  25. nasska (12,101 comments) says:

    Consider the offence likely to be taken by the Chinese had the minister NOT visited. The fact that she was driving past the door with her husband & not called in would probably be taken as some sort of affront or loss of face.

    The fact that Judith C acknowledged that she hadn’t been struck down with melamine poisoning after drinking a glass of the muck is about all the endorsement would be worth to the company.

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  26. Nostalgia-NZ (5,318 comments) says:

    Drinking a glass of kiwi milk in China is a good look for one of our Ministers after some of the problems with NZ produce and far better than meddling in the Judicial processes there.

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  27. edhunter (554 comments) says:

    1. Ms Collins visited the Shanghai offices of Kiwi fresh milk exporter Oravida when she travelled to China in her capacity as Justice Minister in October last year.
    2. “Mrs Collins personally tasted Oravdia’s products, giving her full endorsement of these products”
    3. Her husband is a director in the company.
    4. Oravida is listed as a donor to the National Party

    No problem with 1 & 2 by themselves even when added to 4 but add in 3 & not saying it’s not a diversionary tactic but what part of this story is a good look?

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  28. Nostalgia-NZ (5,318 comments) says:

    Difficult question when set out like that.

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  29. deadrightkev (609 comments) says:

    As the political static fizzes and pops Rome burns.

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  30. UglyTruth (4,554 comments) says:

    “Well I certainly don’t endorse any products other than the fact that I always try and help New Zealand companies who are trying to export,” says Mrs Collins.

    Well, if you weren’t trying to help them then you wouldn’t be endorsing their product, would you, you dishonourable woman?

    Never stand between a man and his lawful remedy, Mrs Collins, nothing good comes of it.

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  31. All_on_Red (1,743 comments) says:

    Drinking a glass of milk is an endorsement?
    Now fronting a TV or print advertisement , that’s an endorsement.

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  32. Tauhei Notts (1,687 comments) says:

    What was not reported is that Judith Collins looked at the glass of milk, before drinking it and remarked;
    “This milk is as transparent as Silent T’s funding strategy.”

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  33. UglyTruth (4,554 comments) says:

    @All_on_Red

    Context is everything. She admitted to endorsing it when she reframed her act as her trying to help a NZ exporter.

    The subtext is: it doesn’t matter than I broke the rules, money is at stake here.

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  34. OneTrack (3,362 comments) says:

    October last year. ffs Good to see TVNZ is on the case.

    When are we going to sell? Let Labour provide their own training academy.

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  35. All_on_Red (1,743 comments) says:

    I was in a dry cleaners in Birkenhead the other day. The Chinese business owner had a framed picture of him with John Key at the recent Chinese New Year celebration on the wall.
    Does that mean John Key is endorsing his business? Ffs the left are desperate .

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  36. Liberty (277 comments) says:

    What a pack of small minded gits.
    If every person in China brought a litre of NZ milk
    This country would be laughing all the way to the bank.
    and it could afford to pay for the socialist cesspit
    labour is so proud of.

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  37. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    So it’s NOT an “endorsement” but it IS a “photo op”…?

    DPF speak with forked tongue…

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  38. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Wtf is our justice minister doing in china anyway?

    Learning about show trials and executions? The Chi-coms know nothing of “justice”. Trade minister, I’d have no issue with but justice?

    Shouldn’t the tax payers union be all over this instead of hassling the deaf girl?

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  39. All_on_Red (1,743 comments) says:

    “Shouldn’t the tax payers union be all over this instead of hassling the deaf girl?”
    And which Labour MP in the Wairarapa told the local newspaper about her?
    Lol The left are starting to eat each other

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  40. OneTrack (3,362 comments) says:

    Alan – So we are allowed to hold MPs to account, unless they are deaf? So deaf MPs are “special” and must be treated “differently”. Ok, as long as we have cleared that up then.

    For the record, the “issue” was raised by the Herald who were trying to discredit the Taxpayers Union. Looks like it worked. Oh, for an independent media. Obviously just a distant dream now and we are left with partisan hacks.

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  41. OneTrack (3,362 comments) says:

    Liberty – “What a pack of small minded gits.”

    Just people desparately trying to deflect attention away from the clusterf**k that the Labour leadership has become. Anything will do, even 5 month old “stories” about nothing.

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  42. Farmerpete (58 comments) says:

    A long time ago I was checking in at business class AirNZ in Dallas (when they flew direct) and Rob Muldoon was behind me in the queue. I was with a Texan business acquaintance and although I had never met Muldoon (I didn’t really like him), I nevertheless said hello, and introduced my Texan friend. The Texan said to Muldoon ‘well your just the person to tell me if these are good people to deal with (meaning me)’.
    Without missing a beat Muldoon asked what company I was with ( a very high profile consulting firm), and he then went on to say that he hadn’t met me but the firm was top drawer and if I was CEO, I could take a lot of credit for this.
    What impressed me was the PM doing his bit to support a Kiwi business. I had direct experience with this with Helen Clarke who bought the Chinese Premier to our business. She was excellent in this regard.
    The point of this ramble is that this is what politicians do for their constituents (within an ethical framework). I have no problem with Judith Collins in that respect. Although I am sure being a good lawyer she would not have knowingly allowed her name and endorsement to go on their website.
    I should add that meeting Muldoon made the Texan’s day, and also embellished my standing with him!

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  43. UglyTruth (4,554 comments) says:

    Although I am sure being a good lawyer she would not have knowingly allowed her name and endorsement to go on their website.

    She’s not a good lawyer. A good lawyer would know better than to impede a legal remedy.

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  44. Nostradamus (2,427 comments) says:

    UglyTruth:

    You really should stick with the Enid Blyton books instead of Black’s Law Dictionary (which is US-centric anyway). But, just for shits and giggles, what’s the legal remedy being impeded here? Identify the legal remedy precisely, explain who should be able to avail themselves of that right, and then (for bonus points) explain why that right is being impeded?

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  45. Jim (358 comments) says:

    The rule book governing cabinet ministers states no minister should endorse any product or service in any media.

    The cabinet manual goes on to explain:

    When accepting an invitation, a Minister should inform the organisation that it may not:

    use any photos taken of the Minister at the event; or
    publicise the event,
    in a way that could be perceived as an endorsement by the Minister of the organisation, or its products or services.

    Seems pretty clear, but in her defence:

    A photo taken during the visit was posted on Oravida’s webstie along with a Chinese quote saying “Mrs Collins personally tasted Oravdia’s products, giving her full endorsement of these products.

    Did she inform the organisation that it may not publicise the event in a way that could be perceived as an endorsement?
    Did she fail to think the visit was an endorsement?
    Can she google in Chinese?

    Meh. It’s doesn’t have the calculating ring of a Cunliffe fuck-up. Nor is it a Richard Long style endorsement (Hanover Finance).
    It doesn’t strike me as odd for a minister to do the odd handshake-and-smile-for-the-camera visit. Particularly on overseas business that would otherwise get no NZ press.

    Not living in China, she is probably not aware of the rampant endorsement culture that goes on in these parts. If she was then she would be very camera shy.

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  46. Jim (358 comments) says:

    After reading this page in English: http://www.oravida.com/lwl/newsen/

    Seems like a total non-event.

    NZ’s Minister of Justice and NZ’s China Ambassador visit Oravida Shanghai

    The Honorable Judith Collins, Minister of Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs, His excellency, Ambassador Carl Walker visited Oravida Shanghai office upon company’s invitation. As a NZ company committed to branding NZ’s premium food products and developing the distribution channels in China for these products, Oravida has been at the forefront of advocating food “made in NZ”. Both Minister Collins and Ambassador Walker recognized company’s efforts, congratulated us on what we have achieved and encouraged us to continue building NZ’s premium food reputation in China.

    NZ’s minister Tim Grosser tastes Oravida fresh milk in Shanghai

    During Prime Minister John Key’s visit to China, The Honorable Tim Grosser, Minister of Trade, The Right Honorable Sir Donald McKinnon,Chairman of New Zealand China Council visited Sogo Supermarket in Shanghai, where many of the NZ premium products are sold. Among many of the NZ products, Oraivda’s fresh milk and Sanford’s scampi are the newest additions to the product lists, and can certainly be categorized as the most innovative.

    Oravida’s chairman plays golf with NZ Prime Minister

    On Friday 26th October 2012, Mr Deyi Shi the founder and principal of the Oravida Group of Companies, a passionate and extremely competent golfer, had the honour of playing golf with New Zealand’s current Prime Minister The Right Honourable John Key. Prime Minister Key, a keen and competent golfer, entered into the light hearted spirit of the head to head competition with Mr Shi at this fun event.

    Oh noes! Golf! I hate that game!

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  47. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Seems like a total non-event.

    Spoken like a died-in-the-wool Tory. Of course no mention that Richard Worth got a “bollocking” from the current PM because he flouted Cabinet rules around conflicts of interest.

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  48. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    If she was then she would be very camera shy.

    Too funny, Jim. Collins might be a lot of things but camera shy she aint. :)

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  49. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t the tax payers union be all over this instead of hassling the deaf girl?

    Well, you’d think so, but then the taxpayers’ union are a bunch of Right wing cheerleaders. So, no, there’ll be no scrutiny of overseas junkets by Tories. The co-founder of the “union” is none other than David Farrar. Who woulda thought?

    http://taxpayers.org.nz/pages/who-we-are

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  50. Psycho Milt (2,423 comments) says:

    If nothing else, it’s good to know that next time Labour’s in power its cabinet ministers will be able to use their positions to help any ventures their familiy members are involved in, and right-wingers will find it all above board, highly creditable of the minister to help out, and a total non-story.

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  51. flipper (4,330 comments) says:

    I am no fan of the Auckland tax lawyer, but on this issue she has been done wrong by the left wing trolls and left wing MSmedia seeking to “balance” their news shows..

    If she did not endorse the products sold by Oravida while in China – or any other New Zealand company – I would have added that to my list of criticisms.

    The issue is total bullshit, and the fact that Oravida donated to National is irrelevant because companies donate to most political parties. (Hell even John Todd’s dynasty gave the stupid red melons money and they are no friends of the oil industry).

    If this breaches some esoteric Cabinet manual (which has no statutory or regulatory standing) rule then the manual needs amendment – before lunchtime.

    The issue has served one useful purpose : It has enabled idiots like rossie69 and the psycho one to waste time and diverted them from attempting to defend the indefensible Cunners/McCarten party.

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  52. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    Judith (Ginny) says (8.47pm): Nice set of double standards you have there…

    Double standards??? Pffttt… Hardly.

    My prediction was that the usual ‘Collins haters’ would emerge to try and make something out of nothing…. and that’s exactly what happened. Because, there is a small number of ‘Collins haters’ on KB who bleat about everything Collins does – I suspect they would even flap about and whinge if Collins gave them a Rolex Datejust – because they really wanted one with a diamond encrusted bezel.

    Like it or not, Collins has a great bullshit radar and, despite the wailing of a few who don’t like decisions she has made (and decisions yet to be announced), she stands her ground and takes no crap. That’s why she is hugely popular with the electorate.

    And her actions in this case, were totally appropriate.

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  53. Psycho Milt (2,423 comments) says:

    …attempting to defend the indefensible…

    Once again you manage inadvertently to accurately describe what’s going on…

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  54. doggone7 (846 comments) says:

    Quite simply if Cunliffe had been in the same situation as Collins and acted the same way, the baying for blood would have drowned the noise of the Bruce Springsteen shows.

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  55. david (2,194 comments) says:

    Psycho – I do note the distinct lack of support given to our export industries by the veritable hoard of Opposition Party lemmings that regularly make inspections of the Business Class world at taxpayers’ expense. The scrapbook of clippings showing visits to NZ companies overseas is overwhelmingly filled with Gummint personnel.

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  56. martinh (1,272 comments) says:

    The cabinet manually clearly states no photos, yet she had a photo taken. How naive do you think your readers are when you try and say it was just a cup of milk?
    Ever heard about the hat at the oscars which within 24hours is now patented after being worn.
    Collins doing this and her handling of it means i do not support her for next national leader

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  57. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    It’s interesting to see ‘Zetetic’ pushing the Collins/Orvida story at The Standard.
    http://thestandard.org.nz/collins-and-oravida/

    And the visit to the Orvida office was in October last year? Funny it suddenly became a story yesterday.

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  58. Psycho Milt (2,423 comments) says:

    It’s interesting to see ‘Zetetic’ pushing the Collins/Orvida story at The Standard.

    Yes, it is interesting, isn’t it?

    Judith Collin’s endorses a company, Orivida, that her husband is a (presumably paid) director of. That same company has previously made political donations to the National Party.

    That’s a conflict of interest.

    Seems to have a way better grasp of it than DPF does…

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  59. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (900 comments) says:

    Aunty Judith should resign by lunch time. End of story.

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  60. UglyTruth (4,554 comments) says:

    You really should stick with the Enid Blyton books instead of Black’s Law Dictionary (which is US-centric anyway). But, just for shits and giggles, what’s the legal remedy being impeded here? Identify the legal remedy precisely, explain who should be able to avail themselves of that right, and then (for bonus points) explain why that right is being impeded?

    The legal remedy is a remedy for physical injury, i.e.being punched in the face by a constable after being pepper sprayed, and injury of natural rights, i.e. wrongful imprisonment. The wrongful imprisonment was a consequence of a district court judge committing overt fraud. Judge Richard Russell admitted in court that he had committed fraud and blocked attempts to obtain documentation of this fraud.

    One of roles of the minister of justice is to respond to claims against the Crown for wrongful imprisonment. When presented with the facts regarding the judicial fraud and wrongful imprisonment, Collins neither contested the facts nor responded to an invitation to negotiate settlement other than to suggest alternative avenues which arguably would have been ineffective.

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  61. blondewithaniq (24 comments) says:

    Situation being milked (sic) for all its worth as it should be in election year, just as the Cunliffe donation ‘trust’ fiasco is..
    Drinking a glass of milk or having a cup of tea IS an endorsement when the company says it is publically on their own website.

    Key’s jawdropping unchallenged comparison that this was similar to Helen Clark’s husband Peter and Auckland uni was hilarious..
    He WORKED at Auckland University as a professor and the head of the Department of Sociology for those with short memories
    .
    Q)How exactly is that similar to being the Director and husband of the Minister of Justice who ‘popped’ into his company with the ambassador for a ‘cup of tea’ and accidentally posed for a group photo AND endorsed their products ..
    A photo taken during the visit was posted on Oravida’s website along with a Chinese quote saying “Mrs Collins personally tasted Oravdia’s products, giving her full endorsement of these products”.
    A) It isnt!
    If Collins, Groser Key etc not familiar with both the cabinet manual on what constitutes ‘an endorsement’ and what might be considered a casual pop in ‘photo op’ over a cup of tea by now, they should be!
    Please! The picture is a wholly professional photographic set up, the narrative confirms it was and unfotunately for some this camera shot can’t be passed off as a ‘blunder’ or accidental selfie. The camera in this case simply doesn’t lie so who is?

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  62. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    Jane Patterson ‏@rnzgallery

    PM says Cabinet Office has cleared @JudithCollinsMP of any conflict after her visit to company in China, where her husband’s a director

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  63. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    @felixmarwick

    meanwhile Labour’s drawing parallel’s with the Pansy Wong scandal alleging she’s furthering her husband’s interests

    @GraemeEdgeler

    Pansy Wong used Parliamentary money to illegally pay for her husband’s business travel. Current allegations not comparable

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  64. publicwatchdog (3,148 comments) says:

    Has this got the Pansy Wong ‘pong’?

    FYI ….

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    19 February 2011

    Press Release: Penny Bright Independent candidate Botany by-election:

    Latest developments in the Pansy Wong scandal.

    “The Communications Advisor for the Office of the Auditor-General confirmed yesterday that it had not yet decided whether or not to investigate the use of Pansy Wong’s electorate office address as the business address of Shipley & Wong Ltd,” says ‘Anti-Corruption campaigner’, Penny Bright, Independent candidate in the Botany by-election.

    “Has the current National Government Prime Minister John Key, been responsible for helping to cover-up arguably corrupt conduct which involves former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, who is a 50% shareholder in Shipley and Wong Ltd?”

    (SHIPLEY & WONG – Companies Office Number: 1245430)

    “Does Prime Minister John Key know of and approve of the registered company address of SHIPLEY & WONG LTD, changing to 735 Chapel Rd, Botany, on 11 June 2010, at a time that former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley was a 50% shareholder, and her husband Burton Ross Shipley was a Director – along with Sammy Wong, Pansy Wong’s husband?

    735 Chapel Rd Botany, being the address, at that time, of Pansy Wong’s electorate office?”

    “How is it that neither then current National Party MP (Pansy Wong) , or her husband; or a former National Party Prime Minister (Jenny Shipley) , or her husband, knew that this was wrong, and effectively constituted ‘misuse of public office for private gain’?

    How ‘dodgy’ is that?”

    “Why don’t New Zealand MPs have a ‘Code of Conduct’ with sanctions for breaches thereof?”

    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General investigating? What’s the hold-up?”

    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General proposing a ‘Code of Conduct for MPs as part of the ‘systems solution’ for this problem?”

    “Isn’t it time NZ had an ‘Independent Commission Against Corruption’ to help set up systems to enable genuine transparency and prevent corruption?”

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Why EXACTLY did Pansy Wong and Richard Worth leave Parliament?

    Can’t remember much ‘transparency’ on that one ………………

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