Jones smears Collins

March 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Collins today hit out at allegations by Labour MP that she had been living at the mansion formerly owned by failed finance director Mark Hotchin – now owned by Shi.

She said rumours mentioned today by Jones on RadioLive, that she was living at Shi’s mansion were “defamatory”.

Collins had earlier told Fairfax she and her husband had never stayed at the former Hotchin mansion. Suggestions they had stayed there while their own house was being renovated were wrong.

Jones’ comments were “hurtful”, she said today, but she would not elaborate on what the comments might have meant.

“I’m really disgusted that Shane would do that,” Collins said.

“It’s actually really hurtful. I’ve been to the home that Mr Shi has bought on many occasions because he is a close personal friend and he’s away a lot.

“But I’ve never lived there, I don’t stay there – I’ve been there, and that’s because it’s a very interesting place to go look at.

“I was really disgusted that Shane would do that. I never put the boot into Shane and yet he’s gone and done that.”

Talking to Marcus Lush this morning, Jones alluded to allegations Collins had stayed at the former Hotchin mansion for some time. …

“Grant Robertson is going to continue to dig at this. There’s all sorts of all rumours swirling, does she actually live at Paritai Drive [where the Hotchin mansion is]?

“There’s all sorts of rumours swirling around Wellington that she’s living there.”

It is quite legitimate for the Opposition to ask questions around the trip to China. No issue at all with that. The job of the opposition is to hold the Government to account.

But for a senior Labour MP to start repeating (false) rumours on radio is descending into a personal smear attack. Labour need to be very careful that they don’t over-reach on this one.

UPDATE: Jones has apologised. Good on him for that.

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65 Responses to “Jones smears Collins”

  1. dime (9,667 comments) says:

    Just when shane gets some traction, he goes too far and people think “fuckwit”.

    The story of his career me thinks

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  2. RRM (9,666 comments) says:

    But for a senior Labour MP to start repeating (false) rumours on radio is descending into a personal smear attack

    She says they’re false.

    He says they’re true.

    Time will tell?

    It took a few cycles for the “truth” about the trip to China to come out.

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  3. Keeping Stock (10,180 comments) says:

    I think that Labour realises now that it DID over-reach on this, hence Jones’ backdown on Breakfast this morning. Either that, or they’re playing good cop/bad cop, with Jones as the good guy backing down, whilst someone of Mallard’s ilk carries on the smears from behind the scenes.

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  4. big bruv (13,559 comments) says:

    If this is the way that wanker Jones wants to play then it is time that the right reminded all and sundry of Jones habit of self gratification at the tax payers expense.

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  5. WineOh (608 comments) says:

    The gloves are coming off early this election.

    It gives Shane a nice opportunity to apologise to Collins, while pointedly NOT apologising properly to Norman. Russel must be quietly seething.

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,180 comments) says:

    @ RRM – from the most recent Stuff story:

    This morning, Jones apologised on the Breakfast TV show for the comments but stopped short of saying whether he thought they were true or not.

    “Political banter on RadioLive has been grossly misconstrued, but I want to say something, to your viewers and to Judith in front of her,” he said.

    “Any suggestion I was imputing something of a highly personal nature to do with her and her family, or her and her husband was wrong in fact.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9826439/Shane-Jones-apologises-over-Collins-comments

    Looks like a back-down to me ;-)

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  7. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  8. RRM (9,666 comments) says:

    Looks like a back-down to me ;-)

    Looks like he backed down from being the guy saying it ;-)

    Like I said, time will tell.

    She’s been caught being economical with the truth once, I can understand why the opposition would have a great big target on her now…

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  9. Lance (2,565 comments) says:

    @Judith
    So its open slather to make shit up without fact checking?

    Sounds like a fucked way to hold people to account.

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  10. Tinshed (118 comments) says:

    Jones knew exactly what he was doing in making this smear. His apology is fine and dandy but it doesn’t excuse his behaviour which is along the lines of “if you throw enough mud, some of it will stick”. Clearly “Judith” has fallen for this ploy.

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  11. mikemikemikemike (319 comments) says:

    So wait – Collins, who is a well known bully herself is crying because things have gotten a bit personal? Spare me…..

    (And I have voted, and will continue to vote for her)

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  12. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Old news.

    Jones and Collins kissed and made up on TV this morning.

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  13. tvb (4,255 comments) says:

    They are going after Judith because they see her as a bit vulnerable. Judith plays a hard game so it cannot come as a surprise. Though Judith has always done her homework when she has scored some hits. Shane Jones is sloppy and lazy.

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  14. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Judith (5,132 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Well now, Collins has been proven to be a ‘liar’

    Heh, that’s rich Judith, since I proved you to be a ‘liar’ some time ago. Spooky coincidences eh?

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  15. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ Lance (2,277 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    No it is not, you are right, and frankly I’m sick to death of this sort of carry from ALL parties.
    Like many other people I am completely over it – our politicians are a disgrace – and yet they are meant to be the people we look up to as positive examples, they are meant to be the people that the younger generation model their aspirations on –

    They are a bunch of self serving egotists who think it is fine to accept a large pay packet and lie, cheat, act immoral, and serve their own personal interests before any other. They see nothing wrong with shit slinging matches (true or not) and whilst in the house, on camera, they are prepared to act like pathetic bullies and school children.

    That includes the whole damn lot of them – no this is not reason to have open slather without fact checking – but when did any of our current politicians (all parties included) bother to let the truth and decency stand in the way of a good story – or opportunity to attack?

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  16. Bovver (151 comments) says:

    I doubt Shane Jones will ever be the leader of the Labour, he shots from the hip and has little discipline, still here’s hoping.

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  17. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    And… I’ll add to the above –

    let’s not forget the media – who irresponsibly in my opinion take the slightest comment on board and turn it into a fiasco – simply because they can.

    This next election will be decided by the journalists – they tell us what to think and they will tell the small minded who to vote for – and like it or not, it is the small minded that are the majority.

    Its shocking politics, its disgusting journalism, and its ruining this country …

    God save us (if there is one!)

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  18. Lance (2,565 comments) says:

    No Judith
    The smart ones do know before they raise an accusation if it is true or not. Carefully wording any question so the recipient has the opportunity to hoist themselves by their own petard.

    Clowns like Williams, Mallard and Jones are not in that league.

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  19. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Labour and National both want serious Chinese connection but accuse each other for pursuing the common goal.

    Smacks of the coalition trying to distance themselves from each other

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  20. PaulL (5,983 comments) says:

    I’m presuming this is some variant of “Collins has separated from her husband / seeing another guy”, and that’s why it’s hurtful?

    I’m not sure that’s an allegation that the opposition would normally make, not just because generally politics doesn’t get into that, but also because it has no particular benefit to them unless there’s some aspect of hypocrisy or corruption involved. Unless there’s some point that Jones is getting at, then it’s just a personal smear for no reason, and he’s distinguished himself by repeating gossip. Stupid.

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  21. Ross12 (1,279 comments) says:

    Look what WO has dug up. How inconvenient for Cunliffe !!!!

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/03/prime-minister-opens-law-firm-owned-by-mps-wife/

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  22. burt (8,034 comments) says:

    Ross12

    Come now, it’s different when Labour do it !

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  23. doggone7 (755 comments) says:

    DPF; Not just because of the wet weather warning, but get off the grass.

    The Prime minister is constantly on the tv news implying things about other political parties and people in them. Getting the misinformation in people’s heads is the name of the game. A discussion of whether things are to be open slather or not or some sorts of niceties and propriety should apply might be needed.

    The rule book is being rewritten by Key’s government which thinks it has carte blanche to operate how it wants. The notion of “Yes but Jones is getting personal” might wash except how about what Collins and her mob are doing things personal to us? How about National’s response to those Electoral Commission’s recommendations which John Armstrong called “…cunning but also predictably self-serving”? Expecting niceties while pushing people to say “No more Mr Nice Guy?” (Not suggesting Jones is nice.)

    If Jones is acting like a weasel maybe it’s because he’s operating in the weasel pen.

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  24. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Any suggestion I was imputing something of a highly personal nature

    And perhaps that, more than the movie watching, is the reason why he might struggle to become leader of his Party.

    It is a rear happenstance that one’s auricular senses are drawn to the use of imputation by others in general discourse whilst perambulating along the pedestrial colonnades of everyday life.

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  25. Prince (92 comments) says:

    So Grant Robertson is Labour’s dirt-man, responsible for ‘digging into’ who sleeps with who, what’s in their trash etc.
    A key role for Labour since 2000. Interesting choice, but one I think he is well suited to.

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  26. Nick R (500 comments) says:

    Let me see if I have this right. The Minister who publicly referred to another MP as a pervert thinks someone else has overstepped the mark in making personal remarks about her.

    How terribly, terribly unfair.

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  27. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    I’m confused, is Shane implying the Collins is sleeping with Shi with her husbands knowledge or without ?

    Where is all this coming from?

    Cuo bono? Her leadership hopes appear to have taken a knock, good news for Stephen Joyce I’d have thought ?

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  28. isaac (10 comments) says:

    I am disgusted that the private life of Judith Collins is being brought into the debate. How many people have travelled on their employers time and cost and visited a friend? Seems like there are several holier than thou scenarios here.

    The Labour party members have never been short on playing the person instead of the ball. Time the whingers realised that we are tired of their whinging and muckraking. Climb out of the gutter. It would seem that the Leader of the Opposition does not have any control of the stuff written or said about other people or has set any standards.

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  29. PaulL (5,983 comments) says:

    @Ross12: not sure that having a former PM open something is really that big a deal. Once they leave politics they can actually do what they want. WO overreaching. Again.

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  30. Keeping Stock (10,180 comments) says:

    @ PaulL – Helen Clark was still PM when she opened Chancery Green’s offices; August 2008.

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  31. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ Prince (78 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Oh yeah, and are you going to provide the same comments who went around making up the same sort of statements about Helen Clark’s government? Or are you just as hypocritical as our entire body of MP’s?

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  32. BeaB (2,084 comments) says:

    I suspect Judith Collins is going to emerge from this crap even stronger. She is getting lots of support from her colleagues and the crime stats are so amazing she can concentrate on them and forget trips to China and our Kiwi fear of the Yellow Peril.

    She has also learned a good lesson about perfectly innocent arrangements being turned into a smear by the Left and the media, especially when it’s a nasty Wellington gay insider heading the charge and too many people love seeing uppity women taken down.

    When I went on overseas trips I never reported on pirvate dinners even when they were with people who had associations with the organisation. But the minute this hit the fan she should have released a full itinerary and programme and swallowed some of the smartarse comments – although I always enjoy them and think public discourse has become far too sanitised and managed.

    But Labour is already overreaching itself and the line between pursuit and persecution is a fine one. And men attacking a woman is never a good look.

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  33. Elaycee (4,332 comments) says:

    Right Now (12.21pm): Heh, that’s rich Judith, since I proved you to be a ‘liar’ some time ago. Spooky coincidences eh?

    He shoots. He scores! :D

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  34. Ross12 (1,279 comments) says:

    Paul L
    As Keeping Stock has pointed out Helen Clarke was still PM at the time. Personally I don’t have any issue with what she did , just I don’t think Judith Collins did anything wrong. But Cunliffe and co cannot have it both ways.+

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  35. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    RightNow (6,194 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Bullshit – you have NEVER proved me to be a liar. You might not agree what I’ve said, but you’ve never produced any evidence to prove me wrong sunshine – too much MBing on your part I think!

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  36. alloytoo (468 comments) says:

    Heh, heh, I suspect that Judith wasn’t Jones’ target at all.

    Jones is going out of his way to look better than Cunliffe, on issues that middle NZ actually give a damn about.

    Jones broke even with Collins, but scored big off Cunliffe by demonstrating that real men man up and take responsibility.

    It’s too cunning for Jones though, so I wonder who’s pulling his strings?

    Winston the First? Nahhhhh…..

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  37. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ Elaycee (3,911 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Easily sucked in aren’t you… perhaps you’d like to produce the evidence of his claims then, or do you just believe everything you read from anyone on your team? Gullible much?

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  38. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Judith (5,141 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    RightNow (6,194 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Bullshit – you have NEVER proved me to be a liar. You might not agree what I’ve said, but you’ve never produced any evidence to prove me wrong sunshine

    we are meant to believe that because she says it isn’t true – that is isn’t?
    The spooky coincidences just continue.

    Come on Judith, bite. There’s still more in your comment for me to quote back at you.

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  39. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ RightNow (6,196 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    And so we are meant to believe it because you say it is true, and yet you can’t provide any evidence to the contrary… what a W—-R! Put up or shut up!

    You stated very clearly that you had proved me to be a liar – where is your proof, or are you the liar ?

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  40. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    What was defamatory about the comment, nothing. It’s not like he said that she was furthering her husbands business interests whilst on a tax payer funded trip – in fact that wouldn’t have been defamatory either. I was in the company of someone this morning who said the only difference between Collins and Muldoon was that he was better looking, good point.

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  41. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Judith, Judith, Judith…

    “And so we are meant to believe it because you say it is true”

    Even if it is not true – there is sufficient dirt in the Judith story to forgive someone for believing the rumour. She blew her credibility, she does not get to play the ‘high and mighty I’m so honest card’

    and yet you can’t provide any evidence to the contrary

    You’re mistaking can’t for not inclined at this time.

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  42. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ RightNow (6,197 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Like I said smart arse – put up or shut up – you are simply stirring – you accused me of being a liar and can’t produce the evidence because you have none. I’m not playing your stupid game sunshine – all you have proven so far is that you know how to cut and paste and that you are dishonest and lie. Nice one. Until you produce evidence where I have lied – I won’t be playing your pathetic and very childish game.

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  43. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Stop downticking me Judith, that shit really hurts you know.

    Uh, you did it again, I’m bleeding

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  44. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    Actually I haven’t but here’s one now just to make you bleed some more – FWit!

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  45. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    “Actually I haven’t ”

    Like i’m going to believe anything you say after I caught you out lying. You really are an arrogant bully.

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  46. Prince (92 comments) says:

    Judith, sorry, I don’t see the hypocrisy.
    Jones has simply said that Grant Robertson is now the official ‘dig for dirt’ guy for Labour…
    ” Talking to Marcus Lush this morning, Jones alluded to allegations Collins had stayed at the former Hotchin mansion for some time. …

    “Grant Robertson is going to continue to dig at this. There’s all sorts of all rumours swirling, does she actually live at Paritai Drive [where the Hotchin mansion is]?

    Fair enough, it is an important part of Labour’s strategy since 2000.
    We know about the garbage-search and the trumpeting of so-called signed documents from Oz during the ‘get Key’ project.

    I don’t recall any National MP, certainly not the deputy, performing a similar role, digging for sleaze, but I would agree that Robertson is the ideal man for that position.

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  47. Judith (8,455 comments) says:

    @ RightNow (6,199 comments) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    If you were the slightest bit intelligent you would notice that a ‘vote down’ tick was added to your comment, after you accused me of having being the person that previously voted you down. You cannot vote twice on the one comment, so someone else had previously voted you down, not me.

    I know that takes a bit of brain power to work out, but I think you are up to it. You go around accusing people that disagree with you of being liars, don’t provide any evidence when asked, and then have the cheek to call me a bully ? Wow – you are not only a W you are delusional as well! :P As you have shown, you never caught me out lying, but are making a desperate attempt hoping that people don’t notice you can’t back up your claims.

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  48. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Oh, you think I sit and count ticks and the time they were made. How cute.

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  49. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    PS – it’s not that I’m wrong about catching you out in a lie, it’s that I can’t be bothered searching for whatever post it was whenever it was.

    So it’s just a he said-she said situation I suppose. I’m sure there’s people that believe you, after all some people believe David Bain is innocent.

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  50. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Sorry Judith and RightNow, I’ve been upticking and downticking your comments at random – I hope it won’t upset your relationship. But now RN has said the B word I guess there will be no consummation.

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  51. jackinabox (781 comments) says:

    “She blew her credibility, she does not get to play the ‘high and mighty I’m so honest card’ – at least not yet, and certainly not in the same week.”

    Once you have been proven to be a liar your credibility is shot FOREVER!!!

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  52. Colville (2,191 comments) says:

    mikenmild..

    You too huh! LOL.

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  53. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Ha, you think that’s gonna tick me off?

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  54. Floyd60 (90 comments) says:

    Unwise of Jones. Collins is knee-deep though. Covered in the stuff. Playing the ‘poor me’ card is a bit weak. She is hardly a shrinking violet.

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  55. publicwatchdog (2,293 comments) says:

    FYI Kiwibloggers !

    14 March 2014

    New Zealand Prime Minister
    John Key

    ‘Open Letter’ /OIA request to NZ Prime Minister John Key:

    ‘Nothing to hide – nothing to fear’?

    Dear Prime Minister,

    BACKGROUND:

    It has been publicly reported that Justice Minister Judith Collins had dinner with the following persons, whilst in Beijing in October 2013:

    The founder of Oravida, Deyi “Stone” Shi,
    The Managing Director of Oravida, Julia Xu
    A senior Chinese border control official (unnamed)

    (Minister Judith Collins ‘senior advisor’ Margaret Malcolm, was also reported as being present at this dinner.)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11219241

    On Wednesday, Prime Minister John Key publicly expressed his ire that she had been economical with the truth about meetings with Mr Shi while visiting China last October.

    She revealed that apart from a previously disclosed visit to milk exporter Oravida’s Shanghai offices, she dined with Mr Shi, the company’s managing director Julia Xu, and a senior Chinese border control official while in Beijing.

    Mr Key has accepted Ms Collins’ assurances that Oravida’s business was not discussed at the dinner, but yesterday, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters challenged that in Parliament.

    “Following the botulism scare of last year, is it not a fact that her visit to Oravida was predominantly access and Customs clearance for Oravida products in the Chinese market, and that is the real reason why a People’s Republic of China border official was present at that dinner?”

    Ms Collins once again denied that, and when asked if she would resign if it emerged that she discussed Oravida’s imports to China with the border official, said: “Yes, of course, but I didn’t.”

    Ms Collins said her senior adviser Margaret Malcolm, who was also present at the dinner, would confirm that Oravida’s business was not discussed, which is exactly what Ms Malcolm did when contacted by the Herald.

    Asked whether Ms Xu had ever raised concerns with her about problems getting product into China, Ms Collins said no.

    “They were not affected by the whey powder. They’re the first exporters of fresh milk from New Zealand to China and this was not affected by Fonterra.”

    However, that is at odds with a television interview Ms Xu gave a month before the Beijing dinner.

    Ms Xu said that in the wake of the Fonterra botulism scare her company, which exports milk and other products to China, was facing additional stringent testing requirements from the Chinese border control agency CIQ (China Inspection & Quarantine Services). That added costs and caused delays.

    During the interview on TVNZ’s Q+A Ms Xu also said: “I think the Government, perhaps, could do a little more to engage in more bilateral talks to remove some of the tests or measures the Chinese Government have put on because of this false mistake.”

    Ms Collins refused to identify the Chinese border control official who was at the dinner or say which agency they worked for, and indicated she was being kept on a short leash by the Prime Minister.

    “I think you should talk to the Prime Minister’s office because I am giving you the words that I have been told that I should say, otherwise there could be an issue with China.”

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUEST:

    1) Please provide the name of the above-mentioned ‘senior Chinese border control official’, and the agency for whom he worked.

    2) Please provide the information which confirms that advice on this on-going ‘conflict of interest’ between Justice Minister Judith Collins and the company Oravida, of which her husband David Wong Tung is a Director,

    http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/2356805

    is being dealt with, as outlined in the Cabinet Manual, by the Acting Secretary of the Cabinet, Michael Webster, not your Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, from the Office of the Prime Minister:

    http://cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/2.50

    Conduct, public duty, and personal interests

    Managing conflicts of interest

    2.69 Ministers must ensure that any conflicts of interest are promptly addressed. The Secretary of the Cabinet (and, where appropriate, the chief executive of the department concerned) should be kept informed of conflicts of interest as they arise.

    In addition, the Prime Minister should be advised in writing of conflicts that are of particular concern or that require ongoing management. If in doubt about the appropriate course of action, Ministers should consult the Prime Minister or the Secretary of the Cabinet.

    3) Please provide the information which confirms that this OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUEST will be dealt with, in the proper way, by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) , not your ‘National party political’ Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, as clearly outlined on the DPMC website:

    http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/dpmc

    Administrative support to the Prime Minister

    This includes preparation of replies to Parliamentary questions, and dealing with Official Information Act requests and other correspondence. A totally separate body, the Office of the Prime Minister, also advises the Prime Minister: it is the primary point of responsibility for managing political issues and relationships with other political parties and for providing administrative and media support.

    STRUCTURE

    DPMC formally came into existence on 1 January 1990, as a result of a report which recommended establishing structures to provide two separate streams of advice to the Prime Minister; one, a new government department to supply impartial, high quality advice and support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), and another, a Prime Minister’s Private Office (which is not part of DPMC), to provide personal support and media services, and advice of a party political nature.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please be reminded that I have still yet to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of the following ‘Open Letter’ /OIA request which I emailed to you on 6 March 2014.

    (It is now 14 March 2014.)

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

    6 March 2014

    NZ Prime Minister
    John Key

    OPEN LETTER / OIA request – re: the alleged ‘conflict of interest’ of Minister of Justice Judith Collin’s perceived endorsement of Oravida milk.

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Please provide a copy of the advice purportedly provided by the Cabinet Office, upon which you are relying, which substantiates your following reported statement:

    Prime Minister John Key said the Cabinet Office “unequivocally .. said no there’s no breach.”

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11214597

    Collins told Oravida its milk was ‘nice’

    By Claire Trevett

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  56. freemark (519 comments) says:

    What is your point Penny, you silly woman. Who pays you? Do you have a job or are you just a bludger & rates thief?

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  57. itstricky (1,697 comments) says:

    It is quite legitimate for the Opposition to ask questions around the trip to China. No issue at all with that. The job of the opposition is to hold the Government to account.
    But for a senior Labour MP to start repeating (false) rumours on radio is descending into a personal smear

    It is quite legitimate for Collins to truthfully tell the.public what she did. No issue at all with that. But for a senior National MP to start slagging off someone’s dress sense is just a personal smear. Oh no!,Wait! I’m six months too late. Hold on, maybe this is right. Did Collins start screaming racism? I’m confused. Can seone point me at the list of laws of morals and ethics in Parliament?

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  58. Gman88 (12 comments) says:

    So, she WAS living in Parati Drive at the Hotchin Place ..and now she’s not.
    Being cute about it just gives the opposition and the media a chance to come back
    another day. The issue is really that she didn’t see what a bad headline it would be
    when it emerged, as it surely must in a country like this. Ditto the milk co dinner.
    Politics is perception.

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  59. publicwatchdog (2,293 comments) says:

    Try reading this for yourselves – straight from the Oravida website so you can see for yourselves all the ‘conflicts of interest’ between the National Party and this company?

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

    New Zealand – ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

    What a pile of steaming BULLSH*T!

    Seriously – you couldn’t make this up …………..

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

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  60. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    Here is a story of political corruption that might interest you public watchdog.

    There was this old woman who refused to pay rates.

    The council has known for years this old windbag would make a big song and dace if they prosecuted her for stealing off the rate payers.

    Political expediency has seen the Council ignoring this old wind bag for years.

    Don’t you think that’s corrupt public watchdoggy ?

    Do you think the council should have made her pay her tax long before it becomes the equivalent of twenty years worth?

    Do you think the same sanctions that applies to any other tax evaders should be applied to her no matter the hysterical screaming noises she makes ?

    Waiting for your considered opinion. Griff.

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  61. All_on_Red (1,489 comments) says:

    Yep Griff, what a bludging hypocrite she is.

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  62. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    Look, the ‘lads’ are calling Penny names again. What fun for them. I hope they’re not snorting in their cocoa.

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  63. All_on_Red (1,489 comments) says:

    Nostalgia,
    Spamming trolls gets tiresome after awhile

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  64. HB (298 comments) says:

    BeaB (1,928 comments) says:
    “I suspect Judith Collins is going to emerge from this crap even stronger. She is getting lots of support from her colleagues and the crime stats are so amazing she can concentrate on them and forget trips to China and our Kiwi fear of the Yellow Peril.”

    It helps that police have been instructed in recent years to arrest less people (let them off with warnings? ignore things?). I know for a fact that our local police were told they were to make 13% less arrests.
    Yay for the ‘crime stats’ !

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  65. Dean Papa (782 comments) says:

    Jones is a clown. I blame the nitwits for egging him on and talking him up as the Labour leader in waiting.

    Let’s just hope that

    1. At least for the sake of Jones’ credibility, that it was good old Kiwi marmite, and not that nasty, salty ocker counterfeit imitation, which I will refuse to name.

    2. This is not what is going to pass for local content on the Kiwi porn channel.

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