MPs should know the rules

May 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A National MP has broken Parliament’s rules by employing her civil union spouse in her electorate office.

List MP ’s wife, Nadine Mau, was employed as an issues assistant in Hauiti’s electorate office in Auckland from April 7 until last Wednesday when she was sacked.

Under direction from Speaker David Carter, MPs are not allowed to employ their spouse or partner, either in or outside Parliament.

Hauiti said she was unaware of the prohibition on employing spouses when she contracted her wife to work in her office.

“I’m really disappointed that I didn’t know the rules, I’ve only been here a year and I should have kept up to speed with that and I didn’t.

“I made a really big mistake.”

Hauiti said she thought her wife would make a pertinent issues assistant because of the type of work she did with Maori communities.

“So I just took it upon myself to think that I could do that, but I was wrong.

“We were both mortified, we didn’t know [the rules] – either of us. We were both really shocked.”

Hauiti and Mau will have been married seven years this year, she said, adding “I’ve never made a secret of it, everyone knows that, and that we have three children.”

Staff of MPs are employed and paid by the Parliamentary Service, which became aware through a staff member on May 5 that Hauiti and Mau were in a relationship, a spokeswoman said.

This shouldn’t have happened. MPs should know the rules, and when in doubt - check. And anything to do with hiring a family member should ring warning bells.

But looks like a genuine mistake, and only occurred for a month. But still shouldn’t have happened at all.

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70 Responses to “MPs should know the rules”

  1. lolitasbrother (467 comments) says:

    “We were both mortified, we didn’t know [the rules] – either of us”
    Sorry Officer, I driving down the road at 120km for fun, I didn’t know the rules, I was just trying to impress this girl

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  2. peterwn (3,140 comments) says:

    This sort of thing is not too helpful at list ranking time. Could be lethal.

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  3. hj (6,330 comments) says:

    Funny old world?!

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  4. tvb (4,193 comments) says:

    Give her a warning and move on unless deception was involved. A mistake can be forgiven. It was only for a month.

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  5. MT_Tinman (2,984 comments) says:

    Are there any “straights” at all in the NZ parliament?

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  6. backster (2,073 comments) says:

    I would have thought that some-one (perhaps a whip) would have been responsible for inducting a new member and explaining the rules.

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  7. George Patton (347 comments) says:

    Agree with Peterwn and Lolitasbrother. A serious lack of judgment, even if a brief one.

    In what context is it ok in the public sector to directly employ a relative? There is none.

    Claudette Hauti might look good on the books, but I understand there is significant discontent that follows her within the National Party. She has upset many volunteers in South Auckland. This will merely provide the excuse to reduce her list ranking for her lack of commitment and ability to work with long standing party members.

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  8. Chris2 (754 comments) says:

    I think this reflects poorly on Hauiti’s judgement, and not just as an MP.

    She has been seeking political office for four years, has been involved in broadcasting as a career and was former deputy chair of MOTAT. If none of that experience made her aware that nobody ought to be employing members of their family at tax-payer expense, then she is clearly quite unsuited to be in Parliament.

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  9. Lucia Maria (2,202 comments) says:

    Sounds like a stupid rule to me.

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  10. Pita (365 comments) says:

    We imbue our politicians with far too much intelligence… though not nearly as much as they imbue themselves.

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  11. Peter (1,577 comments) says:

    Shows poor level of judgement and poor party processes.

    Any reasonable person would think “hmmm…..employing a family member…I’m in a high profile public job….best AT LEAST check this out”. How ignorant would you have to be to not ask that question?

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  12. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t have happened and the MP has to take some responsibility but induction/support should be pointing out the basics, and on employment of staff like this Parliamentary Services should also make it clear what is acceptable and what isn’t.

    At least Hauiti ‘fessed up and apologisedt, and didn’t try to claim her partner lived in a separate part of their house or anything weird like that.

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  13. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    Claudette, you should have got a new letterbox and faced it on the other street to your house, and then re-registered your partner on the Electoral Roll at the “new” address while still living in the same property and told journalists your partner “lives at a separate address.”

    NZF MP Denis O’Rort got away with this completely.

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  14. dime (9,356 comments) says:

    gay & maori. nothing to see here. gets a pass.

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  15. david (2,531 comments) says:

    Dumb as a sack of hammers and not fit to be collecting a salary taken by force from my hard-fought earnings. Aaaaaaaggggghhhh.

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  16. ross001 (113 comments) says:

    To be fair to Hauiti, she was simply following the example set by Maurice Williamson and Judith Collins, two vastly experienced MPs who also “forgot” about the rules.

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  17. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (782 comments) says:

    Wait for Labour Paddy Gower and Communist Corrin Dann to make this as a huge issue facing the country. Hauti gone busters by lunch time tomorrow.

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  18. CJPhoto (213 comments) says:

    While not their responsibility and I am not placing blame, shouldn’t Parliamentary services have figured it out when they employed her. Surely she would have completed a next of kin type disclosure – or maybe this just goes to show, who the hell is Claudette – I have never heard of her before – obviously not an impact player in the house

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  19. BeaB (2,056 comments) says:

    A mistake. Admitted. Put right. No excuses. Maori so slightly different rules anyway. Moving on.

    By why a ‘civil union’ spouse?

    We married in a registry office a lifeitme ago so should we be described in that way too? Perhaps it’s not a real marriage even though we have outlasted most of our church-wed family and friends.

    It’s a bit like harping on about ‘adopted’ children.

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  20. Ed Snack (1,733 comments) says:

    One month, and it stopped immediately they were made aware of the rules. Bad judgement but properly remedied and in good time and with at least adequate contrition. Verbal warning, not acceptable, don’t do it again, read the rules and follow them.

    And that should be it, just IMHO.

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  21. david (2,531 comments) says:

    You just can’t excuse this level of ignorance (or should that be incompetence?)

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  22. UrbanNeocolonialist (179 comments) says:

    Meh, good rule, no obvious attempt to hide it, can see how could be genuine mistake. Slap hands and move on.

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  23. Steve Wrathall (237 comments) says:

    To be fair, this is someone whose qualities were judged by National’s list-rankers to be not quite the standard of Aaron Gilmore. And this is the marginal effect of your National party vote.

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  24. Longknives (4,389 comments) says:

    “You just can’t excuse this level of ignorance (or should that be incompetence?)”

    Come now David- Don’t bring your ‘Hateful Bigotry’ onto here. Ms Hauiti is a member of our beloved ‘Rainbow Community’, as such she is beyond reproach..

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  25. Huevon (184 comments) says:

    Um…this candidate was bumped on the List just to tick PC boxes and spare National from “criticism”/hysterical shrieking from gay fascist totalitarians. Did anyone really expect her to know what she was doing?

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  26. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Sorry guys…I don’t buy this “I didnt know”; “She was a bit stupid” line for one minute.

    As a new MP you get a comprehensive briefing from the good folks at Parliamentary Services on just what you can and cannot do… and that’s before the Whips take you aside and give you a grilling about what you own, and what your personal relationships are. (The guy I boarded with in Welly is a long time friend for example; we didnt share a bed). Rules about who you can employ in your electorate office (Yes, List MP’s have them too) is one of the most basic things you get told.

    As others have pointed out, this woman is not some not-very-bright seat warmer like Alamein Kopu or half the Labour caucus…this is a person who has held senior management positions. This has “entitled trougher” written all over it…as JK will recognise. The question is, will the Nats apply the same standard to this female/Maori/lesbian as they apply to the diminishing number of ordinary blokes in their caucus? (You dont think Finlayson is the only one surely?)

    Ross001: why the change of handle? Your style in immediately recognisable…

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  27. ross001 (113 comments) says:

    Ross001: why the change of handle? Your style in immediately recognisable…

    I’ll take that as a compliment. ;)

    You’ll have to ask our host that question. One day I was minding my own business and the next I was seemingly banned. I’m sure I didn’t forget my password.

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  28. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    The more I think about this the less innocent it seems…And it’s not as if she was caught by a trap set by the other side (In my first month I got an e-mail from some wanker offering a $1000 donation to ACT if I would ask a particular question in the House when we got a turn. Having an IQ over 100 I immediately: 1) Realised that could be never be legitimate; 2) Drew it to the Whip’s attention; 3) Sent the sender an e-mail inviting him/her to copulate with themselves)

    When some pneumatic young woman half my age invited me to take her home from “Backbenchers” one night I realised it probably wasnt the grey hair and trimmed ‘tache that was the attraction. I was later told that she was a well known “Honey trapper” for Labour. You are kind of expected to have a few clues about what is legitimate and what is not…or at least to recognise that something may be dodgy, and to seek advice.

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  29. david (2,531 comments) says:

    Longknives – incompetence is colour blind and is not affected by sexual preference. Paint her what you want but IMHO she is not needed in the “highest court in the land”. we can do better.

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  30. publicwatchdog (2,093 comments) says:

    Where’s the evidence that the ‘induction’ by Parliamentary Services (?) was attended, and whose job is it to ensure it is followed by checking???

    Systems ….. systems………. where are they? WHAT are they? Who checks??

    Penny Bright

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  31. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    How can Hauiti and Mau have been “married seven years this year, she said”? Same gender marriage only came in in April last year.

    Oh, they mean that Civil Union thing we allowed which wasn’t marriage. Got ya.

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  32. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Penny: Are you serious?? Parliamentary Services is a hovering presence from the time you arrive. They are checking that your office is ergonomically sound (I was given a big lecture about putting my computer screen on two old phone books rather than asking for an expensive dufer to mount it on which moved it every which way)

    There is a formal induction course for ALL new MP’s whenever they come in. Since she was the replacement for the hapless Gilmore, she would have had a one-on-on (or more likely several-on-one) course just for her. You get given very user friendly information sheets about every aspect of your life as an MP…You also get an EA (Parliament speak for PA) who in almost all cases knows all the rules backwards.

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  33. georgebolwing (602 comments) says:

    Anyone who thinks that it is OK to employ their parter when they are an MP has demonstrated that they are completely unfit to hold that office.

    The National party should be apologising for having idiots on its list.

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  34. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    DG – I agree in general but you were indicted en masse at the start of a term weren’t you? Things mightn’t be done as thoroughly for a list MP quietly arriving as a replacement mid-term.

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  35. Keeping Stock (10,088 comments) says:

    Ignorance of the rules is no excuse whatsoever. If she was unsure of the rules, there were plenty of people she could have asked, but she seems to have just pressed on regardless.

    I don’t care what party MP’s represent. If they fall short in an area like this it is entirely their own fault, and they wear the consequences.

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  36. Manolo (13,313 comments) says:

    This sort of thing is not too helpful at list ranking time. Could be lethal.

    Yes. In this case it should be terminal.

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  37. david (2,531 comments) says:

    Pete George, surely you mean “inducted” or did you? Either way your comment is valid.

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  38. BeaB (2,056 comments) says:

    IMP
    I guess our civil union in a registry office, both of us confirmed atheists, 43 years ago isn’t marriage either.
    Don’t tell our grandchildren. Although they might quite like the idea of our ostracism from decent society.
    These are silly old prejudices that make you look silly.

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  39. david (2,531 comments) says:

    Penny Bright – what a stupid comment. If she played hookey on her induction, it is her fault and only exacerbates the exposure of her ignorance. PS do a lot of handholding it seems but if someone needs their arse wiped as well, there is a limit to how far the taxpayers’ largesse should extend.

    Edit “far” replaces “fat”

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  40. Peter (1,577 comments) says:

    It’s not some school leaver. It’s not some low-level paper shuffler. It’s an MP who has a wealth of assistance and advice on tap. A supposed leader, making laws.

    Not good enough. National can surely do better and if not, why not? The danger of Labour being incompetent is that National can grow complacent.

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  41. Alan (1,054 comments) says:

    if she had a limp she’d be perfect

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  42. gump (1,471 comments) says:

    Somewhere, Denis O’Rourke is laughing quietly to himself.

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  43. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    PG: I cant say for certain, but as I said I suspect she would have got more “induction” rather than less…The “class of ’08″ had – IIRC – four or five tutors showing us everything from how to get the best out of the parliamentary library to how to get to the chamber without running the media gauntlet to how to fill out your taxi chits (while the cards were getting made), and what was permissible and not permissible re claims for accomodation in Welly. I suspect Ms Hauti would have had the benefit of several tutors to herself.

    And even if she didnt “Can I employ my ‘wife’ on the taxpayer?” should have been a question she could have answered for herself. Or, as others suggest, should we expect a different standard from Maori lesbians?

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  44. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    DG – I think she probably had never had to consider it before and just didn’t think. If she was told heaps easy to forget some, especially if it didn’t register as important at the time.

    Maybe it can’t be called a cock-up but it’s still a mistake she shouldn’t have made – and perhaps Parliamentary Services shouldn’t have let her make.

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  45. Nukuleka (198 comments) says:

    What a bloody ridiculous world we are now living in- every second man has a husband and every third woman has a wife. No wonder there is a letter to The Press this morning telling us that prostituting one’s body for money is no different than giving someone a smile. HONEST!! That was what the dippy WOMAN writer wrote. No doubt another member of the lesbian community.

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  46. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Peter, in my experience one only had to cough in their direction and PS was there offering assistance and advice. You are told as part of induction to listen very carefully – and ask if you had questions – to anything involving taxpayer funding.

    I wonder whether you would be taking such a benign stance if the “offender” was Joe-middle-aged-white-guy?

    Nukuleka: To be fair, I have never seen prostitution as any more “selling your body” than a roughneck does on an oil rig…they werent employing me and paying me well above the odds for my brain…but then I am a bloke, and swinging tongs is not having someone inside you…

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  47. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    I wonder why you ask that. I don’t think this is a big deal. Sloppy, not a good look for National but minor, picked up, dealt with, apology given straight away. List MP who may not stay in for many more months, if they get back on the list.

    I’d have the same stance if it was any sex, age or party.

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  48. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    BeaB (1,982 comments) 1:02 pm says…”I guess our civil union in a registry office, both of us confirmed atheists, 43 years ago isn’t marriage either. Don’t tell our grandchildren…These are silly old prejudices that make you look silly.”

    Well, except BeaB that the ENTIRE debate from the Left in parliament to get the Civil Unions thing through was that it was NOT MARRIAGE. You can’t have it both ways. If a Wallaby plays rugby long enough, is he an All Black?

    Are you suggesting the following MPs lied…?

    Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister):
NZ Herald June 21 2004 “Should people who want to have legal recognition of a marriage be able to get it? The Government says yes, but you can’t marry. Marriage is only for heterosexuals. The Government is not — underline — not, changing the Marriage Act. That will remain as an option only for heterosexual couples.”

    METIRIA TUREI (Green):
1st Reading “Marriage as understood in our society, and as formalised in law, is a specific culturally and historically bound institution. …This bill does not affect the Marriage Act. It does not change in any way the structure, the validity, of the institution of marriage.”

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  49. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    iMP: Well quoted Sir/Madam…we all knew at the time that civil unions would – in time – lead to “marriage equality”, no matter how loud the denials. I must admit I thought it would take a bit longer than it did…not even 10 years after Clark’s bullshit.

    In the same way, I remember when the medicinal marijuana bill was being debated…All of the Green speakers – particularly Turei – managed to keep a straight face through all of their speeches: The Bill was absolutely not the gateway to legalised M; No medical M would ever be sold; No doctors would ever find it easier just to give a prescription of medical M etc. etc. etc.

    Strangely, the “slippery slope” argument which they always used to oppose ANY Law and Order measure just would never happen with medicinal M…

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  50. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    David Garrett, these comments of yours are a tad rich and disingenuous given your background don’t you think. I wonder how it is that in spite of your stellar upbringing that you were able to make such a dumb mistake – actually it wasn’t a mistake as I recall, it was deliberate right? At least you have the guts to front for your comments, unlike the other no life nasties on this page who use pseudonyms.

    My sister stuffed up, she fronted and never hid what she was doing, balk or beat around the bush when baled up about it. It was a truly MINOR but dumb mistake over a very short time frame. She’s taken it on the chin and so she should. Unlike you David who whinged and carried on over a period of days as I recall.

    David without a last name, pray tell who are you? What an ugly outlook you have on life on a person you don’t know.

    Rosina Hauiti

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  51. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    ross001/aka 69: You never mind your own business, being a leftie you can’t keep your nose out of other people’s business. The reason being your type are losers.

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  52. George Patton (347 comments) says:

    On reflection, this doesn’t look good for Claudette at all.

    The hiring of a staff member like an electorate agent is usually discussed with lots of trusted people before an MP chooses the person officially. This is because the person selected needs to be someone that most people can get along with, and who has good clerical and people skills. Usually they need political nous as well, which is why asking around is “the done thing”.

    That Ms Hauiti went ahead and hired her partner without checking with others suggests that she not only lacks judgment, but is probably divorced from rank and file members and more senior people in National.

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  53. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    ross001 (17 comments) says:
    May 15th, 2014 at 11:48 am
    To be fair to Hauiti, she was simply following the example set by Maurice Williamson and Judith Collins, two vastly experienced MPs who also “forgot” about the rules.

    Your idol David Cunliffe is different because he makes up his own rules?

    Puts on a fake accent to convince of how genuine he really is. Has a secret trust with pay for access donors who have not yet been declared, yet participates in trying to tar Judith Collins for similar activities. Involved in selling property to overseas investors, no wait it was a mate of his, but the asian investors are to be denied. Pretends he isn’t a rich prick, but has a fancy mansion from which he prognosticates against the rich. And so on..

    Am I wrong about any of this?

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  54. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    George Patton

    “Claudette Hauti might look good on the books, but I understand there is significant discontent that follows her within the National Party. She has upset many volunteers in South Auckland. This will merely provide the excuse to reduce her list ranking for her lack of commitment and ability to work with long standing party members.”

    What a load of rubbish. Front e hoa with your facts and not innuendo, especially regarding significant discontent within the National Party – who what and why might I ask are you referring to? As for upsetting many volunteers in South Auckland, who could that be? The way you comment suggests a gripe of some sort, removed from that of others who have commented purely off the cuff. What perchance might that gripe be? If youre not prepared to front with the facts e hoa, STHU.

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  55. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    rosina: I dont know about a stellar upbringing (a state house in Gisborne) but what exactly has my foolishness 30 years ago got to do with what I did as an MP? No really, I’d like to know…

    If you looked at my post – as you obviously did – I gave several examples of things that could have got me into hot water AS AN MP…I avoided all of them by having a few clues, and asking PS (actually my EA almost always knew the answer) if there was uncertainty.

    But well done for going into bat for your sister, and signing your own name…on the subject of pseuds at least, you and I are on the same page…

    Oh, I just re-read your post …please tell me when and how “I whinged and moaned” once the offence was disclosed on 17 September 2010?

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  56. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Doesn’t “e hoa” mean “mate/friend”? Or has the Maori Language Commission changed its meaning?

    If its meaning is as I always thought Rosina, you comment at 6.15 may be described as…what was that word you used about me? ah yes, “disingenuous”…

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  57. George Patton (347 comments) says:

    How did Claudette go in the recent Mangere selection? Did she win? How often do incumbent MPs get deselected from a seat? Particularly a red seat that is normally not contested by National wannabe candidates….

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  58. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    George: Actually de-selection happens quite a bit I think…Brian Neeson was deselected to make way for Key (then appointed to a nice little sinecure as compensation)…Colin….cant remember his surname, long time Nat MP for Kaikoura was deselected a wee while back…very nice guy, but one of those MP’s one never hears from…

    God only knows how selection/deselection works in Labour…it will all be about gender, orientation, race, age,…oh and yes, ability somewhere in there…My political career lasted just under two years…Because we are a small party I was in the House much more than MP’s from the bigger parties (You have to be there to maintain a quorum and to vote)…In all that time I never heard Ashraf Choudry speak …not once…do you think he just might have been there because he was a brown Muslim chap?? No wonder the poor bastard resigned, he must have been bored silly…

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  59. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    You have disappeared on us Rosina…poor form old girl (or chap if you’d prefer) If you wade into battle – I see you are new here – it’s good form to engage with those who engage with you…particularly those who – like you and me and a select few others – use their own names…

    Or has big Sis told you to be quiet? While I’m here, what does the abbreviation STHU mean?? I understand the meaning of the first two letters, but HU? Must be Maori….but then Maori doesnt have a U I dont think…in your own time…

    And when you are ready…no hurry…please do tell me where and when I “whinged and moaned” about the position I found myself in after 17 September 2010…

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  60. George Patton (347 comments) says:

    David, challenges of existing MPs are rare compared to open seat selections.

    I would like to think National polls well enough so that Claudette could make it back in, but there is a lot of truth that it’s better for the centre right for a number 3 ACT person to get elected than number 70 on Nationals list.

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  61. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    1) DG Stellar upbringing = good parents, care givers who taught you right from wrong

    2) “The more I think about this the less innocent it seems…And it’s not as if she was caught by a trap set by the other side”

    The less innocent it seems? I would suggest David that my sisters mini faux pas was nothing devious and more about being too casual. I get it as does she that she’s stuffed up, but please you and these dreadful people on this thread are seriously bereft, if you think there is something more to it than this.

    3) You who in spite of knowing the difference between right and wrong, went on to do something just for the hell of it. You went on to blame your youth, but why do that when your actions were deliberate in spite of knowing it was wrong? My sister thought it was ok, and the role in question wasn’t a significant one. Yes she should have checked, yes she had people around her to seek advice from – but she didn’t. Big mistake, she’s paying for it, is really embarrassed as is Nadine.

    The one thing I know about my sister is that she is not dishonest neither a liar. She works very hard, and I rarely saw her when I stayed a few days with her in Wellington. No overuse of Govt car – (catches the flyer to airport) walks to work, no dinners, no private spend, no alcohol (non drinker) no covert dinners, racehorses, multiple homes, assets of note – she’s very low maintenance. So when she says she made a mistake – that’s what it is. Unsubstantiated comment and innuendo is pretty low for someone who has been through the wringer for a much larger issue, don’t you think?

    4) Ehoa – polite address to someone I am addressing.

    Actually David, Claudette and I were working on a project for TVNZ at the time of your demise. Although we thought you were in error, we were disappointed to see you go. Claudette and I were raised in Tonga where you enjoy a better reputation. Our father was posted there during the mid 60′s where he was engaged as Civil Engineer to the original infrastructure destroyed in the 2006 riots.

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  62. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    George Patton – I say, you haven’t answered my questions. I’m waiting.

    David Garrett – Get a grip man – I do have a life other than being stuck to my laptop waiting to exchange with you.

    STHU – in your own time David.

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  63. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    “David Garrett – Get a grip man – I do have a life other than being stuck to my laptop waiting to exchange with you.”

    Almost as believable as “Of course I won’t come in your mouth!” :)

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  64. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Rosina: Good on you for coming back to the fray…FWIW I don’t see what Claudette did as a hanging offence (but you still haven’t explained why what I did 30 years ago has anything to do with what I did as an MP)

    Now I will go where others have only lightly trod…someone above – I think seriously – said “but slightly different rules for Maori.”…and you and I both know that’s right – nepotism is perfectly OK in Polynesian societies…in my time in Tonga I know there was utter mystification when Aid agencies explained that you couldn’t spread the dosh around your family…I believe Maori STILL think its perfectly OK to “spread the good fortune among the whanau”…but when it comes to taxpayers money it’s not OK…as I’m sure your sister now “gets” loud and clear….

    But you STILL havent told me how I “Whinged and moaned” after 17 September 2010…Here’s what ACTUALLY happened…When the shit hit the fan I was acutely aware that there were two suppression orders in place, one to benefit me, one suppressing all details of the dead child whose name I had used….I took advice from an eminent QC…the advice was that I should say absolutely nothing outside of the House until I had got those orders varied…My Personal Statement to the House is still on You Tube…. it is full and complete. After than I said nothing, but moved to get the Orders varied…and assholes like Gower and Espiner spun that as “hiding behind the suppression orders”, I am sure knowing full well that I would have been in contempt of court – and in much worse shit – if I had answered their questions …So there you go…

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  65. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    George: Yes…it has been explained to me why it’s better (for the centre-right) for an ACT number 3 to get in rather than number 55 on the Nats’ list …but I dont really understand…I am not a numbers guy…something to do with percentages and how MMP works…

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  66. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    I didn’t say the events of past had any bearing on your life as an MP, I am saying don’t discredit my sister with innuendo when you have a background like yours of outright and deliberate dishonesty. Its not only that, but I viewed your explanation as whinging. The fact is, you should have just out -ed yourself long before you entered politics. What my sister has done pales in significance to what you did. Not that I would care except for this innuendo of yours. Its just stupid.

    As for nepotism – please e hoa I’m the one who blew the whistle on my former employers Raukawa FM and the misappropriation of funds by the former Manager, her mother, sister and antics of rival family who also work there and the trustees – all of whom are related and closely connected. Funding gent Te Mangai Paho were cited in the Sunday Star Times article as redacting crucial information from the investigation. More than $60k was paid to the former Managers husband for work that was never contracted for or that could be located by me during my short tenure as Manager.

    I keep saying to you that I agree that what she did was ill conceived, but in no way is she a liar or devious. In this matter she is in error, she was too casual, she knows it and is now paying for it.

    I do know the difference between insidious nepotism and its gnawing affects on the community and a mistake.

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  67. David Garrett (6,308 comments) says:

    Rosina: And I have said that what Claudette did is not in my view a hanging offence…And extra well done you for blowing the whistle on Raukawa FM….sounds sadly typical

    It was actually interesting in Tonga…often very bright guys just could not understand why it wasnt OK for their brother to provide the transport, their cousin the security, and their sister the catering…all from aid money…and all without anything like a tender! It was just totally foreign to them…

    And thank you for your kind words about my rep in Tonga…news to me though…I thought my rep up there was as a hard arse bastard who took no prisoners…but won many more cases than I ever lost….

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  68. Martin Gibson (226 comments) says:

    Pete George: “Maybe it can’t be called a cock-up but it’s still a mistake she shouldn’t have made . . .”

    Yeah not big on cock ups, those ladies in sensible shoes.

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  69. rosinah (6 comments) says:

    David, this thread is somewhat sick, frequented mostly by people who are likewise sick, eg johnboy who at a guess are/is without power in real life. A few seem sane, those using their real names. But when you have people like George Patton (Gen?) failing to front with evidence to back up alleged misgivings about my sister – well therein lies another clue of the calibre we are engaging with. Gutless in real life and in cyberspace. I don’t belong amidst the gutless. See you in Tonga maybe, will be completing a doco for Nat Geo, Reign of the Kings. Hei Kona. David Farrar! Get me outta here bro!

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  70. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Utterly powerless in front of your beauty and genius rosinah! :)

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