Dunne on immigration cases

June 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

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I have always followed two firm rules for immigration – and actually all constituency – cases, aside from the obvious point of keeping clear and full records. Any letters of advocacy I write on behalf of a constituent have been drafted personally by me, rather than a member of my staff, as I am more likely to remember something I have written myself, rather than just affixed a signature to. Second and more important, I have never accepted a donation or gift in return for pursuing an immigration case. Where there have been occasions – usually after the event – where someone offered to make a donation, I have always referred them directly to the Party Treasurer. So I actually never know whether any of these offers have ever been followed up, which is as it should be.

I say this not to be sanctimonious, but because it strikes me that has done neither. I do not think he had full oversight of Mr Liu’s approach to him regarding his immigration status, but I do think he – and his colleagues it would appear – had way too much involvement, more than they are letting on now, in respect of Mr Liu’s financial support. It is that ambiguity and shadiness that is doing the damage now.

Add to that Mr Cunliffe’s strident flaying of Maurice Williamson over his dealings with and the firestorm of hypocrisy now engulfing him is both obvious and utterly predictable.

Good points made by Peter Dunne.

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18 Responses to “Dunne on immigration cases”

  1. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Oh good, its nice to know he keeps clear and full records of all his correspondence. I can think of a few pieces of correspondence he refused to share – maybe now is the time – considering he is promoting that people should tell it all, and not just part of the detail.

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  2. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    Peter “boring and sensible” Dunne makes the point very clearly that being boring, sensible and transparent* is a very good idea when you are an MP. !

    Edit. *unless those emails are to a hot Irish chick that isnt your Wife! LOL

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  3. niggly (831 comments) says:

    Lol Colville! Mind you I wonder if Dunne succumbed to the hypnotising allure of the female Irish voice (some Irish hotties can be quite entrancing)! If so he’s forever doomed (unless he does a Len Brown and self-flagellates himself)!

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  4. Redbaiter (9,478 comments) says:

    where someone offered to make a donation, I have always referred them directly to the Party Treasurer. So I actually never know whether any of these offers have ever been followed up

    Pull the other one mate, its got bells on it.

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  5. Jack5 (5,143 comments) says:

    But did Possum Pete clear the texts from his cellphone before Mrs D. confiscated it?

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  6. wiseowl (924 comments) says:

    Peter perfect.

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  7. kowtow (8,712 comments) says:

    “……where someone offered to make a donation.”

    Let’s not kid ourselves the Liu thing , no matter which party one supports, stinks. He was granted residency ( Labour).And then citizenship (National)against official advice.

    Letters are now being kept secret……open and transparent democracy?

    How can you become a NZ citizen if you don’t speak English?
    Dong says many politicians listened to his,obviously translated advice, on various matters,well ain’t that peachy,they don’t listen to the rest of us,oops sorry they don’t listen to plebs who don’t have deep pockets. This doesn’t stink ,it reeks!

    Then they wonder why people don’t vote!

    On the bright side we pride ourselves on being a trading nation……but should we be trading in citizenship?

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  8. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Colville: If you think Andrea Vance is a “hot Irish chick” God help you…

    The Peter Dunne Party HAS a treasurer??

    Kowtow: I am with you on this one…I suppose there must be, somewhere in NZ, an immigrant Chinese “businessman” who Isn’t shady…

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  9. kowtow (8,712 comments) says:

    DG

    I’d like to see our fearless MSM do some real investigating on where these “property developers” get their money from back in the Glorious Socialist Motherland……..where there’s no private property and where their wives are so expert in mah jong they become overnight millionaires……

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  10. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    DG @ 1.38.
    I have never seen Vance so dunno…But Mr Dunne certianly did! :-)

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  11. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Colville: Yes…I have it on good authority that he never actually got to bonk her, but he was besotted with her..

    You can see a somewhat airbrushed version of her next to her regular column in the SST…

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  12. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Downticked for that relatively innocuous statement..Right

    How about “it’s a cold clear winters day out here in the rural sector, and the pukekos are walking around the wetland”??

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  13. wiseowl (924 comments) says:

    The pukekos don’t walk around the wetland anymore DG.
    They are becoming a pest and walk everywhere and anywhere.Breeding rapidly even out of season.
    Shame they are not good eating.

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  14. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Two downticks for a post on pukekos…Morons,,

    Tell me wiseowl, I believe the pukeko is the only native bird species to have increased its numbers post Euro settlement..do you know why?? the must be able to protect their young from rats?

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  15. Jack5 (5,143 comments) says:

    DG (3.41).

    Keas may have increased after European settlement, too. They were long accused of feasting on mountain sheep, sitting on their backs and going for their kidneys. Whether that’s true, I don’t know. I think that runholder prejudice then led to a fall in numbers with some shooting of them.

    However, in places like Fiordland, they can have only benefited from scraps etc from mountaineers and hunters in wilderness that previously was never visited by people who had no boots or snow clothes.

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  16. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Forgotten about Keas…but as you say, pukekos are almost as common as sparrows out here…why have they flourished when so many have become either extinct or endangered??

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  17. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    I had forgotten my own “Garrett’s Law of blogging”…don’t ever mention down ticking…it only encourages the morons to do so…based on nothing discernible…

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  18. David Garrett (7,513 comments) says:

    Jack5: Are you trying to tell us that the greatest race of explorers since the Phoenicians DIDNT explore Fiordland? Wash your mouth out immediately…

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