Horan’s side

June 14th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The mother of MP protested against changes to her will in a recorded statement in which she questioned what had happened.

Olwen Horan’s lawyer also raised concerns about the changes by a new law firm which happened two months before she died.

The Weekend Herald has found the changes were instigated by the MP’s half-brother, recently discharged bankrupt Peter Horan.

He and another half-brother, sickness beneficiary Mana Ormsby, discovered before Mrs Horan’s death that she had no money left from a decade-old lottery win they believed they had a claim to.

The changes included a $150,000 payment to Peter Horan which had not appeared in her earlier wills.

It also included the clause seeking an investigation into spending from Olwen Horan’s account by two other siblings, Brendan Horan and Marilyn Bleackley.

The revelation ended Brendan Horan’s political career with NZ First. A police investigation is currently under way into the spending although the trust executor’s inquiry found “no evidence which would enable me to found a claim against Brendan”.

This is highly relevant information.

I was one of those who said that the original allegations did not cast Horan in a favourable light. But this further information casts it in a very different light.

Peters booted Horan from the NZ First caucus without a semblance of natural justice. There was no vote or even discussion in caucus. Peters just announced it by fiat. Horan was never allowed a hearing where he could put his side of the story.

It is no wonder he is so aggrieved by Peters. The hypocrisy is great as Peters once took National to court alleging a lack of natural justice in the decision to now allow him to stand for Tauranga again. Consistency is not his strong point.

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31 Responses to “Horan’s side”

  1. Dead Earnest (160 comments) says:

    Yes but the good news is that Peter’s has made an enemy, and Horan knows where the bodies are buried. No wonder Winston’s hands are begining to shake!

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  2. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    It would be premature to consider natural justice for Brendan just yet surely if JK requires Winstons support after the election! :)

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  3. Dead Earnest (160 comments) says:

    A few more of Horan’s revelations and he might drive NZF below the 5% threshold. Save Key having to worry about which baubles Winnie would find most attractive.

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  4. Pete George (23,836 comments) says:

    It’s hard to be sure about what’s happened in the Horan family affairs but it’s fairly clear Peters acted poorly in how he dealt with it.

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  5. lolitasbrother (775 comments) says:

    I voted for NZ First in the last two elections because the policy made sense, centrist, populist but OK.
    And I thought he could help our Country.
    But I am sorry the boss does not make sense. We have other opportunities now to get balance to the NZ Nat Government

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  6. Yvette (2,764 comments) says:

    Appropriate point to mention –
    NZ First leader Winston Peters is standing by his party’s new rule that would force its MPs to leave Parliament if they resign or are expelled from the caucus, or pay a $300,000 fine.
    To enforce this, as a condition to being selected as a candidate, NZ First will require a document – intended to be a legally enforceable contract – to be signed.
    The changes come after Brendan Horan was expelled from NZ First in 2012 following allegations he misappropriated money from his mother’s bank account.
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Peters-stands-by-NZ-First-rule-change/tabid/423/articleID/343340/Default.aspx

    How much will Peters recompense a party member whom Peters wrongly acts against?

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  7. ross411 (909 comments) says:

    Peters is obviously exhibiting mental decline of some kind. We should as a matter of course, have a mental health check for all politicians, local and national. These people have us working to pay for their whims, it seems like a natural step to ensure that the harm they do is minimised.

    Any politician that is against it obviously has something to hide :-)

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  8. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    We should of course have a mental health check for all electors to root out any of them that are stupid enough to vote for NZF, or of course Labour, Greens, Mana.DotCrim, etc.! :)

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  9. G152 (422 comments) says:

    Looks like the Peter principle and an unprincipled Peters Party have collided

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  10. 3-coil (1,199 comments) says:

    Yet another reminder why National should never entertain any future alliance with the erratic and unpredictable Winston Peters, he answers to no-one. Ross411’s comments at 4:23pm (regarding Winnie’s mental decline) may well be accurate, and he is only going to get worse. The damage and chaos he has created for National in the past is well documented, Key would be crazy to hand him yet another opportunity to do it all again.

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  11. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    He will if needs be 3-coil.

    Retaining power (of some sort) is paramount to chaps like JK! :)

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  12. David Garrett (7,704 comments) says:

    “consistency is not his strong point”…that’s the understatement of the year David..

    the man is the biggest charlatan in NZ politics in living memory…Duplicitous, dishonest, unreliable and all wrapped up in an ego the size of the Debating Chamber…

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  13. mikenmild (12,460 comments) says:

    He’s gonna be back in government in a few months though David.

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  14. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Still I can see him being deputy PM if Nats get 59 seats DG! :)

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  15. mikenmild (12,460 comments) says:

    He’ll hold out for Co-Prime Minister, Johnboy.

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  16. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Winstons sort of like HOB(M) eh milkey.

    You can never rule either of them out just yet! :)

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  17. mikenmild (12,460 comments) says:

    Some dogs are just hard to keep on the porch, Johnboy, as Hilary Clinton said about Bill.

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  18. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    I can remember when it was predicted that Winston would be our first Maori PM!

    Place your bets gentlemen! :)

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  19. goldnkiwi (1,619 comments) says:

    Was there some reason why these facts are just coming out now? Why didn’t Horan just lay it out when the accusations were made? Should have stopped Winston dead in the water?

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  20. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Since I’m due to become a pensioner I think I might vote for Winnie in September! :)

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  21. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Can’t wait for the free rides on the bus’s! :)

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  22. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    This denial of any skerrik of natural justice both with the peremptory sacking and any show of accepting wrongdoing by the leader of any political party should have the media in open contempt, yet the silence is deafening.

    Palmer is so far getting similar treatment over the Tasman from the Labor aligned media.

    And they call Journalism a profession, but then again there is the oldest one of those eh.

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  23. NK (1,260 comments) says:

    Peters is exhibiting all the signs of a fascist dictator. A vile man, and a vile party.

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  24. hj (7,186 comments) says:

    Peters is exhibiting all the signs of a fascist dictator. A vile man, and a vile party.
    …..
    ‘ees WORSE than Hitler! Worse!

    I HATE PETERS (more than You!)!

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  25. hj (7,186 comments) says:

    The man SHOULD HAVE THE SKIN RUBBED OFF HIM with sandpaper!

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  26. lofty (1,317 comments) says:

    WP is an outright duplicitous politician, he is the worst of the worst.
    One could say under the privilege of KB that he is the Rolf Harris of parliament.

    WP you have well outlived your uselessness…….get out!

    I tolerated your lies, your xenophobia, and your misappropriation of my money, barely.

    But when you slyly and with filth in your heart you shot a dirty low allusion to Horan being on a par with Jimmy Saville, I can tolerate you no more…be gone you wreck.

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  27. WineOh (636 comments) says:

    Why would any MP join or stay with the party with a rule like that?

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  28. Gulag1917 (1,092 comments) says:

    Mr Peters is history.

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  29. hj (7,186 comments) says:

    Labour leader David Cunliffe has taken his hardest line yet against immigrants, blaming them for rising house prices.

    It follows a 3 News-Reid Research poll which shows almost two-thirds of voters say immigration should be restricted.

    “It would take 80 percent of our housing supply just to accommodate this year’s migrants – and National is doing nothing,” says Mr Cunliffe.

    The poll shows 62 percent of voters want tighter restrictions on immigration, while only 35 percent say leave it.

    “I don’t think taking away the welcome mat is the right thing to do,” says Prime Minister John Key.

    In the past year 71,210 immigrants arrived in New Zealand – the highest in 11 years.
    “We reckon immigration should be at a steady moderate level – that’s where our housing, our schools and our hospitals can cope,” says Mr Cunliffe.

    But it’s Auckland’s housing market where immigrants are really getting the blame.

    “Barfoot & Thompson, top 25 agents – 24 are Asian, so who are they selling to?” says NZ First leader Winston Peters.

    Unsurprisingly, 84 percent of NZ First voters want immigration restricted. Sixty-eight percent of Labour voters agree, along with 58 percent of Green Party voters.

    Despite Mr Key being on the wrong side of public opinion, he won’t budge.

    “New Zealand is a country that has been built on migration. We’ve done very well out of it *and I think we should be very cautious about taking knee-jerk steps,” he says.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/David-Cunliffe-blames-migrants-for-housing-crisis/tabid/1607/articleID/345855/Default.aspx#ixzz33jj2pF7w

    * Appeal to tradition fallacy (we do it because we’ve always done it)
    The real story is that one sector of the economy needs it to the detriment of the rest.

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  30. polemic (460 comments) says:

    Just asking a question here and not wanting to cast aspersions at any politicians or state I support either but who do you trust more ???

    Like – green tick if you trust David Cunnliffe more than Winston Peters

    or

    Unlike red tick if you trust Winston Peters more than David Cunnliffe

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  31. Pete George (23,836 comments) says:

    polemic – Peters has a long record of untrustworthiness. Cunliffe hasn’t proven himself yet one way or the other. His current approach is yeah/nah bob each way wait and see so he’s giving himself a lot of policy wiggle room.

    We’ll only know how trustworthy Cunliffe is if he gets to run the next government.

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