Hauiti quits

July 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

list MP has decided to withdraw from the election and politics altogether.

She has already been selected as National’s candidate in the Kelston electorate, which is thought to be a safe Labour seat.

She told National MPs at their caucus meeting this morning.

Her decision comes a few days before National releases its list ranking and Ms Hauiti may have been warned she would get a low list ranking.

A tough decision, not but I think the right one. When you come in mid-term it is hard to make an impact in terms of achievements, and her lapses of judgement will have been a factor. I wish Claudette well.

It is worth noting that when the credit card receipts came out for the last Labour Government, Ministers had charged up all sorts of personal expenses ranging from mountain bikes to golf clubs – with no repercussions. However we are now in an era where (rightfully) there is greater scrutiny and less tolerance of such occurrences – even if repaid.

This is not the first time National has had to do a second selection. They also did one for Tamaki in 2011 when the selected candidate and MP (Allan Peachey) stood down very late (due to ill health).

UPDATE: Typo above corrected.

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25 Responses to “Hauiti quits”

  1. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Good, she should never have been a National Party MP in the first place.

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  2. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

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  3. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    The media are letting her slip away very quietly, compared with the clamour as they politically lynched her predecessor, Gilmore.

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  4. Huevon (222 comments) says:

    Let’s hope there is some better quality control and less PC box ticking at the tail end of National’s List after this…

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  5. flipper (4,056 comments) says:

    As you know David, it is risk aversion time.

    AND

    Judith, my friend, you know bloody well that this is a case of jumping before being pushed to # 0.

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  6. Tarquin North (297 comments) says:

    First Aaron then Claudette who next? Maybe they could send a crash team round to convert Asenati whats her name from Winston First. The paralells are uncanny.

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  7. Southern Raider (1,829 comments) says:

    Great to see National drawing a hard line in the sand on what is acceptable behavious from a National MP

    Judith,
    Any chance or the left stepping up to the mark anytime soon on accountability while in tax payer funded positions?

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    In the real world, where the rest of us live and work, this would be called theft as a servant, and we wouldn’t make it right simply by giving up our highly paid job. Not unless we had a very forgiving boss.

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  9. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Her problem was the trip didn’t attract any donations for the party, in which case she’s entirely dispensible.

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  10. JMS (330 comments) says:

    The media are letting her slip away very quietly, compared with the clamour as they politically lynched her predecessor, Gilmore.

    And rightfully so. Hauiti may not be particularly competent, but Gilmore was a prize c*nt and deserved everything he got.

    In 2008 we could have had Stephen Franks in Parliament, but he was ranked below the hack Gilmore on the list.
    What a lost opportunity.

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  11. kowtow (8,449 comments) says:

    “The media are letting her slip away very quietly, compared with the clamour as they politically lynched her predecessor, Gilmore.”

    That’s cos she ticks all the media taboo/protected boxes.

    Aren’t progressive policies great?

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  12. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    This ‘resignation’ is the correct decision for Hauiti and it really doesn’t matter to me whether she jumped or was pushed.

    But if she worked for me, she would have been taken to one side and given the ‘alternatives’ as soon as it became known she couldn’t distinguish between Parliamentary and private expenses. She was either incredibly naïve or just plain thick to even think her personal spending could be taxpayer funded.

    Like the rest of us (certainly in the private sector / real world), MPs are accountable. As it was obvious she couldn’t manage her personal finances, why should she be anywhere near the team running the country?

    She failed to meet the required standards and has now ‘resigned’…. and that’s the correct outcome.

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  13. Nukuleka (325 comments) says:

    I’m sure that the Labour Party will accept her back with open arms- she surely ticks every box they are looking for in a candidate.

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  14. Ashley Schaeffer (487 comments) says:

    Proper use of a charge card isn’t rocket science. If you ain’t competent enough to understand the rules around a charge card, you ain’t competent enough to be an MP.

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  15. Sponge (176 comments) says:

    Judith (7,437 comments) says:
    July 22nd, 2014 at 12:04 pm
    Gosh, how many National MP’s jumping ship, does that make?

    Yep the polls have clearly got them all terrified Judith.

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  16. fernglas (157 comments) says:

    What is it that turns decent people into politicians? Is it something in the water? Is it the fault of the education system? Inadequate parenting? Too much unhindered access to the internet? It seems to cross religious and national boundaries. If a tenth of what has been spent on Aids research was spent eradicating politicians, we would have solved the problem decades ago. Instead not only do we not take proper steps to prevent the spread of this disease, we encourage it by voting for or against them, blogging about them, and actually giving a shit what they do. Perhaps it should be an automatic disqualification from holding power to have sought it, and our political masters should be dragged kicking and screaming from real life to be forced into our service, and as robustly despatched back at the first sign of dishonesty, veniality or ambition.

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  17. Manolo (13,755 comments) says:

    A parasite calls it quits because she was caught red-handed. What a surprise.
    That a woman of her “abilities” made it to Labour Lite’s list is an indictment on the current National Party.

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  18. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    when the credit card receipts came out for the last Labour Government, Ministers had charged up all sorts of personal expenses ranging from mountain bikes to golf clubs – with no repercussions. However we are now in an era where (rightfully) there is greater scrutiny and less tolerance of such occurrences – even if repaid.

    Zero tolerance I think.

    In the real world, employees get sacked for this. If it’s bad enough they go to jail.

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  19. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Once again the difference between the parties of the left and the parties of the right show clearly how corrupt and self serving the socialists are.

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  20. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    Manolo: “A parasite calls it quits because she was caught red-handed. What a surprise.”

    thedavincimode: “However we are now in an era where (rightfully) there is greater scrutiny and less tolerance of such occurrences – even if repaid. Zero tolerance I think. In the real world, employees get sacked for this. If it’s bad enough they go to jail.”

    Lucky for Phil Heatley and Gerry Brownlee they were in another era? And Heatley ran a great defence for Brownlee too.

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  21. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    One mistake is forgivable in the rush of blood to the head from becoming an MP, getting a $150k salary and fab expense account, and having a zillion things to get on top of in a very short time. Two such mistakes is not.

    However, she meant well, she had chosen the right team to join, and has made the correct decision now. Giving up $150k pa, perks, power, influence etc, and admitting you have not got what it takes is not easy to do, in fact rather painful.

    So this is not the time to be bagging her, and I for one wish her well for the future.

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  22. Changeiscoming (189 comments) says:

    Is she standing down now? If not why not!! If so would the next person come in off the list, leonie Hapeta? Or no replacement as we are so close to the election?

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  23. publicwatchdog (2,593 comments) says:

    Where’s the enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’ for NZ MPs?

    Penny Bright

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  24. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Claudette hand picked by Progressive John?

    As an example of the new improved National Party?

    (out with the blue rinses and the tea and scones, in with the lesbian Maoris and the grass cookies)

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  25. Goldsmith (27 comments) says:

    What happened to Hauiti ticking all the boxes as she had declared when first selected (and National Party selection panel falling for it)… Maori (tick), Gay (tick), Idiot (tick).

    How she was embraced by National to run in Mangere (an electorate predominantly Pacific and religious) with those credentials was rather dumb in the first place… a reflection of the stupidity and flawed criteria of the then selection panel perhaps so its not entirely her fault, as the selection panel went in with their eyes wide open.

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