Shane Jones introduced Northland trucking boss Stan Semenoff to Transport Minister Phil Twyford as a possible director of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
Semenoff is currently fighting moves by NZTA to have the operating licence of his company, Stan Semenoff Logging revoked.
The transport safety regulator is arguing that the top management and shareholders are not fit and proper people to run a transport company, claiming the company has systemic safety problems.
Semenoff is related to Jones and also a donor to him. His company has had so many scores of safety issues over several years that the transport regulator is trying to revoke Semenoff’s licence.
Jones meanwhile is not just trying to heavy NZTA to drop the prosecution. He is also trying to get them an immigration exemption so they can hire foreigners. But on top of that he is trying to get his donor put on the board of the very regulator that is effectively prosecuting him.
No doubt once more the PM will say this is all above board and nothing unusual to see here.