The comments contradict Hipkins who’s repeatedly stated he did not back the proposal. …
In the video clip, Shaw tells members that Hipkins “wasn’t intimately involved in the decision” but gave it tacit approval in a conversation.
“He did, sort of, give at least a verbal sign-off to the project,” Shaw said.
“He did say that – assuming everything else being equal – as long as the funding partner is the [Taranaki District] Council, which it is, that he was okay with it.”
Labour could have said no. Theyt didn’t.