Little misses apology deadline

Andrew Little has not apologised by the deadline given by the Hagamans of Scenic Circle so the message to him is “see you in court”.

Stuff: Andrew Little refusing to apologise over his comments about a Niue resort deal

Little looks set to face defamation proceedings after ignoring an ultimatum and failing to apologise to the Hagamans.

In a statement from Lani Hagaman she said she would “see Mr Little in court” after he failed to retract and apologise his comments that a Niue resort deal they were awarded “stunk to high heaven”.

Little has written to Hagaman’s lawyers saying he has a “constitutional duty to challenge the actions of the Government over the expenditure of public funds”.

He will address the issues with the Hagamans once the Auditor-General has dealt with his request, either by “concluding an investigation or declining to conduct one” regarding a Niue resort deal.

The Hagamans said they hadn’t received anything from Little or his lawyers by 5pm – the deadline set by the Hagamans a week ago.

That’s confusing, saying the Hagamans saying they hadn’t received anything from Little or his lawyers, but saying Little had written to the Hagamans’ lawyers.

Regardless of that, no apology means Little faces defamation action, a higher risk than a back down and apology.

He may or may not get to choose the timing. Delaying it until election year may raise the risks.

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  1. Gezza

     /  20th May 2016

    “Little has written to Hagaman’s lawyers saying he has a “constitutional duty to challenge the actions of the Government over the expenditure of public funds”.

    He will address the issues with the Hagamans once the Auditor-General has dealt with his request, either by “concluding an investigation or declining to conduct one” regarding a Niue resort deal.”

    I thought he’d do this, to try & pressure the AG into doing an investigation. Will be interesting to see what happens next. Personally I think the AG should just get on the job & then we can all watch the fallout at the end of it while eating some popcorn or chippies.

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    • Dougal

       /  20th May 2016

      I hope they go at him boots and all. One of the good things about having a few bucks is you can stick up for yourself if pig headed politicians try to smear you.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th May 2016

    He doesn’t know that it should be ‘stank’ not ‘stunk’ when it’s the perfect tense.

    What an idiot. Some mothers do ‘ave ’em,

    I don’t eat those things, Gezza, you can have my share.

    He’s like General Woundwort in Watership Down shouting ‘Dogs aren’t dangerous !’
    I don’t know if this happened in the film.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th May 2016

      No worries Kitty, it was just a suggestion, I won’t need to eat your chippies or popcorn. You can just munch on whatever you normally do when you get the munchies, naturally.

      I didn’t notice he’d used the wrong tense with “stunk”. I guess that’ll put you right off voting for his party now?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th May 2016

        Of course 😀

        I love fancy cheese and little crackers and fresh fruit. I’ll buy you some crisps and popcorn when I go to the supermarket-any preference as to flavours ? Shall I pick up a few beers while I’m there ? I like soda water with lemon, myself.

        We may need enough of everything to last for a while.

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        • Gezza

           /  20th May 2016

          I’ll just be having the caramel almond popcorn thanks Kitty. Eating chippies would probably eventually make me the size of me ol mate Gezza Brownlee. No worries about the beers (same worry). I reckon a cigar and a shottie or two of Black Label neat should set me up right for the show. 😎

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    • Blazer

       /  20th May 2016

      are you kidding?You’ll have a field day with Key and co.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th May 2016

        I doubt it. They are a highly literate lot and unlikely to make such a basic error.

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        • Blazer

           /  20th May 2016

          behave pussycat…akshully nuzilders ..do not agree with ..you.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  20th May 2016

            Does anyone really talk like that ? I do hope not.

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            • Blazer

               /  20th May 2016

              only our esteemed P.M…John Key I believe his name is…check with ..Gezza.,

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th May 2016

              Hardly. He isn’t a Labour supporter.

            • Gezza

               /  21st May 2016

              Yes our PM’s name is definitely John Key, Blazer. Thanks for checking just in case there’d be an overnight coup you’d somehow missed hearing about & Paula Bennett or Judith Collins were now in charge.

    • duperez

       /  20th May 2016

      I used to get upset at radio and TV people using sink and sunk, stink and stunk and similar in the wrong ways. I hear the language changing around me. Then tonight I saw/heard this: (at 23 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/embed/pva5NwCwwGk

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  3. Hall

     /  20th May 2016

    What’s the bet that these hotel idiots back down, looks like their little publicity stunt has back fired.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th May 2016

      How so?

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      • Hall

         /  20th May 2016

        They thought they could call out Little, and that Little would fold and apologise, but instead he gave them a big ‘thug life”. Now they have no choice but to drop the charges because there is no way they could win this defamation case. Well played Little..well played.

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        • Gezza

           /  20th May 2016

          If an AG investigation doesn’t happen, or if it does and it doesn’t go Little’s way, they’ve only really got to get a court fixture to win, really.

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          • Hall

             /  20th May 2016

            But it wouldn’t be in their(hotel idiots) interests to bring more attention on themselves, they wouldn’t want anyone digging around their dogy deals. No, they got desperate and thought that they could put a stop to the AG investigation by attacking Little, but Little is too smart to fall for that one. And that’s why it’s back fired on them.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th May 2016

      I’m taking your bet, by the way.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th May 2016

        No. Oll, own goals are not ‘well played.’ except for the other team. of course.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  20th May 2016

          Please, Holliver, stop it-I’m afraid that I’ll laugh myself into an asthma attack if you carry on like this.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  20th May 2016

    Im thinking about the Hagamans,,theres a old saying “Littles arse you might kick,but his bum in the future you might have to lick” just saying

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    • Gezza

       /  20th May 2016

      How old is that saying? Does this date from his childhood, union days, or Labour leader days?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th May 2016

        That can pay for the party food.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th May 2016

        That should have gone in the cluster above. It was the money from the bet that can pay for it.

        I have never heard that saying, and I know many old sayings from many years of studying Eng Lit-it’s not in any of my reference books on the subject, either. It doesn’t scan very well, does it ?

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        • Gezza

           /  20th May 2016

          No, it’s not the best, cock-up on the scanning front really. It would scan better as something like:
          Little’s wee backside you might want to kick
          but his bum, in future, you may have to lick.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  20th May 2016

            Better, but not brilliant.

            Little’s wee bum you may now want to kick.
            But one day this bum could be one you must lick.

            That’s a bit better. It’s not in Brewster’s Saying and Phrases or any of my books of quotations-the original version, I mean.

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            • Blazer

               /  20th May 2016

              its a tongue twister …

            • Gezza

               /  20th May 2016

              Not quite as good as mine but it’s getting there. Brewster’s just isn’t keeping up with the game. They need a YNZ section.

  5. Brown

     /  21st May 2016

    I like Hall’s reasoning. If Little knows there is something dodgy behind this deal he’s done the right thing. A first time for everything.

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    • Gezza

       /  21st May 2016

      Exactly Brown. That’s why I believe an AG investigation should now take place. The problem Little has is that he’s dug a big hole to trap National but he doesn’t have the evidence.

      If he had the evidence he would be waving it around in Parliament like a cheerleader’s pompom, plonking it on The Table, and yelling “gotcha!”.

      So he’s taking a punt that something might come out of this that will reflect badly on the government and Jacinda Adern’s dad, so all things considered it seems a bit like firing a wonky cannon that could still backfire in his face whatever happens.

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