Little’s response to Niue report

The Auditor General has not found anything of concern in the awarding Niue hotel management contract  after being asked to investigate by Andrew Littler after Little hasd said that it “stinks to high heaven”.

For now Little is not backing down.

Stuff: AG clears contract at centre of political donations row

The Auditor General has found there was nothing unusual about the selection of Scenic Hotel Group as the operator of a Niue tourism resort at the centre of a political row over a six figure donation to National.

Auditor General Lyn Provost said from the available information her office had found there was a standard procurement process with reasoned and documented analysis for the selection of Scenic Hotel Group to operate the resort, and for the subsequent investment of New Zealand international development assistance funds in expanding the resort.

The contract was referred to Provost by Labour leader Andrew Little after he questioned the company’s links to National.

Little is now being sued for defamation by the Hagaman’s after refusing to apologise and retract a statement that the deal “stunk to high heaven”.

Little said in a statement the limits to Provost’s mandate meant she was unable to address the key issues he had raised.

“I have a duty as Leader of the Opposition to raise questions in the public interest and respond to media stories on the use of public funds.

“Taking the issue to the Auditor-General was the right thing to do.”

He would not comment further as the matter was before the courts.

So at this stage Little intends to let the defamation action take it’s course.

See Inquiry into Niue Hotel management contract

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29 Comments

  1. Pete Kane

     /  8th September 2016

    Well, that was quick. Perhaps those staff could look a little further afield? Saudi Arabia perhaps?

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    • Gezza

       /  8th September 2016

      Not a bad idea. Meantime Andy could be speaking to his secretary & lawyer about the best date to capitulate & apologise to the Hagamans, and pop it into his diary. He can always bring it forward if it becomes too much of a continual cudgel for the government.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  8th September 2016

        It wouldn’t surprise me if they let it speak for itself.

        If he’d apologised long ago, it would have been long forgotten instead of being here to bite him on the bum. He will have trouble sitting down for a very long time.

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  2. Blazer

     /  8th September 2016

    key points for snowjob.’Little said in a statement the limits to Provost’s mandate meant she was unable to address the key issues he had raised’

    and-‘Lyn Provost said from the available information ‘…of course the deal…stinks,another day in the life of the Natz looking after their mates.

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    • artcroft

       /  8th September 2016

      A blazer commenting from another reality offers slurs with no substance.

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      • Blazer

         /  8th September 2016

        did the recipient of a Govt contract also give substantial donations to the govt that awarded that contract?Thats the substance.

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        • artcroft

           /  8th September 2016

          No! no such evidence was found, and unless you have such information, then to suggest fraud took place is just a smear.

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      • Corky

         /  8th September 2016

        Maybe you could explain to Andy the difference between the buttress and barrel of a firearm, Arty. Many are growing tired of wiping pieces of Andy’s feet from a variety of issues.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th September 2016

          NZ politics just doesn’t work that way. It might work in a dictatorship, but it would be pointless to give a PARTY a donation and expect favours from the GOVERNMENT in exchange. The government is not just that party.

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  3. For some-one supposedly qualified as a lawyer the angry little man is in deep doodoo.
    Hopefully the Hagamans will demand some real recompense for his libeling of them

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    • Blazer

       /  8th September 2016

      Expect him to win this put up job.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  8th September 2016

        Don’t put the champagne in the fridge just yet. In fact, I wouldn’t bother to buy it.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th September 2016

          George-do you read JM Gregson’s books, or is that an expression that is common ?

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      • PDB

         /  8th September 2016

        If he does ‘win’ this one it will be the only thing Little will win……..considering even his home town don’t want him as their MP.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th September 2016

          Pants, you are a very mean and unkind person.

          Have a box of chocolates to eat while you’re in the naughty corner. (hands one over)

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    • Blazer

       /  8th September 2016

      wheres the libel?Honestly stated opinion on the known facts.

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      • PDB

         /  8th September 2016

        The ‘known facts’ made it quite clear that the process was open and transparent………..for a person that can see David Bain is rightly guilty you don’t see much else.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th September 2016

          those are not grounds for libel.

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          • Gezza

             /  8th September 2016

            His or Her Honour will no doubt assist a jury to determine this in due course.

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            • PDB

               /  8th September 2016

              Blazer: “those are not grounds for libel”.

              An ‘open and transparent’ process is not grounds for the process to be labelled ‘stinking to high heaven’ by a person in Little’s position (and outside the protection of parliament).

  4. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  8th September 2016

    So why hadn’t Little done some background research before he opened his mouth?

    It can’t have been too difficult to check with Jacinda, or didn’t Little know anything about Niue?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  8th September 2016

      And why is he risking so much for this ? He must know that it could be the end of his political career.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  8th September 2016

        If it was me-and Ulster people really, really hate to admit that they’re wrong-I’d have decided that the consequences weren’t worth not doing so in this case, and nor was the amount of trouble I was going to. He can’t have too much to do with his time.

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  5. Blazer

     /  8th September 2016

    lovely…couple.

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    • PDB

       /  8th September 2016

      So what are you actually saying?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  8th September 2016

        That there’s something innately unacceptable about not being film-star handsome ?

        He looks like a nice enough man to me. He’s no film star. but how many people are ?

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  6. Blazer, once again you go too far in your insults. You are not fireproof yourself and the new law on “hate speech” in the Internet may be just about to bite you on the bum.

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