Nash withdraws from fund raiser, Hooton goes ahead anyway

This is just weird – Labour Minister Stuart Nash had organised a $1,000 a pop fund raiser for today – see Another Labour big money fundraiser – but withdrew because ‘friend’ and joint fund raiser Matthew Hooton criticised Labour this week. However Hooton went ahead anyway.

NZH: Labour MP Stuart Nash pulls out of his own fundraiser citing attacks on Labour by friend and right-wing lobbyist Matthew Hooton

Labour MP Stuart Nash pulled the pin on his own fundraiser at the Northern Club today, saying it would be inappropriate to attend because of the involvement of right-wing lobbyist Matthew Hooton.

Hooton is an old friend of Nash’s and had been involved in organising the fundraiser of about 20 of Nash’s friends since 2014.

Nash’s decision came after the Herald learned the $1000-a-head lunch was also a fundraiser for Hooton.

Nash said his decision to pull out was because Hooton had criticised Labour and his fellow Labour Minister David Parker in recent days over the ban on foreign buyers in New Zealand – criticism Parker has said was unwarranted.

“In light of Matthew’s attacks on the Government, in particular David Parker, I’ve decided it is no longer appropriate to attend the fundraiser with Matthew so I have pulled out.”

About 20 people, a mix of Hooton’s clients and old friends and acquaintances of Nash, were due to attend the lunch at the Northern Club today.

The event went ahead without him and Nash said he had offered refunds, minus the cost of the lunch, to all those who turned up but would keep the “donations” of those who did not want a refund.

Nash has been connected to right wing political operators before.

Political circles are small in New Zealand, and fund raising circles seem even smaller.

The Herald had learned some of those attending were to contribute their $1000 towards Hooton’s legal costs in a case taken by former National minister Steven Joyce rather than to Nash.

A fund raiser for costs to cover legal actions taken against him buy an ex National MP.

Why Nash associated himself with that in the first place is, ah, curious.

10 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 22, 2018

    Christ. What a bloody shambles. 😕

    • Corky

       /  June 22, 2018

      So..which team is which? Has Hooton lost another friend after he and Willie Jackson fell out during that famous interview on Radio Live?

      • PDB

         /  June 22, 2018

        I think its all a big game, pretend to fall out with your mate because he has politically different views then have a good laugh together at the pub later.

        After all Hooton is the same bloke who goes on holidays with his close friend Laila Harré.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  June 22, 2018

        Which team is which? Nash is an impostor; a right wing social conservative who has wormed his way into Labour by trading on the illustrious surname of the family he was adopted into. That should make you happiness-filled!

        • PDB

           /  June 22, 2018

          Nash is simply of the centre-left portion of the Labour party which used to dominate the party but are now few in number. No doubt he was getting bad publicity for his fund raiser and so used his mate Hooton as an excuse to withdraw.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  June 22, 2018

            I agree that there are few centre-left in the parliamentary Labour Party; the centre and centre-right have dominated since the days of Douglas et. al.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 22, 2018

          I knew the Left is cuckoo but didn’t realise they nest that way too.

          • Corky

             /  June 22, 2018

            Enjoy the ride, Alan. The good news is…it can only get better.