Kingi steps down, Martin grizzles, move on

I think that despite ongoing support from NZ First MPs Tracey Martin and Winston Peters, Pauline Kingi had little choice but to step down from her role as chair of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Chief Police Commissioner.

Yesterday she did this. Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin announced it in Parliament yesterday.

Newsroom: Pauline Kingi steps down over LinkedIn endorsements

Dr. Pauline Kingi has stepped down as the chair of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Chief Police Commissioner.

Haumaha’s appointment has been mired in controversy since it emerged he had a close relationship with the police officers accused of raping Bay of Plenty woman, Louise Nicholas when she was a teenager. Two of the officers, Brad Shipton and Bob Schollum, were later convicted of the rape of a Mount Maunganui woman.

The appointment was also controversial as Haumaha had once been selected to stand for New Zealand First, although he withdrew his candidacy before he ran.

The appointment of Kingi, a prominent Māori lawyer and community leader, was announced on July 23.

But it emerged on Tuesday that Kingi had endorsed Haumaha 23 times on the social networking site, LinkedIn. The endorsements from an account in the name of Kingi endorsed Haumaha’s skills in 23 areas, including leadership, public sector and public safety.

Martin had a grizzle in Parliament.

However, it is with regret that I have to inform the House that Dr Pauline Kingi advised the Government just before I came to the House that she is going to stand down from the inquiry and to the appointment process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police. Ever since she was appointed to the role, she has been the subject of political attack.

Those have been attacks on her integrity, attacks on her reputation, and even attacks on her legal qualification. Dr Kingi has a 28-year career in public service as both a community member and senior public servant, and as a lawyer. She was asked to perform a public duty, and yet became the subject of an undue and unwarranted criticism.

Ms Kingi resigned because of disgusting accusations by the Opposition that impinged on her integrity, based on a LinkedIn profile, which is a social media account that has been shown, and advice has been received, does not—[Interruption]

Winston Peters joined in:

Rt Hon Winston Peters: Should people who have offered to fill a public office be the subject of vituperation, defamatory statements and comments, and have their integrity challenged purely for a venal political purpose?

Hypocrisy hyperdrive – how often has Winston challenged the integrity of how many people for venal political purpose over the years?

The challenges on Kingi may have been overhyped, but this is a mess largely of Martin’s and NZ First’s own making.

It marked an inglorious end to Winston’s tenure as acting Prime Minister.

I suspect that Jacinda Ardern will be relieved this is largely over before she takes charge again today.

33 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 2, 2018

    Going to be interesting to see if Bishop can let it go now. And whether Martin can be trusted to make sure her officials don’t screw up the next enquiry head appointment. She’s tried to present Kingi’s appointment as one that was basically arrived at independently by officials, & that she simply rubber-stamped, unaware there was any association that could be a conflict of interest.

    Who knows? But she stuffed up & Pauline Kingi recognised she now wasn’t a goer before Martin ever clicked. If Haumaha remains as deputy commisdioner (most likely, imo – he’ll challenge any decision to cancel his appointment & my bet is he’d succeed) this is going to be another stick to beat the Police Minister with for a while

    • Traveller

       /  August 2, 2018

      Bishop will let this go. He’ll move on to the next op.

      He’s shaping up as the Nats assassin or bovver boy. He does it all with that wry smile, but there’s something almost likeable about him. I doubt Tracy and Winnie see it like that. They had their stooge, their ideologically aligned boy in there as Dep Comm. Labour will be forced to now take a look and examine whether a NZFirst aspirant Dep Comm, despite his being a “bridge” to Māori, is suitable. I’m picking he’s not. That stuff with his wife plus his misogynist/denialist tendencies (with reference to sex abuse victims) looks hinky

      As I see it you’ve got a dubious double act there. A Commissioner who tells the world that a cop who planted bullet shells that landed an innocent man in prison for a decade was an all round great guy and a deputy with a wife who committed fraud, was a political aspirant for a coalition party and who is a apologist for rapists.

      • Blazer

         /  August 2, 2018

        ‘something almost likeable about him’…agree its almost a boofhead,naivety about his…’look’.

        • Traveller

           /  August 2, 2018

          Yes. But there’s literally nothing naive about him. He’s a slick operator. He has that disarming SOH and affability that means they don’t see him coming.

          Stealth bomber

          • Blazer

             /  August 2, 2018

            stealth bombers are so yesterday..doll…its all about drones these days…a little bit of…collateral damage,but hey bringing freedom and democracy to the unwashed bad guys is…worth ..it.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 2, 2018

              If drones are the new thing, you’re right up to date Blazer!

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              deployment of drones as opposed to Stealth bombers is deadly…’new’.

  2. Blazer

     /  August 2, 2018

    Ex tobacco lobbyist Bishops ..finest hour.
    Now get back to texting ..teens..’.judge not…lest…

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 2, 2018

    Gross incompetence from Martin and b.s. cover from Peters. And how Kingi didn’t recognise her own CoI is bizarre. That is how corruption starts.

    • duperez

       /  August 2, 2018

      I’ve seen the casual use of ‘corruption’ around the Kingi issue. Your turn carries value in that it suggests notions of the philosophical, warnings and caution. It isn’t an hysterical knee jerk judgement like some I’ve seen.

      Funny thing is some of those now scourging Martin and Kingi with charges of corruption would not have a bar of ‘corrupt’ and ‘corruption’ about the way the situation in Clutha was worked out and was put to bed last year.

      Warnings like your pithy one were met with scorn. It was my money, and the hands it went through were employed by me.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 2, 2018

        As I recall the Clutha payment was made by Parliamentary Services strictly in accord with its employment rules and responsibilities. What are you alleging?

        It seems to have no relation to this blindness to conflict of interest?

        • duperez

           /  August 2, 2018

          No-one in their little desk in Parliamentary Services casually looks in the rule book and comes to the conclusion someone down south should be given a cheque.

          There may not have been a slip twixt the cup and the lip but lots of things happened from when the jug was put on, with numbers of people involved with stirring the brew before the lifting of the cup. And of course their participation was minimised and denied.

          I didn’t intend to relate that situation to blindness to conflict of interest but to comments made about corruption in the Kingi/Martin situation.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 2, 2018

            There are always several sides in employment disputes and as the employer PS had to apply the rules and did so. Had it not there would have actually been something to complain about. That had nothing to do with corruption. It had to do what every employer would have had to do.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  August 2, 2018

      Emmerson as always taking a poke at the government

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 2, 2018

        Taking a poke at NZF, not at his Lefty sweethearts.

  4. duperez

     /  August 2, 2018

    Tracey Martin should have appointed some other high-powered person to the role who’d at least recognise a conflict of interest. Say, Dame Jenny Shipley, Sir John Key or Ian Fletcher.

  5. sorethumb

     /  August 2, 2018

    What bothers me is that the feminists are deciding the police force. We’ll finish up like the UK (the policemen carry a pink hand bag). So what if he spoke out in support of the officers accused of rape. There are two sides to every story.

  6. Zedd

     /  August 2, 2018

    She has gone.. even if it was ‘trial by media & guilty by association’ time to move on methinks…

    • Gezza

       /  August 2, 2018

      Dunno. Both the Haumaha appointment & the process of an NZF Minister approving the appointment of a supporter of his to head a supposedly independent review of the process is a bit smelly – if not to high heaven, at least to purgatory.

      • Zedd

         /  August 2, 2018

        there is ‘bigger fish to fry’.. the election is still at least 2 years away 🙂

        • Gezza

           /  August 2, 2018

          Well, possibly, but you know, death by a thousand cuts & all that.

          Also, it’s the gummit that announced the review & the Minister of Police was unhappy to learn of Haumaha’s comments supporting rapist policemen. I don’t expect he was any happier to then learn from the papers that Wally’s Mrs is also a crim. And now to learn that Tracey Martin’s approved enquiry head is a known supporter of Haumaha.

          It’s not just untidy it goes to the heart of what might be seen as corruption.

          • Zedd

             /  August 2, 2018

            perhaps Tracey M was ‘unaware of all the facts’ when this started.. now likely just ‘covering her A’ ?

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Perhaps. It’s hard to say.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 2, 2018

              Much more arse than class from that Minister, Z.

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