Media watch – Saturday

25 August 2018


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  1. Gezza

     /  25th August 2018

    NZ Herald – short and to the point, so quoted in full:

    Editorial: The strange case of Simon Bridges’ inquiry bill just got a little stranger
    25 Aug, 2018 5:00am
    While Australia was waiting to see who would next lead its government yesterday, New Zealand’s National Party leader called one of the more odd press conferences to have occurred in Parliament Buildings.

    Simon Bridges announced that somebody had owned up to leaking his travel expenses last month. If this seems like small beer by comparison with events in Canberra, it was. But everything an Opposition Leader does can offer insights to the judgment of someone who is bidding to lead the next government.

    Bridges’ response to the travel expenses leak has been odd from the moment he called for a full independent inquiry into it. Then he got his MPs to agree to open their parliamentary email to investigation for the QC undertaking the inquiry. He believed the culprit was not in his caucus and cast suspicion on the Parliamentary Service.

    Yesterday he announced he had received an anonymous text from a person with mental health problems claiming to be responsible for the leak and claiming to be in the National caucus. Bridges said the police knew who it was though he did not. If it is a National MP, police may be reluctant to say, because the person said his or her mental health could suffer if the investigation proceeded.

    Thus an investigation that started over a triviality may leave the country wondering which National MP might have a serious mental health problem. This is what can happen when a leader over-reacts to a slight. The consequences can be worse than the offence.

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    • David

       /  25th August 2018

      Quite scary that Ardern is either too weak to fire her properly, again, or that the talent pool in Labour is so shallow there is no obvious replacement to bring in to cabinet.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th August 2018

      Disgraceful column by Alison Mau and I see Stuff closed comments quickly to stop her roasting:

      • Gezza

         /  25th August 2018

        Calm down. She’s just giving an opinion. All good. Jacinda should think about such things, If she’s going to walk the talk.

        At least the Greens have largely dispensed with men. Unless they have two mums.
        … … …
        Hon Meka Whaitiri
        MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

        Minister of Customs
        Associate Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Local Government and Crown/Māori Relations

        Ko Te Tairawhiti Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.

        Hon Meka Whaitiri was born and raised Manutuke, Gisborne, and educated in Hastings. She was Head Girl at Karamu High School and played both netball and softball at a national level. Meka worked at the freezing works in Whakatu and went on to complete a Masters in Education from Victoria University.

        Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and was also previously a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Meka was a mandated Treaty negotiator for her Rongowhakaata iwi and she spent four years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

        Meka is the proud mother of two sons.
        Kiri Allan
        Labour List MP
        Junior Whip

        Kiri is a commercial lawyer and business consultant based in Whakatane and working all throughout the East Coast electorate. She has a focus on the primary industries, as she believes enhancing the primary sector in the East Coast region is vital to regional development. Regional development creates jobs, and Kiri’s focus is on decent jobs, homes, and ensuring that the East Coast is a place where families can live and thrive.

        The East Coast is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, with its expansive coastlines, vast country land, and great community. However, many people within the East Coast region have witnessed a growing chasm between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ – in particular, the rise in numbers of working families that are barely making ends meet.

        Kiri is committed to the East Coast region having been raised in Paengaroa, marrying into the Coates family from Kawerau and Te Teko, and working within the business sector throughout the broader East Coast region. She has 16 years advocacy experience both domestically and internationally, is a director on a company in the horticulture sector, is an executive member on a national Kiwifruit growers association, a board member of (a climate change organization focused on divestments) and manages a multi-million dollar primary sector portfolio throughout the East Coast region.
        Kiri believes the East Coast region has been neglected for too long and believes our region deserves more.

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