Hauhama report delayed

It was highly questionable that Tracey Martin should have been put in charge of the inquiry into the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Hauhama. She  received the inquiry report a week ago, but is not releasing it. She is under increasing pressure from critics, which seems fair enough.

Newsroom:  Release of Haumaha report delayed

The controversy over the investigation into the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha continues this week as the release of the findings are delayed.

Haumaha’s appointment to one of the top policing jobs was called into question following revelations he backed police officers accused of raping Louise Nicholas.

Bullying allegations from 2016 then surfaced, and are now subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

The investigation into the process of Haumaha’s appointment had a false start due to a conflict of interest, and was then extended, but has now concluded.

However, the findings are yet to be released.

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin said she was the only one who had a copy of the report. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also aware of the findings, she said. And Cabinet met on Monday to discuss the release of the report.

But a wider circle of people involved – including the Police Commissioner – had not seen the report, and would not be briefed until those mentioned in the report had the chance to see it, Martin said.

It had now been almost a week since the Minister received the report, and the opposition is accusing her of cynically delaying the release as Parliament approaches a two-week recess.

This looks increasingly messy.

 

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20 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  November 9, 2018

    What reason does Martin give?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 9, 2018

      From the article:

      “The Minister said she was following the instructions of the QC in charge of the investigation, and the law.

      “As soon as we can release it, because we will stop this silliness from Mr Bishop, we will release it.”

      When asked why Bush had not been briefed, she said nobody had a copy of the report, other than her, because the process was not yet complete.

      Martin said she planned to release the entire report publicly. If those mentioned in the report have not signed off on its release by Friday afternoon, it is understood the report will be released regardless next week.”

      Did you read the article?

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  2. Strong For Life

     /  November 9, 2018

    Another inept Minister?

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    • robertguyton

       /  November 9, 2018

      In what way is Tracey Martin “inept”?

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 9, 2018

        Do you know, Strong For Life, the explanation for not yet having released the report?

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        • Gezza

           /  November 9, 2018

          I do. I read the article PG linked to. Probably everyone should.

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 9, 2018

            My question was to Pete and I ought to have said, have you seen what , Pete, Tracey Martin has delayed the release. Next time I’ll challenge Pete directly, rather than obliquely, thanks, Gezza. I reckon Pete neglected to include Martin’s rationale in his post and should have included it for the sake of fairness and good reporting. After all, he did cast aspersions on her handling of the matter and her suitability for the role.

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  3. duperez

     /  November 9, 2018

    Well, well, well. Tracey Martin’s not going to release a report until she’s crossed all the ts and dotted the is. Maybe she’s waiting for the prime report release time, a quiet Friday afternoon, or to coincide with another Simon Bridges’ tape release and/or the ruckus after England beating the All Blacks.

    Or maybe she’s obsessively crossing all the ts and dotted the is, giving every step the new trendy, the in vogue “careful consideration.”

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    • robertguyton

       /  November 9, 2018

      Taking care so as not to make a mistake?
      Outrageous!! What’s that MP thinking??

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      • Gezza

         /  November 9, 2018

        Probably thinking: “After Lees_Galloway’s stellar effort, and both Curran and the PM getting caught out telling porkies about what comms they’ve had over that disgraceful CTO shambles the best thing to do is to spend more than an hour on it and to have a good think about what I do and say about this.”

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  4. Gezza

     /  November 9, 2018

    I’m spending nights down at ma’s while she’s just out of hospital, & I woke up & listened to some sheila banging on early this morning talking to the host on ZB, before I drifted back into the land of Nod again.

    “Haumaha should resign, if he has any integrity”, she was saying. “Half of Maoridom has said they’re going to have protests everywhere if he’s demoted. But I was involved in an investigation into him and he should never have been appointed.”

    Dunno whether she was telling the truth. 3 am’s a weird time to be ringing up talkback radio and she went on with quite a harangue about him.

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    • duperez

       /  November 9, 2018

      She wasn’t the Bay of Plenty woman who accused her ex-husband and his colleagues with serial sex offences was she? The one whose claims on investigation, seemed to be baseless – well except being based on some fantasy thing.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 9, 2018

        No, I don’t think it was Anihera. Sounded too pakeha. She also said: “Nobody below him would’ve appointed him. The only two people who would’ve appointed him were Mike Bush, The Commissioner, and (I didn’t catch the name) The Deputy Commissioner” – but this was towards the end of her performance, & although I was intrigued by that, she never said why that was significant.

        I switched the radio on and she was talking about Haumaha already so I dunno if I missed something that might’ve explained that a bit more. She didn’t seem enamoured of either gentlemen. Must say, there’s something I don’t like about Mike Bush, not sure what. Just don’t trust him for some reason.

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  5. George

     /  November 9, 2018

    The ‘report’ will come out on the last Friday of this years parliamentary session at 2000 hrs

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  6. Gerrit

     /  November 9, 2018

    Is it not time that the PM showed some leadership and bought matters like this to their conclusion by telling the minister to release the report?

    Sometime soon Ardern is going to have to pull on the big girls britches and show direction on this and other reports (eg. Labour Youth Camp Report) awaiting release.

    Does Ardern actually know what is going on and is she able to make decisions?

    Or does Peters call the shots and Ardern is all talk and no britches?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 9, 2018

      If Jacinda “showed leadership” every time you asked that question she’d probably have got herself in the shit half a dozen times by now. When embarrassing things are happening the best thing to do is just wait and see how big a storm is breaking before deciding whether and how to spin things. It worked for John Key & Jacinda has sure learnt a thing or two watching him.

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    • duperez

       /  November 9, 2018

      Good luck to those who survive their apoplexy about that most important event in the history of the world, Karel Sroubek. Hopefully they’ll recover enough to be caught by their next big episode, the same affliction striking because of the Hauhama report, and even lower than that, when it’s released.

      In the history of Northland today, I’d say they’d be fairly small beer.🙃

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  7. duperez

     /  November 9, 2018

    Yes – unless the mirror I use isn’t!
    But there is a world out there where Sroubek and Hauhama aren’t in the Big Picture.

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