Haumaha report to be released on Monday

There seems to have been a lot of fluffing around since Tracey Martin received the report over a week ago, following the inquiry into the appointment of Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha. Yesterday Martin announced that the report would be released on Monday at 11 am.

On Newshub Nation  on Saturday morning:

All right, final question with your third hat on – Internal Affairs Minister. You’re in charge of the inquiry into Wally Haumaha’s appointment to Deputy Police Commissioner. You have that report right now, so when are you going to release it?

Monday at 11am.

Why have you not released it before the police commissioner went to the select committee?

Because, first of all, I didn’t even know the police commissioner was going to the select committee. Because I needed to make sure that Crown Law had gone through and redacted all the names and so on and so forth of Woman A, Woman B and Woman C, to protect their privacy. And so that is what I did. I wanted to make sure that that had happened and then to set in the process by which to release it publicly.

So they took a week to redact names from the report, and then deferred release of the report until after the weekend – they would have been slammed if they released the report on Friday afternoon, so I guess Monday is as good a time as any.

Jacinda Ardern will have had plenty of time to prepare for her response, either following the release of the report or at her weekly media conference on Monday at 4 pm.


One could wonder if this had any connection: NZ First party president denies laying down the law in Nelson

NZ First’s president called a sudden party meeting on Saturday to deal with “concerning issues” that were said to involve a rift.

New president Lester Gray flew into Nelson with the party’s judicial officer, lawyer Brian Henry. One source said he was demanding members toe the party line, or face expulsion.

The short-notice invitation from Gray said “this week I have been notified of some potentially concerning issues for the NZ First Party. We have therefore called a special meeting in Nelson for Saturday.”

However, Gray said it was a standard electorate meeting, with the agenda closed to members.

Members across parts of the South Island received an email late on Friday morning, calling them to the meeting the following day.

Martin received the report that Friday. I don’t know whether the ‘special meeting’ had anything to do with the report or not

Oddly, Martin didn’t hand on a copy of the report to the Prime Minister until the following Monday.

Question No. 12—Internal Affairs

12. CHRIS BISHOP (National—Hutt South) to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Which Ministers, if any, have been provided with a copy or executive summary of the final report of the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police, and when were those Ministers provided with those copies or summaries?

Hon TRACEY MARTIN (Minister of Internal Affairs): My office delivered a copy to the office of the Prime Minister yesterday.

Chris Bishop: Will she be discussing the report and the next steps the Government will be taking with the State Services Commissioner and/or the Solicitor-General?

Hon TRACEY MARTIN: My office is currently taking legal advice around the process to hand over to the Minister of State Services and the process with which to do pre-releases to those who need to see the report—e.g., those who participated in it—and then when that report will be released. We are trying to release the report as quickly as possible.

Surely this could (should) have all been worked out prior to the report being handed over.

On Wednesday:

Question No. 10—Internal Affairs

10. CHRIS BISHOP (National—Hutt South) to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does the report of the Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police recommend that the appointment process be reopened?

Hon TRACEY MARTIN (Minister of Internal Affairs): The Government is not going to talk about the findings of the report until it is publicly released. We are following the process recommended by the inquiry, which is to first provide the report to the interested parties.

Hon TRACEY MARTIN: Because it is not in the public interest, we are following the process recommended by the inquiry, which is to first provide the report to the interested parties.

Chris Bishop: Does the report of the inquiry into the appointment process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police make findings or recommendations in relation to the allegations of bullying against Mr Haumaha made by the three public servants who worked with him?

Hon TRACEY MARTIN: I refer the member to my answer to the primary question. It is those people exactly who we are trying to make sure are protected.

Martin repeats “The Government is not going to talk about the findings of the report until it is publicly released”. But then…

Rt Hon Winston Peters: Can the Minister confirm, in light of the report, which she has seen, that the allegations of a cover-up are just plain ridiculous?

Hon TRACEY MARTIN: Unfortunately, the scope of the inquiry is not around the terrible allegations put forward by members of this Parliament.

…she responds to a question from Peters regarding the findings of the report. Obviously Peters had seen the report or had been advised of the contents of the report by now.

Peters and NZ First have associations with Haumaha and his appointment, so it seems odd that a NZ First minister is managing the release of the report.

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Trevors_Elbow

     /  November 11, 2018

    Not odd Pete – but just plain……….

    Haumaha was an NZF candidate at one stage? This has all the hall marks of applying a white wash … But lets see what the report actually says before heading down that path…

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    • Bill Brown

       /  November 11, 2018

      Back in 05 he had political aspirations but his wife gambled their savings and then she stole funds from Westpac (her employer) at that time

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  2. Bill Brown

     /  November 11, 2018

    Embarrassing all round – will be interesting to see what sort of white wash this is

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  3. Gerrit

     /  November 11, 2018

    Just another indication that Ardern and Labour are not in charge of this supposedly Labour led coalition. NZ First do as they please with no review or rebuke at all from Ardern in this or many other matters pertaining to NZ First relationship with Labour / Greens.

    Puppet master and marionette in perfect tune.

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  4. Strong For Life

     /  November 11, 2018

    Time to get all on the same page, stories straight, alibis in order, excuses and weasel words rehearsed… a whitewash.

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  5. Gezza

     /  November 11, 2018

    Haumaha is a no win situation. This appointment is an odd one. Seems to me that Mike Bush is simply attempting to win over Maoridom (not of itself a bad thing, more Maori in the police force is probably a welcome devleopment). I don’t know of any other deputy police commissioner appointees whose partners were convicted fraudsters, though – & I’d lay odds that would automatically quietly rule anyone else out of the running.

    Given that Wally Haumaha was a NZF candidate I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bush was currying favour with NZF (as part of the government) with this appointment. Our Police Commissioners all seem to be very politically-minded – and always have been – despite the bollocks about independence that gets trotted out when considered desirable.

    I expect the investigation has a lot of smoke and mirrors and concludes the process was either correct, or substantially so.

    If the appointment stands, the Green & Labour radfems will be up in arms. If the appointment is overturned, Maori will be up in arms. Likely the government will decide that radfems are the lesser weevils. I can’t personally see the appointment being rescinded.

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  6. robertguyton

     /  November 12, 2018

    “The “nothing to see here” report on the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha makes for interesting reading – it’s not the typical whitewash.

    Inquiry head Mary Scholtens, QC, found the process to appoint Haumaha was “sound”.

    Her investigation into Louise Nicholas’ concerns over Haumaha and statements he made to Operation Austin suggest he appeared to have her support – at least in the absence of outright opposition.

    It also cleared the appointment process of any conflict of interest, with regards to his past relationships with NZ First and its MPs, and it absolved the police commissioner and state services commissioner of putting forward the subsequent allegations bullying, because they did not know about them. ”
    Come on then…

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