Hauhama report to be released today

This looks like an awkward report being dumped right on the Christmas break.

Stuff: High-ranking cop Wally Haumaha belittled staff, report to say

The police watchdog has found deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha​ belittled and acted inappropriately to two women staff.

Stuff understands Haumaha faces criticism in the long-awaited Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) report due Thursday, which will find he acted improperly during a high-pressure Government project in 2016.

The report, expected to be released at midday, will be one of three to come from a series of allegations that have beleaguered Haumaha since his promotion to deputy commissioner in May.

It is understood aspects of the findings, which differ from those of a prior Government inquiry, are likely to be contested and challenged.

That may ensure the issue remains alive into next year.

The report does not determine workplace bullying occurred, but does find in two instances he behaved inappropriately and unprofessionally towards two staff who subsequently left the joint project at Police Headquarters.

What actually constitutes ‘bullying’ in a workplace is something that needs further discussion. ‘Inappropriately’ and ‘unprofessionally’ could also mean a wide variety of things.

During one meeting, he belittled and humiliated a staffer.

Two other instances of alleged bullying were found to be unsubstantiated.

Haumaha, after taking legal advice, asked fellow officers and others to support him – deemed improper – and shared inappropriate information about a complainant.

If this report is due to be released today why is stuff reporting on it already?

A State Services Commission review into the  handling of bullying allegations by the Ministry of Justice and Corrections is also expected to be released on Thursday.

There is also a Parliament review to look into bullying, harassment of staff

The Speaker has launched an external review of bullying and harassment of staff at Parliament dating back to October 2014.

Mr Mallard said the review will be carried out by an independent external reviewer, Debbie Francis, who has done similar work with organisations such as the Defence Force.

He said bullying and harassment were unacceptable in any workplace and the review was designed to work out what could be done to improve the parliamentary workplace.

And…

The National Party is already doing its own internal review of its culture, following allegations that former National MP Jami-Lee Ross acted inappropriately with staff and another MP.

A good thing to look at how to improve employer and MP behaviours


From the report:

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31 Comments

  1. duperez

     /  20th December 2018

    I heard Chris Bishop talking about the report. It’s being talked about now when it’s due for release later, because it’s been leaked. Leaked as in Parliament, as in caucuses.

    The contents would normally present a dilemma for supporters of the Opposition. They want to use it to attack the Government on grounds of them supporting a ‘bully’. But a couple of weeks back they categorised ‘victims’ in Maggie Barry’s office who complained about how they were treated as weak, needing to toughen up, the interactions part the give-and-take, ebb and flow of working life, that they were ‘snowflakes.’

    Robust behaviour of Haumaha = bad, robust behaviour of Barry = okay?

    But it won’t be a dilemma I can see them into it boots and all into it.

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    • Trevors_Elbow

       /  20th December 2018

      “During one meeting, he belittled and humiliated a staffer.” yip no Bullying to be seen…… people who do this stuff once , generally do it all the time. But no bullying to be seen.

      As expected NZF have a achieved their goal of protecting their former candidate and personal friend of the NZF ‘Don’

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  20th December 2018

    Chris Bishop wants him sacked immediately,but that seems how National handle any situation.Beware [use MP names without embellishment] Cris Bishop might be in the clique who wants you gone so”crusher”Judith Collins can take over, barbeque season, gone immediately

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  3. kluelis

     /  20th December 2018

    To be fair it sounds a bit Hau hum 🙂

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  20th December 2018

    Chris Bishop wants him sacked immediately,but that seems how National handle any situation.Beware Simon Bridges, Cris Bishop might be in the clique who wants you gone so Judith Collins can take over, barbeque season, gone immediately,no aroha in the National party

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    • Duker

       /  20th December 2018

      Bishop definitely wants Bridges gone, mostly because Bishop backed the wrong horse in the leadership race- Amy Adams and paid the price.
      Its seems hes ranked way down the hierarchy , even lower than the member for Invercargill…for some reason.
      So many lawyers Bridges and Adams and Bishop and Dowie

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      • Trevors_Elbow

         /  20th December 2018

        Ha! Bishop is a young man building a great record as a campaigner and as a constituency MP… his time will come and he has time on his side….

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        • Duker

           /  20th December 2018

          Great record ? if he was any further down the ranking he would be rubbing shoulders with last years new MPs. hes not well liked and showed appalling judgement using Snapchat in conversations with 12 yr old girls behind their parents back.

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          • Trevors_elbow

             /  20th December 2018

            Snapchat smear. Again. How pathetic. He’s taken out Mallard and spanked Andersen in a traditional Labour seat… hell a booth in Labour heartland Waiunuiomata went his way… that’s pretty much next planet campaigning….hate on him all you want. But he will be a Minister and a good one in the not to distant future. Now trot back to you Labour research unit digs and figure out a way of winning with out being vile and nasty all the time….. if you can go against your DNA that is

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  20th December 2018

            The snapchat so-called issue was the biggest untrue smear of the 2017 election.
            It was a complete beat up and the poor guy still gets deluded leftists trying to make some pervert connection out of it.
            Slater doesn’t like Bishop, so if that is “not well liked” i think he’ll take it.
            Great comment there Duker – crawled right out of the gutter for that one.

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            • Duker

               /  20th December 2018

              The mother went public… So wasn’t something made up. The national party had a policy of not using Snapchat for social media contact…but I suppose Bishop was snapchatting so much he just forgot.
              MP in Australia was caught using Sugarbabes dating while out of the country…another slimey tory bites the dust

              But some things are plain common sense. For instance, an adult professional male in a position of relative power should not communicate repeatedly with a teenage girl on Snapchat. Full stop. Editorial
              https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/101339583/opinion-chris-bishops-snapchats-highlight-perils-of-social-media

              Interesting to see some are now saying it didn’t happen. Explain why Bishop is ranked below useless Mps like Parmar and Yang unless it was some transgressions.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  20th December 2018

              Duker like some of the other Lefties here has no compunction in repeating known lies to further his agenda.

      • Duker

         /  20th December 2018

        by a mother upset at the older man messaging her daughter and other minors.

        Witnesses said Bishop was taken aside and asked to stop what he was doing.

        “I wanted to confront him as many parents felt very uncomfortable that their children were messaged,” said a mother who wanted to remain anonymous.
        Said Fairfax. They were 12 yr old, couldn’t he see the perception _ something he now expects others like a 30 yr police officer career is tossed aside Bishop doesn’t think they are good enough.
        Bishop better be very careful as he trys to climb up the slippery pole of politics as he’s a marked man

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  20th December 2018

          How many Greens and Lefties have been indoctrinating school children, Druker? And even wanting them to vote? No concerns about power imbalance then.

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        • Trevors_Elbow

           /  20th December 2018

          Ah the Labour double then triple down on the smear. You are a nasty little oik Duker…. but karma can be a bitch – what goes around, comes around…..

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  5. Gezza

     /  20th December 2018

    Herald:

    “The IPCA report jars with the Government Inquiry which cleared the appointment process which led to Haumaha’s promotion to Deputy Commissioner in May.

    Mary Scholtens, QC, found there was no formal complaint for the Police Commissioner Mike Bush to consider as part of the State Services Commission panel which recommended Haumaha as one of two candidates for the job.

    Even if there had been a formal complaint, Scholtens found the likely consequence would be the concerns would have formed part of Bush’s assessment of Haumaha’s leadership style.

    And Bush already knew Haumaha could “forceful” and “demanding”, said Scholtens, because of a blunt appraisal of his strengths and weaknesses for a previous promotion.”

    Government review = Whitewash. Awkward situation – I doubt Ardern or the Police Commissioner will require Haumaha to step down, that would seriously damage both’s relationships with Maori that Bush was obviously angling to cultivate with the appointment in the first place.

    Bush should probably be encouraged to retire early because his judgement seems to be right up the spout.

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  6. Duker

     /  20th December 2018

    Oh dear confusion?
    If this report is due to be released today why is stuff reporting on it already?

    A State Services Commission review into the handling of bullying allegations by the Ministry of Justice and Corrections is also expected to be released on Thursday.

    Thats because they are different reports . Its clear as day .
    State Services Commission and Independent Police Complaints are separate organisations and clearly with separate reports

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  7. Trevors_Elbow

     /  20th December 2018

    NZF have achieve the correct shade of white wash… but bu not getting rid of him, they have hung an albatross around their necks…. Hauhama is now in the cross hairs and I’m sure National will be feed a steady stream of tips about him and his behaviour…

    Dep-Commish abuses female staff and they walk out of the project they were working on with him – and the Left are happy to be expedient and get a ‘nothing to see here report’ through the sausage making machinery to clear his name.

    Oh dear, lots of standing up for women rhetoric out of the Left but when its one of their own or someone they need to further their aims, then principles go out the door…. same as it ever was from the time of Lenin and Stalin..

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    • Duker

       /  20th December 2018

      Compared to what was going on in nationals caucus, he was a choir boy. Will national still be the one talking about higher standards once they release their ‘behaviour report’

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  20th December 2018

        Fraser House has a new retard I see… or are you a deluded Slarterite? Or slime Green?…. doesn’t matter your opinions are equally crap no matter what cesspool you crawled put of…

        Trying to smear Bishop is a low, low act…..now piss off

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        • Duker

           /  20th December 2018

          Bishop is the author of his own misfortune…. As was Ross….as was his offsider. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bishop was the second caucus leaker… Will he have a breakdown too…

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          • Trevors_Elbow

             /  20th December 2018

            You are just delectable – a real connoisseurs idiot Duker. Are you bol in disguise?

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  8. duperez

     /  20th December 2018

    The Solicitor General says there aren’t sufficient grounds for Haumaha to be out yet there’s plenty of comment online that the PM is gutless for not sacking him (and plenty of other claims and descriptions of her.) Some have a love-hate relationship with Jacinda Ardern, just that there’s no love and an intensity to the hate.

    When it gets to absolute irrationality like some of the bizarre stuff today it is quite a spectacle.

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