Shane Jones makes ‘chilling’ threats against journalist

Minister of Self Promotion Shane Jones has made disturbing threats against Stuff journalist Hamish Rutherford.

Rutherford:  Bunny boiler jokes aside, Shane Jones’ threats could be chilling

On Monday, in an interview with Morning Report, Shane Jones, possibly the most forceful personality currently in New Zealand’s Parliament, described me as a “bunny boiler”.

Whatever he means by that, I would have happily let that pass.

But Jones also described me as “unethical”, a more serious claim which he has not clarified, despite implying that he might use parliamentary privilege to say more – an ancient right MPs have to say literally whatever they want without legal repercussions, so long as they say it in the House.

It is an ancient and important right. But I understood, at its core, was the need to promote free speech, not to stifle it.

This has led to a difficult couple of days. I have not been able to defend myself as I have not known what the accusations might be.

Jones (or any MP) could say anything at all about me, or you, with no legal comeback.

It is extraordinary for Jones to make ‘unethical’ accusations and threaten to use parliamentary privilege to say more.

This all came after I published a story on Sunday, which revealed that Jones sat in a meeting and provided reassurances to his ministerial colleagues about a project he had declared a conflict of interest in.

That project, Manea, Footprints of Kupe, a proposed cultural centre in Opononi, is in line to get up to $4.6 million in taxpayer funding.

The story also highlighted what I believe were inconsistencies about his statements about what exactly his interest was and whether his statements to Parliament were, with the benefit of hindsight, accurate.

Jones’ office tried to shut down questions on the project in 2018 and Jones has equivocated about whether he knew that the project’s supporters were using his name as they tried to apply for taxpayer funding in 2015.

Jones has drawn more attention to all of this rather than shut it down by trying to scare Rutherford off.

The fact that no-one from the Government has properly shot down Jones’ threat to malign me in Parliament will not deter me.

But it should be a chilling warning of the potential consequences for anyone planning to question this Government’s integrity.

Where does Jacinda Ardern stand on this?

RNZ:  Jacinda Ardern says Shane Jones’ remark on journalist is not appropriate

The prime minister says attacking a journalist in the House using parliamentary privilege is “ill-advised”.

Jacinda Ardern told Morning Report it would not be appropriate for Mr Jones to launch an attack on Rutherford.

“Ultimately I have, when asked, said that I did not believe that would be appropriate, and that’s my advice to Mr Jones.”

That really put Jones in his place – a place where he seems to be able to do and say as he pleases.

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41 Comments

  1. Gerrit

     /  13th March 2019

    Ardern wont do anything to keep the NZ First bully boys (Peters, Jones and Marks) in line. In fact they have her by the short and curlies.

    They effectively run New Zealand and the New Zealand Labour party. How high will we see Ardern jump when called upon by NZ First?

    Or maybe a sideways step to the right for a Peters prime minister ship when it all gets to much for her?

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  2. duperez

     /  13th March 2019

    I’ve heard a couple of times that Jones “provided reassurances.” One time was about an official, Far North District Council I think, having written that in a report following the meeting which according to some should not have had Jones in the room.

    Provided reassurances. Ugliness is in the eyes of the beholder. The moody movie version has a poorly lit room, the occasional clink of glasses and bottles, the waft of weed in through the windows.

    Jones leaning low, shoulders to shoulders tightly around the packed table: “No worries my bros, it’s sweet as, I’ve got nothing to do with it. One time when we were out fishing, Whetu said he was gonna be doing something, I told him it was a bloody good idea and he should go for it. Cheeky Hokianga bugger went ahead and put my name on the top as president, chairman, spokesman, official contact, chief tunu and bottle washer. Put me in the assets column not the liabilities.”

    The official drives his Morris Minor home over the winding gravel roads over the double lanes bridges and bright and early the next morning turns it into, “Mr Jones provided reassurances.”

    A pity Tarantino and the Coens Brothers weren’t there. Their versions would have induced way more splendiferous latherings. 🙃

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    • Duker

       /  13th March 2019

      I can see that as NZs leading ‘Film Noir’ genre
      “Provided reassurances”

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  3. Missy

     /  13th March 2019

    Wow, Boris is looking good these days.

    One of two possible reasons:

    1. He is positioning himself for a leadership election (though he didn’t lose weight, tidy his hair, and put on a sharp suit last time). or/

    2. His new much younger girlfriend is a good influence on him!

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    • Missy

       /  13th March 2019

      oops, sorry, posted in wrong thread, was meant to be in the Brexit one!

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      • Gezza

         /  13th March 2019

        Don’t worry about it Missy. It’s sort of linked in a way He SOUNDS quite a bit like Jonesy tries to.

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      • Gezza

         /  13th March 2019

        Good little speech there. He’s certainly smartened up his act.

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  4. Finbaar Rustle

     /  13th March 2019

    Jones and Rutherford are one and the same
    selling ignorance and prejudice to their dumb followers
    with those who pay top dollar receiving special treatment.
    No doubt Jones is an opportunist who has skimmed
    millions through tribunal and political posts.
    But we all know that don’t we?
    His master/mentor Peters has been promising the planet
    and delivering nothing for 4 decades while hauling in the dirty lucre..
    Yet Peters with 7% of the vote is the most powerful politician in NZ.
    That Kiwis still believe these laughing hyena’s helping
    themselves to the rotting carcasses of successive Governments
    sink hole projects is as much a reflection of the stupidity of Kiwi voters
    and the perverse nature of MMP.
    If Kiwis are dumb enough to vote in slime balls is not Jones and Peter’s fault.
    Journalists and opportunist Politicians scum of the earth all.
    As for dumb kiwi voters you get what you deserve.

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    • Duker

       /  13th March 2019

      yes yes …they all must wrong…and only you can see it all clearly

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      • Finbaar Rustle

         /  13th March 2019

        Your probably right

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  13th March 2019

          No, he’s definitely Left.

          Not sure why Jones’ permanently open mouth is chilling though. More like hot air.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  13th March 2019

            Agreed. Being the subject of Parliamentary Privilege by Jonesy is probably good publicity for anyone!!!

            What interests me is that the success of anything resembling targeted regional development is reliant on a personality as strong, stubborn and indifferent to criticism as Jones’s …

            I don’t like him … but the PGF is the best thing since sliced bread for the provinces … almost literally for Northland and Far North … neglected from around when sliced bread came into vogue …

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            • PartisanZ

               /  13th March 2019

              Not just neglected actually … but used and abused … malificiaries* of the biggest Pine Tree scam ever perpetrated on this nation …

              * Malificiaries – new word # 215 (?)

        • David

           /  13th March 2019

          “You are”

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  5. NOEL

     /  13th March 2019

    Oh tut tut Hamish. Politicians have been denigrating people behind privilege for years.
    Harden up.

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    • Gezza

       /  13th March 2019

      At her Monday morning post Cabinet excuse conference Jacinda was asked (by a female reporter I think) what Jonesy means by “bunny boiler” and she said she didn’t know; they would have to ask Minister Jones. I’m hoping to see this come up at Question Time but it would need some thought to somehow link it as a supplementary to Jonesy’s responsibilities as a Cabinet Minister in a way that Trev won’t rule it out of order.

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      • Gezza

         /  13th March 2019

        Ah. Google to the rescue.
        … … …
        bunny boiler
        noun
        a woman who acts vengefully after having been spurned by her lover.
        … … …
        :/

        Bit of a head-scratcher, that one.

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        • David

           /  13th March 2019

          Perhaps he is a homosexual, cant see any other context but then again Jones rarely makes any sense.

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        • Corky

           /  13th March 2019

          Perhaps he watched the wrong movies?

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  13th March 2019

          Hamish was a recipient of Jone’s hospitality up north at one time.
          I assume Jones was suggesting that Hamish was now feeling spurned and acting in a vengeful manner by bringing up things he learned at the time which may or may not suggest conflicts.
          The reality appears to be Jones is feeling that his hospitality should have lead to a lifetime’s immunity from scrutiny.

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  6. unitedtribes2

     /  13th March 2019

    I thought Jones would be able to give NZFirst some guidance into a future without WP. Im having second thoughts on that now.

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    • Corky

       /  13th March 2019

      There is no future, UT2. Queen without Freddie. The Doors without Jim. The Peddlers without Roy Phillips. NZ1st without Winston. All these bands are just appendages attached to their leader. Once the leader goes, so does the magic.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  13th March 2019

      While there is nothing inherently wrong with the PGF, NZFirst has ‘modernized’ in precisely the wrong way IMHO, with Jonesy increasingly becoming its ‘front man’ and buffoonery spokesperson …

      They needed to ‘shift ground’ towards the rational Centre – territory and potential swing occupied by TOP – which is precisely why I thought they’d employed their new Chief of Staff … the Vic Uni guy …

      But it seems to have amounted to nothing … A Maori, Harvard University educated political thug … who belittles his own “nephs” …

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  7. Gezza

     /  13th March 2019

    Trev calls the Opposition’s statements inane, Jacinda rips into Shane Jones and Ron Mark & & Damien O’Connor for comments made about expecting support if they want funding and gives them “what ho” for these misdemeanours, Winston gets away with another out of order question, Jacinda suggests Simon is telling porkies about Damien, and Jacinda ends on a high note thusly:

    Hon Simon Bridges: Has the behaviour of Ministers Jones, Mark, and O’Connor been consistent with the requirements of paragraph 2.56 of the Cabinet Manual, which expects Ministers to “act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards … exercising a professional approach and good judgement in their interactions with the public and officials, and in all their communications, personal and professional.”?

    Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Based on the advice I’ve received, yes. I also want to acknowledge, though, that we have in Minister O’Connor a member who is battling the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis, which has never been done before; in Minister Jones, a Minister who’s rolling out, finally, investment in our regions, the likes of which we have never seen before; and in Minister Mark, investment in our veterans that is consistent and assured, which they have not had in the past decade.

    Hon Simon Bridges: Is she making excuses for her Ministers’ appalling behaviour because they’re a little bit stressed with the rigours of Government?

    Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: No. I think you’ll find that that was actually a list of achievements.
    … … …

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    • Gezza

       /  13th March 2019

      (No need to thank me. It’s raining outside and I’ve nothing better to do at the moment)

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      • Corky

         /  13th March 2019

        ZB mentioned.

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        • Gezza

           /  13th March 2019

          Thanks. I didn’t know they were following me here. 👍

          I better watch me language in future.

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          • Corky

             /  13th March 2019

            Ron Mark, Jonsey and Damien Peter O’Connor also mentioned. You may have to do more than watch your language.

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  8. patu

     /  13th March 2019

    Don’t really see what the problem is. The journalist in question could say that Mr Jones is a sweaty fat man who enjoys watching porn at the expense of the taxpayer, without the protection of parliamentary privilege, with no fear of legal repercussions, simply because both are true.

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