Ardern to party members: “do drop me a line”, but…

On Thursday Jacinda Ardern sent an email to Labour Party members.

Dear ……….

Firstly, my apologies that it’s taken a few days to get this message to you. I know many of you will have seen media coverage around serious allegations involving Labour Party members. You may have also seen that Nigel Haworth has resigned as President of the Party. I wanted to share his statement with you.

I also wanted to acknowledge that while the Party has sought to act with the best of intentions, we also need to be an organisation that admits when mistakes have been made. It disappoints me, and I know others, that we will not have met the expectations we have set ourselves. We know we must do better.

I will continue to provide updates on the steps we’re taking, but in the meantime, support is available. If you wish to talk to someone specifically about the allegations that have been raised in the media, please contact our General Secretary Andre Anderson at [email address].

Otherwise, if you have questions or want to share any feedback, do drop me a line at [email address].

Until then, we’ll keep working on being better.

Thank-you

Jacinda Ardern

This is  personalised email, and suggests that Ardern is available for direct contact. But Prime Ministers are sent a lot of letters and emails and she can’t be expected to deal with all of them personally and promptly.

As this shows from Tova O’Brien at Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sent email by alleged sexual assault victim

The Prime Minister says she is not in direct contact with any of the complainants in the Labour sexual assault and bullying investigation.

But Newshub was copied into an email on Thursday night, which was – sent directly to Jacinda Ardern – from someone who says they told Labour they were assaulted by the staffer who resigned yesterday.

The Prime Minister was asked if on Friday afternoon if she’d had any feedback or any response from the complainants.

“Anything, any response – generally obviously I’m not direct contact,” she told reporters in Christchurch.

But on Thursday night – there was direct contact to the Prime Minister’s inbox.

Copied in were the deputy Labour leader, Paula Bennett, another journalist and Newshub.

The email began “Dear Jacinda, I am one of the women who was assaulted….”

But Ardern said she’s not expecting any contact from complainants yet.

Ardern told the media on Friday her view and focus was getting the process right for the complainants.

Part of that process was making herself available for what looked like direct contact.

That may be the case – but if you invite feedback from complainants, checking emails, responding to them and acknowledging that contact seems key to getting the process right.

Ardern has established reputation for being very good at empathetic communications.

But she has also been growing a record of not delivering on her promises.

I don’t expect the Prime Minister to be able to respond to all personal emails immediately. She will have staff checking her inboxes, and passing on to Ardern what is important.

Passing on emails from complainants should be at the top of the priority list right now.

Ardern needs to be seen to be delivering on her promise as being an empathetic and approachable PM.

 

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  14th September 2019

    Did the email come from the deputy leader of the opposition office…asking for a friend
    PS never forget Paula is running Nationals election campaign

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    • Newshub was copied into an email on Thursday night, which was – sent directly to Jacinda Ardern – from someone who says they told Labour they were assaulted by the staffer.

      The email began “Dear Jacinda, I am one of the women who was assaulted….”

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      • lurcher1948

         /  14th September 2019

        PG you have drunken the National party coolaid…nothing is going to happen as its a she said-she says event and as one of KIWI blogs”posters”says
        igm
        When is this charade going to cease. I am sick of hearing gibberish on radio, seeing it in papers . . . in fact, anywhere.
        Sarah go to your local police station and risk everything or visit(The spinoff) to give more salacious details for those who care for you.

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        • It’s Kool-Aid and we don’t have it in NZ. It’s American.

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          • Gezza

             /  14th September 2019

            It’s also “drunk” the kool aid.

            “Drunken” is the state I sometimes wonder if a certain poster (who does not need to be named in this message, for legal reasons) when the aforementioned person finally gets a semi-coherent comment past the gatekeeper.

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      • Duker

         /  14th September 2019

        Email ” sent directly to Jacinda Ardern – ”
        It was a generic labour party labour.org.nz email address for “Jacinda”
        I can to the ‘beehive’ website and find another email address for J. Ardern under the ministers.govt.nz email account.
        Another Ardern email adress is Jacinda.Ardern with the parliament.govt.nz

        I doubt if any of those email handles and no doubt others go ‘directly’ to Adern.

        For some strange reason questioning people ACCEPT everything in a newspaper story or a National politician as a literal meaning about this issue but in a volt face QUESTION everything as reported from the government.
        A normal situation would be to question both sides and check the new claims especially critically. Its not happening

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  14th September 2019

          Volte face, not volt face.

          I can’t believe that anything goes out with her name on it without her consent, or I should say that I very much hope not !

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        • Gezza

           /  14th September 2019

          She hyphenated “Thank you.”

          That teenage level of grammatical ignorance suggests to me that while she probably didn’t write it, she had input.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  14th September 2019

      If you think Newshub is running interference for National you need to check out your grip on reality, Lurch.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  14th September 2019

        But but Alan PG only wants posts agreeing with your views, the allegation might be true OR not and the email might be true OR not, hell i might send a email saying i was assaulted to the PM verbally before i retired, from when i worked…i survived but i might contact spinoff with graphic details.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  14th September 2019

          Yes, it might be true or not but if Newshub thought there was a chance it came from the Nats they’d be onto it like rats after cheese.

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          • Duker

             /  14th September 2019

            Wilko , you are confusing Tova/Newshub position on Simon Bridges – which is all negative and Tova cooperating with Paula Bennett which is completely different approach. Im surprised with your intelligence you havent picked up on it.
            Paula hasnt got to where she is without having ‘options’. If Bridges falls at the next hurdle Paula will need all the friends in the media she currently has ( and cultivated assiduously) as she faces her real enemies – rivals in the Nats caucus.
            Bennett doesnt need to worry about her ‘interesting past’ as the media are blocked from covering anything but the official version so she can concentrate on current tasks at hand , destroy Arderns credibility- again using her media friends.

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            • Gezza

               /  14th September 2019

              Tactically this is a sound move anyway because Ardern has been manoeuvred & caught out lying or obfuscating so often now she’s an easy target. Bridges is trickier to catch out like this, imo.

  2. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  14th September 2019

    Looks like folks are dropping lines to The Spinoff.
    The Spinoff has been contacted over the last few days with other stories that would chill you to the bone.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/14-09-2019/on-the-labour-party-crisis-and-jacinda-ardern/

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  14th September 2019

      Doesn’t it seem odd that in this case the wording is ‘do drop me a line.’ ? That seems very casual and chatty rather than professional.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  14th September 2019

    The keyword like everything in this alleged event is alleged…but never let the national party losers stop saying its a fact, poor SARAH nationals saying”who is Sarah”its all about the enemy PM Jacinda Ardern.

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    • Trevors_elbow

       /  14th September 2019

      You are a disgusting abuser enabler Lurch. I was critical of Key and the pony tail but said the reaction was overblown….

      This set of allegations from multiple women is much, much worse…. and you think it’s a Nationsl party dirty tricks campaign?

      Wow just wow.

      You weren’t a printer by any chance Lurch? I hear the toxic fumes from the old school inks wreak havoc with the brain as you age….

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      • lurcher1948

         /  14th September 2019

        Trev, settle petal…don’t become too personal and tribal, unless she’s your daughter and you could then take her to the police and complain….

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  4. Westie Bob

     /  14th September 2019

    Loved this line from The Spinoff article “You’d expect greater rigour, scrutiny and humanity from a suburban Playcentre investigation into a faulty see-saw.”

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    • Duker

       /  14th September 2019

      What does that even mean?
      Its just reporting bullshit for people who are paid by the word.
      They now are all serial plagiarizers of rivals stories, a single case of real reporting by The Spinoff has produced a pile of ripoffs and followed by much interviewing the keyboard. or in this case of using an email to create a new story

      I went through the Spinoff story and found a time gap the was strange for a household of ‘twenty-somethings’ and their social life
      “Arrived at 6pm and sat around watching TV till the others went to bed ….”
      Are we to believe it wasnt an invitation to dinner and drinks? Why was it left out .

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      • Gezza

         /  14th September 2019

        Ehat does it mean? It’s irony, mon ami. Delicious irony. made me grin like anything. While the nats & certain media sharks are exploiting this freaking shambles to the max for the shock horror, tut tut & hypocrisy value, Ardern & her crew are wide open to it.

        The next poll(s) could be interesting.

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  5. Ardern: “I also wanted to acknowledge that while the Party has sought to act with the best of intentions”

    This obviously isn’t true from what we know in terms of people with sexual assault claims having been ignored by the party who didn’t even acknowledge they received any claims of that type. The fact Ardern is trying to blame the ‘process’ for the whole attempted cover-up is yet another mark against her. If she survives this, & Labour are nothing without her, she will simply be the final joke of a govt that doesn’t even have a good record of economic achievement & keeping election promises to fall back upon.

    The QC is simply a means to avoid answering fairly simple questions like: Was Robertson told of sexual assault claims months ago? & what high ranking party people did Ardern ask for assurances regarding sexual assault claims & was Robertson one of those people?

    The clock is ticking for Ardern. Her story is unbelievable & it can only be a matter of time before a direct link is made to her proving she has been aware of sexual assault claims for some months, certainly well before reading an article in the Spinoff on Monday.

    I actually believe her when she said in the election campaign she didn’t think she’d need to lie if PM. Unfortunately for her she’s but a puppet leader & party tragic and when her party said ‘lie’ then she did so against her better judgement much to her detriment.

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    • Corky

       /  14th September 2019

      ”Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is. And you must bend to its power or live a lie.”

      Miyamoto Musashi.

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      • Gezza

         /  14th September 2019

        If only he was still around to have a word in Trump’s ear, Corks. Not that Trump would pay any attention or probably even remember it 15 minutes laterwhen he tweeted his next brain fart piece of absolute made up bullshit. 😐

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        • Gezza

           /  14th September 2019

          Anyway, whatever, I’ll just go & have a quick read of PG’s post & see if I have any other words of wisdom to propound.

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        • Corky

           /  15th September 2019

          Trump cannot be judged . He has moved beyond being a mere mortal. He is now a demigod. Below is the proof. If I was Simon I would be watching. Economics will be his bread and butter for the coming election campaign. And given the dark murmurings of farmer reps on talkback it’s gonna be a cracker with Labour turned into crackling.

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          • Gezza

             /  15th September 2019

            Fark. You must have been sitting in a room full of some very strong but undetectable fumes emanating from the walls when you wrote that, Corks.

            Trump’s knowledge of economics is damn near zero, like the lazy bastard’s knowledge of just about anything. Trump;s where he is because his opposition is hopelessly split into identity politics factions they can’t find a unifying candidate and a political philosophy they can all get behind.

            And because he’s an egomaniacal, narcissistic, rich, bad boy & boor with a penchant for talking shit and slagging folk off on social media without a care in the world as to whether he knows what he’s talking about, at a time when American societyhas descended to dumb people looking for inspiration & validation by living vicariously through the lives of vacuous luminaries such as the Kardashians, the Real Rich but Dense as Pigshit Waste of Space Housewives of Wherever This Series, and the Apprentice.

            The trick was getting dumb people to think he was smart.

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    • Duker

       /  14th September 2019

      “the party who didn’t even acknowledge they received any claims of that type.”

      Email attachments are often blocked by large organisations unless they are from ‘trusted sources’- which means its in a list of such addresses.
      Email attachments are the biggest way viruses and computer systems can be attacked.
      That was how the US democratic party was infiltrated and their email system hi-jacked.

      Before this woman formally complained to the party, the Youth Camp ( which the court case decided it wasnt sexual assault) situation meant the Labour Party decided it wasnt the place nor where they equipped to “investigate ” sexual assault. That was the Police Job.
      For her own reasons she didnt want Police involvement.

      Even if they heard her full account of the sexual assault ( there seems to be separate bullying harassment incidents as well) THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO as she wont make a police complaint.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  14th September 2019

        One sexual assault might be an accident, even two, forgiveable, but a dozen is Weinstein territory and not what taxpayers should be funding. I’m sure it wasn’t part of Labour’s campaign policies or even required by the coalition agreement. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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        • Duker

           /  14th September 2019

          The rest of the people werent sexual assaults. Nor does this one claim to be.
          It was bullying/harassment for bothe male and female and may even some ‘ponytail pulling ‘ or physical confrontation- who knows they dont bloody tell us .
          Thats deliberate of course to create confusion as they group them all together

          As we can see you are confused …read the item again ad tell me where it ‘says’
          this victim was another sexual assault to back your claim of Weinstein territory.

          ” from someone who says they told Labour they were assaulted by the staffer ”

          We already know about this someone – it was a male who had a verbal/physical confrontation. PG has mentioned it before , so its hardly ‘news’
          Use the critical comprehension I know you have to see what TB and Newshub have done

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          • The actual issue of the sexual assault claim being genuine or not is one thing that remains unresolved as it was not investigated.

            The issue that the Labour Party has at the moment is the fact they didn’t even acknowledge a sexual assault claim had been made even though evidence of an email with details of the alleged sexual assault & some of those involved saying they told senior Labour Party people including the investigating panel, Haworth again by himself & Robertson at a function the PM also attended suggests otherwise.

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            • Duker

               /  14th September 2019

              You aren’t listening . There is one sexual assault..not more. The party wouldn’t ‘investigate’ sexual assault dven if the email attachments were revcieved and acted on. They have said before this woman contacted them the police were the only ones to make an investigation…not the party. There was never a possibility of a resolution of competing claims via party officials or designates. Can you understand that ?
              But that’s no longer the media’s interest as they all think they are the next Woodward……despite having no real basis for claiming ‘ when did Ardern know’
              Theses things go nowhere..for Key and the H fee there was a document with ‘his’ signature on it but Key just said it merely was someone’s else. …in spite of a whole chain of murky claims he made. That was just one of list when Key said things that were later disproved. The BMWs, the GCSB, where he was living when his enrolment form said Waimauku..etc etc
              The media end with egg on face over this Ardern chimera as well.

            • “There is one sexual assault..not more. ”

              We don’t actually know that. The description made public suggests it could be, but the ex-staffer denies any serious accusation, or it could have been more serious than was described.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  14th September 2019

              The point is that the PM was either ignorant of these things even when they were in the press or she knew and did nothing.

              Either way, she looks incompetent and clueless.

            • Duker

               /  14th September 2019

              PG you publicesed ‘an assault’ on a male party worker the other day.
              I know because I hadnt to heard of that one and checked .
              Do you think Tova O,Brien would be holding back with a scoop if she had one…it’s not her style…that’s why it says ‘someone’ and only refers to assault not one that was sexual. The media term is a beat up
              Remember the Spinoff story that broke this was highly detailed..while story is just recycled news with nothing new mostly about an email to a generic address one of many that Adern uses for public interaction. Whenever a party email address is used you can bet they will be used to harvest details for Facebook advertising.

            • Gezza

               /  14th September 2019

              The main issue for me is her apparent claim she knew little or nothing about it. If true, that means she has little respect among her colleagues sitting on a potential time bomb.

              No one in the party caucus or possibly the wider party would even dare keep Helen Clark or John Key put of the loop with something like this.

              And if she WAS in the loop, she’s lied. Again. And she is not smart enuf to be accomplished liar.

              The winds of change suddenly blew from unexpected directions at the last election, & although I was expecting National to get a fourth term when they’d got stale, entitled, & plain bloody lazy, I was prepared to wait & see how a real coalition & a meandering Labour party originally representing the workers & “the common people” would operate.

              There was potential for good governance after a period of flapping about finding their sea legs after 9 years in the wilderness, led by a changi g succession of abject fsilures.

              And no doubt there will be some policies implemented that are genuinely worthwhile for the nation.

              But I think this crew are a load of wallies, & their leader a show pony with not much going on upstairs. Their only saving grace & hope at the moment is that the Nats’s leader can’t even find the light switch.

  6. Duker

     /  14th September 2019

    Kitty there was nothing in the Press until the Spinoff story in the last week. Check the story…it says in the headline .”.for the first time has described the harrowing events..”
    Whether a panel did or didn’t know some time back is in dispute

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    • Newshub reported on it in August. Emails had been sent before that to Labour people and media.

      And Newshub has obtained several email chains to Haworth from victims which mention sexual assault.

      One email is dated 12 October last year, five months before the allegations were investigated, with the subject line “Follow up on SA allegations”.

      The Prime Minister said she has seen correspondence that has “clearly” shown her that “despite best intentions, this process has caused harm and that is not acceptable”.

      Complainants also say Robertson, the Finance Minister, was told in person about the sexual assault allegations on 30 June at an event where the Prime Minister was also in attendance.

      Newshub revealed in August Robertson was aware of the investigation and some complaints.

      Another on 18 October mentions sexual assault.

      And on 21 May, two months after the investigation, a complainant says, “just reiterating that the accusation (includes) assault”.

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/09/complainants-reveal-details-of-how-much-grant-robertson-nigel-haworth-knew-about-sexual-assault-allegations.html

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