Muller asks National board to remove Walker from party

There has been widespread calls for Clutha Southland MP Hamish Walker to be dumped. While the party leader doesn’t have the power to sack an electorate MP, Todd Muller says that the leaking of health information showed ‘serious lapses of judgment’, and ‘appalling lack of judgement’, and was ‘completely unacceptable’, and has written to the National Party board asking that Walker is removed from the party.

Muller says he us very angry about what happened.

RNZ:  Todd Muller on Hamish Walker – ‘There needs to be consequences’

The National Party leader says he has written to the party’s board asking them to remove MP Hamish Walker from the party after it was revealed he leaked private health information to media.

Prior to that revelation, National Party leader Todd Muller described the leak as “loose, shabby and a reminder these guys can’t manage important things well”.

“The problem is when you’ve allowed a culture of sloppiness and clumsiness to take over and become pervasive, you know, really history suggests you need a new broom to be able to sort and set the tone from the top,” he said on Monday.

Walker, who admitted the leak late yesterday afternoon, has already been stripped of his portfolios and is now subject to an independent State Services inquiry.

Muller told Morning Report there needed to be consequences and he has written to the party’s board asking it to remove Walker from the party.

Muller has given a lengthy interview to RNZ, they say they will post more details. Walker and Boag would not do interviews. They will be subject to the inquiry set up to investigate the leak.

The board will meet to discuss the matter today.

Muller said he learn on Monday at lunchtime about who leaked the information when Walker contacted him to inform him. He is not aware of any other National MPs being aware of who was responsible for the leak.

Muller also said the consequences will be significant for Michelle Boag, who obtained the information in her role as Acting CEO of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Muller says that Boag did not assist him with his leadership takeover, and he’s not aware of her helping Walker on other matters.

I think that Walker should jump before he is pushed from the party, or al least announce he won’t stand for re-election in  September.

This is hugely damaging for National as it is, but if Walker doesn’t resign or withdraw the damage to the party will increase.

Muller is saying and doing about all he can in the circumstances. It must have removed any hope of success for him or national this election.

UPDATE:

He had little choice but to do this, and jumping before being pushed reduces the substantial damage he has done to his party.

Todd Muller accepts Hamish Walker’s decision not to stand in 2020

National Party Leader Todd Muller has today accepted Hamish Walker’s decision to withdraw his candidacy for the seat of Southland and not stand at the upcoming election.

“Rachel Bird, the National Party’s Southern Regional Chair, has received a letter from Hamish confirming he will withdraw as the National Party candidate for Southland.

“There was a clear breach of trust, which goes against the values National holds as a party.

“The National Party Board will still meet today to discuss the selection of a new candidate.”

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  8th July 2020

    Pete, spot on Walker should take a flying leap and display a modicum of guts and decency.
    What I want to know is, how and who supplied Boag with this confidential information?

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  2. Gerrit

     /  8th July 2020

    Muller at least gets more brownie points for acting swiftly.

    Well at least more swiftly and decisively then the Ardern standard, as set with dealing with her miscreants (Clark, Cullan, spring to mind).

    Will this hurt National chances at the election. No not in the least, plenty of time left.

    Was a gullible Boag (searching for relevance), used as a pawn by Peters hatchet team?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12346138

    And was a Walker just plain stupid (yes he was).

    As noted above by John Harrison, the link from the MOH (or the militairy) to Boag is the most interesting.

    As chair of the fundraising committee, Boag had no reason to see operational information for the helicopter service.

    More to this dirty ops than meets the eye. Labour certainly not in the clear as yet.

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    • Blazer

       /  8th July 2020

      Heroic ‘whataboutism’…Gerrit.
      Trying to turn this fiasco into a comparitive…positive for National.

      Gee they attract some ‘talent’…Walker,Bridges,Muller,Woodhouse,Bishop,Bennetts x 2….hopeless!

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    • duperez

       /  8th July 2020

      Yeah, it was Winston Peters. Let’s chuck his name in there and see what we can get going down that line.

      The term ‘dirty politics’ is part of the lexicon and has been well-aired in the 18 hours or so.
      Your approach is from a different school, the innuendo and seeding sleaze school. Sort of ‘shit politics.’ Put a tie on it, get employed by a political party, streamline the nuance making and call it the ‘farrar approach.’

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    • David

       /  8th July 2020

      I am impressed with the way Muller has dealt with this and I am not really a fan of his but its pleasing to see, could be the making of him in the publics mind.
      The contrast with the way Claire Curran and that minister who assaulted her staff member werent dealt with is quite stark. Now look at the performance of David Clark and how he stayed on shows very differing management styles with Ardern steeped in government ways and Muller from the private sector where you need to perform and not stuff up or you are outski.
      Not judging either way but its good to have a choice in style.

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    • Alan Foster

       /  8th July 2020

      National Party = Dirty Politics. Reread the book by Harger.
      I voted for the Nats in 2008 onward until Key flooded the country with immigrants causing problems in the Health, Education sectors & don’t get me started on the housing crisis. Also raised GST rate by 20% (with the ongoing price rises, quickly overcame the small Income tax relief). Repealed the Foreshore & Seabed Act leading to multiple claims on all of the coast which will go on for decades.

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    • Duker

       /  8th July 2020

      reading some of the more informed comments at Kiwiblog, it seems that MPs are exempt from the provisions of the Privacy act !![ the Act seems to restrict it ‘in official capacity’]
      Doesnt apply to Boag of course.
      But Walker using a QC to try and ‘herd’ his own party leader. No wonder Muller has lost all confidence in him and wants the Board to de-select him.

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  4. artcroft

     /  8th July 2020

    Be interesting to know what other professional roles Boag has, because she is about to be terminated from every single one of them.

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    • artcroft

       /  8th July 2020

      Surely this has to be the gold standard definition of a ‘lapse of judgement’.

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    • Corky

       /  8th July 2020

      Arty, she’ll be hanging her irons up to rust on the back porch. No more Green Rooms. Finger food at National rallies is unlikely. A frosty reception at the Remuera Hair Saloon from blue rinsed matrons livid at the thought of Boag lowering herself to the standards of a socialist.

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      • duperez

         /  8th July 2020

        Boag lowering herself to the standards of a socialist? Where did she buy the ladder and how high did she have to climb? 🙃

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        • Corky

           /  8th July 2020

          Come now, Duperez…the only reason Labour has any credibility is because of a compliant media. Should we have had an English style media at times when things have been swept under the carpet, Labour would now be a minor party.

          Talking of minor parties, I see Lefty trolls are hitting talkback with texts of ”I’m voting for ACT.” That said, I’m sure 50% of those texts are genuine.

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          • Duker

             /  8th July 2020

            Boag is too smart to have done this herself…. and her connections to Walker are tenuous…the only link as Whaleoil says is Walker is mates with one her sons.

            Walker wanted lists of names to prove his point ..but the names didnt do that. A smart operator like Boag would have seen that right away… and why is she referring to a ‘private email address’ ( strange that she adds that detail but not any other)
            Boag could be acting as the fall guy and it was some ones elses email , and shes protecting that person…draw your own conclusions.
            Shes been the fall guy before …The Wine Box and those super rich pricks

            Peters might be raising some issues and names in the house when parliament gets back after the school holidays…..too delicious

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          • Corky

             /  8th July 2020

            ”She’s been the fall guy before …The Wine Box and those super rich pricks.”

            Tell me more?

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            • Blazer

               /  8th July 2020

              Well Boag was married to [deleted claim with no evidence provided, legal risk – PG]
              She is also on record as lying to journalists.

              An example of an ambitious,venal,recalcitrant individual who found the National Party a natural home for her…talents.

            • Duker

               /  8th July 2020

              Ancient history now.. but Fran knew all the details
              [But no matter how hard she spins, Ms Boag cannot overcome the fact that she wilfully misled the Davison Commission over the secret filming of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters at the tax-dodging inquiry.
              …The reality was that while Ms Boag took the corporate fall for a strategy that Fay, Richwhite principals must have been well aware of – any operative working otherwise would have been sacked – she personally instructed the film crew.
              ( Fay Richwhite had high priced lawyers there, transcripts were available for everything said and produced every day)
              Despite her reported comments that it was untrue that the film was to be used in a hatchet job on Mr Peters, the film crew certainly gave the impression to the inquiry that its film would ultimately be used for more than simple record purposes….
              Also skipped over in news reports is the fact in the fallout from the inquiry, she subsequently stood down as a Television New Zealand director and as National’s communications chairwoman.]
              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=187397
              Didnt know her first marriage was to a con artist…. how could she tell?

              Im reckoning Boag is covering for someone else..is it someone shes close too… Nikki Kaye seems to be her closest confident in the caucus and she was running her campaign. Doesnt seem to be involved on the surface
              Who was really using the ‘private email address’ will be the clue. it will be some burner account and could belong to anybody

            • Blazer

               /  8th July 2020

              ‘Leister Monk was married to former National Party president Michelle Boag for seven years. When they first met, she thought he was the wittiest man she had ever met.’

              https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/109156863/the-life-loves-and-gambling-addictions-of-78yearold-conman-leister-monk

            • ‘Leister Monk was married to former National Party president Michelle Boag for seven years.’

              They split in 1989, so that has about zero to do with the current issues.

            • Duker

               /  8th July 2020

              So Boag was married to a conman with 150 convictions… Im sure he conned her as well
              “Unlike many of his other dubious schemes and dreams, he is quite entitled to claim an MA (Hons), MLitt (Hons), MLS (Hons) and Bachelor of Business Studies. He proudly holds his bound thesis entitled Anthony Trollope and the Woman Question in Victorian Society.”

              I liked the bit where he helped other prisoners while in jail with bail and various legal matters.

      • Blazer

         /  8th July 2020

        The Nats believe in power at any cost.
        Dirty politics is their default setting….look at the recent series of ‘National’s Got Talent’-Walker,Bridges,Woodhouse….and lets not forget..Bennett,Barclay,Gilmore,Dowie,Ngaro,Bishop,McCully and the ever present…JLRoss.!

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  5. FarmerPete

     /  8th July 2020

    Then good news is that Muller appears to have backbone. The rest is all bad news!

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    • Blazer

       /  8th July 2020

      He may have a backbone but so does a …headless chook!

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      • artcroft

         /  8th July 2020

        True B, but I think Twyford’s backbone stems from his lack of awareness rather than any actual bravery.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th July 2020

          You have a prediliction to not only mix your metaphors but to also mix up your politicians and their rolls…I mean…roles.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th July 2020

    This was a suicidal infantile lunacy approaching that of the Brit MP currently in court for groping a woman and then dancing around singing “I’m a naughty Tory”.

    Time for the men in white coats.

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  7. Patzcuaro

     /  8th July 2020

    There must be something in the water in Clutha Southland, English was either immune to it or spent so much time in Wellington he didnt imbibe enough of it. Perhaps National should look for a more mature MP next time.
    Mind you the Labour MPs in Dunedin seem to be drinking something similar.

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      • Blazer

         /  8th July 2020

        And Nikki no longer requires the services of her campaign right hand…’man’.

        Be more careful of the company you …keep Ms Kaye.

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        • Duker

           /  8th July 2020

          His ‘decision’, after he was told you will be deselected if you dont do the honorable thing.
          Another one of the ‘talent pool’ who now goes on gardening leave and paid by taxpayer until 3 months after the election while looking for another job. Thats at least $80-100K of free taxpayers money ( his electorate is very large)

          Thats why hes not ‘resigning immediately’ but good luck even seeing him around parliament or his electorate, hell be spending his time in Auckland where it seems he grew up and went to University and worked as an accountant – his parents only have a tenuous connection to Balclutha-

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          • David

             /  8th July 2020

            And the same could have been said about Clark and Curran.

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            • Blazer

               /  8th July 2020

              tut,tut,loaded David…we do not encourage X ‘did it too’…or ‘whataboutry….remember. 😉

            • Duker

               /  8th July 2020

              Clark is still the candidate , Curran isnt but her issues wre nearly 2 years ago.
              3 months before election means you can resign immediately and not cause a by election.
              Key fully resigned from parliament 3 months before election as did Cunliffe

    • duperez

       /  8th July 2020

      I’m looking forward to his valedictory. Emphasis on the 3rd syllable.

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  9. Duker

     /  8th July 2020

    This time no cord

    h/t Spinoff

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