Collins says she will “get to the bottom of” misleading advertising

Judith Collins says she will find out who is responsible for advertising that was said to be authorised by her and has been found to be misleading by the Speaker, Trevor Mallard.

Social media campaigns that look linked to the National Party have been controversial, especially those promoted by Collins’ husband – see Collins ‘can’t control husband’ but he’s very unhelpful.

In Parliament yesterday:

PRIVILEGE

Misrepresentation—Reply to a Written Question

SPEAKER: Members, I have received a letter from the Hon Chris Hipkins raising with me a matter of privilege: the alteration and misrepresentation of a reply to a written question posted by the National Party on social media.

The content—altered reply purporting to be from the Minister of Health and is on the face of it misleading. In normal circumstances I would be inclined to find that a question of privilege is involved and refer the matter to the Privileges Committee.

The post purports to be authorised by the Leader of the Opposition, although she has assured me that she did not see it before publication.

The general manager of the New Zealand National Party has taken responsibility for it.

So this has been directly linked to the National Party.

The post involved the manufacture of fake ministerial letterhead to lend authenticity to the misrepresentation. However, the Leader of the Opposition has apologised, I have been assured that the material has been removed from social media, and in light of the impending dissolution of Parliament I do not intend to take any further action.

Newshub: Judith Collins vows to find out who created ‘misleading’ National ad with her name on it

The image, which was posted on party social media platforms, shows Hipkins replying to a written question from National Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti about testing numbers in managed isolation facilities. However, the text is on a manufactured ministerial letterhead and contains just part of Hipkins’ answer.

Collins told The AM Show on Wednesday morning that she wasn’t behind the faked letterhead – but she would find out who was. 

“Well, not me. I am going to find out today. I am going to get to the bottom of it. It’s possibly someone trying to be clever. I am particularly annoyed that it has happened. It’s not like its $11.7 million for the Green School. But it’s still not acceptable and I will sort it out today”.

The leader reiterated that she did not sign the post off, despite it saying she had done so. 

“No, I did not and I didn’t even see it. That will also be dealt with today. So, you can just imagine, it’s going to be an interesting morning”.

“We will sort it out today. I would say it is possibly an error from someone who is overly enthusiastic, but whatever, it’s not acceptable, and certainly not putting my name on things when it’s not true. I will be sorting it today. It will be sorted.”

It could have been someone in the party’s digital team, she said.

“Well, we will find out. I don’t know so I will find out. I would say it is possibly someone in the digital team. But whatever it is, we will find out. But let’s get it in perspective here. Someone has made an error and I have apologised on behalf of the National Party. I certainly didn’t know about it.” 

Collins doesn’t appear to have committed to doing anything if she finds out who is responsible.

She said yesterday she couldn’t control her husband, but she could stop him spreading around social media attacks if she stops her party creating the attack posts in the first place.

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37 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  2nd September 2020

    The wheels are coming of the Ms Collins train,She cannot stop her husband posting memes, she has an MP keeping up a false document hours and hours after been told to take it down and some unknown person puts it up saying authorised by Judith Collins.Poor old Ms Collins,cannot control her husband, her,party goes off the reservation and she doesn’t know who does things in her name, AND SHE THINKS SHES PM MATERIAL

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd September 2020

      How was it false? This is the most ridiculous reporting claiming falsity with no detail at all to demonstrate why and how.

      Fake news?

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      • People who put out things in other people’s names don’t put their own name on them to make identification easy. Scammers don’t sign scams with their own names. The person who sent out inorganic collection notices on council letterhead here a few years ago didn’t put their name and address at the bottom of the flyers.

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  2. Somewhere that Collins could start if she’s serious about dealing with this:

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  3. David

     /  2nd September 2020

    Yawn, wake me up when this salacious critically important nation affecting bull crap is over.
    Social media,s influence and importance is the most overblown nonsense of all time, people go on there to look at butts or post pictures of their butts.

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    • “Social media,s influence and importance is the most overblown nonsense of all time”

      Why do political parties put so much time, effort and money into social media then?

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      • David

         /  2nd September 2020

        Because like journalists they spend their lives on there, they are hyper sensitive to the news so spend an inordinate amount of time monitoring it and reactions to it.
        It takes on an outsize presence to them.

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    • duperez

       /  2nd September 2020

      Salacious, critically important nation affecting bull crap? You mean like when the collective knickers were atwist when one number on the Covid stats should have been on the ‘confirmed’ list not the ‘probable.’ Or obviously was confirmed two days before it made the published information.

      You have to admit we do hysteria, alarm and apoplexy well when it comes to nothing bull crap.

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  4. Blazer

     /  2nd September 2020

    Collins may take awhile finding out…where to look.

    If its the work of a stroppy,irreverent,young Nat you can hardly expect her to intervene ,successfully.

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    • Duker

       /  2nd September 2020

      It will be from Topham and Guerin the so called social media gurus working for the party
      https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/03-03-2020/here-comes-the-political-meme-machine/

      Using a fake Labour ministerial letterhead is a regular part of the Nats memes

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      • Name ten (or even five) instances of this happening.

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        • Duker

           /  2nd September 2020

          The current fake is a continuing series…
          The last year of Simon Bridges leadership was built around asking questions in parliament that could be manipulated including videos. When they got into trouble over the videos they moved on to the fake letterhead scam

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          • Duker

             /  2nd September 2020

            Thats where ‘some’ of the problems arise over ‘authorised by Judith Collins’
            It used to be ‘authorised by Simon Bridges ‘ as he was all for it .’
            With so many different leaders , Judith didnt get the memo and isnt opposed to ‘underhand politics’ but make sure it doesnt have her name on it.

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            • You can’t think that because something has a person’s name on it that that person must have written it.

              Do you believe that the letters signed by Santa Claus are written by him?

            • When you have emails from bank managers and others offering you vast sums of money, do you believe that they are written by the person whose name’s on them ?

            • Blazer

               /  2nd September 2020

              ‘Do you believe that the letters signed by Santa Claus are written by him?

              Are you in possession of any?

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  2nd September 2020

    What exactly is the offence? Selective editing or sardonic presentation on fake Ministerial letterhead?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

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    • Duker

       /  2nd September 2020

      Both . They misrepresented an answer in parliament…. which could be a breach of standing orders…and really it is the old dirty politics again, which the Nats cant let go of.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  2nd September 2020

        Get real. This is election season. Every party is misrepresenting their opponents every day. Did they alter the quote or just pick the bit they wanted to attack as usual?

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        • Duker

           /  2nd September 2020

          Theres puffery and then there is down right misleading…which national specialises in.

          Collins name was on the BS and yet she she does the Sgt Shultz routine – I know nothing

          using the proceedings of the house questions to mislead is against the rules …you know those pesky thing you dont believe in…. except when it suits

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  2nd September 2020

            Still waiting to hear how it misled. Is that a State secret now?

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            • Duker

               /  2nd September 2020

              “Mallard described the complaint as an “alteration or misrepresentation of a reply of a written question posted by the National Party on social media” and said the “altered reply purported to be from the Minister of Health and is on the face of it misleading”.
              https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/order-paper-questions/written-questions/document/WQ_14705_2020/14705-2020-dr-shane-reti-to-the-health-minister-chris
              left out is ..
              ” but anyone leaving managed isolation must return a negative day 12 test. If a test is refused people can be required to remain in isolation for up to 28 days. ”

              It also says its ‘authorised ‘ by Collins’ , while shes says she has ‘no knowledge’

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd September 2020

              So, first the Minister didn’t answer the questions put and second the answer was correctly cited but excluded the irrelevant detail about the day 12 tests.

              Yes, Collins has a genuine beef about being incorrectly named as authorising it but the rest of the objections are crap.

            • Duker

               /  2nd September 2020

              He did answer the written question..
              ‘, I am advised that as at 28 July 2020, over 25,000 swabs have been taken from returnees on or around day 3.”

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd September 2020

              You have a comprehension problem: How many people have not been coronavirus tested around day 3 from the date the policy was implemented to the present, listed as a number and percentage of all arrivals from that date ?

              His failure to answer the question is gross and blatant, and exposed accurately and precisely by the Nat advt. The complaints about it are just yet another Lefty squirrel.

            • Duker

               /  2nd September 2020

              The MoH, he said doesnt have that information … so heres is what it does ‘know’

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd September 2020

              Absurd.

            • He’s the minister; he ought to know these things. It was bound to come up at some time.

  6. John J Harrison

     /  2nd September 2020

    Seems illogical to try and ankle tap your own side.
    I know it has happened before but this is a storm in a thimble compared to what else is happening today.

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  7. Patzcuaro

     /  2nd September 2020

    The problem with the underhanded political attacks is that they distract from the real targets. Energy would be better spent on the real issues which there are plenty off.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd September 2020

      How is virus management not a real issue?

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      • Patzcuaro

         /  2nd September 2020

        It is, how it is tackled can cause more issues.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  2nd September 2020

          Surely that was entirely the point at issue?

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          • Patzcuaro

             /  2nd September 2020

            Aren’t we talking about misleading advertising, which Collins has apologised for. Playing the ball as opposed to the man is more productive in the long run. Playing the man just gets you penalised.

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            • Duker

               /  2nd September 2020

              Apologised for?
              She did more than that and said never seen it or authorised it

              And yet
              “Collins told her MP’s to remove it and claimed she hadn’t signed off on it and hadn’t even seen it.

              However it turns out she had retweeted it days ago on her own Twitter account.” Newshub
              So we have to believe she is completely hapless with her campaign doing stuff she doesn’t know about, her husband runs attacks on political opponents she doesn’t know about…..
              No wonder she was the bottom of the barrel choice for leader , it seems that she’s been promoted way beyond her ability to even run her office.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd September 2020

              It wasn’t misleading. It was precisely accurate. Mallard lied.

            • Duker

               /  3rd September 2020

              We have moved on from Mallard and what the question was….its Collins always saying – NOTHING to do with me, even when it has her name on i.
              No thats a continuation of her role in the original dirty politics…she had barely anything to do with Slater and everything else…it was ‘Who me’

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