That’s right Whaleoil is pleased to announce that Sky City have indeed selected¬†their next Government Relations Manager.
While Tracy Watkins may be of the view¬†that Whaleoil “runs half-baked conspiracy theories and innuendo” it turns out that¬†yet again my sources are better than hers. Perhaps if Watkins talked to a few more¬†people other than the Labour party she might just get a more accurate range of¬†information.
Surprise, surprise, the winner is a mate of Bews-Hair which puts the odds of 5 to 1¬†as pretty bloody average.
The ever so slight twist is that the winner is… Sifa Taumoepeau. Sifa has already¬†been Sky City’s Government Relations Manager. He had a stint a few years back¬†before following then head of Sky City (Evan Davies) to Todd Property.
So how close is Sifa Taumoepeau to James Bews-Hair and did Bews-Hair really¬†have a role in getting Sifa back in there?
Let’s have a look at a bit of history first:
- Bews-Hair recruited Taumoepeau into the Labour Party Research Unit.
- Bews-Hair no doubt got Taumoepeau his job at Tourism Industry Association (when¬†Bews-Hair left to join Sky City)
- Bews-Hair then handpicked Taumoepeau to take on the New Zealand aspects of the¬†Government Relations role at Sky City (when Bews-Hair left to go to Northland and¬†try and help mine the place to bits)
- Bews-Hair and Taumoepeau continue to be close friends.
Under Bews-Hair and Taumoepeau’s stewardship Sky City largely flew under the¬†radar, built relationships with the various problem gambling groups and did a whole¬†lot of wanky community outreach crap. All lovely cover for the true corporate (and¬†completely appropriate given they are a bloody corporate) to get what they needed¬†to extend their business in New Zealand and Australia.
So, how will Bews-Hair manipulate his friend this time (and isn’t it remarkable that¬†anyone still trusts him)? and to what end? To help Len get that conference centre¬†and theatre?
Anyone noticed how all of a sudden Len has suddenly got all tough on¬†gambling again?