“I believe there is no conflict” – Nelson Mayor

A Nelson reader wants some Whale sunlight on their Troughing Mayor:

Chinese e-commerce opportunities that Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio has been touting as being great for Nelson businesses also look set to make money for the mayor himself.

This year ratepayers paid more than $10,000 to send Mr Miccio on trips to China in March and September to help develop connections for Nelson businesses.

Sounds interesting so far. What has he done wrong?

Mr Miccio says there is no conflict of interest between his mayoral work in developing Nelson-Chinese business and his chairmanship in a new venture, NZ Inc Shop.

It intends to sell New Zealand products through Tmall.com, a subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

[The trip] included a delegation of local [Nelson] businessmen and saw Mr Miccio and Mr Findlater visiting e-commerce capital Hangzhou, where they met Alibaba’s president.

Companies Office records show 15 per cent of NZ Inc Shop is held by Mr Miccio, his parents Cristina and Raffaele Miccio, and his wife, Kimberley, through Nelson-based company Bissi Ltd, of which Mr Miccio is sole director.

Mr Miccio said there had been no council crossover and he had never spent any council time on NZ Inc Shop. Instead, it was his past personal business experience in China that had led to his involvement. He said nothing he had done on the council trips “added value” to his role in NZ Inc Shop now.

Readers will remember that alleged private business conducted on the same trip as tax payer funded travel claimed the scalp of National MP Pansy Wong.

Miccio is a blatant trougher of the highest order. His arguments hold no water. Either his trip had nothing to do with his private business, or the trip is for benefit of the Nelson ratepayers. He can’t have it both ways.

Please notice the weasel words: “spent no council time on NZ Inc shop”. Left unsaid is that he did spend ratepayers money.

Word on the street is that Miccio is a one term mayor, so he seems to be making hay while the sun shines. The Whale will keep shining light on this trougher as he squeals his innocence.

  • amerikiwi77

    The sunshine capital of New Zealand just got a whole lot brighter!!! SPF10,000+ is now recommended.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I assume this joker is a National party supporter so that Sheep and his cronies can make merry in the parliament next week?!?!

    • Positan

      Actually, an interview some months back included the statement that Miccio would eventually stand for Labour. Appropriately enough for he exhibits so many of a Labour MP’s defining characteristics.

  • Gazzaw

    Sheer morality would suggest that Miccio paid for at least part of the travel expenses particularly where public money is concerned.

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    How can a scam artist like this represent a city like Nelson let alone run a business. I googled NZ Inc and up appears a NZ government Foreign Affairs and Trade website talking about good relations with China. So I figure this scamming mayor called his company a name (NZ Inc Shop) that gives the impression he is part of the National government foreign affairs and trade strategy (or endorsed by them). I wonder how much government MPs and NZTE have been encouraging him at the tax payer’s expense. I reckon we haven’t heard the last of this crook and I expect a few more stories will be uncovered.

  • redeye

    You good friend Farrar had this to say about Miccio in June this year. Yeah I think he’d fit in well with Labour.:-)

    “Aldo Miccio is the young Mayor of Nelson who has
    handled the pressure of office well. While he is the type who could fit
    easily into either major Party, he could relish the challenge of winning
    Nelson for Labour and would be a great addition to Parliament.”

    Here: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/06/the_7th_labour_government.html

  • cows4me

    Yeah sounds like he’s definitely Liarbore material, showing good trough wallowing skills is a big plus.

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