The Sunday Star-Times has an article about CV fraud.
But they are missing an important name from their list of dodgy ratbags who cheated and enhanced their CVs.
An Auckland private investigator claims 80 per cent of CVs his firm is called in to check turn out to be false in some way.
Graham Aylett of Aylett Investigations cited the example of an applicant for a top job at an international hotel chain who claimed he had worked at a hotel in another country. Trouble was, the applicant had never actually been to that country.
Other private investigators and recruiters say while CV fraud is widespread, the number of CVs that prove to be either misleading or outright incorrect is more in the range of 15 to 20 per cent. They say private investigators often get called in once a company already has suspicions over a candidate.
It’s a problem that has been around for many years, both locally and overseas, and it reared its ugly head again last month when it was revealed Michael Vukcevic falsely claimed to have a law degree from Victoria University when he applied for the top job at multinational law and patent firm Baldwins.
CV fraud is actual fraud as it usually involves a better job than that which they are qualified for, or unqualified as these cases show.¬† Read more »
Rodney Hide writes what he thinks Matt McCarten’s memo to David Cunliffe should look like.
Memo to:¬†David Cunliffe, Leader of the Opposition
From:¬†Matt McCarten, Chief of Staff
From now on you do nothing, say nothing, think nothing. Not until you run it past me. Better yet, just do, say and think what I tell you. That saves time and minimises risk.
What part of your political brain thought it a good idea to run donations through a secret trust?
No. Forget I even asked. I don’t want to know.
Secret trusts? Anonymous donations? Big business? US bagman? That’s how we attack Tories. Now they are attacking us. Just be thankful they suck at it. Imagine if Trevor Mallard, the duck, was doing you over.
Did you not notice passing laws stopping this carry-on? We made it so political parties can’t hide donors behind trusts. We changed Standing Orders so MPs must declare gifts and donations. You were in Cabinet. It was a Big Deal.
Oh, I know our law never contemplated a leadership primary but the spirit is clear. That’s what you broke. National can hit you with this from now until the election.
You look sleazy. You look tricky. You look like a hypocrite.¬† Read more »
Settle down children, I’m about to tell you a story!
Let’s say a political leader, let’s call him Conservative Party leader Colin Craig, says that a woman’s place is in the home. ¬†And to make this more fun, another political leaders, let’s call him Green party co-leader Russel Norman, refers to this in a allegedly derogatory sense in a speech.
Now, Colin doesn’t like it and decides to sue Russel for defamation.
This is all over the media, and it looks like a mess. ¬†The whole concept of women belonging in the home is somewhat ridiculous to most voters.
Apparently, neither Colin nor Russel think the Woman’s place is in the house, but they are going to court to fight over it anyway. ¬†The proper place for a woman is a hot political issue in 2014.
Meanwhile, in a political party, far, far, faaaar, away, some social media genius is thinking: “How shall I make an impact in this election?”
“Oh, I know!” Read more »
A high-profile political figure has won the right to keep details of his divorce secret after a judge ruled he was a “vulnerable person”.
His messy divorce case included allegations of espionage, infidelity, dognapping, theft, the involvement of three Queen’s Counsel, and a disputed allegation the man grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, tried to kick in the door of their home and shouted abuse at her.
The couple were involved in a protracted legal battle through the Family Court. The ex-wife has sought the right to speak publicly and to her friends about the break-up, but the husband has fought to keep the dispute secret.
How can anyone be a high profile political figure and at the same time “vulnerable”.
If you enter politics, you get to make judgements about other people. ¬†You get to influence policy. ¬†You get to make decisions over the careers, lives and families. ¬†This person, at the very least, should have no say or influence over many political policy areas.
But how can we make sure someone that kicks in the door and “grabbed or touched” his wife’s neck is kept well away? ¬†Why the code of silence?
It seems to be an upside-down situation to have someone who has alleged involvement in espionage and theft in a high profile position in a political party be protected from public scrutiny and the public’s judgement as to this person’s suitability. ¬† Read more »
There is always someone who is miserable enough to run off to media and pose for a smacked bum face photo.
The Herald on Sunday reports:
Work and Income office staff are breaking into applause or sounding hooters when beneficiaries find work.
The celebrations have been labelled patronising and embarrassing but Work and Income claims clients enjoy them.
Solo mother Candice Benson was stunned to see a round of applause erupt after a jobseeker at Work and Income’s Lower Hutt office found work on Thursday.¬† Read more »
Just a few months ago Labour was claiming the provinces were neglected. David Cunliffe even made some specific claims about Taranaki.
Taranakians are leaving the province in droves because they’re being forgotten by the National Government, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.
Mr Cunliffe said Census data released today would show a widespread exodus from the regions as provincial New Zealanders flee forgotten small towns.
He said these towns had been gutted by the hands off approach of the National Government.
“Job losses, factory closures, government cutbacks and the shutting of branch offices have left people in the regions with no choice but to leave in droves.
“Manufacturing is stagnating, economic development has been limited to glossy brochures and a few roads, mortgage restrictions are being unfairly applied to the provinces and tax biases are driving money from the regions into the Auckland property market.”
All last week the opposition was baying for the head of Judith Collins when she had a glass of milk with a donor company.
Now the Herald on Sunday reveals why it was that David Cunliffe wanted to keep his dodgy secret trust really secret and why he didn’t want anyone to know the donors.
He’s been helping him do multi-million dollar real estate deals and been tricky about his involvement with journalists asking questions.
Labour leader David Cunliffe helped with the purchase of a $4 million beach retreat for a wealthy businessman who later secretly donated to the MP’s leadership campaign.
When the¬†Herald on Sunday¬†asked Cunliffe two weeks ago about the four-bedroom, 200sqm house at Ti Point, overlooking the Omaha holiday home of Prime Minister John Key, he said he had nothing to do with the sale.
Cunliffe said he had no beneficial interest in the property, and his wife Karen had simply played a legal role with the trustee company which bought the property.
If he was not telling the truth, Cunliffe said, “you can have my testicles for garters”.
This week, the¬†Herald on Sunday¬†learned the new owner of the 19ha property is Perry Keenan, a Chicago-based New Zealand businessman who secretly helped fund Cunliffe’s Labour Party leadership campaign.
Keenan’s ownership is concealed by the trustee arrangement.¬† Read more »
Three people won selection over this weekend. Two from National and one from Labour.
In Whangarei National selected Shane Reti ahead of incumbent scum List MP Paul Foster-Bell, showing that a strong local presence usually sees off a carpet-bagger pretending to have local roots.
The Herald profile for Shane Reti states:
He worked in general practice in Whangarei for 17 years, and was a member of the Northland District Health Board for seven years, before being awarded a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard, in 2007. ‚Ä¶
In April this year Dr Reti was called on by the NZ Embassy in Boston to visit the city‚Äôs hospitals with NZ Honorary Consul Simon Leeming, to see if any of the dead or injured from the Boston Marathon terror blast were New Zealanders or Australians.
Dr Reti said he was to the right of centre in his political leanings, believing in strong fiscal responsibility. ‚ÄúBut I also believe in a social safety net, so that makes me egalitarian. I also believe in reward for hard work, which makes me centre right,‚ÄĚ he said.
In Napier National selected Wayne Walford to replace Chris Tremain’s sudden departure.
Walford is a former CEO of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a business mentor and trainer, and has an MBA from Waikato. He has a womble profile on Linkedin¬†as well as a hippy pony-tail!
Amazing people and brilliant organisations have lead me to a point where working with people, empowering potential and adding value to organisations through people spin my wheels, and fast.¬† Read more »
Yesterday the National party completed two selections, Whangarei and Napier. Both candidates are maori, Shane Reti in Whangarei and Wayne Walford in Napier.
David Farrar, on Facebook, asks whether or not we still need maori seats. It seems that just with National alone maori representation has never been higher.
National has had two hotly contested selections this weekend for National held seats. Shane Reti won Whangarei and Wayne Walford won Napier. As it happens they are both Maori. No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban. No head office deciding. All decisions made by 60+ local members and delegates.
National already has nine Maori MPs. They may have 11 after the election. And unlike some other parties, they select Maori MPs in winnable general seats such as Waitakere, Tauranga, Northland, Botany and also now Whangarei and Napier. ¬† Read more »