Bevan Hurley has jumped the shark this morning, and his former pals at the NZ Herald joined in too, in attacking the Brethren for daring to have Steve Hansen and Willie Apiata speak at one fo their conferences.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata were among top-dollar guest speakers at a controversial $2000-a-day Exclusive Brethren business conference this week.
Hansen told more than 2200 guests about the values of teamwork at the event, named “Game Plan 2016” and held at Auckland’s Vector Arena. The event was organised through an Exclusive Brethren-run business network called the Universal Business Team (UBT) – an expert on the closed and conservative church called the speakers’ involvement “unprecedented”.
The Exclusive Brethren came to prominence in New Zealand in 2005 for secretly trying to influence voters to support the National Party, with an expensive attack campaign against the Greens and Labour. National leader Don Brash resigned from Parliament in 2006 following revelations of his close links with the Brethren, who reportedly spent $1.2m trying to buy the result of the 2005 general election.