As Labour and Helen Kelly attack over the appointment of Jackie Blue perhaps they need reminding about the forgotten the frenzied quadruple appointment of Dianne Yates?
The appointment of former Labour list MP Dianne Yates to four boards since she left Parliament in March this year has been described as the price the Government paid to get another Samoan into Parliament.
The remark by a Labour Party insider referred to Ms Yates’ standing down, as part of Labour’s third term rejuvenation drive, after almost 15 years in Parliament.
It allowed South Auckland Samoan community leader Su’a William Sio to replace her in Labour’s caucus.
Since leaving Parliament, Ms Yates has been appointed to the boards of Trust Waikato Community Trust, the Waikato Institute of Technology and Learning Media.
Yesterday she was also appointed by the Government to the high-powered Food Standards Australia New Zealand board.
The Labour Party insider told The Dominion Post: “It’s the price the Government has paid to allow Mr Sio to enter Parliament.“
Her last appointment to the FSANZ Board was astonishing in its brazenness:
“Dianne is ideally suited to this role on all levels. She’s from the Waikato, arguably the food bowl of New Zealand, and has close links to the primary sector.
If Labour want to chuck rocks about cronies I am going to start chucking them back, one a day, for about a year.