Former Labour Party dirty tactics coordinator Pete Hodgson and current Labour party representative on the Representation Commission has beenÂ stung by the TaxpayersâÂ UnionÂ in what looksÂ to be a cash for mates scheme down in Dunedin. Peteâs apparently been doing someÂ âlobbying’ for his best mate, fellow Labour Party comrade and Mayor Dave Cull.
This morning theÂ Taxpayersâ UnionÂ went public with material concerning a payment (or payments) totalling $3,400 by the Dunedin City Council to former MP Pete Hodgson with no documentation or contract.
According to the Council, Mr Hodgsonâs work consisted of âlobbying and advocating on behalf of the Councilâ and there is no supporting documentation.
The Council has told us that:
- Everything was verbal. The Council could not provide a single report, email, or even letter of engagement.
- All of the contracts were negotiated verbally.
- The contracts were negotiated by the Mayor and there is no documentation to explain the deal.
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