Judith Collins

Maori making grab for water and Nick Smith & Bill English appear to be helping them

Maori are going to go after water as the next grievance claim….and it appears that Bill English and Nick Smith are entertaining their claims and negotiating with them instead of telling them to piss off.

Maori leaders have mounted a bid for effective ownership of a share of the country’s¬†freshwater.

This would allow them, and other with water rights, to onsell it to those who need water for irrigation, hydropower and other commercial uses.

Talks between the powerful Iwi Leaders Group and the Government, fronted by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Environment Minister Nick Smith, are at a critical stage after ministers rejected a nationwide ‘Waterlords’ settlement along the lines of the Sealords deal over¬†Maori¬†commercial fishing claims.

The Government is adamant it will not hand over rights in perpetuity to Maori Рbut it may compromise by allowing regional councils to do local deals with Maori.

Farmers are worried that there will not be enough water to go around if significant quantities of freshwater are set aside for Maori.

In¬†a Cabinet paper, Smith points to possible “catchment by catchment” deals at a regional government level. The Crown has acknowledged¬†Maori¬†interests and rights¬†in¬†freshwater¬†but their extent and nature is at issue. The Government may set criteria by which local iwi can get preferential access to water, catchment by catchment, Smith says.

Ministers and iwi leaders held a summit at Waitangi during the February 6 commemorations, in a swift response to an iwi- commissioned report proposing radical ways to deal with freshwater and Maori claims. The report, by research group Sapere, proposed a nationwide settlement, an end to 35-year renewals of water consents. and a move to permanent rights and a market in tradable water rights.

It argued the regime would not only be a boon for Maori but would add $2 billion to the value of power-generating assets, $5.5b to the primary sector and boost the overall economy, while helping reduce the effects of drought through more efficient use of water. It would also open the way for the Government to levy resource taxes on income from using the water.

If National wants to lose more than just Northland they will keep on going with this process under the control of Bill English and Nick Smith. ¬†¬† Read more »

Which MP will be the next to shake down John Key?

The Northland by-election has caused something of a permanent problem for John Key, not just a short-term headache.

If Winston doesn’t win there is nothing to stop him having a go in another by-election, and he has shown that just about any seat, no matter how big a national majority, is in play.

This means Key is in a very difficult position.

He cannot high handedly give Cabinet ministers the arse like he did to Kate Wilkinson or Phil Heatley, or sack them like he did with Maurice Williamson and Judith Collins, or demote them like he did with Chester Borrows and Craig Foss. ¬† Read more »

Judith Collins on the witch hunt against John Banks

Judith Collins writes in the Sunday Star Times:

PRIVATE PROSECUTIONS are an important constitutional safeguard against corruption and official indifference. New Zealand is one of the few countries to allow private prosecutions for criminal charges where the police have found there should not be a prosecution.

Before police bring prosecutions they need to consider the prosecution guidelines. These focus on the evidence, the public interest, in other words, is it worth it? Is it likely to result in a conviction? Is it a sensible use of resources? What will be achieved?

Private prosecutions don’t have that safeguard, though others exist. In 2000 when the Law Commission looked at the issue, they gave an example of vengeful and vexatious motives by a serial stalker who mounted private prosecutions against 2 of his victims alleging they obtained protections order on perjured evidence. Fortunately, for his victims, he forged the signature of a JP and ended up being convicted on forgery and uttering forged documents. Karma.

It is astonishing what people will say in court proceedings and in sworn affidavits…when you line them all up, from different courts, along with sworn testimony you can clearly see the perjury…getting judges to entertain actually looking at it is hard though.

Now we have John Banks. His career and reputation have been destroyed from a private prosecution alleging he knew details of donations from Kim Dotcom for Bank’s 2010 mayoral campaign. Dotcom lamented the fact Banks, then a minister of the Crown, wouldn’t help him when Dotcom was in Mt Eden Prison. If Banks had tried to help Dotcom, he would have committed a serious offence under the Corrections Act and breached the Cabinet manual.

Donations are a difficult business in politics. Old school National MPs never knew who donated to them ‚Äď When he was a National MP, Banks would have been no exception. When the law changed around anonymous donations it opened politicians to donor pressure. Banks came under that pressure from Dotcom.

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Little mishandling of wayward MPs gains no respect

via Stuff

via Stuff

Labour leader Andrew Little has been labelled “gutless” for standing down MP Carmel Sepuloni after her mother was charged with benefit fraud.

Mr Little was also defending another one of his MPs today, David Cunliffe, who was pulled over for talking on his cell-phone while driving.

[Carmel Sepuloni’s mum] Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared in New Plymouth District Court today, facing 19 benefit fraud charges.

Her daughter is collateral damage Рthe frontbench Labour MP has been stripped of her shadow social development role by Mr Little.

National MP Judith Collins took to Twitter to criticise Little, saying: “Message to LabMPs is if anyone of your family’s in trouble, so are you. No leadership, no guts [sic].”

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Andrew Little’s bizarre positioning on Sepuloni

Earlier I blogged that I thought that Andrew Little had got it wrong on standing down Carmel Sepuloni.

In public statements Little is all over the place.

He started off by saying:

“Well it’s because as spokesperson for Social Development, when she has a close family member involved in an issue like this, it’s appropriate that she step aside so that there’s no claim of a conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.

– TVNZ

Which changed to:

“Carmel has assured me she didn’t know her mother was facing these charges.” He said she would stay on the front bench and in her role as Junior Whip, but had agreed step aside temporarily as social development spokesperson while the matter was dealt with.

– NZ Herald

And then changed to:

“Carmel is an adult and her mother is an adult. Carmel is not responsible for the actions of her mother,” he said.

“We have agreed she will step aside … on a temporary basis while these matters are dealt with. There is a conflict of interest at the present time.”

– Fairfax

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Not one cent Amy, and Karam is losing the plot, getting close to a lawsuit I suspect

Amy Adams has announced she will commission yet another review into the ongoing claim for compensation by David Bain or is it Joe Karam…hard to work out who is claiming as Bain never says anything.

The Government will launch a fresh inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim after agreeing to set aside all previous advice on the matter, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

David Bain’s long fight for compensation will start afresh with all previous advice put aside, Government has confirmed.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said this afternoon Cabinet did not have enough information to reach a decision on a potential payout for Mr Bain, who spent 13 years in prison before being found not guilty of murder in a retrial.

Mr Bain was imprisoned in 1995 after being convicted for killing five family members in Dunedin, but was freed after being found not guilty in a second trial in 2009.

Judith Collins has said she would do it all again as well. As well she should, Binnie’s report was dreadfully and hopelessly flawed.

Former Justice Minister Judith Collins says she “stands by everything I said and did” in relation to David Bain’s compensation case after his supporters accused her of derailing the process at a huge cost to the taxpayer.

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Mr Bain’s advocate Joe Karam said the blame for the new delay and its associated costs could be placed squarely on Mrs Collins, who “secretly” asked for a peer review of an initial inquiry by former Canadian Supreme Court judge Ian Binnie.

“It’s a great shame for David, for me, for the New Zealand public in general,” he said. “It’s extremely disappointing that this should happen from a number of points of view, not least of which is the taxpayers who now have to cough up between half a million and a million dollars.”

Mr Karam said he was more confident of a positive outcome from the new review because he believed Ms Adams would be more principled than her predecessor and would not “bulldoze” any findings.

Mrs Collins shot back at Mr Karam yesterday, saying she could never have awarded compensation based on a faulty inquiry.

“I stand by everything I said and did,” she told the Herald. “I did exactly what I had to do.”

Justice Binnie found that Mr Bain was innocent “on the balance of probabilities”, but the peer review by QC Robert Fisher found numerous errors in his findings.

Mrs Collins said the main reason for a delay in the five-year process was the decision by Mr Bain’s side to seek a judicial review of the Government’s handling of the case.

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No signs of bitterness – 100% commitment

Here are two National MPs that have every reason to be surly, negative and showing that they are feeling on the outside.

The opposite is true:  lots of energy, sharp witted, and roaring to go.

I have to say, a waste of talent.  And to think Mike Sabin was favoured by John Key.  sigh

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What on earth is going on in John Key’s mind?

It looks like John Key has had a rush of shit to the brains recently.

Something is seriously wonky with his thinking at the moment.

I’m talking about the messaging over the Sabin affair.

First up National has known about this issue for months, but sat there on the info, which proved remarkably accurate, for months letting the sore fester and become pustulant, almost turning gangrenous.

That was bad enough, and sorry I just don;t believe that the first he knew about the issue was just last week. Does he not speak to his chief of staff? Is his chief of staff keeping things from Key?

Then he stood by him on Monday as head of the select committee, again why? Didn’t Wayne Eagleson take Key aside and say “Boss, I think we have a problem”

By that stage Mike Sabin must have known what was happening Monday morning, surely someone in National’s caucus did too and no one thought to tell the boss…everyone tells the boss in National.

Then come Friday and over the weekend John Key pulls his best Sgt Schultz impression and declares he knew nothing.

Finally we get this brain fart.

Prime Minister John Key has hinted at some frustration with former MP Mike Sabin for failing to tell National about the personal issues that led to his resignation prior to the election, saying Mr Sabin had almost been appointed as a minister and news of his issue had come as “a shock.”

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Mr Key said the first he knew of any problems Mr Sabin faced was in early December when his chief of staff told him. It is understood Mr Sabin’s issue arose prior to the election. Mr Key revealed Mr Sabin was on the cusp of being appointed as a minister when National was re-elected.

“To be frank, he was on the list of ‘likely to be a minister.’ It was a real toss-up between him and a couple of other people who got in. That’s how confident we were, or how lacking in knowledge of other issues we were.

So it came as quite a shock to me when I was told of the matters he was pursuing.”

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The delusions of John Minto

The next big thing that Hone Harawira and John Minto has got going is Mana News.

And they are straight into bizarre conspiracy theories…and likely a few defamation suits.

Eleanor Catton has managed to reveal the mechanism of the National party media dictatorship this could be extremely dangerous for the survival of our democracy. According to Sean Plunkett you are not permitted to criticise the National government its unpatriotic and against the people of New Zealand.  Too many reporters within journalism have intimate relationships with the national party that are a conflict of interest designed to mislead the New Zealand public. These reporters are holding back real journalists like Andrea Vance. It is unnatural for the press gallery to be uncritical of a seven year old government. The Prime minister office is pouring to many resources into dirty politics and controling the media and little effort to tackle the housing crisis or poverty reduction.

The conspiracy would be more believable if they could spell Sean Plunket’s name properly. I’m surprised that they haven’t substituted every ‘s’ for a ‘$’.

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I hesitate to call Joe Karam a liar but…

Earlier today I wrote about Joe Karam misleading in an interview with Radio New Zealand over the Bain case.

Now I hesitate to call Joe Karam a liar, but the evidence suggests that he may have in fact forgotten a few things, so I’ll be generous and say his views of history are a little clouded.

He stated to Radio New Zealand when asked about the delays:

“It’s not dragged on because of us, uhmmm… it’s dragged on far too long, like everything with the Bain case had, but uhmm..I couldn’t put a time on it, these things traditionally do take time”

There is a problem with those claims for Joe Karam.

Here is the press release from February 2013 about the delay.

4 February 2013

David Bain requests delay

Cabinet has agreed to a formal request from David Bain to delay its consideration of his application for compensation for claimed wrongful conviction and imprisonment, says Justice Minister Judith Collins. ¬† Read more »