Trevor Mallard

Labour’s List Problem

David Farrar had a very good post yesterday at Kiwiblog about Labour’s list problem.

In 2014 Labour got only five List MPs. Andrew Little only got in on special votes.

They are polling well below the level they were at three years ago. They normally lose support once an election campaign starts as minor parties get more attention. And already Winston is picking up support at their expense.

So at this stage it would be a brave person to predict they will lift their party vote from 2014, and hence their total number of MPs from 32.

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Disgusting defamatory smear on John Key via Twitter from Trevor Mallard

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Yesterday at 2:34pm Trevor Mallard made a tweet that didn’t just accuse John Key of being associated with tax evasion, it actually stated he was involved.

I have a screenshot, but the tweet has since been deleted, and I’m not going to repeat what it said.

Suffice to say it was highly defamatory and you would think that an Assistant Speaker of the House would know better than to use Twitter from inside the house to defame the Prime Minister.

But deleting the text doesn’t make the defamation any less.

Worse still he tweeted that during Question Time.

Recently the Privileges Committee issued recommendations on the use of social media by members during parliament.

We believe that our examination of this question of privilege provides a timely opportunity to remind members and others of some existing and relevant parliamentary rules and practices, as well as some significant issues that should be borne in mind when using social media. We recommend that these various rules and practices be compiled to form standalone guidance to be issued by the Speaker (Appendix C). In particular, we wish to clarify any misconception about comments made by members on social media, including comments made from the Chamber. Such comments are not part of parliamentary proceedings, nor are they published under the authority of the House. Therefore, they may not be protected by parliamentary privilege. Members should be aware that anything said on social media is potentially actionable in court. Members should also be careful not to disclose confidential select committee proceedings or reports through any means, including social media. The House may treat any such breach of confidentiality as a contempt. Another potential contempt that may be committed through social media is an adverse reflection on the character or conduct of a member (including the Speaker).

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Trevor Mallard finds someone just like him: a man without power

Trevor Mallard is kicking up a stink over a man allegedly left without power for two years.

Housing New Zealand is sending inspectors around to inspect blow-up paddling pools while ignoring a Petone man living in a grotty, mouldy flat without power for two years, says Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard.

Mr Mallard accused the state-owned housing provider of flawed priorities in citing the case of the man, who has an intellectual disability, in his electorate.

“The tenants in the upstairs and neighbouring units have been relocated while they were done up, but his flat — which is in the worst condition — was ignored,” he said today.

Mr Mallard said that at the same time tenants needed permission from managers to set up blow-up paddling pools.

“Housing NZ is nanny state when it’s not needed and totally uncaring when they need to show compassion.

“Most case managers are now on phones at WINZ call centres and Housing NZ’s head office is focused on selling-off state houses instead of providing quality supported accommodation.”

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Claire “Red” Trevett happy to help Labour with a hit on Collins

Apparently, backing the troops is not on…according to the whinging of Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little.

Labour has criticised Police Minister Judith Collins for marching with police at the Pride Parade, saying it was “clear politicisation and totally inappropriate”.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard made the comment on Twitter after Ms Collins took part in the police contingent at the march. He later told NZME that while it was good the police took part in the parade, having the minister with them went “beyond the boundaries of what’s appropriate”.

“She’s not a police officer and constabulary independence is something that is very important. I think it was poor judgment to be part of a police march. It’s a matter of perception as well as fact, and being part of a public march as part of a police team undermines that.”   Read more »

Face of the day

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Chloe Perovic, star of Heartland Wainuiomata with her iconic tiger slippers. John Nicholson

Today’s face of the day is a real sweetheart. I will never forget when I first saw her on television. She was a total original and happily showed Gary McCormick around her quirky home. It was fascinating viewing as Chloe was a very interesting person. I loved how she was confident enough to be herself and I was horrified when she was bullied and criticised after the the show aired.

“The show outraged residents who said it made the area look like the ‘slum of the Hutt Valley’, and Pencarrow MP Trevor Mallard lodged a formal complaint that it breached the Broadcasting Act’s good taste and balance provisions,” The Dominion reported in November 1994.

Mallard’s complaint was accompanied by 2300 signatures.

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Crim-hugging business as usual for MPs

Mr Mallard wrote the letter for a 24-year-old convicted and sentenced for racing another vehicle on State Highway 2.

The offender was also convicted on another charge of lying to the police. The MP’s letter urged the court to suspend the conviction on that offence, given that the offender had much potential and that could be negated by a conviction for lying to the police.

The Dominion Post reported that Judge Chris Tuohy instead convicted and discharged the man. He granted him permanent name suppression.

Mr Mallard said he knew the young man in question: “I have seen him at particular occasions in the past. I know a member of the family better, but not well, not friends or anything like that.”

He said MPs wrote hundreds of support letters, for everything from helping with letting agencies to banks. Writing one for someone before the courts was a more serious matter, and Mr Mallard estimated he would agree to do about one in every four requests.

He didn’t know if other MPs did the same, “but I’d be surprised if they didn’t”.

They’re more or less just form letters, especially if they come from an MP who doesn’t even know the person other than “knowing the family”.  If you’ve been an MP for 30-plus years, you should pretty much “know the family” of most of your constituents.   Read more »

This does my head in: name suppression AND political interference

A young driver caught speeding through Lower Hutt at 210kmh has been spared any further punishment after lying to police.

His name will also remain secret after a judge said he had “suffered a lot” from publicity about the case, stemming from the intervention of his behalf of MP Trevor Mallard.

The 24-year-old was convicted and sentenced earlier this month for racing another car on State Highway 2 in September.

What a great result!

Having an MP from the Crim-Hugging Party help you out doesn’t just get you help in a way that’s apparently OK (but not if you’re Maurice Williamson of course, then you have to resign), but you also get the benefit of name suppression due to the attention your case gets in the media because Trevor Mallard put his crim-hugging cape on and came to the rescue.  Read more »

Some of my Labour sources disagree about my post on Annette King

A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.

Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little  is far more vulnerable than he appears.

Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.

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Mallard continues to show Labour are criminal-friendly

We’ve had Kelvin Davis running interference on behalf of the Corrections union smashing up Serco, then he went on to cuddle up to violent criminals, murderers and rapists in detention centres in Australia.

Andrew Little and Davis along with other Labour MPs have had a love in with Arthur Taylor at Paremoremo prison several times. They opposed legislation stopping criminals in prison from voting.

All this leads to the impression that Labour is criminal-friendly.

Now Trevor Mallard has shown the same inclination…sticking up for criminals.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard has asked the court to allow an illegal racer to escape conviction for lying to police.

The man, 24, was caught, and has been convicted, after illegally racing another car at speeds of up to 210kmh on State Highway 2, Lower Hutt, in September.

When police caught up with him later, he allegedly lied, telling them someone must have stolen his car.

His actions were described by the sentencing judge, Judge Chris Tuohy, as “the most serious of its type” and police called the racing “appalling”.

However, Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard still wrote a letter of support, under his official Labour Party letterhead, for the man.

In the letter, Mallard urged the court to suspend the man’s conviction for lying to the police.    Read more »

Wainuiomata ferals shooting at speed camera

Trevor Mallard’s feral mates in Wainuiomata are taking the law into their own hands and shooting up a speed camera.

A Wainuiomata speed camera may be the most hated in the country, attacked by everything from angle grinder to firearms as locals revolt against perceived unfair treatment.

In the latest incident, the camera at the top of Wainuiomata hill was left with several cracks after it was shot for the second time.

Long-time Wainuiomata resident Mark Sharp said speed cameras were a “sensitive topic” in the suburb after the hilltop camera was resurrected in December.

There were three cameras in the space of a few kilometres on the road leading into the Lower Hutt suburb, Sharp said: one on each side of the hill, and one at its top.

The camera was originally placed at the top of the hill around the same time as one was installed near the old Griffin’s factory on Wainuiomata Rd in September 2014, he said.

“I think some guy went up there with an angle grinder and ground the camera off.”    Read more »