Collinge shit stirring again

John Collinge has been ringing around local National Party members trying to poison the campaign of Alistair Bell in favour of Roger Burrill. Well if it is good enough for Collinge to spread the poison it is good enough for me.

There are some in the National Party who still have respect for John Collinge sadly mainly because he still has the label of former National Party President attached. It must be remembered that Collinge was sent packing to London due to his appalling handling of the presidency in the first place.

Collinge was one nasty piece of work in C&R Now. He found power through inertia – so anyone who proposed doing anything that vaguely resemembled a threat to his powerbase, he moved on. His technique in C&R Was quite clever, simply allow the meeting to go around endlessly in circles,and just when he thought the meeting was starting to on track, he'd say something nasty about one of the Auckland Now people, or one of the old C&R types like David Hay (whom he loathed) to distract everyone again. Apparently an Auckland NOW figure would fuck Collinge off big time by saying things like "let's get it all onto the table now" and other teasing references to Collinge's past.

Nothing got achieved at the C&R Now board meetings and so the politicians eventually rebelled and forced him out. The two people who went and asked Collinge to stand down were Alastair Bell and Nick Albrecht – who Collinge has now tried to nobble since then.

It should be noted that the grievously wounded state of C&R Now that required emergency action by John Slater in early 2004 was 95% due to Collinge – the chairman after all has to take responsibility. Had Collinge spent any money or time on marginals like Eden-Albert ward I suspect Greg McKeown would still be councillor there today. Mind you, Greg was a startled possum in the headlights of the confrontation between C&R and Collinge. I suspect Collinge has got it in for everyone with a C&R Now membership in National.

He was quite happy to run the organisation into the ground as long as he remained on top, and could guarantee his re-election to the AECT. Both he and his colleague Maurice Chatfield did quite well out of billing C&R for work or services – such as Chatfield's accounting fees or Collinge's legal advice. There was probably around 70% of C&R's incoming donations and levies going out into the pockets of these two for the services they provided – services that C&R Now gets for free or at a paltry honorarium from qualified or professional individuals.

On the AECT, Collinge has been unbelievably destructive. He is intensely disliked by the businessmen who run Vector like Michael Stiassny, Tony Gibbs etc. Collinge's main interests appear to be pecuniary – he gets AECT honorariums, and wants to be appointed to the Vector board as he then gets even more meeting fees from that. As a former National Party President, you'd expect him to be in favour of at least a partial float of assets for purchases/expansion, but he was always completely opposed. Collinge was disqualified from voting on the partial float of Vector as he had a pecuniary interest – he owned significant numbers of bonds/debentures in Vector and so Warren Kyd got a court order to get him barred from voting on the float. Collinge was also stripped of his directorships on the principle that Trustees should not be directors – they are two separate roles and the role of an elected trustee should and would have a different disposition on running a business to that of a company director. If anything, it is a sound practice to allow a politically elected trust some arms length from the internal corporate management of a $2.3 billion company. Also, it would be quite inappropriate for a trustee of the AECT to become appointed to the board of Vector, get unelected by the voters of Auckland from the AECT at a later point, and then remain on the board of Vector!

It should be noted that Warren Kyd and Karen Sherry have created $1.0 billion in extra value by the partial float – that's a fantastic achievement, no thanks to the actions and behaviours of John Collinge.

Here's some background stuff on Collinge and Vector:

http://www.aect.co.nz/news/1

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/organisation/story.cfm?o_id=135&objectid=10333029

http://www.aect.co.nz/news/18 (the three trustees referred to are
Collinge, Buczykowski and Chambers)

Well who are you going to support, the erstwhile Alistair Bell with impeccable party organisational skils or someone who turns up to electorate meetings in threadbare coats and mumbles incoherently and needs the support of a quite nasty piece of work in the persona of John Collinge.

Well I have made up my mind and I will be supporting Alistair Bell.

 


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