Cop that Prime Minister

Rodney Hide delivers a good spanking of the Prime Minister (ughhh that image is too much) ably assisted by Heather Roy. A good old ACT one-two punch.

Heather Roy: On the question of Taito Phillip Field's impropriety as discussed in the Ingram report, is the Prime Minister aware of Mr Field's key role in the election to the Manukau City Council of the Labour ticket, including the election of his close associate Mr James Papali'i, who is today before the courts on 14 counts of fraud and related charges arising from the operation of various trusts funded by the council, or does the Prime Minister not want to know what Mr Field has been up to in local body politics?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: No, because I do not follow every local body campaign closely. I can say, however, that if there is to be guilt by association, then presumably ACT accepts it on behalf of Donna Awatere Huata.

Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I note with interest the Prime Minister's reference to Donna Awatere Huata. Does that mean we can actually draw a strong inference in questioning the Prime Minister that Taito Phillip Field's behaviour was equivalent to her behaviour? The ACT party actually took responsibility and made sure that Donna Awatere Huata left Parliament, faced the courts of New Zealand, and, indeed, served time in jail-if that is the standard that Helen Clark aspires to, why is it not operating on Taito Phillip Field?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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