Understanding Mallard – Part 1

Trevor Mallard is Labour’s campaign manager, so it is with little surprise that the campaign is going to be dirty with plenty of muck flung. Mostly it will be flung by him or his assistants.

Readers need to be aware of Mallard’s history though. His history of telling lies, and his history of defaming people under parliamentary privilege.

So I will start a series looking back at Labour’s campaign manager and his history of muck-raking so we can all be under no illusions that whenever he opens his gob it is likely to be pouring forth lies, innuendo, defamatory comments and muck.

Mostly his slurs and attacks are simply fanciful, given credence only in his twisted mind. But in his long parliamentary career he has never stopped doing it. He continues to this day. Let’s look at the 80s in today’s post.

Tuesday, October 13, 1987


TREVOR MALLARD (Hamilton West): With the leave of the House, I want to make a personal explanation under Standing Order 171 in relation to a supplementary question I asked during question time, in which I alleged that the member for Tamaki was a patron of the Mongrel Mob. It has been pointed out to me that he is not the patron of that gang, and I want to apologise.

So he flung dirt at Muldoon and was wrong. He had to apologise.

Tuesday, March 22, 1988

TREVOR MALLARD (Hamilton West): I request the leave of the House to make a personal explanation under Standing Order 171, about compliance orders.

John Banks: Apologise.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! There is no discussion on this matter. It is a question of the House granting leave. Is there any objection to leave being granted? There appears to be none.

TREVOR MALLARD: When I spoke in the debate I made an error about the method of review of the appointments of chief executives. A review can be done by the High Court, but not by the Labour Court. Therefore the Governor-General cannot be affected. I do not retract the comments I made about the effect of compliance orders on Ministers of the Crown under other clauses in the Bill.

Labour at the time was trying to stop public sector workers who refused to join the PSA access to the the provision of the Labour Relations Act. Not only that Labour’s Bill would have given the Public Service Association the statutory right, for the first time, to insist on compulsory unionism. But Mallard ruined his arguments by lying and then having to apologise tot eh house.

Tuesday, November 21, 1989


TREVOR MALLARD (Hamilton West): I seek the leave of the House to make a personal explanation relating to a supplementary question I asked during question of the day No. 5.

Hon. W. F. Birch: What’s it about?

TREVOR MALLARD: The Opposition Whips have been briefed.

Mr SPEAKER: The member has given a brief explanation. Is there any objection to leave being granted? There appears to be none.

TREVOR MALLARD: During question of the day No. 5 I asked a supplementary question relating to payments for public relations contracts. I stated that the National Government had produced a green booklet with a photo of its current leader that promised 410 000 jobs, and that that booklet had gone to every household. I also implied that a company involving the member for East Coast Bays was involved. The member has indicated to me that I was wrongly briefed. I make it clear that I accept his word, and I apologise for any embarrassment that I have caused him.

Another day where Mallard has had to make a personal explanation in parliament about more lies he has told. This example is particularly interesting in that Mallard was spreading muck leaked to him from someone, and he got it wrong. It is exactly the same type of thing he doing to this day. Again involving himself in the affairs of another political party, receiving emails and txts from affiliated protagonists including sitting MPs and even Ministers and then repeating those on his blog and in parliament as statements of fact.

Those examples are from the 80s….step forward just a few more years and Mallard was at it again.

Thursday, April 18, 1996

TREVOR MALLARD (Pencarrow): It became clear to me late yesterday that the information that I had that suggested that the Minister had said that President Mandela was “a fat, balding, Maori” was in fact incorrect. The information that the Minister had twice indicated that a photograph of President Mandela was a photograph of a Maori resembling President Mandela was in fact correct. I took some advice as to whether it was appropriate to apologise at that stage. The advice I got was that bringing it up again might in fact further embarrass our relations with South Africa, so I did not. But I do apologise to the Minister for the partial inaccuracy.

Another day  a few later and he was smearing John Banks this time. Another apology. Getting the picture. Mallard lies, then he gets caught, then he has to apologise.

I will cover the 90s in another post. This could take a while there is so much material to work with. Mallard was a muck-raker then and he is a muck-raker now. He was wrong so many times then, he is still wrong today. When I call him an apologist you can see why, he spends a great deal of time apologising for his lies and smears.


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  • Trevor Mallard

    I wondered when the material put together by the parliamentary library for the Nat research unit was going to be used. And you call journalists repeaters.

    • But are you disputing its authenticity Trevor? Hansard never lies …

    • kimbo

      Ho hum. Two pigs rolling in the mud. I note that you haven’t actually responded to the critique – you’ve simply deflected attention from your failings and incompetence. At least WO is honest about who and what he is – and he’s not running for office.

      Any chance you are going to change the habits of a political lifetime, Trev? Thought not. I’m a traditional Labour voter, but I can assure you, as long as you are around, I have a tin ear to your party’s pleadings for “political truth and justice”. What a contemptible fellow you are!

    • That information is freely available on the net you fool. I provided the links idiot. No one did the research but me, yet another lie.

      Can you ever tell the truth?

      It appears not.

  • kimbo

    I gotta admit, I think Mallard, more than any other politician in this country’s history, is responsible for lowering the standards. I’m a former Labour Party member, but I’ll freely admit that men like both Norman Kirk and Rob Muldoon were cut from the same cloth – they played politics hard, and would fight back if attacked, but they didn’t fling the mud as a first (or only) option. Instead, they campaigned on their policies, and attacked their opponents policies. Even the public disillusionment with the so-called secret agendas/broken election promises of Roger Douglas in 1984, and Ruth Richardson in 1990 were ultimately about policies, not personalities.

    Ever since Helen Clark sold her straight-laced academic soul to the dark side in the form of Mallard around about 1995 for the sake of power, politics has got a whole lot nastier in NZ – and more trivial. National ultimately got voted out in 1999 because of Mallard’s line that they were crooks (I seem to recall it was a case of national scandal whom Jenny Shipley was dining with)

    In a case of ironic justice, the electorate delivered the same verdict against Clark in 2008, with a 9 year accumulation of (ultimately) petty scandal – Paintergate, 160km/hr outside of Ashburton, Field, Benson-Pope, etc.

    The sooner Mallard is shown the door, the more likely the sewer gets cleaned up.

    Which is why, even though part of me wants to believe Clare Curran’s optimistic idealism, it has all the intellectual and poltical rigour of the Children’s Crusade.

  • royaloaks

    Parliament is full of nobodies from nowhere that would struggle to make their own way in the world if thrown off the taxpayer tit. Abusive, aggressive lying Mallard is up the front of the pack. Never had any class, never will have any.

  • positan

    It’s truly fascinating to consider that Mallard’s legacy in the public consciousness will be a state of being remembered as even more reviled than Muldoon – and, it must be said, for far more substantial and appropriate reasons than anything Labour’s dead-ball machine ever sought to lay on Muldoon.

    Even in Mallard’s most self-deluded moments, his appalling record will never be seen as other than a totally self-won achievement, the encompassment of all the disgraces he has self-inflicted in an otherwise completely eventless political career.

  • grizz

    Trevor, when will you learn? The more you engage this blogger, the harder he is going to come at you. You have some very public skeletons. Soon they will be used to come back at you like last night’s Pizza. Why do you give him the motivation?

  • jabba

    in my 37 years in the workforce, I have met many people like trev. Many were managers that thought they got to the lofty positions by ability when in fact it was, in many cases, dumb luck. The thing is, when they retired they had no legacy, they became retired soles with no influence and those they “managed” couldn’t give a shit about a legacy. Trev knows that when he leaves politics, he will be trev nobody. I believe still, that his bolshy blogging is a foundation for a potential future in the blogosphere.

  • johnboy

    Trev has always been a legend in his own mind. In reality he was a piss poor rugby player an even worse linesman and to crown his whole shitty little life he is a fucking useless politician which will be shown when he, as campaign manager, leads them to the worst defeat they have ever had.

    Apart from that, this challenge has shown what a craven little coward he is, brave as buggery when hiding behind parliamentary privilege of course but a gutless little shitbag otherwise.

    Poor old Goofy with Daffy in charge he is fucked.

    I’ve got a hundred on you at Farrar’s Whale. Deal to the little turd!

  • Doc

    Hey Trev, who were you shagging when accusing Don of having an affair while in Parliament. Weren’t you married at the time?

    • whafe

      Doc, it would be a given that he would have been thrashing Mrs Palmer for sure

      Were there others too?