Collins overrides bureaucrats choice, cue outrage

Judith Collins has appointed someone she can trust to a position, as much as you trust a criminal lawyer….instead of a flunky lefty recommended by bureaucrats…and boy have they got upset.

Justice Minister Judith Collins rejected the advice of an independent panel which recommended a woman lawyer for a top state service job and selected her own nominee, despite a plea from the Chief Human Rights Commissioner.

Ms Collins announced experienced Auckland barrister Robert Kee as the new Director of Human Rights Proceedings, an independent role within the Human Rights Commission, in mid-2012 after nominating him for the post. 

This was despite a panel telling her its first choice was lawyer Catherine Rodgers and Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford’s writing to the minister to express his concern about how few well-qualified women were being selected for state-sector jobs.

Ms Collins also eliminated another woman candidate during the early selection process.

Papers released by her office under the Official Information Act show that Ms Collins nominated Mr Kee for the role as one of 13 candidates to be assessed by an independent panel within the Justice Ministry.

The panel, which was headed by Mr Rutherford, recommended that Mr Kee be interviewed as one of six on a shortlist.

Ms Collins was shown the list and cut one of the potential interviewees, understood to be a woman lawyer from Auckland.

After the remaining five candidates were interviewed by the panel, two were recommended to Ms Collins as suitable to be appointed, including Mr Kee. But the panel preferred Ms Rodgers – who is manager (policy) in the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives – as the top candidate to be the next director.

Ms Collins chose Mr Kee over the first-choice candidate and recommended his appointment for five years.

Bloody good job…we expect ministers to make decisions not rubber stamp official recommendations…this is for a job in Auckland and she has chosen a candidate from Auckland rather than the bureaucracy liberal elite from Wellington. She has saved the taxpayers considerable coin by choosing an Auckland based candidate.


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  • steve and monique

    The next National party leader.Then lets see if Hekia gets a job

    • fozzie2

      Nah judge judy does not like any ‘girlie’ competition !

      • Patrick

        Hardly think Hekia is competition for Collins. There are plenty of her male colleagues that may be concerned though, she is clearly far more competent than many of them – whether you like her politics or not you have to agree she has a way of dealing with the issues before they become major sh1tstorms. Unlike Hekia & that numpty Nick Smith.

        • fozzie2

          patty agree with you – hekia is no competition, but judge judy is no leader – she does not seem able to think nor promote anyone outside her play pen. After 6 years of ‘look after my buddies’ Key – we do not need a PM that can’t see past her uni buddies for support !

          • Patrick

            Fozzie2, at this stage I will admit I don’t have knowledge of what you say re Collins. Time will tell. But your comments remind me very much of Clarke & I am absolutely no admirer of her but you have to admit she was a “political operator” & from the outside it looks like Collins has the same genes. If this is so I hope she puts her gifts to constructive use & NZ prospers.

  • Goldie

    What possible reason does the Office of the Clerk of House of Representatives need a POLICY unit for? It is parliament, not a government department. The proliferation of ‘policy’ in Wellington is as almost ridiculous as the proliferation of ‘strategy’ units in government departments. It looks to me that Judith Collins has shown good sense in avoiding appointing yet another Wellington insider.

  • Captain Crab

    “The identity of the top candidate was redacted from the report but she was described as “someone who understands Treaty issues and human rights and is experienced in working with marginalised people”, the independent panel wrote.”

    Glad we didn’t get another fucking progressive soft cock liberal like this. Go Crusher

    • Sounds like we dodged a bullet there.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Sounds like one of the Aunties. The brown mafia won’t like this one little bit.

      Crusher must feel a bit like the lone ranger, minus tonto, some times.

  • LesleyNZ

    The best person MUST get the job – not what the PC brigade recommend. If a man is better than the woman then he should get the job. If the woman is better than the man – then she should get the job. Quota systems are false – especially this one that was recommended by the Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford. Once again Judith Collins is right. Oh – I wonder – is there a woman out there who is better suited to the Chief Human Rights Commissioner’s job? There might be!

    • Travis Poulson

      Tell that to Louisa Wall, who thinks the NZRFU should have a female quota, and Tau Henare agrees with it.

      • LesleyNZ

        Easy to say such things when you are a list MP? No way should anyone get a job if there is someone else more suited to the job. Tau sounds very socialist here. Maybe he is in the wrong party?

        • Travis Poulson

          Maybe. That comment certainly changed my perception of him.

  • Troy

    Any chance that Rutherford is a left-wing soft cock who excretes Red? Why else would he write a letter to Collins to plead, nay, beg for a social engineer to take the job?

  • Gazzaw

    Excellent work Minister. We elected you to govern and to do that you need not only the best advisors available but advisors who support the policies of the government that we elected. Obviously the bureaucrats’ brotherhood (or more likely sisterhood) presented you with a bunch of candidates who you felt were unsuitable, you rightfully rejected them and they have thrown their toys out of the cot. The MSM will of course report that in their own biassed way which we have come to expect from them.

    Onyer girl – you are your own woman and that’s good to see.

  • toby_toby

    Clearly Judith Collins hates women.

    • Yeah, right. Just because she mistrusts the denizens of the beltway…

      I still dream for a reverse decimation of the core civil service: 10% of them can keep their jobs and Wellington can revert to being a rainy provincial town after the bro-cracy leaves.

      • Mr_Blobby

        Can’t happen fast enough, for me.

      • toby_toby

        It’s possible you may have missed my sarcasm.

        • Yeah, right.

          • toby_toby

            Don’t feel bad. Just accept the truth.

    • I’d say a more accurate statement is she hates pinkos

      • Mr_Blobby

        Does she hate you Whale, our resident closet pinko.

  • starboard

    Crusher for PM without a doubt. Get rid of the seat warmer Key.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Another fail, if you want to keep your set warm in the house, it is best to be sitting in it. Every time there is something controversial he is conspicuous by his absence.

  • Tristanb

    I’m very happy about this. But I think we’d all be better off if we did not have a “Human Rights Commission”.

    Or at least rename it to the “I was offended, I want money commission”. It’s done nothing but hand out cash to creepy weirdos who get offended when parents don’t like a creepy weirdo living on a school ground.

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  • williamabong

    Fucking good job, yet another left-wing nutjob kicked to touch and the taxpayer saved from the bullshit that will follow as sure as night follows day.