There is a perfectly good reason for this

The DomPost takes a swipe at Hekia Parata’s unusual staff turnover, something I have blogged on previously.

Ms Parata has lost several private secretaries and a senior adviser just two months into a two-year secondment.

She also let go her senior private secretary just before Christmas.

Ministerial Services confirmed there had been no other employee disputes or employee exit arrangements from the office.

Ms Turei said she had lodged an Official Information Act request over potential staff exit arrangements in the office because of a worrying number of reports about internal office tensions.

She was concerned at the cost of the minister’s mounting tally of relationship problems. 

“There have been lots of reports of conflict and problems and a very high turnover. This personal grievance just goes to show how serious it has been beyond even the Lesley Longstone debacle.”

There’s a perfectly good reason for all of this. In addition to being weak on policy, unconvincing in management and more focused on PR events than substance, she also has a terrible ego and incapable of accepting responsibility for mistakes when there are short-term flunkies who can be blamed instead.

If she worked at Merrill Lynch, she would have been sacked by the smiling assassin in no time at all.

Hekia Parata is the Nicola Murray of the National party.


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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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