The truth behind the Environment Commissioner

Jan Wright - A sweet old nana?

Jan Wright – A sweet old nana?

Jan Wright looks like a sweet old Nana who should be at home baking the Whale Army some cookies.

The little old lady plays on this image to try and convince people she is fair and impartial in her role as Environment Commissioner, but unlike the lazy repeaters, the Whale Army can see right through her performance. Nana Wright is as dirty as the Manawatu River.

Nana Wright’s website describes her role as an independent Officer of Parliament, and her main role is to review policy. From reading that, I would expect her to be provide a balanced, non-political view.

Let’s take a look at a most recent release and see how independent she really is.

Does the use of “rejects” and “radical” in the headline sound like someone who is balanced and non-political?

They’re very emotive terms. 

If we read the actual release, it could be mistaken for something written by the Green Taliban or Labour scum. And if you think it’s hard to believe that this little old Nana could in fact be a part of the Labour/Green alliance, let me explain.

First, let’s look at the details surrounding how the press released was distributed. It was given to repeaters under a 9am embargo on Wednesday. And as part of Nana Wright’s propraganda tour, she also appeared on RNZ’s Nine to Noon just after 9am. That’s right, the press release was embargoed till 9am and Nana Wright was on Radio Red just after 9am. Coincidence? I bet a batch of Nana Wright’s scones that she had this planned down to every last detail.

So, here we have a supposedly independent environment commissioner cuddling up to Radio Red so she could get a free crack at the Government. Dear oh dear.

But it gets worse. If we look at the bottom of her press release, there is this key information:

For more information please contact:

Rob Egan

Communications Advisor

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

What has that got to do with it? Well, a shit load actually. It is believed that Rob Egan is a blogger on the Standard – aka Irish Bill. He’s also a former Communications Advisor for the EPMU.

I wonder what Egan, who remember works for the ‘independent’ Nana Wright, thinks about the Government’s environment ministers. We don’t have to go far to find out.

Egan has this to say about each Minister:

David Carter:
“I’m drawing a blank here. A little help?”

Tim Groser:
“2012 was the year Tim Groser made us look like dicks at DOHA.”

Phil Heatley:
“In energy, Heatley has basically just done what Joyce and Gerry have told him to. Which is probably why all that oil and gas that was going to make us all as rich as teachers never eventuated.”

Kate Wilkinson:
“In conservation she’s overseen “cost savings” in DoC that are already having negative environmental effects.”

Amy Adams:
“Oversaw the demolition of the emissions trading scheme which means we’re going to see vast amounts of wealth transferred from the taxpayer to polluters over the next few years.”

Nana Wright has hired Egan to be part of her ‘independent’ office to help provide a balanced, non-political view. We now have Egan, a nasty piece of work that hides behind an alias on the Standard to chuck vile abuse at people, using his tax-payer funded salary to do the dirty work for Labour and the Greens.

I think it’s time for some repeaters to get off their arses and start asking some serious questions of Nana Wright.


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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.

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