Why didn’t Northey abstain?

Yesterday I blogged about the muppets at Auckland Council voting against the SkyCity deal.

Christine Fletcher abstained because of a conflict of interest because she is a trustee of an organisation that has received funding from SkyCity.

I don’t believe she should have had to have done that, but at least it shows she was mindful of conflicts of interest and honourable in declaring it.

But you have to ask why Richard Northey didn’t also abstain and declare his conflict of interest. 

Richard Northey sits on the Board of the Problem Gambling Foundation.

The PGF is funded by the gambling industry as a whole via the Problem Gambling Levy set by MoH and collected via IRD.

The PGF receives $4.642 million via Ministry of Health which is ALL funded by gambling interests.

PGF

 

So Richard Northey had a clear conflict of interest in that his organisation also receives funding via MOH of SkyCity funds…plus he has a personal and professional interest in spiking anything SkyCity does.


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