Hollywood performance by MPIs Acting DG

New Zealand’s reputation has taken a hit. Now the blame game will gather steam.

MPI was quick out of the blocks yesterday taking credit for doing a sterling job while sheeting blame back onto Fonterra. Its acting Director General Scott Gallacher must be thinking after this performance he’s surely in line for the top job, and that he can finally ditch the ‘acting’ bit from the title.


(see from 3:43 http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?alias=www.primetv.co.nz/news)

The only slight problem is that he’s taken responsibility for all of government response saying “what has been paramount for us and all of my colleagues across government since the 2 August is to respond to the information that we’re given and to verify it” 

Right’o then Scottie boy, good to see you’re taking responsibility for the Crown Research Institute AgResearch as well, particularly as it was their scientists’ findings that led to the issue being raised with MPI in the first place and subsequently cost the country’s exporters millions in lost revenue.

It will be good to see your response to questions about AgResearch’s role and whether they’ve achieved the following:


No doubt you’ll also be making sure AgResearch is living up to this Operating Principle:


As you’re taking responsibility for “my colleagues” you’ll also be keen to get on top of another simmering issue at AgResearch where 26% of staff believes there’s harassment and bullying going on in the work place.

If you want to lose the ‘acting’ title…

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.