Just one more question about that timesheet Mr Cunliffe, if I may?

cunliffe-timesheet-630x501Above, the BCG “Confidential” timesheet as released by David Cunliffe yesterday.   It is offered by him as “proof” of his involvement in the setting up of Fonterra – a claim Cunliffe makes on his CV that is disputed by Matthew Hooton.

I would like to draw your attention to 3 things.

1) The date on the report.  The date is the 24th of September 2013.

Yesterday we explained this ‘away’ by saying that the report was perhaps generated on the 24th of September 2013.

Even though it uses data from a timesheet system that is old, the report itself was created 24/09/2013.

2) Another issue that was raised is that FONTERRA COOPERATIVE GROUP didn’t exist until 2001.  How could the name FONTERRA COOPERATIVE GROUP appear on the report today if it didn’t exist back then?

We explained this ‘away’ by saying that in the subsequent years, the timesheet system has been updated to have the old GLOBAL DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED customer with its current name.  Therefore, if you run a report “today” for data that was entered 14, 15 and 16 years ago, the timesheet data would still be the same, but the company name that was linked to it could conceivably have changed. (probably not, but let’s say that’s what happened).

This is where I introduce the 3rd item I’d like you to look at.

3) An AAP story filed yesterday afternoon.  It reads, in part

Labour’s leader David Cunliffe has released a 14-year-old document to refute claims he lied about working on Fonterra’s formation in the 1990s.

So we have a document that is 14 years old, but it has a current date on it.

How could that possibly be unless the document was altered in some way?

Let’s say it was not.  How could a current date end up being added to to a 14 year old document?

Let’s leave that to one side for a minute.  Next question.

If the document is genuinely 14 years old why does it show FONTERRA COOPERATIVE GROUP on it on a timesheet with 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 and 1995 dates, when Fonterra wasn’t even conceived of (let’s be generous) until 2000, and incorporated in 2001?

There is no way this document can, all at the same time, be

  • unaltered
  • 14 years old
  • with a current date
  • showing a company name that didn’t exist at the time

I’m off to get some popcorn.  The explanation is going to be fantastic, I’m sure.


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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.

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