A reader contacts Paula Bennett about Paul Findlay


Paul Findlay’s life changed yesterday.  He’s lost his chance to become a career trougher through the Labour jobs opportunity programme that is local body politics.

The Police are reviewing his actions for potential breaches of the law, and he’s now a pariah in the gay community.

But it appears the destruction to what used to be his life isn’t quite complete.  One of our readers has taken the initiative to express concern about his employment 

Dear Ms Bennett,

I am concerned about today’s reports
concerning a WINZ employee allegedly grooming a child for sex.

I would like to know the following…

  • does your department condone staff members sending photos of their genitals to children?
  • does your department condone staff members engaging in sexually explicit online conversations with children?
  • will Paul Findlay be the subject of a departmental investigation into his behaviour as noted in the article?
  • are case managers issued with mobile phones.

I await your response.

Kind regards,

[ name withheld ]

The lesson is simple:  Don’t send sexually explicit text or images to people you don’t know.  And if you are an aspiring or current politician, that should go without saying.

And yet, I am aware of two or three other people that are concerned they might be in the Whaleoil cross hairs for similar transgressions.

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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.