Con AirNZ scandal busted, lies by union and Labour

Beven Hanlon smirking at deceiving Dompost

Beven Hanlon smirking at deceiving Dompost

Beven Hanlon rushed of to the media, aided by staff, presumably, at Rimutaka prison about an apparent scandal that prisoners were being flown on scheduled flights.

Labour’s Jacinda Ardern was demanding answers as well, properly prepped by an incredulous Beven Hanlon who professes to know nothing about flights despite being the union boss for the Corrections Department.

Unfortunately for all concerned including a gullible media who went along with the scam this is a fairly common occurrence and was even covered by a comprehensive report into prisoner transport in 2007.

That would be the same 2007 where Helen Clark was still prime minister and Labour was the government.

The report was presented to and tabled in parliament and is a matter of public record. It was prepared and presented by John Belgrave, Chief Ombudsman and Mel Smith, Ombudsman.

On page 86 there is a section on prisoner transport by air, which states.

Transport of prisoners by air is common. In two sample 3 month periods for April–June in 2005 and 2006, there were 224 and 319 transports of prisoners by air.

These figures exclude exceptional flights for compassionate reasons, or urgent court orders to produce prisoners.

Air transport is used to move prisoners between North and South Islands, and within the North and South Islands where time factors demand. Additionally, there are certain situations where air transport is more economical than road – as where a very small number of prisoners need to be transferred from Auckland to Wellington.   

Where transport is by air, the Department endeavours to move together only similar classes of prisoner. Segregation on board an aircraft does not normally arise. If segregation is required, separate escorting officers are used for the prisoners concerned. Only Corrections Officers act as escorts (as opposed to security officers).

Both charter flights and scheduled public flights are utilised. Between 1 June 2005 (commencement of the Corrections Act 2004) and 16 October 2006, there were 69 charter flights.

Further the report goes on:

Neither prisoners nor staff suggested that there were any reasons for concern about the conditions of air transport.

The report talks about any incidents that have occurred with transport via air.

Few incidents occur during air transport, and we were given no reason to believe that any systemic problems exist.

Between 1 June 2005 and 19 January 2007 there were three cases of prisoners damaging windows or panels on aircraft, and one incident where a prisoner visited the on board toilet in contravention of a “fasten seat belt” sign.

There have been no complaints to the Prison Inspectorate about air transport, and the Department is not aware of any complaints made by other avenues.

Beven Hanlon cannot claim to be in the dark about this at all…this report came about because of a very specific incident which Beven Hanlon knows all to well about…more on that in a separate post later.

Nonetheless Beven Hanlon still cannot claim to know nothing about either this report or the Air Transport details contained within the report.

In 2007 he was talking to Radio Live’s Marcus Lush about this exact report, when he was described as the Corrections Association’s Chief Executive.

He also spoke to the NZ Herald in 2007 about the report stating:

Corrections Association president Beven Hanlon said the transport system needed a decent overhaul.

He said every inmate should be restrained and the duty of shifting inmates should fall on corrections officers, rather than contracted security guards.

Presumably as the head of the union he would have a) been consulted on the contents of the report and b) given a copy of the report complete with details of the long standing air transport arrangements.

At best Beven Hanlon is forgetful, at worst he manufactured and lied to create a scandal knowing the full facts and is now exposed as a liar.

If only Fairfax journalist Shane Cowlishaw knew how to use Google they could have avoided being stung as well.


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  • Goodness; a trade union tells fibs, and the Labour Party spreads them. Who would have ever thunk it?

    • Blokeintakapuna

      …you forgot the sympathetic and pathetic MSM helping push anything the unions and Labour ask.

    • John

      Yes, I am totally shocked, waiting with bated breath for correction from Fairfax.

      • Other_Andy

        Turning blue yet…?

  • peterwn

    “At best Beven Hanlon is forgetful, …” – And John Key is accused of brain fade!

  • Bart67

    Another left wing media beat up that has turned in to a rather shameful episode of masturbation instead. These are also becoming much more common of late, and seem to rely heavily on the fallacy that New Zealanders do not get any information from other sources, and cannot think for themselves. It really is time they caught up with a new reality, isn’t it!

  • hookerphil

    I am flabbergasted by the hypocrisy of those concerned, but then why should I be – Unions, Labour, MSM – what a combination. Thank you once again Cam.

    • Chiefsfan73

      Agreed. It is, I imagine now common practice for all thinking New Zealanders to come to WOBH to find out the truth behind all the MSM stories.

      • Michelle

        l now half pie listen to or read MSM then think l wonder what the real story is and come here to get the FACTS and no bull crap
        Thanks Cam we need you to get the real facts and stories instead of the so called media who are lazy one eyed waste of space

        • williamabong

          So this leads to the question, how many years have we and those before us been lied to and manipulated by the media, and how much influence had this had on history, frightening me thinks.
          This would make a good subject for a thesis, rather than some wank over a failed political party.

          • Liberty

            How else did such an inept labour government stay in power for 9 years.
            For the same reason there
            are still Labours MPs who were nothing more than incompetent fools. during the reign of Clark. are still being promoted by the
            leftie media.

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            Careful… A greenie might write such a thesis and use the credentials to obtain a high list ranking to come into parliament and fuck up the country.

          • williamabong

            Careful that sounds like the plot for a horror movie, the world we know it would come to a sad end were this to ever happen.

      • ex-JAFA

        Unfortunately, not nearly enough are thinkers. Virtually everyone I know laps up what MSM feeds them, and thinks my attempts at re-educating them are batshit crazy conspiracy theories.

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          You don’t work in construction, sales or warehousing do you? I did too and I had the same experience as you did. Just let them work, watch coro and head out to the mall. The Romans had a pleb assembly for a reason. They were well ahead of us.

  • DangerousE

    Do these journalists not feel just a little embarrassed? I would struggle to get out of bed each day knowing I was too lazy to use google

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      No, they’re a self-anointed, self-perpetuating and self-reinforcing elite. A circle of jerkers if you will…

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Beven… You’ve exposed yourself as being woefully unable now to represent even yourself with such a bad memory, or worse, by being deliberately deceitful.

    Too bad for you Google has such an inconveniently long memory… But on a brighter note, at least you can read up all about how Socialism has failed everywhere and is a completely flawed premise. Felching up to Labour Party members might even get you a list MP slot one day… But be very careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

    Hand in your integrity card. Take your hand off it, drop ya cock and pull up ya sock’s… and find a cause somewhere that someone somewhere actually gives a fuck about.

    Fairfax journalist Shane Cowlishaw… Wanna buy a bridge? We have a special on them but only for today…

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Hanlon handed his integrity card in years ago when he joined up with the racket which he draws a salary from.

  • JC

    Hanlon is not yet a Labour MP so he still has braincells and knew he would be rumbled on this.

    Why would he risk his job then? I wonder if his dept or the law was already on to him about something nefarious and he’s throwing up smokescreens?


    • AnonWgtn

      Understand he fully expects to be high on Labour’s list, but he is not queer (I think) , female, Maori – at least he is Irish and a Union cunt.

  • Kendall

    Hey horse head chick, you know the MSM lies (they print the bullshit you tell (neigh) them too). Would it not be good, if you aspire to lead this country, to do some checking too. They tell me the parlimentary library is pretty high tech these days and surely the old labour material hasn’t been deleted yet – you need to put it into the school curriculum when you get elected.

    • Brent

      She should read .8 on the Correction Web page

      • Blokeintakapuna

        Horribly inconvenient that.

        Strewth if everyone starts looking just a little deeper into MSM stories, all manner of deceit will be exposed… And then the MSM will only have facts and real news to report.

        Then they’ll really be like Carl, trussed up like a spatchcock chicken, getting it in the changer with every piece of propaganda they try and shop.

        Strewth… Where will they turn to for facts and real investigative journalism? Maybe google might be a good start…

  • williamabong

    Silly little girl rushes into print all breathless and misinformed, you would think a potential leader would have enough brains to fact check before going all “Russell Packer” on corrections, another case of cerebral dysentery.
    I can’t wait for the apology, are her and Hanlon planning to do it together, or do we get to watch two solo performances, it will be a long time coming.

  • GazzW

    Ardern has already proved to be woefully inadequate at verbaling versus Bennett & Collins and now she’s set herself up with another bitch fight with Ann Tolley which is not a sensible thing to do at the best of times. Tolley will be looking forward with immense anticipation to Question Time.

    • Macca

      And to think that many left commentators (idiots), are actually touting Arden as a future leader of our country somehow thinking she would be an improvement on Key and his very intelligent and industrious team.
      Give me strength! Have they lost all touch with reality?

      • Kimbo

        but….but…but she has a degree in communications from Waikato University!

        • ex-JAFA

          Cambridge or Karaka campus?

      • ex-JAFA

        Leader of our country?? She’s only qualified for Minister of Racing and Associate Minister of Health with responsibility for dentistry. Those portfolios seldom lead to the top job.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        Farrar said this too. It was the first thing I ever read by the guy so I’ve never been able to fathom his influence.

  • Sooty

    Don’t forget the jollies for the guards. The wait in the Koru lounge, decent coffee, etc. Much better than sitting on your arse for umpteen hours in some van and shit coffee some where in the back of beyond.

    • williamabong

      Listening to some career scumbag piss and moan about hows he’s been fucked over by the white man, and how he’s innocent and a victim.

  • timemagazine

    It is very simple. The left is running out of steam when it comes to the economy, so they have to come up with bogus ideas.

  • Agent BallSack

    I am outraged they’re all not transported in a specially made ventilated trailer behind a cattle truck.!

  • Mr_Blobby

    The figure seem very high given the size of the prison population.

    I still don’t think we should be transporting prisoners anywhere, video conferencing for Court cases and tough luck on compassionate grounds, did the crime do the time.

  • Day Day

    Classic leftist BS. To drum up a crisis, & then provide a ‘solution’ for it. They underestimate the modern electorate

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      No one has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the masses and no-one has ever lost political office thereby.

  • Tom

    How the fuck do you get compassionate travel when you are a prisoner ?
    Keep the fuckers in the town where they commited the offence and fuck the family.