Winston knew this was coming, and dumped her from the party

Asenati-Lole-Taylor-via-twitter

I tried to run this as an important story about an MP breaking the law at the time, but the media were so pre-occupied with their own little games, it allowed Winston Peters to duck quite the controversy.  It may have earned him a few percentage points for the final party vote.

Former NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor inappropriately accessed the criminal records of a former party official, the Department of Corrections has confirmed.

Dennis Taylor, her husband, lost his job last month after an investigation found he looked up historic convictions of NZ First’s former director and Mana electorate chairwoman Marise Bishop.

Now, in a letter to Bishop, Corrections has revealed the investigation found Lole-Taylor, who was a rehabilitation and reintegration services adviser at the time, also broke the rules.

But because she quit Corrections after becoming a list MP in 2011, they can take no action.

Bishop, a former Defence Force communications operator and sales consultant, was stunned by the findings, saying it was “unbelievable.”

“I am still comprehending the outcome,” she said.

We all knew this at the time of course.  But as National was hedging its bets that it might need NZ First as a coalition partner, there was nothing to be gained by exposing corruption among NZ First.

However, Bishop has taken a complaint to the Privacy Commission and may decide to raise the matter with police.

She complained to Corrections earlier this year and an investigation began in June.

Her historic drink-driving convictions were divulged to senior party members when she sought re-election at a 2012 convention. But she had already disclosed her record to the party’s executive board.

At the time, Lole-Taylor said Bishop’s complaint was politically motivated and “blackmail”.

NZ First has been approached for comment.

Lole-Talyor could not be reached today, but is understood to be contemplating a move to Australia.

That lady has an ego that dwarfs Winston’s.  Australia are welcome to her.

In the end, both National and Winston dodged a huge bullet, and if it wasn’t for Dirty Politics pushing all these kinds of stories from the media’s radar, it would have been a major scandal.

I mean, let’s be clear:   breaking the law by accessing criminal records or a perceived mistake to go visit a factory and drink a glass of milk.

If 2014 stands for anything, it’s the total determination of the media to drive one kind of result through and anti-government agenda, while caring little to hold anyone else to account for real rather than imagined crimes.

 

– Stuff


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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.

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