Labour’s nasty Little hit job blows up in their face

Andrew Little-nasty

Yesterday while John Key was out of the country Labour mounted a hit job on murray McCully and a donor of the National party.

Labour MPs I’ve spoken to are nervous with some thinking that Little might actually be sued for defamation as result of smearing of Earl Hagaman and Scenic Hotels.

Worse still it appears that Andrew little didn’t have all his facts right and is just being grubby about a donor. It is the old Labour Nasty Party playbook.

TVNZ though has chased Little for the links to his own MP Jacinda Ardern, and asked the hard questions.

Mr Little yesterday came out swinging about the fact that the Scenic Hotel Group was given the contract to run the Matavai Resort on the tiny Pacific island, weeks after the chain’s founder gave a donation to the National Party.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Scenic have denied there is anything amiss, but that hasn’t stopped Mr Little speaking out about the deal, saying it stinks.   

It emerged today that the father of Jacinda Ardern, Ross Ardern, is a trustee owner of the resort, and would have helped appoint the hotel’s board of directors, who organised the contract tender.

Mr Little was asked repeatedly by ONE News if his accusations reflected badly on Mr Ardern, but he wasn’t biting, giving the same stock answer every time.

“What I care about is the fact that somebody who donated over $100,000 to the National Party, one month later gets a contract to run a hotel, and then several months later gets $7.5m,” he said.

“That’s got to be investigated.”

This has now blown up in Labour’s face.  Is Andrew Little really suggesting that Jacinda Ardern’s father is beholden to the National party and to Murray McCully?

Was Andrew Little not briefed properly? It seems not. What should have been a nice clean hit by Andrew Little has turned into yet another failed stunt.

TVNZ tried very hard to get answers but Little just kept on digging hard into the smears.

There is another angle that Andrew Little hasn’t considered.

Niue is a NZ dependency. The Hotel resort had an open tender for which there were 6 bidders. Scenic Hotels is a New Zealand owned and operated hotel business employing thousands of people. Scenic Hotels is the only hotel company operating in NZ that is NZ owned and operated.

Is Andrew Little suggesting that the contract for a resort hotel in a NZ dependency should have been to let to an offshore company, and the NZ owned and operated company left out in the cold simply because the owner of the company dared to donate money to the National party? Because where I am looking at it from it appears that Labour wants an offshore company to run the hotel and now employ Kiwi workers.

Andrew Little is going to have many more questions asked of him now…justifying why he thinks a foreign owned company should win a contract over a Kiwi owned company for a hotel in a NZ dependency.

 

– TVNZ


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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