Who is the most scandalous politician in New Zealand?

Scandal is beloved by Media, especially when it involves a politician. I searched through some dusty folders in order to find four prime candidates for New Zealand’s most scandalous politician.

In no particular order, I give you the following four politicians to choose from. Who do you think should be crowned New Zealand’s most scandalous politician? Who have I missed out?


  1. Ponytail-pulling John Key

Prime Minister John Key has dismissed his hair-pulling pranks as “a bit of banter”, saying he apologised to an Auckland waitress when it became clear his approaches were unwanted.

The waitress made the claims that Key repeatedly tugged on her ponytail  in an anonymous blog post. She is said to be a waitress at a Rosie, a cafe frequented by Key and his wife Bronagh near their Parnell mansion.

Labour says the incident did not match the standards expected of a prime minister, while the Green Party says Key’s behaviour was “weird” and showed he was out of touch.


Just one of the bad eggs that need to be exited

2.Pants-down Len Brown

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has said he… will not step down.

He appeared on TV3’s Campbell Live this evening just hours after news broke that he had had an affair with a junior council advisor – named as Bevan Chuang.

…Last April, Chuang appeared on Holy Cow Media’s Asian Radio Show talking about being single and Asian in New Zealand.

Chuang complained about “dodgy” men who wanted her to be “the mistress-type thing”.

“I don’t need to be someone’s toy really,” she said.

However, she later complained that Kiwi men, unlike Asian men, did not lavish gifts or money on their girlfriends.

…They allegedly had sex on council property and were once surprised by a security guard as they had sex in the Ngati Whatua Room at the Auckland Town Hall.


3. Corrupt Taito Phillip Field

Former MP Taito Philip Field appears for sentencing, High Court, Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, October 06, 2009. Credit: NZPA / David Rowland

Former MP Taito Philip Field appears for sentencing, High Court, Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, October 06, 2009. Credit: NZPA / David Rowland

Disgraced former MP Taito Phillip Field’s jail sentence shows no one is above the law, Labour and National politicians say.

Field has been jailed for six years, with the sentencing judge saying his offending threatened the foundation of democracy and justice.

In August the former Mangere MP was found guilty of 11 charges of bribery and corruption and 15 charges of attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice.

The charges were laid after he used Thai tradesmen to do work on his properties in Samoa and New Zealand in return for giving them immigration assistance.

Justice Rodney Hansen gave Field four years jail for the 11 counts of bribery and corruption.

He also gave two years for the 15 charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice, and the judge declared the four and two years will be cumulative, meaning that Field will spend a total six years in jail.



4. Paintergate Helen Clark

On the Sunday television programme last night she said she had not known the painting had been destroyed and she regretted it had happened. The destruction had occurred before it was known a police inquiry was under way.

Had that been known, she was certain it would not have been destroyed.

Mr English made his attack at the National Party’s annual conference yesterday, making full use of the inquiry into Helen Clark’s signing other people’s artwork to be sold for charities.

The painting at the centre of the inquiry was commissioned by a staff member for a charity auction in 1999, where it sold for $1000.

The police found there was a clear case of forgery to answer but decided it was not in the public interest to prosecute.

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