When is Ardern going to act like a leader over the Haumaha debacle?

The drip feed of information on Wally Haumaha continues. The latest news is that Haumaha contacted a witness to his alleged bullying just prior to the story emerging about that same alleged bullying: Quote:

Police officer alerts management after Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha calls him in advance of Herald story about bullying allegations. Jared Savage and Phil Kitchin report.

Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha contacted a key witness to an alleged bullying incident after the Herald asked questions about accusations by three women working on a joint justice project.

The witness is a senior police officer who intervened in a heated exchange between Haumaha and one of the three women from Justice and Corrections who refused to work inside Police National Headquarters because of Haumaha’s alleged behaviour towards them.

One of the three women who walked out of police headquarters — and says one alleged incident was witnessed by the police officer whom Haumaha contacted last week — now plans to make a formal complaint about Haumaha’s alleged behavior.

The Herald can now reveal Haumaha allegedly called the lower ranking officer, who previously worked directly for him in the Māori Pacific and Ethnic Services division, one night last week to ask for his support.

This was several days before the Herald published the allegations. End quote.

Surely it is now untenable for him to hold that position, or indeed even remain in the police force? Perhaps Mike Bush should be going too.

David Farrar points out the lack of leadership from Jacinda Ardern on this and explains how Helen Clark would have handled it: Quote:

Here’s what Helen Clark would have done.

  1. Helen tells Heather he has to go.
  2. Heather talks to DPMC and they create a job for him as a senior advisor on Maori offending to work across the justice sector on the same pay as Deputy Police Commissioner.
  3. Heather talks to the Police secondee in the Police Minister’s office and says The Deputy Commissioner no longer has the confidence of the PM
  4. The secondee talks to the Commissioner.
  5. The Commissioner talks to the Deputy Commissioner and says look position no longer tenable, but there’s a role for you in DPMC on same pay.
  6. Deputy Commissioner resigns, and no need for an inquiry – all sorted nicely within a few days.

This is pretty much what Helen Clark did with Peter Doone. It is how good political management works. Note that nothing is in writing and the PM is removed from implication by having her work others. End quote.

Helen Clark was a good political manager. Jacinda Ardern is not.

Whether she likes it or not, her credibility is at risk here. She has ordered that many inquiries that people have lost count, and this is just another one. There is also the now-late inquiry into the shenanigans at the Labour youth camp pending. This all starts to look like the only decision she is capable of making, ever, is to kick the can down the road with an inquiry and hope people forget about it all.

She needs to act, and swiftly, because people are sick of having the baby shoved in their faces when things get tough.


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