Claudette Hauiti

Getting rid of dud MPs – Ask Winston

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

The National Party is dead set useless at getting rid of dud MPs. They took weeks to run Aaron ?Do you know who I am?” Gilmore out of parliament.

Instead of quickly and quietly knifing him they left him flopping around for a couple of weeks before he finally reached the inevitable conclusion.

Claudette Hauiti would have probably faced a police investigation if it hadn?t been politically expedient to let her get away with a little bit of personal spending of taxpayers money. ? Read more »

It’s not just our politicians on the bludge

Politicians the world over just cannot help themselves helping themselves to our taxpayer cash, especially when it benefits them directly.

We have seen Paul Foster-Bell, Claudette Hauiti and now David Cunliffe trough it up on travel.

We see the two main parties working out better ways to avail themselves for?more entitlements.

Politicians, wherever they are from, become afflicted with entitleitis…they even use the same justifications.

The ”age of entitlement” is over, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey, but politicians continue to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to sporting events, study tours, recipe collections and children’s books – such as?Aliens in Underpants Save the World.

Department of Finance records show rising Liberal Party MP Jamie Briggs claimed almost $11,000 in entitlements over two years for travel to and from sporting events. For most of this period, November 2011 to November 2013, Mr Briggs was chairman of the Coalition’s government waste committee, established to highlight the mismanagement of taxpayer money.

His entitlement claims included:

? $2800 last November for him and a family member to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where they attended Derby Day in the Emirates marquee.

? $1600 last June to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where he attended an AFL game as a guest of BHP.

? $2300 in December 2012 to travel between Adelaide and Sydney, where he attended the Australian Open as a guest of Golf Australia.

Mr Briggs said: ”Each trip was undertaken within the entitlement rules and publicly declared as required. They included meetings with a range of people related to my work as a federal member of Parliament.”

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The trough pig tries explaining

Someone in National needs to tell trough pig Paul Foster-Bell to shut up. Explaining is losing, and will only lead to more questions.

Right now Claudette Hauiti has shown she is far smarter than Paul Foster-Bell.

Paul Foster-Bell has rebutted Andrea Vance?s article where she calls him out for being a bludging ratbag for using his parliamentary travel perk to travel to whangarei in his failed attempt to win the national party nomination up there.

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This issue is pretty easy to sort out.? Read more »

Hugging the corpse from National’s Epsom chair

It is my rule in politics to never hug a corpse…at least not publicly. People should keep their political necrophilia behind closed doors.

What a dumb move from a National Party officeholder to enthusiastically hug a rotting corpse, especially one who disgraced themselves and got the DCM from the highest levels of the party.

It is a great pity that Claudette has withdrawn her candidature, she is a fine person, extremely able and has done very well during her short time in the house.

Additionally Claudette has demonstrated very ably that National’s philosophies and support for individual responsibility and private enterprise are widely supported.

Haere Ra Claudette, all the very best for the future.

Tom Bowden

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Wonders will never cease, trougher quits the trough

It looks like National has dodged a bullet and Claudette Hauiti has read the writing on the wall.

She’s quitting, which is just as well as there wasn’t much competition for the bottom of the list.

National list MP Claudette Hauiti has decided to withdraw from the election and politics altogether.

She has already been selected as National’s candidate in the Kelston electorate, which is thought to be a safe Labour seat.

She told National MPs at their caucus meeting this morning.

Her decision comes a few days before National releases its list ranking and Ms Hauiti may have been warned she would get a low list ranking.

She recently returned her parliamentary credit card after using it for personal spending. ? Read more »

National replaced one incompetent fool with another

When Aaron “DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” Gilmore was finally encouraged to seek greener pastures, the next person on the list was Claudette Hauiti. ?On paper, the perfect candidate to make the National Party look hip and with it: ?Woman? ?Check. ? Maori? ?Check. ?Lesbian? ?Check.

But the problem with people way down the party list is that they are waaay down the party list for a reason. ?Basically, these are the egotistical idiots that promised National to stand in seats that are unwinnable just to get the party votes.

The kind of background checks that are done for people higher on the list are dispensed with. ?They are treated like dirt by the party, are expected to pretty much look after themselves, and are no different to political cannon fodder.

Until one day… ?they enter parliament.

Andrea Vance breaks the story:

Claudette Hauiti has surrendered her parliamentary charge card after using it to pay for a Christmas trip to Australia.

The trip and other unauthorised spending on the card – known as a purchasing or p-card – led to the list MP returning it to Parliamentary Service in March.

…?She admitted last night that she had used the card to pay for flights to Australia, which she said cost about “$200 and something”, but could not be more specific. Read more »

Hooton on The Clown

Matthew Hooton, not one to turn down a glass of wine,?nails Aaron Gilmore, the Clown of Christchurch East:

I am the last person to criticise someone for getting rolling drunk.

By some measures, the volume of wine per person reported to have been drunk at National List MP Aaron Gilmore?s infamous Hanmer Springs dinner was positively temperate. ?(Although, despite many years of trying, I have never had a wine waiter at a flash restaurant deny me service, so perhaps there is more to this part of the story.)

In a country where, rightly or wrongly, binge drinking remains acceptable and commonplace, what really does in Mr Gilmore is not his drunkenness but the horrible way he is reported to have treated the waiting staff, including clicking his fingers and abusing them, and ? perhaps even worse ? his idiotic threat to have the prime minister fire one of them.

On this point, I yesterday found myself in complete political agreement with the ?Service and Food Workers Union, something no doubt damaging to both me and the union.

The shame of Hooton writing that last line must be immense, which makes it all the more powerful.

When previous MPs have run into trouble for drinking they have survived because their uncouth behaviour has not crossed the line into personal abuse.

When Mr Gilmore?s fellow Christchurch MP, Labour?s Ruth Dyson, was picked up one night for drink-driving, there was no suggestion she had been rude to the police and she had the integrity to resign as a minister before the sun came up.

Similarly, when Mr Gilmore?s fellow National Party MP, trade minister Tim Groser, got himself well-and-truly inebriated at the bar of an Emirates A380 flying home after a disastrous Middle Eastern trade mission to bury his mother, there was no suggestion he abused anyone (except, I was told by my spies on the flight, me ? after he found out what I, after a few wines, had written about the trade-mission fiasco for that Friday?s NBR).

In any event, both Ms Dyson and Mr Groser were valuable to their prime ministers and governments.? Mr Gilmore has no such advantage.

He has no redeeming political features at all, and I doubt he will even make the list come the next election, despite his impressive CV.

To say Mr Gilmore?s political career is going nowhere is an understatement.

Reportedly never popular even within the National Party in his home district of Canterbury, he was National?s 2008 sacrificial lamb in the safe Labour seat of Christchurch East, losing to Labour?s Lianne Dalziel by over 5000 votes.

Nevertheless, he snuck into parliament on the list, but received no promotion in his first term as an MP, indicating the low regard in which he is held by John Key, Bill English and Steven Joyce, and much of the rest of the National cabinet and caucus.

Meanwhile, his 2008 contemporaries Nikki Kaye, Simon Bridges, Hekia Parata, Amy Adams and Michael Woodhouse have become ministers, and the next in line for ministerial jobs, Todd McClay and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, already chair the powerful Finance and Expenditure and Social Services select committees respectively.? There will never be any such promotions for Mr Gilmore.

Undeterred at having achieved nothing in his first term except attract publicity over a?false CV, he sought re-election but was awarded the lowest place on National?s 2011 list among incumbents except for newbie Jami-Lee Ross, only elected as MP for Botany earlier that year, and the unloved Paul Quinn.? He was also put up again for Christchurch East.

In the 2011 election, it turned out that is not just National Party officials and MPs that seem to have a particular dislike of Mr Gilmore but also the good voters of Christchurch East.

His career, such as it is is over. He may as well just piss off. He won’t though such is his hubris.

As of this morning, the Prime Minister and his office appear almost to be begging for a formal complaint from the Heritage Hotel which they could hand over to Ms Upston as a first step towards getting rid of Mr Gilmore.

Any of the next few names on National?s list ? Claudette Hauiti, Jo Hayes or Leonie Hapeta ? would offer the party more in terms of electoral appeal than Mr Gilmore.

But they do have to move carefully.

Unlike, say, NZ First, National is a democratic party and, as Jim Bolger found with Mr Peters, Bill English with Maurice Williamson and Don Brash with Brian Connell, it is extremely hard to get rid of a recalcitrant MP.? Even in the recent NZ First case, Mr Peters failed to drum the disgraced Brendan Horan out of parliament altogether.

Mr Key just announcing Mr Gilmore is fired achieves nothing.? He needs to be encouraged to resign.

Of course, he probably won?t.? Mr Gilmore will never get a job as well paid as this one, especially now we know he doesn?t have the high-level finance-sector qualifications that were once claimed.

Right now, for doing pretty much nothing, he earns $142,000 a year, plus free air travel and subsidised Bellamy?s booze.

Sadly, he?s probably not going anywhere.

Unless of course all the other scandals associated with Aaron Gilmore surface in short order. They will.

Young Labour go Nasty, again

The Labour caucus went to ground yesterday over the Aaron Gilmore ?Dickhead Debacle? having been hushed up by Robertson?s Press Team in the Labour Leader?s office.

Instead it was Young Labour members who went off message resorting to homophobic and racist slurs towards National List Candidate, Claudette Hauiti, on Twitter.

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Groser out of running

Tim Groser is out of the running for his bid to head the WTO.

Looks like he will have to find a plan B to exit parliament…but the Nats will be quietly relieved he got the arse card?because?if he left then Claudette Hauiti would be next in to parliament.

Trade Minister Tim Groser’s bid to head the World Trade Organisation has failed.

A spokeswoman for the minister has confirmed to APNZ this morning that Mr Groser had withdrawn his bid.? Read more »

Who will run in Mt Roskill in Place of Jackie Blue?

Jackie Blue?s resignation from parliament means that National will need another person to take one for the team in the safe Labour seat of Mt Roskill. Phil Goff holds Roskill with a massive majority of 7,271, so no National candidate has a realistic chance of winning the seat.

National?s stupidity in supporting red seat candidates means it burns through good people who will not want to take a fisting in the ballot box to help out John Key and Steven Joyce and Peter Goodfellow. ?After the election the National Party was either dismissive or indifferent to those MPs likely to come back into the house or those who ran in red seats. ? Read more »