Corruption

Don’t let anyone say that corruption isn’t rife in local government

Don’t let anyone say that corruption isn’t rife in local government.

Two men were yesterday jailed for their role in the country’s largest bribery case and Auckland Transport revealed six other staff left their jobs after investigations began into the scandal.

The episode has triggered warnings from the Serious Fraud Office that the case has not been completely closed – and that corruption required a toxic culture to grow.

Former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone and Projenz managing director Stephen Borlase were sentenced at the High Court at Auckland to five years and five years six months respectively after being found guilty of bribery and corruption.

Noone’s request for a two-week delay in starting his sentence until his ankle was cut out of a cast put on after surgery was denied. He left the dock for prison hobbling on crutches.

The pair had been found to have engaged in a seven-year corrupt relationship where Projenz would make regular payments to Noone, overall amounting to more than $1m, while the latter was employed at council-owned organisations overseeing contracts awarded to Borlase’s firm.

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New Zealand “Least Corrupt” How did that happen?

New Zealand and Denmark lead the world in freedom from corruption according to a survey by Transparency International.

The survey is based on ratings by the World Bank, World Economic Forum and other institutions.

New Zealand’s first equal placing recognises factors such as absence of bribery or corrupt payments, open government, freedom of expression, civil liberties and independent police and justice systems.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says corruption destroys honest business and prosperity, and New Zealand’s freedom from corruption is greatly valued.

“New Zealand’s reputation for honesty, transparency and justice is a great advantage in conducting international trade and other dealings.

“We need to continue to uphold our standards and institutions and maintain this enviable position.”

This year’s survey showed the top 10 countries for freedom of corruption were New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany.

Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand and Investigative Journalists Nicky Hager were part of an international consortium that blew open the Panama Papers.   Read more »

Labor Lebbo ratbag gets three years in the pokey

Corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has been jailed for a minimum of three years:

NSW Premier Mike Baird says Eddie Obeid will be stripped of his lifetime pension, around $120,000 each year, after his jailing over wilful misconduct.

The government has removed a loophole in legislation that only strips parliamentarians of their allowance if they are convicted of a serious offence, but only while they are in office.

Former Labor powerbroker Obeid, 73, was sentenced this morning to a non-parole period of three years in prison, with a maximum term of five years, for wilful misconduct offences in public office.

He retired from parliament retired in 2011.

Under the current rules, any MP convicted of an offence that punishable by imprisonment for more than five years is liable to lose their parliamentary pension, but this does not apply to former MPs convicted after leaving parliament.

“The crimes of Eddie Obeid and his cronies are the most serious instance of official corruption we have seen in our lifetime,” Mr Baird said.

“Regardless of political affiliation, any MP who commits a serious offence while in office should face the consequences, and should not be shielded simply because they resign before being charged.”

Mr Baird said the government will also move to recover taxpayer-funded legal assistance provided to Mr Obeid because of his position as a former minister, a bill which runs to more than $280,000.

However, costs incurred by the state during the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s investigations of Mr Obeid which have not led to convictions cannot be recovered.

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“They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

-Imelda Marcos

The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.

Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romuáldez Marcos, née Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romuáldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.

The harsh rule of Ferdinand Marcos and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the Philippines and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential family hardly suffered. They lived a lavish, ostentatious, glamorous, royal lifestyle at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine government, Imelda Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other destinations to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story skyscraper in Manhattan.

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Lewinsky and then-President Clinton's liaison was big news in 1998.

Lewinsky and then-President Clinton’s liaison was big news in 1998.

Linda Tripp

A Presidential Affair

Linda Rose Tripp is a former U.S. civil servant who figured in the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998–99. The former White House employee found herself at the center of a media firestorm after it was discovered that she had secretly recorded conversations with President Bill Clinton’s alleged mistress, White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and handed them over to the man investigating the Clintons’ Whitewater scandal, Kenneth Starr. The tapes played a key role in Clinton’s eventual impeachment by Congress, and Tripp endured intense media scrutiny.

Tripp’s action in secretly recording Lewinsky’s confidential phone calls about her relationship with the President caused a sensation with their links to the earlier Jones v. Clinton lawsuit and with the disclosing of notably intimate details. Tripp claimed that her motives were purely patriotic, and she was able to avoid a wiretap charge in exchange for handing in the tapes. She then claimed that her firing from the Pentagon at the end of the Clinton administration was vindictive, while the administration claimed it to be a standard routine.

Tripp was a White House employee in the George H. W. Bush administration, and kept her job when Bill Clinton took over in 1993. During the summer of 1994, senior White House aides wanted Tripp out, so they arranged a job for her in the public affairs office in the Pentagon which gave her a raise of $20,000 per year.

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Pressure mounts on climate hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio to stand down from his UN Climate Change role

As if it isn’t bad enough that climate hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio flies around the world in private jets while lecturing us on the perils of CO2, he is now being pressured to renounce his UN Climate Change role because of his involvement in a corruption scandal.

A rainforest charity calls on the star to either denounce his connection to individuals involved in a Malaysian corruption scandal and return laundered money he allegedly received or give up his role.

In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to give up his title as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he renounce his connections to the “politically exposed persons” at the center of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and return corrupt money he allegedly received or resign from the position he was given by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2014.   Read more »

Aucklanders, not voted yet? Then read this

…a former Senior Manager at Auckland Transport, Murray Noone, is being tried in the Auckland High Court for charges relating to bribery in the course of his employment at the Council.

Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:

“It will come as a bitter disappointment, but no surprise, to the ratepayers of Auckland that Council’s culture of waste that the Alliance has been shining a light on for 18 months extends to one of corruption and bribery.”

“The Auckland High Court heard that one of Auckland Transport’s senior managers Murray Noone, accepted nearly $1.1 million in bribes from a private company he was involved in awarding roading contracts to. The proceedings are exposing examples of alleged corruption and bribery up to the highest levels of Auckland Council.” Read more »

No surprises here as corruption trial reveals culture of corruption in Auckland Council

I’m not at all surprised by revelations in the High Court yesterday.

A rare prosecution of alleged corruption in the New Zealand public sector has heard of a claimed cascading culture of bribery that saw a senior Auckland Council manager collect $1.1 million and his subordinates taken for a $3000 lunch.

The alleged gratuities extended to covering honeymoon expenses in Florida for the daughter of a senior council staffer, dozens of overseas trips, and regular monthly payments of around $8000 into the pocket of former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone by roading contractor Stephen Borlase.

Noone and Borlase yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges of corrupting a public official by bribery. Borlase, who road maintenace firm Projenz is at the heart of the case, also declared himself not guilty of charges he inflated invoices.

Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey said part of the Crown’s case is that Borlase arranged matters so the Rodney District Council – and later Auckland Transport – effectively paid to have their own staff bribed.

The case has drawn considerable interest from white-collar crime watchers as it wound through the system over the past three years, particularly given New Zealand’s hiterto almost-spotless reputation for having an incorrupt public sector.

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Why does Phil Goff hang around with dodgy, corrupt, convicted ratbags?

Corrupt former Labour party candidate was in the news again last week for more ratbag behaviour.

He is a darling of the Labour party however and in the past both Goff and his putative replacement in MT Roskill Michael Wood have enjoyed being seen with him.

But what we can reveal today after information via the tipline became available is that Phil Goff is still consorting with the corrupt ratbag.

On the 14th of August this year a fundraiser for Phil Goff was held at an Indian restaurant in Papakura.

And there, front and centre with Daljit Singh was Phil Goff.

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Terrorists allegedly build base with millions of dollars of World Vision cash

We have been contacted by World Vision.

You can read their Press release on the topic here.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations World Vision says that they have already suspended operations in Gaza.


As you already know millions of NZ dollars donated to World Vision were allegedly stolen and  funneled directly to the terrorist wing of Hamas. New Zealand was not the only country to have its donations allegedly sent to Hamas. Germany, Britain and Australia  were allegedly ripped off as well.

Back in 2012  World Vision was warned that money was being sent to Hamas.

World Vision said it was standing by its employee Mohammed El-Halabi and was “shocked” at the charges against him. 

-telegraph.co.uk

Hamas didn’t blow all of it on loose goats, camel urine, and tea towels. They also allegedly managed to put enough of the stolen millions of World Vision charity aside to build this terrorist base complete with terror tunnels,  a surveillance tower, and an urban training facility.

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Donations from the United Kingdom made to the Christian aid organization World Vision were used by Hamas to build one of such 70 military bases that operate in Gaza. The allegations are part of the June 15, 2016 arrest of Mohammed El-Halabi, a senior World Vision worker facing charges of funneling $43 million in charity funds to Hamas.

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