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Dodgy is as dodgy does

Nothing in this story smells right:

Revelations that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staff tried to do commercial property deals for their own company will be investigated by the Prime Minister’s Department and the State Services Commission.

A Stuff investigation revealed on Saturday that three Cera staff employed to facilitate investment in the Christchurch rebuild tried to arrange property deals through their own company for a finder’s fee (in one case $300,000).

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee has told Stuff the Department for Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and the State Services Commission (SSC) would investigate the private arrangements.

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Is Colin Craig dreamin’ or just an Idiot

Colin Craig makes a claim:

“We have polled the electorate, and ACT has no chance of winning. By standing Christine, we give the people of Epsom the chance to elect a centre-right government with Conservative values.”

The gambling public should put a few quid on ACT winning Epsom now Colin Craig has said that their polling reckons ACT can’t win.

Those who remember back to 2011 will recall the following.

Colin Craig said he was going to win in Rodney based on dodgy polls from Research First .

I blogged about it at the time and Research First’s CEO took issue with my accusations  of their dodgy methodologies.

 I am happy to talk to you about the many steps taken in that particular piece of research to ensure robust results were achieved (and I welcome, in general, your critique of ‘dodgy’ and unscientific polls). In this case, however, your ad homenim dismissal of Research First’s work is misplaced and I would appreciate you publishing a retraction.

I stand by my statements, Research First does dodgy polls.

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NZ First thinks its supporters are “lazy and forgetful”

It appears that Winston Peters is running NZ First out of their parliamentary office.

This is similar to what Act was busted for back in the Prebble days.

Brendan Horan claims he has been inundated by people wanting to share information about NZ First as he makes new allegations that his former party had breached Parliament’s rules.

Horan’s office today released a memo written by Apirana Dawson, NZ First’s director of operations, to party leader Winston Peters addressing “poor party financial structure and inadequate funds to support the party and to run a campaign”.

Horan alleged last week that Dawson and other NZ First staff were engaged in party work when they were meant to be focused on parliamentary activities. Speaker David Carter has confirmed he is investigating.

In today’s document, from July 2012, Dawson called for the establishment of a system where party members had their fees increased to at least $3 a month, to be paid by direct debit.

The document said the existing system did not raise enough money and there was a lack of accountability mechanisms.   Read more »

Beaten Councillor has a Sook

Beaten Hawkes Bay Regional Councillor Kevin Rose got the arse because he was so out of touch with his community that some enterprising blokes ran a campaign to change a dodgy ratbag council.

Now he is having a sook about people expressing their deeply held opinions publicly.

Growers Action Group (GAG), unhappy with the council’s policy of protecting river flow levels by stopping irrigation, put up three successful candidates for the council’s Hastings constituency.

He said this year’s campaign had not been as cordial.

He said GAG was “very well funded and organised” but was about getting rid of people rather than people with policies.   Read more »

Brown being cute with the truth now

By STEPHEN COOK

The woman at the centre of the Len Brown sex scandal says the Auckland mayor not only gave her a written reference for the council job she applied for – he also spoke to her boss.

External auditors Ernst and Young are currently looking into whether 32-year-old Bevan Chuang received any form of preferential treatment when she successfully applied for a position as a sponsorship coordinator at the Auckland Art Gallery back in 2011.

At the time of applying for the position Chuang was in the early stages of her two-year affair with Brown.

She was sacked three months to her employment after the gallery learnt of her criminal conviction she had relating to relating to the unauthorized use of a computer.

The conviction dated back to 2010 when she was an employee at the Auckland Museum. Chuang provided a contractor with a password to access a confidential email account believed to contain information detrimental to plans to restructure the museum.

It is still not clear whether Brown knew about the conviction when he endorsed Chuang for the art gallery position.  Read more »

More on the Ratbag Nelson Mayor

We have covered Aldo Miccio‘s antics in Nelson extensively…the Nelson Mail has this letter about this dodgy ratbag.

This guy sounds more and more like Boss Hogg. He even has cheerleaders, how low will this ratbag go to win re-election? I’m not sure those hopeless slappers will get him more votes.

nelson weekly letter part 1

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“Grooming” trougher Paul Findlay chucks in the towel

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The People’s Choice – Labour have severed the diseased limb and cauterized the wound.

They hope.

Media statement

RE Findlay withdrawal from race

A candidate for the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board in Christchurch has withdrawn from the race following a leak from a personal conversation on a social media application.

Findlay said, “In the heat of the moment I made a comment that I regret. This city has bigger issues in this election than this incident. For the sake of my team and the sake of the real issues that Christchurch is facing, I am withdrawing my candidacy.”

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New Zealand has its own Weiner: Dodgy LBP Paul Findlay

As Local Body politicians go, we’ve seen our share of dodgy ones.  Dodgy with property, dodgy with money.  But until now, dodgy with sex hasn’t been exposed in public.

It was only time, really, before we had our own Anthony Weiner “SXTing” incident.

Let me introduce Paul Findlay who is standing for the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board in Christchurch under the The People’s Choice – Labour ticket.

Paul Findlay

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Who is New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Candidate?

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Local election campaigns are underway, and the truly shameless, criminal, or drunken candidates are running again.  Read more »

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Really?

Maybe this guy can advise Helen Kelly on how not to run a dodgy union movement in New Zealand.

PAUL HOWES:
If people want to increase the penalties to the same level as the corporations act, I’ve said this many times, I don’t care. Of course, I don’t care about the penalties. What I care about is ensuring that organisations, as I do here in the AWU, act in a diligent manner. I actually believe there’s a higher responsibility for us as guardians of workers’ money to protect that money and to act diligently and honestly…