Pete Rainey

“There seems to be a bit of a witch-hunt and I’m not sure who the witch is”

Pete Rainey is a bit miffed and gotten his piggy nose out of joint because he has been named in a report from the Office of the Auditor-General regarding dodgy payments from the Nelson City Council.

During the election campaign we highlighted some rather smelly transactions which ironically, for Pete Rainey, have also been highlighted by the Auditor-General.

The Nelson City Council has been told to tighten its tendering processes after a damning report into how it awards contracts.

An audit of the council by accounting firm Crowe Horwath found it had a “number of weaknesses” in the way it manages councillors’ conflict of interest and gave 17 recommendations on how the council could tighten its processes.

In September last year, Chief Executive Clare Hadley received a letter from the Auditor General about the quality of information given about contracts associated with former councillors Pete Rainey and Ruth Copeland.

Councillors with business interests must declare them and if they are above $25,000 they must seek pre-approval from the Auditor General’s Office.   Read more »

2016 New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician Winner – Pete Rainey

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Last local body election we uncovered all sorts of ratbags running for council, crooks, liars, criminals, and just out and out dodgy bastards. Maybe that put some of the ratbags off running this time because they knew they would be held to account.

So this election cycle we have mainly been highlighting people who are either dead set useless, don’t understand conflicts of interest, or have their nose so deep in the trough they must struggle to breathe. Read more »

NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician – Pete Rainey

Thanks to all the readers who are sending in all the great stories about dodgy ratbag local government candidates all over the country.

The first candidate to gain a second nomination is Pete Rainey, the aspiring mayor of Nelson, who was mentioned for his troughing while serving on the council.

The tip line has been running hot about Pete Rainey, which is interesting as there are a lot of stories for us to sort through. The latest one sent through is Cr Rainey being busted for abusing some lower socioeconomic people then trying to deny he did.

Rainey caught in ‘ciggie’ slur

A “throw-away comment” from mayoral candidate Pete Rainey while talking about adding another traffic lane to Tahunanui Drive has left the Tahunanui business community fuming.

Speaking at his public meeting in Stoke on Sunday, Rainey was alleged to have said the seven car parks outside the Discount Here, Tahuna Tattoo, Sabai Sabai and Harley Pharmacy were only used by people “buying cheap ciggies”. Read more »

NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician Nomination – Pete Rainey

Regular readers will remember in 2013 we helped the good people of Nelson remove ratbag mayor Aldo Miccio, a man who got so many mentions on this blog it was embarrassing.

We questioned his management of conflicts of interest, shit flowing into the sea, and especially questioned his use of ratepayers money to further his own business interests.

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So that makes you wonder if Miccio’s chosen replacement, Pete Rainey, needs more daylight shined on him. Miccio was warned repeatedly about the troughing councillor, but appears to have done nothing about it. Since then Cr Rainey has confirmed his reputation for securing council contracts for his own businesses. It appears he gets very substantial sum so money from the council to run “events” in Nelson.

The people of Nelson already know that Rainey had to seek retrospective approval from the Auditor General for his various council contracts when he knows full well that elected members must get this approval before they actually receive council money. They know this because he squealed like a stuck pig when the Nelson Weekly broke the story. Read more »

NZ’s dodgiest LBP Nominee – Aldo Miccio

Nelson ratbag - Aldo Miccio

Nelson ratbag – Aldo Miccio

Nelson mayor and former wonderboy Aldo Miccio has got a kick in the arse for breaking election rules.

Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio has been found in breach of election rules and received a ticking off from the electoral officer.

A complaint was made by Gaire Thompson about how Mr Miccio obtained email addresses and why campaign material headed Miccio4mayor was sent with its mailing address as 110 Trafalgar St which is the city council’s Civic House.

Electoral officer Warwick Lampp yesterday looked into the issue.

There were Office of the Auditor General guidelines around the use of council resources and and communications with candidates and the public during the election period which precluded the use of council resources for campaigning purposes, such as council premises, said Mr Lampp.

Common sense should prevail and a candidate should use their own or their campaign manager’s own physical address for authorisation, which was clearly not the council address, he said.   Read more »