Roger Sutton

Who will take over from Colin Craig?

With Colin Craig?s departure now confirmed, let?s look at what a primary race might look like in the Conservative Party.

The one thing the Conservatives have on their side is time.? The election is still at least two years away so they can take months deciding on a new leader.

Initial front-runners:

Former CERA boss, Roger Sutton
Pros: Roger is both competent and available. He?s better liked by the Government than Colin Craig and would more likely be able to get a Epsom-style deal from John Key.
Cons: Two?leaders in a row with sexual harassment allegations in their past is a bad look, even for the Conservatives.

Christine Rankin
Pros: High profile, media capable. Experience in senior government position would bring an element of credibility should the Party find themselves a part of fourth term John Key Government.
Cons: It?s Christine Rankin.? Read more »

The Bully Brigade, Ctd – Latest round of bullying exposed

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Over the past few months a series of posts have exposed?significant issues of bullying within the New Zealand Fire Service. And the?problems go right to the top of the Fire Service.

Now while the bosses think that there?s nothing to worry about, they?re in for a rude shock as information continues to flow into the tip-line.

It?now?appears that Brad ?the Munter? Mosby and his sidekick Tim ?the Tool? Evans have actively been working towards disbanding the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade, a brigade which has operated for over 146 years. Kaiapoi is one of the oldest Brigades in New Zealand. Read more »

The Bully Brigade, Ctd – Crisis meeting in Wellington

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Looks like the boys at the New Zealand Fire Service are reading Whaleoil.

There is a ?crisis meeting? in Wellington today to talk about the serious issues raised on the blog.

The NZFS Strategic Leadership Team and the Operational Leadership team know they have a problem.

Are they worried? They should be.

The tip-line has received numerous emails from people within the NZFS very keen on airing their stories about the bullying behaviour by the likes of Brad ?the Munter? Mosby, Tim ?The Tool? Evans, Brendon Nally, Ron Devlin, Stu Rooney?

Whaleoil?s investigation into these allegations has opened a floodgate of people wanting to have their say. ? Read more »

Introducing the Bully Brigade: Crisis in Kaiapoi

CORRECTION: ?This article ran with a photo that was not Pete Nicolle. ?The person in the photo remains unidentified, but our apologies are extended for getting it wrong. ?Thanks to the person who highlighted this error. ? The photo below has replaced the erroneous one, and is of Pete Nicolle. ?

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You wouldn?t want your house catching fire in Kaiapoi right now. The tip line is red hot with information including leaked emails from within Fire Service National HQ that the local fire brigade is falling to bits. Whaleoil will keep you updated as the story develops because things are turning for the worse. But in the meantime here?s the backstory.

Everyone outside the big cities knows the big issue in the fire service. On one hand, there?re the decent community people who join up as Volunteers, give their time for free, do the training, help out round the station and get up in the middle of the night when there?s a fire. ? Read more »

Companies warned to “de-Suttonise”

“Poor” Roger Sutton. ?He’s had his name turned into a verb. ?Yesterday we saw the rise of “Doing a Sutton”, and today we see pleas for people to “de-Suttonise” their behaviour.

Employers have been told to take an “arm’s length” approach with staff this Christmas to avoid employment disputes in the new year.

The warning comes after the high-profile Roger Sutton case raised questions about behaviour in the workplace.

Employment Law Institute president Mark Nutsford sent a message to employers advising them to “de-Suttonise” their behaviour at end-of-year parties.

A State Services Commission inquiry found the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive committed serious misconduct for behaviour that amounted to sexual harassment.

Sutton admitted to hugging employees and calling women “honey” and “sweetie”.

Doesn’t sound so bad when you put it that way. ?How about “women were momentarily restrained without warning and against their will while Sutton forced himself on them with an unwanted embrace”? ? ? Read more »

“Doing a Sutton”

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A city chief executive is being accused of kissing female staff at a company Christmas party – and joking he was acting “a bit like Roger Sutton”.

The apparently amorous boss kissed some women on their cheeks and others on their foreheads, says an Auckland employment lawyer acting for the man’s company.

He had given one senior manager a kiss on the lips, which had led to a complaint of sexual harassment.

The incident is one of at least three Christmas party-related complaints under investigation, and employment lawyers and advocates told the Herald on Sunday?business would increase in the New Year.

Sutton, the former Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority boss, fell from grace after a senior manager accused him of repeated acts of sexual harassment. At the organisation’s Christmas party last year he allegedly suggested every Friday be “visible G-string Friday”. Sutton resigned and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said the behaviour was “serious misconduct”. Read more »

Guess who won Massey University’s Quote of the Year competition?

Massey University held its usual Quote of the Year competition recently, and one of my quotes from the election campaign and Dirty Politics was a finalist.

The finalist quotes were:

I’m sorry for being a man. (David Cunliffe?s unusual apology at Labour’s domestic violence policy launch at a Women’s Refuge forum)

We think it?s, um, pretty legal. (Steven Joyce asked by reporters about the use of a song for the National election campaign that sounded very similar to one by Eminen)

You work in news you puffed up little shit!…When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off??(Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery at a campaign event, when the media kept asking for an interview with Kim Dotcom)

It was all steam and no hangi. (Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis describing Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day)

He could probably survive shooting little kittens in his garden with a shotgun. (Kim Dotcom on how little impact Dirty Politics had on Prime Minister John Key?s approval ratings.

I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground. (Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater after Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was released)

I did not have textual relations with that blogger. (Spoof of John Key’s initial denial that he had received texts from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater tweeted by Lloyd Burr of RadioLive)

It terrifies me how much of our economy is stuck inside a dairy cow. (Comedian Te Radar talking to farmers at Fieldays)

Get past the breath-taking PR snow job. (Former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon describing the press conference to announce the resignation of chief executive Roger Sutton after a sexual harassment complaint)

No more beersies for you. (Tagline in this year?s Health Promotion Agency advertising campaign to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.)

Guess which quote has won. ? Read more »

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Demanding politicians apologise can get rather cringeworthy at times, they can wind up being almost like the apology Father Jack Hackett gave to Bishop Brennan.

But Labour is focussing now on the fact that the only apology, such as it was, issued by John Key last year was to me.

Why they OIA’d that is beyond me…what a waste of time.

John Key delivered just a solitary written apology in 2014, ironically to one of New Zealand’s most controversial political figures.

According to Key “to the best of my recollection”, the prime minister wrote just one letter of apology this year, parliamentary questions asked by the Labour Party show.

Perhaps ironically, that single apology was delivered to Cameron Slater, the WhaleOil blogger who largely supports National but has brought much controversy upon the Government. ? Read more »

By the amount of explaining, there’s a lot of losing

Oh man, this Sutton thing is just a political tar pit. ?Grown men stood around a self-admitted sexual harasser, and one even hugged him. ?This is especially poignant as unwanted hugs were part of the sexual harassment complaints.

The perpetrator was flanked by?State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Prime Minister and Cabinet boss Andrew Kibblewhite. ?Their presence, at this press conference full of spin, was to send a very clear signal: ?”Do. Not. Mess. With. Authority”.

It didn’t work out. ? And now they’re busy running damage control.

It was last week’s press conference that called into question the judgement of both State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Prime Minister and Cabinet boss Andrew Kibblewhite.

Mr Kibblewhite has acknowledged it wasn’t a good look.?Now he has finally offered an explanation to the Prime Minister for “that hug”.

“He certainly offered an apology for the picture that that demonstrated, which is not one that he was trying to display, that he was siding with the chief executive,” says John Key.

Mr Kibblewhite, who earns $489,000 per year, told the Prime Minister he was there to support the rest of the organisation, not Mr Sutton.

“We’ve had a good conversation about something that I don’t think he handled nearly as well as he could have. He may have had the right reasons but the execution was poor,” says Mr Key.

Not a good look.

These aren’t stupid men. ?They knew exactly what they were doing. ?What they didn’t expect was the huge public blowback this would cause. ?After all, the boys club, on TV, showing solidarity, the victim, keeping to confidentiality and staying away from the political roller derby that was busy trivialising her concerns and sending a clear signal that these sorts of things would not be tolerated.

So in the face of all that power and intimidation, what went wrong? ? Read more »

Key finally takes a position on the Sutton debacle

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Iain Rennie – is he past his use-by date?

As I predicted on Friday, after a whole week of relative silence, John Key finally has an opinion after Curia’s been scouring the population to tell him what to think.

Mr Key told Radio New Zealand today the press conference was a “miscalculation”.

“There’s no way that he should have conducted a joint press conference with Mr Sutton.”

It give the impression that he was siding with Mr Sutton and it gave an unfair platform for Mr Sutton when the complainant was not given that same platform, Mr Key said. Read more »