Trevor Mallard

Claire “Red” Trevett happy to help Labour with a hit on Collins

Apparently, backing the troops is not on…according to the whinging of Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little.

Labour has criticised Police Minister Judith Collins for marching with police at the Pride Parade, saying it was “clear politicisation and totally inappropriate”.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard made the comment on Twitter after Ms Collins took part in the police contingent at the march. He later told NZME that while it was good the police took part in the parade, having the minister with them went “beyond the boundaries of what’s appropriate”.

“She’s not a police officer and constabulary independence is something that is very important. I think it was poor judgment to be part of a police march. It’s a matter of perception as well as fact, and being part of a public march as part of a police team undermines that.”   Read more »

Face of the day

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Chloe Perovic, star of Heartland Wainuiomata with her iconic tiger slippers. John Nicholson

Today’s face of the day is a real sweetheart. I will never forget when I first saw her on television. She was a total original and happily showed Gary McCormick around her quirky home. It was fascinating viewing as Chloe was a very interesting person. I loved how she was confident enough to be herself and I was horrified when she was bullied and criticised after the the show aired.

“The show outraged residents who said it made the area look like the ‘slum of the Hutt Valley’, and Pencarrow MP Trevor Mallard lodged a formal complaint that it breached the Broadcasting Act’s good taste and balance provisions,” The Dominion reported in November 1994.

Mallard’s complaint was accompanied by 2300 signatures.

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Crim-hugging business as usual for MPs

Mr Mallard wrote the letter for a 24-year-old convicted and sentenced for racing another vehicle on State Highway 2.

The offender was also convicted on another charge of lying to the police. The MP’s letter urged the court to suspend the conviction on that offence, given that the offender had much potential and that could be negated by a conviction for lying to the police.

The Dominion Post reported that Judge Chris Tuohy instead convicted and discharged the man. He granted him permanent name suppression.

Mr Mallard said he knew the young man in question: “I have seen him at particular occasions in the past. I know a member of the family better, but not well, not friends or anything like that.”

He said MPs wrote hundreds of support letters, for everything from helping with letting agencies to banks. Writing one for someone before the courts was a more serious matter, and Mr Mallard estimated he would agree to do about one in every four requests.

He didn’t know if other MPs did the same, “but I’d be surprised if they didn’t”.

They’re more or less just form letters, especially if they come from an MP who doesn’t even know the person other than “knowing the family”.  If you’ve been an MP for 30-plus years, you should pretty much “know the family” of most of your constituents.   Read more »

This does my head in: name suppression AND political interference

A young driver caught speeding through Lower Hutt at 210kmh has been spared any further punishment after lying to police.

His name will also remain secret after a judge said he had “suffered a lot” from publicity about the case, stemming from the intervention of his behalf of MP Trevor Mallard.

The 24-year-old was convicted and sentenced earlier this month for racing another car on State Highway 2 in September.

What a great result!

Having an MP from the Crim-Hugging Party help you out doesn’t just get you help in a way that’s apparently OK (but not if you’re Maurice Williamson of course, then you have to resign), but you also get the benefit of name suppression due to the attention your case gets in the media because Trevor Mallard put his crim-hugging cape on and came to the rescue.  Read more »

Some of my Labour sources disagree about my post on Annette King

A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.

Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little  is far more vulnerable than he appears.

Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.

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Mallard continues to show Labour are criminal-friendly

We’ve had Kelvin Davis running interference on behalf of the Corrections union smashing up Serco, then he went on to cuddle up to violent criminals, murderers and rapists in detention centres in Australia.

Andrew Little and Davis along with other Labour MPs have had a love in with Arthur Taylor at Paremoremo prison several times. They opposed legislation stopping criminals in prison from voting.

All this leads to the impression that Labour is criminal-friendly.

Now Trevor Mallard has shown the same inclination…sticking up for criminals.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard has asked the court to allow an illegal racer to escape conviction for lying to police.

The man, 24, was caught, and has been convicted, after illegally racing another car at speeds of up to 210kmh on State Highway 2, Lower Hutt, in September.

When police caught up with him later, he allegedly lied, telling them someone must have stolen his car.

His actions were described by the sentencing judge, Judge Chris Tuohy, as “the most serious of its type” and police called the racing “appalling”.

However, Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard still wrote a letter of support, under his official Labour Party letterhead, for the man.

In the letter, Mallard urged the court to suspend the man’s conviction for lying to the police.    Read more »

Wainuiomata ferals shooting at speed camera

Trevor Mallard’s feral mates in Wainuiomata are taking the law into their own hands and shooting up a speed camera.

A Wainuiomata speed camera may be the most hated in the country, attacked by everything from angle grinder to firearms as locals revolt against perceived unfair treatment.

In the latest incident, the camera at the top of Wainuiomata hill was left with several cracks after it was shot for the second time.

Long-time Wainuiomata resident Mark Sharp said speed cameras were a “sensitive topic” in the suburb after the hilltop camera was resurrected in December.

There were three cameras in the space of a few kilometres on the road leading into the Lower Hutt suburb, Sharp said: one on each side of the hill, and one at its top.

The camera was originally placed at the top of the hill around the same time as one was installed near the old Griffin’s factory on Wainuiomata Rd in September 2014, he said.

“I think some guy went up there with an angle grinder and ground the camera off.”    Read more »

No wonder Labour can’t refresh its caucus

David Farrar has a post on MP remuneration:

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The Remuneration Authority has published its latest determination for . They no longer have discretion as to any increases – a law change saw it tagged to the average increase in the overall public sector. This has seen a 2.6% increase.   Read more »

The Pressure is on Chris Bishop

New National List MP Chris Bishop has been getting rave end of year reviews from all the media. Bishop is a brilliant speaker in the house, and very adept at getting on with the media. but quietly arrogant when amongst friends.

Back bencher of the Year. National’s Chris Bishop. It’s not easy for a rookie MP to rise above the rest but Bishop did. He is destined for bigger things in a future National government.

The problem for Bishop is he is a scum List MP and a second class citizen as a consequence.

He failed in his first test, beating Trevor Mallard in Hutt South, much to the disappointment of the Labour Party hierarchy (including neighbouring MP Chris Hipkins) who arranged for the Hutt South boundaries to be redrawn so Mallard would lose. In fact Mallard won by 709, following a relatively lacklustre campaign from Bishop.   Read more »

MP Expenses – A comparison between two MPs and a hippycrite

Gareth Hughes

The Media Party are going for the headlines in who spent the most where…but they are missing the comparisons when it comes to MP expenses.

Sure it makes for great headlines that Tim Groser had his sleeves shortened, or Gerry Brownlee staying in a hotel that cost $2100 a night. Most of those expenses are in the course of trade related visits. They certainly aren’t in the league of Clayton Cosgrove miraculously losing three items of luggage and having to get new suits each time. Whilst he might be the world’s most unluckiest Business Class traveller where they managed to lose priority luggage several times he certainly didn’t need to trough it up and get new suits…luggage turns up eventually.

However if you look at comparisons between similar MPs you get to see where the real troughing is.

Take National’s List and Wellington based MP Chris Bishop. Now I’m no big fan of Chris Bishop, but look at his expenses for the 91 days between 1 July and 30 September 2015.

His out of Wellington accommodation is $889 and his air travel is $4333 and his land travel costs were $2813 for a total of $8,036. This is $88 a day for accomodation and travel.

Sounds large, but let’s look at some other Wellington based MPs.   Read more »