Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Mallard's Head Should Also Roll Over World Cup

Mallard's Head Should Also Roll Over World Cup

Wednesday 24 Jul 2002

Sir Thomas Eichelbaum's report shows that Labour and Trevor Mallard should also carry the can for the loss of the World Cup, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

"Co-hosting the World Cup would have brought $100 million of economic benefit to New Zealand, yet the government could not find $5 million to underwrite the NZRFU's bid until it was too late," Mr Prebble said.

"This government has spent $50 million on Maori TV and $140 million on the arts, including $22 million on a new film production fund and $6.5 million towards a new Christchurch art gallery - yet all they needed was $5 million to underwrite the World Cup and we would have had it.

"The last National government as far back as 1997 committed to financially backing the World Cup. But in October last year the Sports Minister, Mr Mallard, turned down an approach from the NZRFU for financial assistance, and this was conveyed to Vernon Pugh.

"Sir Thomas Eichelbaum's report states that Mr Pugh replied: `The financial benefits of the RWC to any country are huge and only the most impecunious or negative agency would not do everything in its power to secure such an event'.

"Five months after the request for funding - when it was too late - the government agreed to underwrite any loss to the NZRFU up to $5 million.

"Looking back at the report's revelations, Mr Mallard's head should have been on the block back in April. Instead, he went on to make comments about putting Heinekens in uncomfortable places - which might have cost us any chance of hosting the World Cup for years.

"ACT, which is the most fiscally responsible party in Parliament, says $5 million for the World Cup would have been good use of taxpayers' money," Mr Prebble said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels