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Mallard Must Go: Peters

29 July 2002

Mallard Must Go: Peters

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has called on Trevor Mallard to follow the honourable examples of rugby chiefs McCaw and Rutherford and resign as Minister of Sport.

“McCaw and Rutherford have gone in the interests of mending New Zealand’s international relations. Heineken Mallard should follow suit. The Eichelbaum report made it clear that the breakdown in relationships was the reason that New Zealand lost out to co-host the Rugby World Cup and Mr Mallard made matters worse by his disgusting suggestion about beer bottles and the IRB chairman Vernon Pugh.

“If he has not got the personal character to take this action then the PM should make that decision for him when she forms her new cabinet and show him the red card. We need someone with tact and understanding for this critical appointment”, said Mr Peters.


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