Parliament

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

 

Awatere Huata Must Resign

Awatere Huata Must Resign

Thursday 6 Nov 2003 Ken Shirley Press Releases -- Other

"I was shocked to learn that Donna Awatere Huata and trusts that she is both directly and indirectly associated with have received nearly $2 million of taxpayers money from various Government departments and Crown agencies," ACT New Zealand Acting Leader Ken Shirley said today.

"Mrs Awatere Huata deceived her Caucus colleagues about the funding and her involvement with the various trusts," Mr Shirley said.

"She should have resigned from Parliament. She has been unable to perform her responsibilities and duties as an MP throughout the year following the serious allegations made against her. That situation has this week been considerably compounded by the charges that have been laid in the court following the nine-month investigation of the Serious Fraud Office.

"We have always taken care not to prejudice her right to a fair trial on the charges in front of the Court. We have been extremely patient and have awaited the outcomes of both the Audit Office and SFO inquiries.

"The news that her party membership has lapsed is a further development. ACT President Catherine Judd has advised me that Mrs Awatere Huata's application to rejoin the party, which was received this morning, will be rejected.

"I believe the ACT Caucus is now entitled to institute procedures to expel her from Caucus because she has clearly broken Caucus rules.

"In my capacity as Acting Leader I now intend to instigate procedures to confirm her expulsion," Mr Shirley said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved...

Dr Lambie says family violence is widespread and goes on behind closed doors in all suburbs, affects the childhoods of many New Zealanders, and disturbs adult and family relationships. More>>

 

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels