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


Judge Vindicates ACT Decision Over Huata

Judge Vindicates ACT Decision

ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today that he was delighted with the judge's decision that he had acted properly in instituting provisions of the Electoral Integrity Act to remove Mrs Donna Awatere Huata from parliament.

"Mrs Huata's voting against the ACT party had defeated the whole point of having a proportional parliament.

"Under the judgement I am still prevented from delivering my letter to the Speaker to have Mrs Huata ejected until next Thursday. This is to enable her to appeal should she wish. To me the law has always been clear. The Electoral Integrity Act was designed to enable parliament to act quickly. Already Mrs Huata has frustrated the purpose of the legislation for over two months during which time she has felt free to behave like an independent MP.

" The voters elected nine MPs and were entitled to have nine.

"I believe the honourable course for Mrs Huata is to now resign and give up this farce of trying to pretend she has any sort of democratic mandate.

"ACT's next MP on the list, Mr Kenneth Wang, should be sworn in hopefully as soon as next week.

"I was always sure that I was right to first suspend Mrs Huata and then to move for her dismissal," said Mr Prebble.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election