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

 


Sharples, Harawira apologists for fraud, says Goff

Hon Phil Goff Minister of Justice

28 August 2005

Sharples, Harawira apologists for fraud, says Goff

Justice Minister Phil Goff describes as pathetic claims by Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples and candidate Hone Harawira that Donna Awatere Huata's conviction was because of a racist justice system.

"A court of law and a jury found Awatere Huata guilty of fraud. She was found guilty on the evidence, not because of her ethnicity," Mr Goff said.

"This knee-jerk reaction to blame the system and not the individual is just pathetic. Awatere Huata abused her position to rip money off from kids who should have been the beneficiaries of it.

"The inmates at Mt Eden Women's Prison got it right. They accused Donna Awatere Huata of stealing money from Maori kids. Taxpayers' dollars that were intended to go into reading programmes were stolen by Awatere Huata for her own use.

"It is a tragedy that someone who could have used her leadership skills to benefit these kids fell victim to self-interest and greed. The fact that she should have known better actually makes her offending worse.

"Hone Harawira's description of her as 'totally honest' is a reflection on his credibility and that of the Maori Party," Mr Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news