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

 


Power's criticism a display of policing ignorance

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs


7 June 2006
Media statement

Power's criticism a display of policing ignorance


Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Simon Power's opposition to the idea of New Zealand helping train Vanuatu's police force shows his complete ignorance of policing matters.

"Contrary to Simon Power's uninformed assertions, I have said nothing about giving away extra frontline police to Vanuatu," Mr Peters said.

"The plain fact is that if we can help Vanuatu with advice and assistance to improve its policing and law and order, which we are already doing with the judiciary, then that will assist with the growth and stability of one of our Pacific partners.

"I didn't have to bother to tell Ron Mark. Ron is a smart guy – he knows and understands the critical importance and role of the police in the Pacific, unlike Simon Power, whose comments must have severely embarrassed his counterpart and foreign affairs spokesman Murray McCully.

"Simon Power clearly knows nothing about policing in New Zealand or internationally. He has put up a straw man that he is ideally suited to knock down.

"If he had bothered to think this issue through, he would have understood that it is very much in New Zealand's interests to help establish effective police forces throughout the Pacific, to not only maintain law and order, but also to stop organised crime from becoming established in the region.

"Mr Power owes his spokesman's role more thought than to describe this as 'giving away extra police'. Repeating the ignorance and mistakes he displayed time and again as defence spokesman just won't do," Mr Peters said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news