The Mapp Report - An attempted cover up exposed
The Mapp Report
An attempted cover up exposed - General Debate 26 July 2006
Members of Parliament may not be the most trusted of New Zealanders – yet we still expect they observe high standards of integrity and ethics. We do after all pride ourselves on the fact New Zealand is essentially free of corruption.
This is why Philip Field matters, not only his behaviour, but also the way the Prime Minister refuses to ask him to go.
Today I have included the full transcript of my debate in Parliament on Wednesday this week.
One issue stood out in the Ingram Report – did Mr Field tell the truth to Dr Ingram? This question is the very reason the report took so long.
There are always two approaches available to people being investigated. Be upfront, tell the truth and the Inquiry will soon be over – certainly the case if there is nothing to hide.
The other path is the path of the dissembler and liar – obstruct, delay, keep changing the story, evade the truth.
So what does Dr Ingram say about the evidence given by Mr Field – in short, does Dr Ingram believe Mr Field?
Take the case of the Thai workers in Samoa – Mr Field denies he met them. His wife says she did. Dr Ingram concludes at paragraph 259 that it is not plausible that Mr Field did not meet them. He notes that this is the same time that paint was ordered and work done on the houses.
Is it really just a coincidence that these Thai workers refused to give evidence?
What is Mr Field hiding?
The work on Church Street raises the same issue of credibility. This is the house Mr Field bought from the Coles and had work done on it.
The house was allegedly rented to Ms Thaivichit, who allegedly painted the entire inside of the house because she was a friend. Dr Ingram found at paragraph 309 this a “highly unlikely, if not improbable proposition”. His credulity was further stretched when Mr Field could produce no evidence of repaying a bond, not an invoice, or record of payment.
Earlier, Dr Ingram at paragraph 279 actually says he has to assess the candour of Mr Field. Dr Ingram interviewed him on three occasions. At paragraph 293, Dr Ingram sets out his “degree of concern about the unsatisfactory nature of the explanation”. On each occasion, he gave a different version as to who painted the house. The conflicting versions were of such concern that the text of the interview is set out.
When a previous MP for Mangere, Colin Moyle, gave three different versions to a Commision of Inquiry, he ended up having to resign.
Dr Ingram concludes in paragraph 298, “I have difficulty understanding why Mr Field would be confused as to whether or not he was personally involved in the painting of 51 Church Street in 2004”.
Perhaps Mr Field does so much painting he doesn’t know where or when he does it – or does all this dissembling have another purpose – and that is a ‘cover up’?
· A cover up from what really happened.
· A cover up for exploiting cheap labour.
· A cover up exploiting vulnerable people who came to Mr Field for assistance in immigration.
The Prime Minister has participated in this shabby episode. She says that Mr Field is merely guilty of misjudgement, but she knows that this is much more than that.
What we are witnessing is a Prime Minister who will do anything to protect her one seat majority. It truly is a case of the corruption of power.
Tongue-and-cheek step towards serious eradication of pc-madness
The fight back against PC was evident in a tongue-and-cheek article by Standards NZ, which poked fun at the potential for ridiculous extremes in political correctness in New Zealand. In this April Fools joke, bureaucrats are ensuring their rulings are not held up to ridicule.
“New Standard on Lift Etiquette” was published in Justices’ Quarterly in June 2006 and was issued by Standards NZ in a press release in early April.
Standards NZ initiated a new lift etiquette Standard, which defines appropriate behaviour when travelling in lifts. It includes appropriate queuing and right-of-way rules for those exciting and entering lifts.
People would be required to stand in a circle facing the middle of the lift to encourage conversation.
Bureaucrats are made to look like fools in this article but are also making fun of themselves and their politically correct rulings.
This jovial piece of publication shows that we are making headway with PC-madness. Exposing the humour is a positive step towards the eradication of political correctness.
New Zealanders may one day be able to laugh whole-heartedly at PC-madness with the knowledge that political correctness is a thing of the past.
National Party Leader’s Dinner – Friday 4 August 7:00pm Fairway Lodge, Argus Place, Glenfield
Wayne Mapp, MP for North Shore and Jonathan Coleman, MP for Northcote invite you to attend a dinner with National Party Leader Dr Don Brash.
The price for the event is $65 per person.
Corporate tables are available.
Please phone 486-0005 to book your ticket or table Send cheque to PO Box 33 017, Takapuna
Devonport Clinic – Saturday 5 August 9:30-11:30am Devonport Library
North Shore MP Wayne Mapp will be available to answer questions and discuss your concerns.
Phone 486-0005 or email email@example.com for more information
Sustainable Health Economy – Monday 14 August 7:30pm Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna
North Shore National Party is holding a policy meeting on “A Sustainable Health Economy”. Speakers will include Dr Paul Butler and John Appleton of IM Health and Northcote MP Dr Jonathan Coleman. This will be a great opportunity to hear a fresh initiative to improve the wellness of New Zealanders and subsequently create economic opportunities for our country. Phone 486-0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
28 July 2006