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

 


McCully appointee should have declared interest

05 December 2012

McCully appointee should have declared interest

Murray McCully’s angry outburst is just an attempt to divert attention from the fact that a National Party mate he appointed to a state-owned shipping line failed to tell either him or his Ministry that he was registered as a shareholder of a competing company, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson Phil Goff.

“The Foreign Affairs Minister appointed Peter Kiely, a long-standing friend and National Party insider, as New Zealand’s director on the board of Pacific Forum Lines in July 2009.

“Peter Kiely was a key adviser to the Government about the controversial sale of PFL. But he failed to tell the Minister or the Ministry that at the same time he was registered as a shareholder in Sofrana Unilines – the preferred bidder for PFL.

“Murray McCully now claims that doesn’t matter because he was a non-beneficial trustee for Sofrana. But Peter Kiely should still have declared his association with Sofrana.

“The Owner’s Expectation Manual sets out that ‘directors must disclose any relationships and/or matters that give rise to an actual or potential conflict of interest’.


“The fact that Peter Kiely later removed himself as a shareholder of Sofrana at a critical time in the sale process suggests he did in fact in the end recognise the potential conflict that he hadn’t declared to the Ministry.

“Murray McCully, who has a reputation for appointing friends to positions, still has answers he needs to give.


“Why was MFAT unaware of the connection when Peter Kiely was advising them on the sale?

“At what point did Peter Kiely tell the PFL chair that he had an interest in Sofrana? Was it only when the sale was imminent?

“When there was a potential conflict of interest, why was the Ministry, the Minister and the board not immediately informed as required by the Owner’s Expectations Manual.

“Murray McCully should never have appointed Peter Kiely to be guardian of New Zealand’s interests in PFL when he had a shareholding in another private shipping company.

“It’s completely unacceptable. Kiwis deserve better from this Minister. Murray McCully has some explaining to do,” said Phil Goff.

NOTE: Pacific Forum Lines was set up in 1977 to ensure there were regular, affordable shipping services in the Pacific region. It was designed to foster trade in the Pacific Islands and to provide competition so that private shipping operators did not create a monopoly in the region. There are 12 owners, including New Zealand, which has a 23% stake in the company.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news