TVNZ Board Member Has Some Explaining To Do
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
TVNZ Board Member Has Some Explaining To
New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said
today that TVNZ Board Member Barrie Saunders has some
serious explaining to do on the question of TVNZ’s “lack
of knowledge” over land it owns being targeted by the
SkyCity Convention proposals.
Mr Peters says Prime
Minister John Key said yesterday that TVNZ had been
approached on the issue. Overnight and under questioning at
a Select Committee this morning, TVNZ denied they were
“That begs the question of how a member of
the board, Barrie Saunders – who also happens to be
co-owner of the Saunders Unsworth PR company whose clients
include SkyCity – could have left the remainder of his
board colleagues in the dark.
“He clearly had knowledge
of what SkyCity was doing, so why did he not tell the TVNZ
“This screams of a serious conflict of interest
which the PM is donkey-deep in, and raises the issue as to
why Mr Saunders has not been removed from the TVNZ
“This issue is getting sleazier by the hour,”
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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