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


A Lot More than a Cup of Tea

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
12 March 2014

A Lot More than a Cup of Tea

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is calling for Minister for Justice Judith Collins to be sacked from the Cabinet over the conflicting accounts and lack of information she has given about her trip to Shanghai where she visited milk company Oravida, which her husband is connected with.

“Today Mrs Collins apologised for not giving broad answers during questioning of her visit. Belatedly she admits she had meetings with Oravida on three occasions.

“She revealed she had a luncheon, organised by a New Zealand diplomat, with Oravida, and this was followed by dinner with them. Those attending the dinner included her policy advisor, the Chinese managing director of her husband’s company, Oravida, and a senior government official in border control.

“Mrs Collins appears to have breached Cabinet rules on endorsing products from Oravida and Prime Minister John Key has been caught trying to defend her.

“The Minister claims she did not endorse products but the Chinese translation of the company’s website obviously said otherwise and she must take responsibility for this. Mr Key should remember he sacked Richard Worth.

“An apology is not enough, Mrs Collins has been continuously questioned on this matter both in the media and in the House, there was ample opportunity early on to reveal all.

“Mrs Collins and the Prime Minister have tried to dismiss her visit to the Oravida offices as a cup of tea on the way to the airport but this is demonstrably not true.

“What is the Minister of Justice and ACC doing holding meetings on trade matters well outside her portfolios?

“The Prime Minister has said, ‘transparency is a good thing’, yet page five of the Judith Collins Cabinet travel report was blanked out entirely when the travel report was released to New Zealand First.

“He refuses to release the Cabinet advice on this matter, that advice was never checked against the Chinese translation and he totally misled questioners when he claimed the advice was checked against the Chinese translation,” says Mr Peters.


Attached: Translation of statement on Oravida website

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news